You Won t Believe These Things About 9mm Pistols
The Beretta Model 92 is now serving as the united states Army service pistol as the Beretta M9A1. While controversial in certain quarters, particularly among those that prefer the .45 caliber 1911 pistol, the Beretta has earned a superb reputation in service. Bad experiences with aftermarket (non-Beretta manufacture) magazines delivered with a finish that attracted sand marred the pistols reputation; but ultimately poor magazines or poor ammunition cannot be used to assail the trustworthiness of a dependable, serviceable handgun.
The Beretta is an excellent design, and the Model 92 is a conventional pistol in most regards. The pistol uses proven principles including a locked breech mode of operation. The pistols locking mechanism incorporates an oscillating wedge of the kind first used in the Mauser C 96 pistol over one hundred and 15 years ago.
The heft and balance of the compact pistol are good. The Beretta 92 is noted as one of the lightest recoiling of all 9mm pistols and muzzle flip is subdued. The load of the compact is balanced more over the hand in a pleasing combination. The barrel is flush fitted to the slide. The shortened grip is the best fit for many hands. The geometry of the grip angle results in an S curve that appears to give better purchase than the full size service pistol grip. The abbreviated grip results within the loss of two rounds in capacity in comparison to the service pistol. The magazine holds thirteen rounds, the same as the full size Browning High Power, in comparison to the fifteen round Beretta 92 service pistol. Losing two rounds in capacity is acceptable in the event the overall weight and bulk savings are considered. The pistol is well made, well finished and offers an impressive testament to Beretta 92 Series manufacture. Of all of the Beretta handguns which have crossed my path, from the Beretta 1934 to the latest Inox, this type of pistol impresses the most and is well worth its price.
The Beretta illustrated was obtained through normal commercial channels. To put it differently the author found this specimen in the box within the used section of a pawn shop and immediately recognized his good fortune. The pistol was rather nicely packaged. It is delivered in a hard plastic case with a cleaning rod, gun lock and spare magazine and also the pistol is finished in a durable blue which is flawless in execution. This compact features beautifully figured wood grips, a departure from the normal plastic grips found on Beretta pistols and it has the double action first shot trigger action, then by a crisp single action let off. The double action trigger is tight but smooth at about fifteen pounds. The single action trigger breaks at a clean four and one quarter pounds. The double action trigger is connected to the hammer by an external drawbar. The sights are typical Beretta 92, designed for rapid acquisition at combat ranges and precision fire to at least 50 yards. The Beretta uses the oscillating wedge lockup pioneered through the Mauser C 96 pistol. The open top slide is a distinctive Beretta trademark. When examining this Italian made pistol the fit, finish and smoothness of operation seemed above average. But that isnt the only noticeable mark of superior manufacture. The barrel crown was particularly well done with a true forty five degree cut in the crown. This is a step foregone by most makers. This crown aids in good accuracy and also in preventing damage to the rifling.
This handgun also seemed a bit tighter than average. There was little to no takeup in the trigger before you decide to began the double action press. That's tight engagement. The double action trigger is smooth in the press from around fifteen pounds. Good shooting might be done with the double action trigger at combat ranges of 5 to 10 yards. Occasionally a wonderful shooter will perform beyond expectation with the Beretta , others just dont get the hang of it. After the double action trigger is pressed the pistol fires and also the slide cocks the hammer for single action fire. The single action trigger is crisp with slight takeup and no creep or backlash. The security is positive as with any Beretta combination decocker/safety. It really is a personal choice whether you wish to carry the pistol on safe. The security might be quickly manipulated to the OFF position with a robust forward thumb action. An important benefit of the safety is that if somebody manages to gain control of your pistol they could not realize how the protection functions and might not be able to quickly manipulate the protection. Due to this reason I have known peace officers to grind the red dot indicating the protection is OFF from their pistols. It's important to decide how important a manual safety is to your tactical mindset.