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Beretta 92 FS, Any reason not to buy ?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by 2bfree, May 8, 2013.

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  1. 2bfree

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    I was at the gunsmiths today and stopped in at the LGS next door, just to look. I have wanted a full size 9m and looked at the 92FS, I liked it. The gripe was fine and really liked the site radius much more then my compact. I wear trifocals and the radius seems to make a big difference, at least that is why I shoot my 1911 and Blackhawk so much better I think :confused: At 625.00 +tax any good reason not to buy. Thanks for any input, I have a hard time spending my money.
    This will be a range gun only.
     
  2. Kiln

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    I've never been a fan of the Beretta. Honestly though, I can't think of any good reasons not to buy one. I might go with a Taurus because of the lifetime warranty and frame mounted safety. The reports on the Taurus PT92 have been great.

    The only reason I wouldn't buy an actual Beretta 92 is because there are better options in that price range, the CZ75B is a great gun and goes for over $100 less.
     
  3. 2bfree

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    But a shorter sight radius. I have a CZ 75 D compact and like it. Really want a 5 inch barrel and the Beretta at 4.9 is close.
     
  4. allaroundhunter

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    If it fits you then no, there really is no reason not to take it. They are great firearms and have proven themselves over the years.
     
  5. RetiredUSNChief

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    If you like the way it fits you hand and it's good with your eyes, then by all means...make the buy.

    I've had mine for over 20 years and never regretted a moment. Sweet shooting, awesome feel in the hand, absolutely reliable, breaks down and assembles for cleaning like a dream. All that and a physical appearance that's very pleasing to the eye. Nothing to dislike in my opinion.

    If you have the chance to shoot one, give it a try. Maybe that'll push you over the mark on the decision.

    :):)
     
  6. Pilot

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    After about 30 years of dedicated pistol shooting, I finally acquired a Beretta 92FS. I have other 9MM's like Browning Hi Power, and CZ-75 variants, and others. All great pistols, but avoided the 92FS due to the safety. Well, I realized on a DA/SA pistol, I don't need to use the safety, so have been shooting my 92FS for a few months now and love it. I'm not going to sell my other 9MM's as they are great also, but I like the way the Beretta shoots. It is accurate, reliable, and I like the recoil impulse. There is no reason not to get one.

    If you want a smaller one, Beretta has the 92FS Compact L currently available also. You lose a couple of rounds in the mag, as the grip is a bit shorter, and the slide/barrel is a tad shorter too, as the barrel is 4.3 inches instead of 4.9. I highly recommend both pistols.

    My LGS has 92FS's priced at $550 and CZ-75B's at $499. Either one will put a smile on your face.
     
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    you came to the wrong crowd then... a bunch of enablers is what we are.

    Buy it...
    If and only if it feels comfortable to you. The gun will work
     
  9. 2bfree

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    Thank you to all the enablers ;) I just transferred some money from my savings in Texas to my account here in WA ( will need it next week ) think I know where I will be in the morning, then a range trip ( planned that part anyway ) Thanks, I think !
     
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    I have some experience with the M9A1 (same gun, but with a rail) and for a range gun, sure I think it will be a fine pick. They're accurate, and recoil quite modestly.
     
  11. Ken70

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    Great thing about the 92 is when you empty the gun, you can still use it as a club to beat the living cr*p out of them. Try it!
     
  12. sigarms228

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    The Beretta 92 looks to be a terrific pistol and great value at it's price if it fits you well and very likely will. I say go for it.

    I will probably buy one someday as I love hammer fired pistols but have to buy a few more SIGs first.
     
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    I wouldn't pay that kind of money for a 92fs.
    Then again, I have a taurus pt99, which I personally prefer anyways, at half the price.
     
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    Only thing wrong with the 92FS is the rotary safety on the slide. I've accidentally swiped mine on and decocked the pistol during a malfunction clearance during a match.

    you can train around it, and for a range gun it doesn't matter. They should have left the safety on the frame where it originally was, IMO.
     
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    Accurate, reliable, classic style, chrome lined barrel (not on Inox which has a stainless steel as far as I know), Low felt recoil, smooth operation which makes the slide seem like it moves on ball bearings, high cap magazines available for not too much money.
    If you train to flip off safety every time you grip the gun, you will not be surprised by a useless trigger, if you know what I mean. I installed a " d " spring which causes no light hammer strikes whatsoever and the double action is quite pleasant while the SA is downright nice, at least to me. The grip is big but even to my smallish hands, it is comfortable. Around six hundred is the going price but I saw one this weekend for about five and a half. If you get some models other than the FS you can have night sights with no problems. On the FS you will have to send to a company like Tool Tech to have tritium vials installes, I understand they do a really great job.
    My opinion only. Others hate the Beretta FS92.
     
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    Liked it so much I have two . . . . . big gun for what it is but its one of those guns I can't miss with . . . . not sure why, same with 1911.
     
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    Oh yeah, I installed the D spring also. Makes a big difference in DA.
     
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    $625 is a VERY high price for an average pistol, which is what the 92fs/M9 is. I'd pass on it at that price. I'd only be interested it around $450.

    It was my first handgun, and I only kept it for sentimental reasons but ultimately got rid of it. I've carried the M9 in Iraq. It's a mediocre pistol.

    It's big and heavy for what it is, lower capacity, small sights, oddly placed safety, and a few other criticisms, and nowhere near as good as more affordable or similarly priced competion. Sig, Glock, SW M&P, XD, and CZ are much better guns.

    If you MUST have one, get the Taurus clone. It's actually a better design, with a better 1911 style thumb safety, and it's more affordable at around $450.
     
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    I agree with 1KPerDay - it may not matter to you, but I HATE slide mounted safeties, and especially 'backwards' operating ones.

    I fired my first 92FS the other day - from what I remember the safety flips up for off?

    I have a S&W 4013TSW with the same type safety - love the gun, hate the safety! I like all my thumb safeties to work / be located like a 1911.
     
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    No disrespect intended, but I disagree pretty much with this entire post. $625 is in the ballpark of the XDM, and I think the Beretta 92-series blows those guns out of the water. The idea of the XD being higher quality than the Beretta is laughable to me having had ample time with both. Better for some shooters maybe, but no way higher quality.

    The 92-series are also not as big as they seem when placed next to similar guns like the Sig 226 and CZ-75B. Also, the newer Beretta magazines hold 17 rounds, not 15, and the excellent Mec-Gar makes flush fit 18 rounders and nearly flush 20 rounders.

    I also think it's a terrible, terrible mistake to trust your life to Taurus, being as the 3 owned by my family have fallen apart like wacky slapstick guns. The PT-92 is not a BETTER design, inherently, than the 92FS, it's just an older iteration with a safety design some people prefer, and I've seen one in person that the rails were...can't think of a better word, melted. Taurus quality control remains their Achilles' heel.

    Again, no disrespect to you personally, just strong disagreement from another shooter with ample experience with the platform. Particularly in feeding reliability, I can think of very few better guns and would trust an off-the-shelf Beretta with my life. Albeit after it was properly lubed, they can be temperamental when dry.
     
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    So is the Walther PPQ...XDM is obviously overpriced IMO
     
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    I always have thought of the 92 as one of those guns one must own in order to have a complete collection. I think it is an attractive gun, well made, reliable. It would just be nice to own a gun from a company that has been around for over 400 years! It is an icon, IMO, like the 1911 or the Hi-Power. That being said, I believe there are better guns for just about every purpose.
     
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    Here's a thought?

    Iff'n you're not married to the Beretta, ever consider a SIG SP2022?

    Costs much less, I likes it better, and have a couple, one of which is now my bed gun.
     
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    The main reason I might consider buying one if I find a good deal on a used one would be for after-hours training for my soldiers. I took rookies to war who carried it, having fired a grand total of 40 rounds through it.

    I like the single-action trigger pull. There are few guns that shoot that well. This is where the bulk and size help it. It returns to target after recoil very well. I have never had one jam. Bad NATO ammo, cheap army-issue mags.

    It's a big pistol for people with big hands. If this works for you, get one and enjoy it.

    The problems I have with it don't apply to everyone. The one I was issued for Iraq was literally falling apart. The armorer made me keep it, because I knew how to keep it running. Most regular shooters will never expose it to the same wear and neglect that the army does. It is terrible for people with small hands. I had petite female soldiers who couldn't even reach the safety with their firing hand, I had to train them to use their weak hand. I dislike how it is so large, yet made in a way that it can't be re-chambered for .45.

    I don't care for it, but I can't say it doesn't work.
     
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