Originally Posted by JonM
Actually the taurus isn't a clone its a beretta 92 not a fs or f model though. Its made in an old berreta plant using berreta machinery setup up by berreta to make 92's for the brazillians. When the contract ended berreta sold the factory to taurus who was running it for them.
The 1980's to 1990's taurus 92 were superior to the same period berreta 92s due mainly to the fact taurus was using billet steel while berreta switched to forgings and mim. One of the reasons the italian berreta m9 in the early issue days had slides shooting off the back and the taurus never did.
Today the reverse is true with the current m9a1 and 92fs faaaar superior to the taurus 92
Save up.for a real m9a1 or 92fs you won't be sorry
Brazil actually nationalized the Beretta plant against Beretta's will. The government sold the factory to Taurus to continue production of the 92S series guns.
The Italian Berettas did not have the slide issues initially, but ratehr the Beretta USA plant produced 92FS did have problems with cracking locking blocks and slides due to a departure from alloy spec and heat treatment in the original Italian design specs. The problem was addressed and ceased to be an issue. there were some additional slide modifications to reduce teh risk of actual complete separation from the frame in teh event of a future break though.
I had seen several Taurus 92 pistols come back into the range from 1989-1993 with broken locking blocks, and trigger issues that I did not see with Italian made guns. Never saw one of the US guns come back in the shop before I joined the Navy and left, but they Maryland plant guns weren't as common for commercial sale at that time because the MD factory was still primarily concerned with fulfilling government contracts.
I did discuss problems with slides and locking blocks with Navy Gunners Mates and Marine armorers. They had seen some of the early problems with the locking blocks and slides, but said that it had become much more rare in the last decade after they had gone through required updates of parts.