Originally Posted by JonM
i was in the army during the switch from 1911 to 92fs. had the opportunity to run a bunch of ammo through several. they tended to jam up due to excessive overheating after several mags. same amount of ammo shot through the 1911 flawless function. the 1911's were of ww2 make various remingtons colts ithacas etc. over extended use there were frame cracks in several that had to be sent back to depot maintenance. under field conditions the open slides tended to collect debris. they didnt wear well over time.
from this i developed a low opinion of the 92 series and berretas in general.
just my opinion, but you would do well to cnsider the springfield XD series, hi-power browning, cz75, or 1911. all those are far better than the 92 series
Early analysis of the breakages by the Army suggested that the problems experienced were due to problems with the pistols themselves. Beretta responded to these reports by requesting testing of the M882 ammunition. Dissatisfied with the progress and methodology of the Army's tests of its ammunition, Beretta obtained independent tests of the ammunition that disclosed excessive pressure levels in the rounds (average pressures exceeding 345 MPa (50,000 psi), compared with the maximum NATO-allowed service pressure of 252 MPa (36,550 psi)).
After delays in delivery of M9 pistols while these issues were resolved, Beretta developed a safety mechanism (enlarged hammer pin head) that significantly reduced risk to the shooter should an M9 slide break. The U.S. Army also changed the propellant mix for the M882 round, after which no further pistol breakages of the types previously seen were reported.
This happened when they first came out. The problem has since been fixed and you can fire 500 rounds straight, with no problems. I have done so. The Beretta 92 is one of the greatest pistols ever made.