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Businessoptics 12-30-2008 09:23 AM

Should I get a Beretta?
Hey guys... I am buying my first handgun soon. I was thinking a berreta. What Caliber do you guys reccommend? I am using it for protection and target practice. Mostly protection. I have done alot of research on Berettas and they seem like great guns. My dad is in Law Enforcement so he can get them really cheap. Do you think this is a good idea for my first handgun?

Mark F 12-30-2008 12:30 PM

Beretta is fine. 9mm or 40 S&W.

hillbilly68 12-30-2008 12:31 PM

Caliber...make sure it starts with a "4". Preferably ending with a "5".

Berettas are decent weapons, just not the best solution IMO. But it may be the best solution for you, just dont throw out other options. If your Dad is LEO he will also be able to get professional Glock pricing as well. I would look into it. You personal preference though, just shoot as many types as you can first, not just research. Good luck with the choice!

741512th 12-30-2008 02:45 PM

I have a 92FS and I think its a very good gun. Accurate, easy to maintain, and very reliable. Not one single malfunction after a few thousand rounds through the tube. If you're thinking of carrying it around, it is a little big.

I did not, however, like the 84FS or the little pocket guns at all.

Dillinger 12-30-2008 02:50 PM

Well, I bought a Beretta 92F back in the days of their big post Lethal Weapon marketing campaign. At the time, I loved the gun, and I didn't have any problems with it. However, having learned a LOT about firearms since then, I would have to recommend against the Beretta and suggest something like the CZ or perhaps one of the uber plastic pistols everyone seems to love.

Beretta is in love with their name and their warranty has gone to hell in a handbasket. Even with discount pricing, you are still not getting anyone to stand behind the work, so if you get a junker, you are stuck with it without jumping through a crapload of hoops...

As for caliber, there are two.


And everything else. :D


robocop10mm 12-30-2008 03:43 PM

I cannot disagree with JD except


matt g 12-30-2008 06:06 PM

*cough* 1911 *cough, cough*

Franciscomv 12-31-2008 12:59 AM

My first gun was a Beretta 96, it worked OK, but it just wasn't my kind of gun. Too bulky, yet not heavy enough (I like steel frames). I sold it, bought a CZ 75 and never looked back, a MUCH better gun (in my very novice opinion).

Try to handle a few different guns before buying one, or, even better, go to a range that has some for rent and try them out.

LeprechaunGunLover 12-31-2008 02:13 PM

Beretta is a good weapon from my experience. I use a Beretta M9 in the military and it's a very dependable weapon as opposed to the old 1911 .45's. I was issued a brand new one and I have personally put over 5000 rounds through it and I have only had the magazines break down. The only time it jammed was after I had a long day at the range without a proper cleaning, so naturally it jammed a couple times, but after a cleaning it fired like new again. It's not as touchy as some of the other firearms I've used before as far as cleaning goes, in fact, every other firearm I've ever used needs to be cleaned far more with exception of the Glock.
Anyway, that's my input. You need to fire a couple different handguns before you decide so you know what fits you best, but as far as Beretta's specifically, it is a very reliable gun.

stalkingbear 12-31-2008 08:18 PM

I'm not a fan of the beretta 92 design at all. I feel you would be better served with a different platform such as 1911 or the polymer pistols. The 1911 is STILL the platform by which all others are judged, for good reason. If you want the reliability of a Glock, but with better ergonomics and features, get a Springfield Armory XD. Bottom line is get the 1 that's THE best fit to YOUR hand, while offering the features you want. Go to a range where they let you shoot different pistols if you can before deciding. Recoil isn't going to be a factor in virtually any of the full sized pistols IF they properly fit you in the 1st place-regardless of the caliber, with possible exception of the 10mm. Also, the standard defensive caliber by which all others are judged is the timeless .45acp (my personal favorite), again for good reason.

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