Anyone Have A Beretta 96?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Aenima, May 11, 2010.

  1. Aenima

    Aenima New Member

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    Ive been really craving a "first gun" and I have been looking through a lot of handguns and Im thinking about the 92FS, but I like .40s better than 9mm. This July, the new 96A1 is coming out and it looks really nice. I was wondering if anyone here has a 96 and what they think of it and what you guys think of the new 96A1.
     
  2. Westy

    Westy New Member

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    I have a 96, and think it's a great fun. Rock solid, like the 92.
     

  3. Aenima

    Aenima New Member

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    Hell yeah man. I've heard nothing but good things about the 96s. Have you heard about the new model? 96A1
     
  4. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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    I had one and while I liked it aesthetically I never fell in love with it. Accuracy was OK, and it was reliable. However, it was way too bulky for its capacity. I can get 10 rounds of .40 in a compact pistol. In a big full size gun, I want 15 rounds (yeah, I probably won't need it, but I see it a trade off for bulk).

    The new 96A1 holds a couple more rounds (12), I'm not sure I like the other "improvements" though (rounded guard, rail). I do really like the dove tail front sight, I wasn't happy with the factory sights on my 96 and replacing them would have been a pain in the ***.
     
  5. Mack Bolan

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    i got to try a borrowed 96d centurion and like it a lot too...;)

    enough so to buy one i found on GB that was stamped "Minnesota State Patrol":D got a good deal too.

    has a solid, comfortable feel, and it shot real accurate for me...
     
  6. Aenima

    Aenima New Member

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    Hrmm..I guess it depends on the shooter lol. Im only 17 so its a little hard for me to borrow one or rent one or something. I really want to try a 96. The Minnesota SP uses the 96? Do other PDs use them?
     
  7. Mack Bolan

    Mack Bolan New Member

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    dont know where or who else they've been issued to, but mine is DAO -double action only which is different than the new ones, the new ones are in single action and i think they're a lil easier to shoot.
     
  8. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Agreed. Tried a friend's 92 at the range a while back, it's bulk would be my biggest complaint. It was difficult to get my hand around and held surprising few rounds. The grip on the gun seemed almost as large as an XD .45, and that is just too big by me (and I don't have small hands).

    Make sure you try several pistols before you set your mind on any first purchase. Of course considering you're 17, you've got plenty of time to go window shopping. ;)
     
  9. Aenima

    Aenima New Member

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    lol yeah..thats why im asking XD Thanks for the responses guys
     
  10. jakebrake

    jakebrake New Member

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    owned one a while back. Was a sweetheart to shoot. didn't jam, nice trigger pull, great all around pistol.
     
  11. Brigadeir

    Brigadeir New Member

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    I have 2, and 3 Rugers and 2 S&Ws

    even though the size is a bit larger, I carry my Brig. Elite II 96G with crimson trace grips (although my gnarly, arthritic paws are having a harder time getting around it, I may have to switch to my Vertec soon). I'd rather take 2 9mm rounds than a well placed .40. My Berettas both give me 3" @50 yards and if 10 165r. rounds don't put an assailant down, you're dead meat anyway. (Not to mention, the aftermarket 20 round mags.). I put over 1000 rounds through mine without cleaning or a single FTF, just to test function.
    May be a bit bulkier than others (my S&W) but worth it for the accuracey and reliability.

    IMHO,
    Brig.