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Beretta 92FS Barrel "Wiggle"

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by marb4, Feb 22, 2012.

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  1. marb4

    marb4 Member

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    I have a Beretta 92FS and am wondering how much "wiggle" is considered normal in the barrel when the slide is forward? Mine has a small but noticable amount. The reason I ask is than with most of my other handguns I'm a decent shot (not great but "serviceable"). With my 92 my groups tend to open up quite a bit. It makes me wonder if the barrel wiggle is not allowing it to reset to the same position every time. I'm not looking to blame the equipment for what may very well be operator error but was curious so thought I'd ask.
     
  2. cor_man257

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    Our military M9s sometimes have an absurd amount of play... but I still do pretty decent with them.

    I would say maybe you just need more range time... but wait till someone with a civil gun chimes in. Ours tend to have 4 times the round count of normal berettas.
     
  3. The Lone Haranguer

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    Having extra clearances built in helps to give debris an escape route instead of getting trapped and gumming up the works. Within reason, this is good for a pistol that is to be used in military combat. In all probability your pistol is just fine.
     
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    I'm going to go with The Lone Haranguer on this one.
     
  5. 9mmepiphany

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    The Beretta 92 platform is designed with a certain amount of clearance at the front of the slide. I haven't found it to have much affect of practical accuracy as the barrel isn't dropping out of alignment, when it unlocks, as a tilting barrel action would.

    I'd be concerned it it wouldn't shoot, handheld unsupported inside 1.5" at 5-7 yards of inside 6" at 25 yards. From a rest it should be able to hold inside 4" at 50yards.

    How much wider are your Beretta's groups (and what is the displacement of the rounds) and at what distance?
     
  6. balance 740

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    From what I understand, pistols that use the falling block locking system have some play at the front of the barrel, but at the moment the pistol is fired, everything locks up. I had a Walther P5 that used the same locking system and had the same play, and when I expressed this same concern, this is how it was explained to me.

    I'm pretty sure all of them have play in that area. My 90-two did as well, and I thought it was pretty accurate.
     
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    My Italian made 92fs has no wiggle at all.
     
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