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Old January 28, 2015, 10:50 PM   #1
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Beretta Brigadier rails-slide

I purchased a Beretta Brigadier in .40- this gun has been shot some and shows wear externally, with the frame slide surfaces shiny. My only concern at this point is that when gripping the slide at the rear of the gun there is a slight amount of looseness/play side-to-side. I am not well-versed in rail wear and this movement seems very slight, however I want to ensure that I am not missing anything. Haven't shot it yet- that is scheduled for Friday evening.
I really like the way this gun fits my hand; it is big and (to me) an awfully neat handgun. A nice addition to its big brother (caliber-wise); a px4 Storm in .45 acp
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Old January 28, 2015, 10:58 PM   #2
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Sounds normal.

It is a combat gun, not a tight match grade gun.

Some slide looseness is to be expected, and desirable on a combat grade gun.

(Ever rattle a Glock, or a GI 1911?)

Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
Or all your primers in a glass jar!
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Old January 28, 2015, 11:05 PM   #3
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Thank you - your input is extremely valuable to me
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Old February 13, 2015, 05:37 PM   #4
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Good to go

What RC said. I carried one for duty, lots of rounds down the tube and no issues.
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Old February 14, 2015, 10:37 PM   #5
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Fat boy

I carried a BERETTA 96d Brigadier for eight years.

You know you have a problem with wear when you CAN SEE THE SLIDE MOVING BACK AND FORTH WHEN FIRING.
The last gun I carried showed this odd problem and I think it had to do with wear on the locking lugs.
On the 96 Brigadier models, this is the only problem I ever heard of and was just a result of the hot load we carried. We used the 155 grain hollow point at @1,200 fps.

Our agency issued them for about ten years and this was the giveaway that something was wearing out. Until then, the only other problem I noticed were cured by replacing the magazines when they wore out.

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