Gun of the Week #9 : Beretta 92FS

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Every Wednesday, I write about a gun in my collection. This week it is my main carry gun, the Beretta 92FS. You can see the other guns featured in this series by clicking here and scrolling down.

This is my standard carry gun during the fall, winter and spring when I wear bulky clothing.
I live in a free state, where I can use 15 round magazines with 1 round in the chamber.  I bought this gun a year ago from a guy in a parking lot. In fact it was the parking lot of the range, where I no longer go to, which is mentioned in an other post.  The price was $499.00 in it’s original box. It was unfired. It was a great deal. It was in cash and without any record keeping. (Legal in my state, he looked at my license and Pistol Permit to confirm I was not a felon). The seller was a Cowboy Action Shooter that bought the gun new on a whim and it sat on a shelf in his safe until I bought it. Came with original carry case and all original accessories and manual.

I can put all 16 rounds into the middle of a paper plate(  cheap target) at distances from 10  25 feet. I even love the fact that it came in OD Green which makes it look a little different then all the other black Beretta 92’s out there. I have two different in-the-pants concealed holsters t and several belt clip holsters that I use in a open-carry situation.

Beretta 92

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The Beretta 92 (also Beretta 96 and Beretta 98) is a series of semi-automatic pistols designed and manufactured by Beretta of Italy. The model 92 was designed in 1972 and production of many variants in different calibers continues today. The United States Armed Forces replaced the Model 1911A1 .45 ACP pistol in 1985 with the military spec Beretta 92F, the M9.

Although only 5,000 copies of the original design were manufactured from 1975 to 1976, the design is currently produced in four different configurations (FS, G, D and DS) and four calibers:

  • 92 series in 9×19mm Parabellum
  • 96 series in .40 S&W
  • 98 series in 9×21mm IMI
  • 98 and 99 series in 7.65mm Luger

Beretta 92 pistol evolved from earlier Beretta designs, most notably the M1922 and M1951. From the M1922 comes the open slide design, while the alloy frame and locking block barrel (originally from Walther P38) were first used in the M1951. The grip angle and the front sight integrated with the slide were also common to earlier Beretta pistols. Perhaps the Model 92’s two most important advanced design features appeared on its immediate predecessor, the 1974 .380 caliber Model 84. These improvements both involved the magazine, which featured direct feed, that is, there was no feed ramp between the magazine and the chamber (a Beretta innovation in pistols), and the magazine was a “double-stacked” high capacity design – a feature originally introduced in 1935 on the 9mm FN/Browning “Hi-Power”.[1]

The Beretta 92 first appeared in 1975[2] and was designed by Carlo Beretta, Giuseppe Mazzetti and Vittorio Valle, all experienced firearms designers on the Beretta design team.

Beretta modified the model 92SB slightly to create the 92SB-F (the “F” added to denote entry of the model in U.S. Government federal testing) and, later, the 92G for French Government testing, by making the following changes:

  • Design of all the parts to make them 100% interchangeable to simplify maintenance for large government organizations.
  • Modified the front of the trigger guard so that one could use finger support for easier aiming.
  • Recurved the forward base of the grip to aid aiming.
  • Hard chromed the barrel bore to protect it from corrosion and to reduce wear.
  • New surface coating on the slide called Bruniton, which allegedly provides better corrosion resistance than the previous plain blued finish.

The 92 FS has an enlarged hammer pin that fits into a groove on the underside of the slide. The main purpose is to stop the slide from flying off the frame to the rear if it cracks. This was in response to reported defective slides during U.S. Military testing.

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The Beretta 92’s open slide design ensures smooth feeding and ejection of ammunition and allows easy clearing of obstructions. The hard-chromed barrel bore reduces barrel wear and protects it from corrosion. The falling locking block design provides good accuracy and operability with suppressors due to the in-line travel of the barrel. This is in contrast to the complex travel of Browning designed barrels. The magazine release button is reversible with simple field tools. Reversing the magazine release makes left-handed operation much easier.

Detail of a Beretta 92FS ejection port and barrel.

Increasingly, it has become popular to reduce handgun weight and cost and increase corrosion resistance by using polymers. Starting around the year 2000, Beretta began replacing some parts with polymer and polymer coated metal. Polymer parts include the recoil spring guide rod which is now also fluted, magazine release button, magazine floor plate, magazine follower and the mainspring cap/lanyard loop. Polymer coated metal parts include the safety levers, trigger, trigger bar, slide lock/release and dis-assembly latch.

The 92 also spawned several variants of similar internal design. The Beretta 90two is a full-size variant of the 92-series with a redesigned slide and a redesigned aluminum frame with an internal recoil buffer, user changeable monogrips and an accessory rail.

4 thoughts on “Gun of the Week #9 : Beretta 92FS

    • No. I actually own more old handguns that new handguns. Many Curio and Relic handguns I got with my Collector FFL. My Son has a nice vintage Colt Government 911. This is the most modern and probably the newest handgun that I own.

  1. The Model-58 is no longer in production. S&W indicated there might be a re-release in .41 Mag, N-frame, which was the showcase piece in 1964, with Elmer Keith and Bill Jordan, both having input. I don’t remember when the gun went out of production. Late 1970s or 1980s??
    When I was a cop, years ago, I used to shoot 400 rounds per day, seven days a week. I became an Instructor at the gunshop’s range, and used to test fire (Blue Pill) every kind of gun. It was great.
    The Model 1911, in .45acp, is an O-frame. The are sweet. I like the Series-80 better than the Series-70, which is what most competition guns are. I carried mine on streets and while doing “knock-knock” warrants.

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