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Beretta 92

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by KJS, Sep 20, 2009.

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  1. KJS

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    Any opinions on this gun? I'm sure you guys must have some given how common it is.

    What do you think of it relative to the Taurus 92?

    I've never fired any semi-auto other than a Ruger .22, so semi-autos are totally new to me.

    Thus far the only centerfire guns I've used have been revolvers (.357/.38), which attract me for their simplicity. Basically, a trained monkey could load & fire a double action revolver and to be honest semi-autos intimidate me. Though criminal thugs seem to figure out pistols just fine, so I assume I could too given that I'm pretty sure I'm smarter than violent criminals.
     
  2. j-easy

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    I like them, never had any problems with one. It is pretty easy to use
     
  3. IdahoLT1

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    not to sound like an as* but search functions are your friend. The Beretta 92, CZ75, SIG 226 and Glock 17 are some of the most talked about pistols on this forum.

    That said, mine has been completely 100% reliable in 2500 rounds. I even bought it used. I prefer the fit and finish of the Beretta over the Taurus, and the company is alot easier to deal with than Taurus if warranty issues come into play.
     
  4. m2steven

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    I'm mechanically incompetent. 5 years ago the thought of taking apart a semi-auto pistol and actually getting it back together scared me. Now, i don't give it a second thought. You can get confused if you get a pistol with a safety which acts as a decocker. Also, some pistols won't fire without a magazine in it. Just read the manual.

    Many of the pistols you see don't have safeties. You put the loaded magazine in the gun, rack the slide and you're ready to fire - until you're out of cartridges. That's the way they all work with a loaded magazine and the safety off.

    Now, the beretta 92 is one of the finest pistols ever made. Not only that, it's exceptionally beautiful and well balanced. It's simply wonderful to shoot. You may or may not be able to tell the difference between a genuine Beretta and the Taurus 92. There isn't much, and there is no basic quality difference at this point and hasn't been.
    I have 2 other Taurus designed tauruses and they are a different story. Both had to go back for repairs.

    Anyway, if you like the Beretta - its a fantastic pistol that you will probably love to shoot and keep a lifetime. Same with the Taurus version. These guns are so nice they almost shoot themselves!

    You hear a lot of people raving about Glock and Sig and 1911's and so forth. The raving about the 1911's is actually on the money. You won't kiss your Glock unless it saves your life, but you might kiss a Sig 230 or your Beretta just because they're so sexy AND can save your life. Get a gun you'll want to take out and fondle and stare at when you're not able to shoot it. You'll be happy you did.
     
  5. nwilliams

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    I love the Beretta 92!

    Years ago I owned the Taurus clone in .40, I then traded it in for a 92f which I later sold for some stupid reason. The Beretta was a much nicer quality than the Taurus and I was happy I made the trade.

    The 92's are big and heavy, not ideal for concealed carry, they don't have great triggers and a lot of people find the grips too large. However they are very accurate, they're incredibly reliable, very low recoil, very easy to maintain, rugged, attractive, they have a great fit and finish, the slide feels like it's on rollers and the trigger is a breeze to improve.

    The Taurus 92 clone is a decent gun but for a little extra money why not just go with the original and buy a Beretta. New ones can be expensive but they are very easy to find used for a decent price, I recently bought a used 92fs from my local gun shop for $350 and it's in great shape. Not to sound like a snob but I'd sooner buy a used Beretta 92 than a new Taurus clone.

    I've been craving another 92 for a while now and having one again makes my collection feel a little more complete. It's just my opinion here but I think any serious handgun collection should have at least one Beretta 92 in it.


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  6. Ragnar Danneskjold

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    Honestly, they are too big for my hands. I only use one when I have to.
     
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    My Taurus 917CS
     

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    Taurus quality is horrible in my opinion. Yes, there are Taurus fans out there, and some may come post on this thread to disagree with me. But the fitting of their guns are quite often terrible. Parts break easily quite often, and their customer service is horrendous.

    If you want a 1911, look at a different brand.

    As for the Beretta 92 - it is a fantastic gun. I use one as my concealed carry/
     
  9. EOC_Jason

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    I am not a Taurus person either, but will not go into that discussion. That is just my preference.

    I own several 92FS's and love them. They are very reliable (never had a single jam), very easy to take apart & clean, plenty accurate, and reasonably priced (if you shop around).

    One of my friends whom is not very mechanically inclined has started going to the range with me. One day I tell him he is going to help me clean the pistols that he shoots. I show him how to take apart the Beretta and put it back together a couple times, and literally within minutes he was able to do it almost with his eyes closed. They are *very* simple to field strip and clean. However even if you aren't the best on maintenance they will still function very reliably while horribly dirty.

    What is your intention for this firearm? For self-defense or for target shooting? Like you said a revolver is the epitome of simplicity. You know if it's loaded because you can physically see the rounds in the cylinder. If it's an older model it probably doesn't have a safety (my preference) so it is just point and pull the trigger. No additional thought required on if there is a round in the chamber or if the safety is off. The only down side... 5 or 6 shots and you are out of quarters.
     
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    The thing the Taurus has going for it is the safety location. There are some afficianodos out there and I even believe them to be an excellent value. Other than that I will put my money with the Beretta. I like this gun a lot even when I was in the military and everyone like to gripe about it there. Magazines are plentiful and cheap. Especially the milsurp mags. Accuracy is good and recoil is minute.
     
  11. zhyla

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    I've got the Taurus version (PT-92AF). I got it well used but I've put probably 1500 rounds thru it with not problem. I've had no issues with it at all other than the nickel finish not holding perfectly up in my humid coastal climate (blued is a better choice). I think the Beretta and Taurus versions are basically equivalent. The grip safety is more convenient though.

    I would go rent one and see how you like it. You may find it is too big for your hands. It really is an enormous gun.
     
  12. KJS

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    ^Renting one to see how I like it was exactly what I was planning to do.

    I was just curious what others thought of it first. No gloves smaller than XL are going to fit me, so I don't expect the grip could be too large for my hands, but I'll certainly find out the answer when I rent it.

    As for the earlier reply about how I should use the search function, sorry about that. You're right I should have and I will to find more conversations about this model. Though I guess the fact that this model gets some of the most posts of any on this forum would tend to suggest it can't be bad.
     
  13. KJS

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    And I live in Wisconsin, so big & heavy and not ideal for concealed carry doesn't matter in one of the two states that doesn't allow concealed carry.

    While I strongly support concealed carry rights, I personally doubt I'll ever feel like packing a pistol on my person. I think everyone should have the right to do so if they wish, but I don't think it's for me even if WI law finally does change.
     
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    they are reliable, and accurate enough. my issues with them are several though.
    1) they seem to be snappier than a 9mm handgun should be especially for as much as they weigh.
    2) they are almost too big for my hands
    3) they are da/sa and i am just not a fan

    however i better get to like them as i just found out that i am gonna be issued one this comming deployment.
     
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    I bought a new Beretta 92FS about 5 years ago, kept it for 2 years.
    My Beretta never had a FTF of any kind in 5000 rounds, was one of the nicest looking guns I ever had, however, I traded it for a Sig 226 9mm only because the sig is far more accurate for me ( don't know if the accuracy is me or the guns).

    Sigbear
     
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    I've had mine for 11 years. It has been extremely reliable and accurate.
     
  17. EdLaver

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    The Beretta 92fs is the 1911 of 9mm's in my opinion...

    All steel
    very popular
    reliable and dependable
    was/is a military issued weapon
    5" barrel with great accuracy
     
  18. Morgo

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    I like Beretta's, mine have been very reliable.

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    I would never buy a Taurus if given the choice of a Beretta.
    As far as operation they are very much the same as the ruger .22 semi auto's just more kick :)
     
  19. johnnylaw53

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    The Beretta 92's are great pistols and I think they make a very good choice for anyone who is looking for thier first semi they are big but I have never found them too big and i carried one when I was working undercover narcotics not daily but when providing close cover you do have to dress around them which is something I don't like doing on a daily basic. They are very easy to field strip which I think is a very important thing if a weapon too hard to take apart a lots of people will not clean it as much as it should be done. We went to the sig pro many years ago and our range master still complain about how many weapons come to the range and are dirty. Someone into weapons won't have a problem with taking apart any weapon but there are a lot of cops that are just not into weapons beretta have a take down level that really make it easy as do the taurus.

    be safe
     
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    I know you weren't advocating not cleaning them, but thought I'd mention that I once went about a week without cleaning my Gov't issued Beretta in Iraq (I figured being in the holster would keep it clean enough). I went to the range and I found out that it had become a single shot pistol... Jamming after every round until I stepped off the firing line and cleaned it. Thank God I realized my mistake at a range and not in real life. Anyway, lesson learned. The Beretta is great but no matter how great a gun is, never bet your life on a dirty gun.
     
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    The only thing Taurus has over the Beretta is the safety placement- the Taurus safety/decocker is placed on the frame and is very accessible to the hands, and the PT-92 can be carried C&L with identical manual of arms to the 1911, BHP, etc.

    That said, the Taurus PT-92 series is the only Taurus autoloader I halfway trust. It would be wonderful if Beretta produced a frame mounted safety version.

    No, the 1911 of 9mms is the FN Browning HiPower. The Beretta came along in the mid 70's, much later than the BHP.
     
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    Love the Beretta 92 and its frame-safetied Taurus cousin.

    Morgo, that Beretta longslide you have is gorgeous!
     
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    Thanx :)
    Its a neat shooter.
     
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    i love mine & excellent value for the money +1 for the inox
     
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    I want one, and I want a Taurus PT 92 for comparison
     
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