Considered by many to be a legend in it's own time, the Beretta 92FS is a true clone of the M9 service pistol with little difference between the two other than the serial numbers.
When adopted by the US military in 1985, the 15-round capacity of this gun's magazine was a welcome step up from the standard 7 rounds that the M1911A1 held. Some decried the downsizing from the larger .45 cartridge to the 9mm, but the overall increase in firepower and the fact that the 9mm cartridge was so widely distributed throughout America's allies sealed the deal.
Beretta 92FS pistols are known to be a bit heavy, but much of this is the result of the fully loaded magazine as the frame of the gun itself is made from aircraft-grade aluminum in an attemp to shed as much excess weight as possible.
Both single-action and double action firing is possible with the pistols trigger setup. The long double-action pull is the standard for the first shot as the gun is always in the decocked posotion when the safety is on but as the hammer is external, the gun can be manually cocked to allow a traditionally more accurate single-action shot to be placed if desired.
At the time, a number of the safety features introduced in the 92FS service pistol were heralded as groundbreaking. The thumb safety performs two functions that effectively make it physically impossible for the gun to fire. The first is that it effectively breaks the firing pin in two so if the safety is engages, no forward connection between the hammer and chambered round exists. The second is that the safety itself is the decocking mechanism for this pistol. Rotate the safety down into the "safe" position and the hammer automatically decocks which means the gun cannot be carried in single-action mode and subsequently dropped if the safety is properly engaged.
If you are wondering what would happen if the gun was dropped with the safety off and the hammer cocked, a third, firing pin blog internal safety mechanism is integrated into the interior of the gun itself. The firing pin block is a physical obstruction between the resting firing pin and the round that remains in place until the trigger is fully depressed. These three safeties work together to make the Beretta 92FS one of the safest service pistols money can buy.
These guns feature easy disassemply. To field strip, simply rotate the safety latch and remove the slide assemply the barrel and recoil spring assembly can be removed for cleaning and maintainence. This was a significant improvement at the time over the 1911.
Both front and rear sights are combat style and are permanently integrated into the slide. Both sights use a white-dot system that provides a high visibility confirmation of both sight alignment and sight picture.
The Beretta 92FS service pistols feature a true ambidextrous design. The safety is both right and left handed by default and the magazine release can be converted to left hand use in a matter of minutes.
A black, no glare, corrosion resistant BrunitonTM finish is seen most commonly with these service pistols but Beretta also makes a Inox version that appears to be stainless at first glance. As only the slide is stainless steel and the frame remains aluminum the Inox guns are uniform in appearance but not composition.
Reviews of the Beretta 92FS service pistols are found below. All full-size, 15-round guns regardless of finish are to be reviewed here. Surpluss M9 pistols can also be included in this review set. The newer, 92A1 and 96A1 models hold closely to the 92FS but as they are higher capacity and feature integrated accessory rails, have their own independent review sections.
I can never understand why these pistols are called reliable. I have shot dozens of different 9mm pistols as a 30 year gun collector and 25 year Army veteran, and this was the absolute least reliable - mainly due to its open slide. Go with S&W, Sig, Glock, Ruger, or CZ...not with this one. Read More
When you add a "D" spring The 92 is the best service 9mm out their matched only by the Sig p226. Read More
The 92 family brought on what would later become known as the wonder 9s (high capacity 9mm). Beretta brought to the 92 to the table in 1975. In 1985 the US Army selected it as their primary hand gun and remains so to this day; other agencies and Law enforcement have also selected the 92 family. The 92 gets a bad rap for being heavy and big. If you place a Glock 17 next to a 92 you will find the 92 is about one inch longer than the G17, the same is true for most full size guns as well. As for weight the 92 set the standard for full sized hand gun weight reduction by using aircraft aluminum and open receiver. The 92fs is 34 ounces when compared to my subcompact hand gun at 26 ounces its just not that noticeable. Also I think you will find the balance on a 92 second to none. So can you conceal a 92fs, yes, just as well as any full size hand gun? Important words Full sized. As for design its hard to find a move even today that doesnt have a 92fs in it. The design looks as fresh today as it did in 1975. As of this review the 92fs is priced very reasonable across the US when comparing features, reliability, safety, accuracy, fit and finish to other providers of top tier hand gun. The 92fs is the flagship of the Beretta line up for a reason. There are a lot of makers of fine hand guns out there and the 92fs should be on your try list. Read More
I purchased a used Italian made Beretta 92FS. It is a very well made pistol, easy to take apart and clean, and 9mm are fairly cheap to shoot. I find the grips a little large for the size of my hands, and the gun is a little heavy for concealed carry in my opinion. Over then that it is a very finely made side arm. Read More
I own the 92fs and an m9a1, I used each as daily carry for years. They are highly concealable when you use the proper holster. I personally found small of the back to work best for me. I've put thousands of rounds through both, with few if any issues. They are both incredibly accurate pistols, with fairly light recoil. I run 18 round flush fit, and 20 round semi flush magazines in mine, excellent capacity for only nominal weight gain. Read More
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