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hawkguy 07-25-2013 03:13 AM

need some quick help and info please

i had started a thread on the beretta inox 92 compact. i sought opinions and it seems all who had one thought it was a quality pistol.

i have one on hold at a LGS. in hitting a few reviews and finding some info, i few things have me concerned so i thought i'd bring them up for some feedback.

plastic parts: i had read somewhere that this gun has a plastic trigger & guide this true. if it is, i am a bit put off by this. this isn't a inexpensive gun so why would these parts be plastic? are there any other plastic parts i should be aware of other than the grips? dropping 7 bills on a gun with a plastic trigger and internal parts just don't seem.....i dunno...right? :o

anyway. let me know. i guess what any owners think of this. easy/expensive is it to swap out these parts with metal parts?

i also read somewhere that someone complained of the coating on the frame coming off? :confused: i know the frame is likely aluminum, but...err...

and i last this gun the real quality that a beretta should be? i think i am getting a bit of purchase jitters, this is going to be the most expensive firearm i have purchased. my AR cost a little bit less...:p

any info appreciated & thanks!

hawkguy 07-25-2013 10:58 PM

bump! :)

picking this up(or not) in the next few days....any info appreciated!

DrFootball 07-25-2013 11:45 PM

Hawk: don't know how much help I can be,..but here goes:
I have 2 "92's" a Taurus SS Target(1993-when I was still a comp. shooter) and a Blued Beretta 92 SB/F(now they call them FSB's) from the Mid 1980's. I also carried an M9 as a sidearm while on Active duty.

FWIW,..I think when they Say "plastic" they mean "polymer" but I might be incorrect. Both of mine have Steel Triggers. I also Saw that CHIAPPA makes Licensed 92's for about 2/3rds the price($499 for both Std. & Compact Blued,..$40 more for Stainless Matte)(I have their "M9-22" so I can attest that their QA/QC is good....) Have not Heard of "finish erosion" issues with New guns,..but used Police trade ins sometimes show that kind of wear if they are not "refinished" to save the new buyer a few Bucks...if thats your concern and it's not a Brand new gun it doesn't cost much to have it Duracoted or Cerakoted....( I know you have young kids tho, and any extra expense can be a DEALBREAKER)....
I remember a lot of folks busting my chops on a Taurus back then, until they saw my groups @ the range..
The orig. Taurus 92's were built on Beretta Machinery In Brazil in the 1980's for a military contract. Now Taurus still owns that factory but they only make Guns there for Military contracts. All their current commercial stuff(and the Rossi's as well) Are made in the USA(Fla)..
If your concern is valid, ask them to let you bring a competent "smith" to look at it or ask for a return policy of X-days if they have one...But I have never been sorry with any Beretta or Taurus Purchase...and i'm about to get a Rossi Judge Carbine(45LC/.410) with Black furniture for my wife....

I have always wanted an "SB compact" but could not justify the reason when I have 2 Small .9mm Smiths & a Ruger LC9...

Josh1158 07-26-2013 12:26 AM

My 92 has a plastic guid rod, the right side of the safty and I think a few other parts I think..i have seen metal replacement part kits for it that arnt all that expensive. I read somewhere they went with a plastic guide rod for improved reliability.

DrFootball 07-26-2013 12:39 AM

That must be a newer one then Josh.....Mine is over 25 Yrs. Old....

JonM 07-26-2013 12:44 AM

The guide rod in my inox compact is steel. Wish it was the m9a1 plastic one :( they are more reliable under dirty conditions.

The trigger is steel with a polymer coating.

The right hand safety is steel the left appears to be steel coated in polymer. Its too close to the steel slide to be sure the magnet is reacting to that and not the slide.

Ive never ever heard of a m9 safety lever breaking

hawkguy 07-26-2013 04:21 AM

thanks to all for the quick replies!

once i got my mitts on it again, i answered many of my own questions. yes, the guide rod is steel, the trigger sure seems to be poly, but a magnet will stick to it, so there has to be some steel in there.

it followed me at first sight........i'll know how she shoots tomorrow! :):):)

Josh1158 07-26-2013 04:30 AM


Originally Posted by DrFootball (Post 1315573)
That must be a newer one then Josh.....Mine is over 25 Yrs. Old....

Yeah I got it a few months ago

DrFootball 07-26-2013 04:46 AM

Congrats on the Purchase Hawk! Although mine are .5" longer then yours(u did say it was a compact right?)

I find the following loads to be the best(I have used):
aside from that fact that it will eat just about anything.

Remington UMC 115 Gr. RN-all day everyday!
Federal "classic" 124 Gr. Hi-shok JHP. NOT Plus P but a good close range SD load
Hornady XTP 110 Gr. SJHP, Plus P but NOT the New Critical Defense rounds. When i can't Find Critical Defense or Critical Duty these are close enough.
General Dynamic Research 50 Gr. Frangible HP's....saw a video of what these can do and bought 2-20 rd. boxes on the spot. As soon as I get a Third I will test them on Plywood & Melons..(unless someone has Gel Blocks they wanna donate: PM me!)

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