92fs magazines

Discussion in 'Beretta Forum' started by beretta9988, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. beretta9988

    beretta9988 New Member

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    I purchase a used 92fs that came with the original case and manual and 2 10 rounds mags. The Manual states the pistol came with 2 15 round mags when new. I assume the person that sold it to the GS bought the 2 10 round mags separately. Not sure what happened to the 15 round mags.

    How would I know if the mags are beretta or aftermarket?
    Thanks
     
  2. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    I own no Beretta's and do not remember "from my grunt days" if Beretta marked the magazines?

    I can tell you that many States have a 10 round limit so even though the literature says 15... and even if your state has no such restriction... It's entirely possible the gun was sold "new" in a "10 round" state, hence the 10 rounders that came with your gun.

    It's highly unlikely that a previous owner bought it new with 15 round mags, then went out and purchases 10 rounders?

    Limited Cap magazines are kind of like those stupid cable locks that come with every new gun... Lot's of people get stuck with them, but no one actually goes looking to buy them.

    I'm sure one of our Beretta fans will be along shortly to answer your I.D. questions.

    Good Luck

    Tack
     
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  3. beretta9988

    beretta9988 New Member

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    Hey thanks for the response.

    Wondering if the person who sold the gun tobthe GS sold the 15 rounds mags to someone else since they are out of stock everywhere I have looked.

    Does anyone know if the 15 rounds mags stick out of the pistol more than the 10? The 10 sits in there flush but wondering how they fit 5 more rounds in if the 10 and 15 are the same physical size. Or is the 15 longer?
     
  4. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    15 rounds is the "standard" capacity for your pistol and the mag fits "flush".

    10 rounders are modified to accept less.

    Assuming you are in a non "10 round state" it should be possible to convert your 10's to hold 15's.

    I've never done this with a Beretta mag but it should only required replacing the springs and followers at most.

    I'm sure if you do a google search you'll find some instructions on this... but first I'd make sure your state does not limit you to 10 rounds and that it's not illegal to "modify" a factory mag.

    Tack
     
  5. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Do the 10 round mags have indentations on the sides that go for the majority of the length of the mag? If they do then they cannot be modified to be 15 rounders again.

    As others already said, there is a good possibility thta the gun was sold in a restricted capacity state, and 10 rounders needed to be shipped wiht the gun.
    Another possibility is what you stated, where the owner may have had some standard capacity mags and held on to those to resell.
    Otion 3 is thta the gun shop got ahold of the gun and removed the 15 rounders to make a higher profit and replaced them with 10 rounders.

    Beretta factory mags were made by Mec-Gar in italy and marked with Beretta markings. Government contract mags were from Beretta through Mec-Gar and Check Mate, and maybe others. Some of the Check-Mate marked mags had a bad reputation for having followers get stuck when exposed to dirt due to excessive parkerizing on the inside of the mag body, and having bad follower springs. If you get Check-Mate mags, run some steel wool through the inside of the mag to polish it a bit, and get newer replacement springs.
     
  6. etbob9

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    I purchased my 92fs Vertec (new) around 2004. This was near the end of
    the Clinton Assault Weapons ban and Beretta sold their Handguns with 10
    round mags to comply with the ban. I'm not sure if all their pistols had 10
    round mags at this time but mine did.

    My 10 round mags have the formed grooves on the sides and cannot
    be converted for 15 rounds. The standard 15 round mag fits flush, just
    like the ten round.
     
  7. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    if you tell us what state your in we could help ya. there are a few marxist states that only want the political elite to be armed and have restricted magazines to less than normal capacity.
     
  8. Grapevinebill

    Grapevinebill New Member

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    If they are Beretta magazines the best way to tell is the markings on the side. They will say "Made in Italy" and some have "PB" on them.
     
  9. beretta9988

    beretta9988 New Member

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    I live in PA. Don't think their is a restriction. I see PB on the mags.
     
  10. Trooper7687

    Trooper7687 New Member

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    Never seen 10rd magazines for the 92fs, I live in the UK and mine came with 15rd as standard and I have a collection of 17rd magazines that I use with no problems
     
  11. beretta9988

    beretta9988 New Member

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    They have the groove you are talking about. So I guess I will have to buy some 15 round mags now. Not having any luck finding any.
     
  12. Hktactical

    Hktactical New Member

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    Botach tactical had 20 rd Mecgar mags for 29.99 in stock 5 days ago. I ordered 4 and received them yesterday. Free shipping.