Originally Posted by InDefenseofLiberty
That is a good point my hand is almost a 1/2" shorter yet across the knuckles I am at 3.75". i always noticed that I had a tendency to shoot left the smaller the gun grip was and that my natural point of aim was always left also. So I, in my research, started gripping the gun closing my eyes and pulling the gun up in a shooting stance and noticed that if the grip was small my aim was left, not so with the fatter grips.
Beretta 92's and 96's feel great in the hand and shoot beautifully however, I cannot abide a weapon that is finicky on ammo and in my experience the Beretta's I have shot are very picky. Especially with the reloads.
what ammo have you used that gave you problems?
Every single Beretta 92/96 I've fired, from the 5 or 6 different M9s I qualified with at the range, to the 3 that I own myself, to shooting buddies Berettas, I have NEVER had a malfunction when using factory Beretta magazines or the military contract magazines that are stamped "checkmate" or "wyandot" (or whatever the names were on them, I'm going from memory on the names)
Now, when I bought my first 92FS, it was a used gun, police department trade in, and it was in the middle of the 94 AWB, so they could not trade in the "high capacity magazines" with the gun for sale to private citizen, so it came with some cheap aftermarket no-name mag that didn't even have the holes drilled in the back to show round count. That magazine did cause some malfunctions where it would double feed. Once I bought some pre-ban Beretta mags, I've never had an issue since.
And I've shot military issue "ball" ammo, winchester, wolf, tulammo, remmington, Hornaday, Speer, American, Belliot...I've shot FMJ, cast lead, JHP, +P and home reloads...and whatever else I could get my hands on, and again the only time I had malfunctions was with that cheap no-name magazine.
on the original topic, I have always paid attention to hand size and grip size when handling weapons. I can't stand those annoying "baby glocks" because of how small they are. I carry my Beretta 96 concealed because I can hide it as easily as the guys who are carrying full size 1911s, and it fits my hands well. At an IPSC competition one time, a fellow competetor said "holy crap man, you make that huge Beretta look small in your hands!"
I just measured my hands by the above dimension, and I'm just over 8" in length, and if I measure across the knuckles of my 4 fingers, I'm at 4" across.