Beretta 92X alternatives

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  1. zaitcev

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    I'm thinking about getting a 92X Performance, but with a due diligence and not jumping on it. So I started to put together a list of guns in the same class. Surprisingly, not seeing many that I could get instead of 92X. Maybe anyone here has ideas?

    One thing though, I don't want anything beyond $2k. So, no STI 2011 Combat Master, or basically anything from the collection of Mr. LifeSizePotato.

    And so:

    - Walther Q5 SF. This one is actually exactly what I want: a striker-fired gun with a great trigger and performance. The only thing that stops me is that my wife already has a Q5, so it would be awkward for me to get a Q5 SF.

    - CZ Shadow 2. The performance is undeniable, but something about the CZ-75 controls just does not sit well with me.

    - Glock 34. I have a G19 and it seems a little too much work to run. Certainly, I'd get common magazines and I'm used to the trigger, but I want to step a little beyond.

    - Beretta Px4. This one is a maybe, but 92X seems like something easier to modify for optic, and the aftermarket is going to be better (including holsters, longer magazines, and such).

    - SIG P210A. I'd love to get this one, but the single-stack magazine is not acceptable due to requirements at a local match with house rules. Also, no path to optic.

    - SIG P320 X-5. The idea of a tungsten-infused frame is intriguing, but I'm not sure about that one. I'm going to wait a couple of years on this.

    - Springfield XD(m) 5.25". I have a 4.5" .45 and overall I like it, but it feels like it's not in the same performance class as the Walther Q5. Although, perhaps the 9mm version is better. Optics-ready slide only comes with a shorter model. The worst thing is, I run my .45 noticeably slower than a G42. It's a .45, so no wonder, but I feel that there's a little too much barrel flip that goes beyond the caliber difference.
     
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    Look at the SIG P226 SAO Legion also.
     
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    I'd not put the PX4 within this same group either, but not for the reasons you chose, but because it has a 4" barrel and all the others on this list are competition focused guns with 5(ish)" barrels.

    I don't think the optic, holsters, or magazines should be an issue for the PX4

    Optic https://www.langdontactical.com/px4-micro-red-dot-mounting-solution/

    - I'll note the 92X Performance models I've seen with an optic, had them on a rail mounted optic and not milled to the slide.

    Magazines https://www.berettausa.com/en-us/beretta-px4-magazine-9mm-20-rds-unpackaged/c89166/


    Let me add: I believe the Beretta 92X target audience is the CZ shooters.
     
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  4. 460Shooter

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    Of what you listed, my preference was for the Shadow 2 so that’s what I bought. But I also handled a Tactical Sport Orange and really liked it as well.

    What about the controls throws you off?

    Honestly if the Q5 is what you want, who cares if your wife already has one? A good design is a good design.
     
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    Come to think of it, if you're considering the PX4, with its' double/single action trigger, you could also consider the non-Performance version of the 92X.

    http://www.beretta.com/en-us/92x-full-size/

    Or any of the other 92 variants.
     
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    I mostly included Px4 because LifeSizePotato named it as the best cheap gun. My own experience with it was very limited: I only rented it once when I visited Seattle, and put about a box of ammo through. On the second magazine, I grabbed the safety by accident when releasing the slide and that sucker smarted. :)
     
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    Other safety/decocker levers available for the PX4

    Stealth levers https://www.berettausa.com/en-us/px4-safety-low-prof-type-g-mfg/c89169/

    Carry levers https://www.berettausa.com/en-us/px4-carry-decocker-g-safety-assembly/c8d710/

    92 style levers https://www.berettausa.com/en-us/safety-assy-px4-f-large-le-part-c5d666-c5d667/c8a000/
     
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