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beretta 92-fs or S&W M&P 9

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by CMP, Jan 8, 2010.

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  1. CMP

    CMP Member

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    Which one do you guys think I should get? The beretta 92-fs is a police turn in, from J&G sales; hand picked! for around $400 or so after everythings said and done or a brand new S&W M&P 9 for under $600 from AIM after everythings said and done.
     
  2. CWL

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    The answer isn't that easy. Really depends on how they fit your hand and how each shoots for you.

    I own a M92fs but can't hit a barn with mine because it just doesn't fit my hand right. The M&P 45 shoots great for me.

    Any way you can borrow and shoot both models from a friend or range?
     
  3. Crusader103

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    If you are asking for a difference in quality, workmanship, or the like you will find little difference. They are both quality firearms from quality manufacturers. I wouldn't count much against the Beretta for being a police trade in. Even if it has been carried a lot I'm sure it will last for a very long time. I have had the same stainless 92FS since 1993 and count the number of rounds somewhere between 10-20 thousand. I haven't done a thing to it and it still shoots like a champ. I'm also a fan of the Smith and you would not do bad by either.

    It will come down to the type of operation you prefer. Are you looking for the traditional double action (double action first shot/single subsequent) or do you prefer the constant trigger pull similar to the Glock? The Beretta also sports the slide mounted safety/decocker which I don't mind but some have an aversion to for various reasons. The Smith would be simpler to operate in that regard.

    Given the opportunity, try them both out. Better yet, save your pennies and buy them both. :)
     
  4. CMP

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    Well It was a better build question I guess because they both feel great im my hands but havent had the opportunity to shoot either. I was just wondering if the M&P was worth $200 more
     
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    Either is a fine handgun, but I'd look around and see if I can get a better price on the M&P 9 if you choose that one. I'd shop for a lightly used one, also...

    I'd personally go with an M&P 9 because I don't like SA/DA (unless one can carry cocked and locked- ala the CZ75. I don't think you can do that with the standard Beretta?) and I don't like slide mounted controls, but those are personal preferences. I prefer one trigger pull instead of two, so to speak.
     
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    I'd go with the Beretta, In my opinion, it's better durability, been made for half of forever, was accepted as the Military's M9 handgun, the main issued handgun. And Beretta's are extremely well made, extremely durable. Just my opinion. And you usually have better mag options with a 92, and then they can handle +P loads, not sure if M&P9 can or not.
     
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    i've got 'em both...
    the beretta is better for nostalgic purposes, the smith is a better gun for everything else in my estimation.
     
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    Sure, no problem. The manual does say that you should not use +P+ ammunition in any of their firearms, since there is no established standard for maximum pressure, but +P is fine on the M&P9 (plenty of owners use it).
     
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    CMP, you haven't mentioned what the gun will be used for. Constantly carried or mostly a range fun gun? For pure shooting I prefer the Berreta out of these two choices. But I've got larger than normal hands and prefer the more solid weight of the all metal guns.
     
  11. 19-3Ben

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    every manufacturer says don't use +p+. It's a CYA thing. (although I seem to remember that Glock doesn't say that or something.)

    The price difference is a used vs. new thing. If you were getting the Beretta new, it would cost just as much as the M&P. They are both very fine pistols.

    I own the M&P, my dad owns the beretta. The Beretta is heavier, and doesn't fit my hand well. It's a very accurate gun though.
    The M&P fits my hand like it was made for me, and is extremely accurate.
    Both are well made and very reliable.

    If it matters to you, the M&P is lighter because of the plastic frame, and it has an accessory rail in case you ever want to mount a light.
    By that same token, i think the beretta might be a bit of a "smoother" gun with slightly higher fit/finish, and it certainly has classic elegant lines that no black plastic pistol will ever match.

    As one would expect from the Italians, it has function AND grace that are just magnificent.

    The M&P, in typical American style is highly functional with styling as a far second to the question of "will it work?"

    You can't go wrong with either.

    Confused yet?
     
  12. Manco

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    Glock doesn't worry because they'll blame the ammo regardless. Not hating--just telling it like it is. :)

    The thing about the M&P is that it doesn't do much wrong that I can find (not since the usual teething pains have been worked out, anyway). I don't know whether it has a great ability to inspire passion, but for most people who have tried them, a more comfortable, ergonomic, just plain functional pistol probably cannot be found (and you can get them with or without external safeties as well as magazine safeties). It's a great tool--very Glock-like, which I use as a compliment, although it gets some things right, in my opinion, that Glock still has not. But some prefer other aspects of firearms, and that's OK, too. Finally, while I like the stock trigger just fine once it's broken in, I've heard nothing but great things about the feel of the trigger after a relatively simple trigger job.

    Maybe so, but in my eyes it has the Bauhaus "form follows function" aesthetic down cold without looking all blocky.

    I would decide whether I wanted a DA/SA or "striker-fired" pistol first.
     
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    The Beretta 92 fits my hand poorly, with a blocky grip and long reach to the trigger. The M&P fits it perfectly.
     
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    The M&P fits me better but I like DA/SA with a exposed hammer. Both are
    very good pistols but I still like my 5906 better than both of them.
     
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    I love my M&P. It is an extraordinarly fine and reliable gun. I cannot say enough about it.
     
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    I like the M&P better of the two you mentioned. I have a M&P and also a Taurus 92, which is the Beretta clone. The Taurus was the first autoloading pistol that I ever purchased and it is nice, reliable, but doesn't fit my hand like the M&P.
     
  17. Philo_Beddoe

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    I would rather have the M & P myself
     
  18. CMP

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    Well at first its gonna be a fun gun, but I plan on getting into 3 gun shoots
     
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    The M&P isn't worth $200 more only because you can do a lot better than $600 for one. My wive paid $540 for hers and it came with 3 magazines, holster, and a mag carrier. You can find them used ones for under $500 bucks. If your comparing a used Beretta to a new M&P then the price is going to be more for the new one. Having used both extensively the M&P is a little better shooter for me. Its really easy to shoot fast and well and really fits my hand.
     
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    well its $540 for a new M&P but then theres shipping, and ffl fee's
     
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    I would choose the M&P, even if both pistols were new.
     
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    I want both. I have and M&P, now I need to get a Beretta. I carried one as an MP in the Marine Corps. It would be nice to have one. I still have the holster I carried it in.
     
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    I've had/have both in several calibers. The best one is the one that you shoot best. You are the only one that can make that call. Said another way, you can't go wrong with either.
     
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    Out of the two I would have to go with the 92, I wont get into the whole no one knows how long plastic will last but I will say that I myself would go with steel / alloy any day but it also just boils down to what you prefer.
     
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