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Beretta 92 Control Ergonomics

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by BerettaNut92, May 19, 2003.

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  1. BerettaNut92

    BerettaNut92 Member

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    Do you have problems getting to the safety on the Beretta 92? I've met guys with bigger or smaller paws who can't work the safety. I have girl-sized paws--medium length but slim fingers and can work it eith either paw; maybe I have pretty good dexterity because of growing up with musical instruments and model airplanes.

    How big are your paws and do you have problems working the safety on the 92?
     
  2. Marko Kloos

    Marko Kloos Moderator Emeritus

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    I have fairly large hands, and I have no problems with the Beretta 92 ergos, other than the backwards and counter-intuitive "up for fire" safety on the FS models.
     
  3. Steve in PA

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    I don't have huge paws......wear XL size gloves........and never had any problem with the safety on my 92FS when I carried it actively. Little flip of the thumb as it came out of the holster and I was set to go.

    Since carrying a Sig P-220....which doesn't have a safety.....I've taken to carrying all my weapons with the safety off. Since they are all DA/SA......Sig, Beretta, S&W 6906......I wanted to stick with carrying them all the same way no matter which one I was carrying.
     
  4. gudel

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    no problems with the 92FS. works perfectly. if a guy got big hands, maybe they just don't have finger dexterity, which contributes problems operating the Beretta. maybe you should post pic of your hand and compare with others :p
     
  5. Logistar

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    My safety seems fine. I have very small hands and shoot a Vertec. I use the safety with no problems.

    Logistar
     
  6. Cawdor

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    I'm left-handed. I found it harder than I liked. However, the 92 Vertec is fine.
     
  7. blades67

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    I have fairly large hands, but I haven't ever had problems with the slide mounted safety.
     
  8. George Hill

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    Nope, no problems other than an aversion to the upside down slide mounted safety.
    *sigh*
    I guess I am used to it now...
    No... no problems.
     
  9. GitSome45

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    Wait a minute....

    Isn`t the size of a mans' hands directly related to "other" body proportions...? :scrutiny:

    So I`d be VEEERRY careful in answering this post by saying "I`ve got tiny hands"... :D

    JMHO'

    Howard

    :neener:
     
  10. Thumper

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    92 controls fall just right for me.

    Skunk...I remember awhile back you seemed on the verge of getting your CCW permit. Didja?

    (Waiting on the full-sized Beretta to fall out of favor with the Skunk.)
     
  11. Handy

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    I can't see why hand size should have any bearing on using a slide mounted safety. Everyone I've used is easily reachable with the thumb.

    My new GB has a slide decocker lever on the left side only. When shooting lefty, I can still get to the lever.


    All the other 92 controls are another matter. Getting to the mag release, slide release, trigger, etc. can be more of a chore.
     
  12. Logistar

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    That's what my SO USED TO THINK! ;)
     
  13. slh02

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    Its funny...

    I really, really like the way the 92fs fits in my hands. Feels great and I love the size and function of the pistol. The only reason I chose the p99 over the 92fs was the fact that I could not reach the slide release on the 92fs with my shooting hand while still maintaining a grip. I have no problems doing this with the p99.

    By the way, I am a small guy (5'7", 130 lbs.) and have very small hands.
     
  14. cool45auto

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    No problems here. I like the way it's laid out.
     
  15. 10-Ring

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    I have med/large size hands and the safety has not been an issue.
    I would say it also would depend on how much time & effort you devote to trainging with your chosen handgun.
     
  16. curt

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    That's why i don't need to use my hand to operate the safety.
     
  17. Shake

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    I have a Beretta Elite II G. I have large hands (I am 6' 4" 220) with fat fingers.

    I have to admit I have a hard time decocking my 92 without repositioning. I can reach the mag release and the slide lock, but the decock is a reach. If I had a 92 FS with the "conventional" safety it might be a different story.

    As big as my hands are, I have a hard time reaching the mag release on most medium to full-sized handguns. One of the reasons the Walther/H&K desing mag release is my favorite.

    Shake
     
  18. Correia

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    Huge hands. No problem except that it works in the opposite direction that it should. If you are going to put in on the slide it should work like a Makarov.
     
  19. GSB

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    A little off topic: one problem I have found with the slide-mounted safety/decocker on the Beretta is that it absolutely kills your hand during aggressive malfunction clearance drills.
     
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    I've got good sized hands and have never had any problems shooting guns with slide mounted safeties.;)
     
  21. Soap

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    The safety is bass-ackwards...but I can reach it.
     
  22. GitSome45

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    To be honest, (my hands are "Average" sized ;) )...

    I Too cannot operate the safety without shifting my grip, but for the more important aspect: "Can I swipe that safety OFF on the draw...?"

    You Bet ! No problems gettin, that "Smokewagon" ready to roll...

    JMHO,

    Howard
     
  23. SodaPop

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    I only use mine when I load the gun up. After that, I disengage it and leave it off.

    The slide safety never felt right when practicing my draw, so I don't use it.
     
  24. Andrew Wyatt

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    i have gimli hands (medium sized palm with reasonably thick fingers) and i have trouble operating slide mounted safeties of any sort, even those on my dad's iver johnson tp22.


    the entirety of the beretta 92 is a no go, as everythings's out of my reach with a properly lined up grip.
     
  25. Logistar

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    - Same here, Sodapop.
     
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