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First time buying a handgun. Been doing a lot of research the past couple weeks and I think I have narrowed it down to the beretta 92a1.

Was considering the 96a1 but the 9mm mag size was what may have swayed me. Using for HD and target. No carrying.

Was also considering the sig p226. Besides the price difference, what are the negatives about either one? I can find positive reviews all day but id like to know what some potential turn offs would be of either.

Picked up purchase permit yesterday and going to gun show this weekend. Any info would be appreciated.
 

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Personal Opinion: Sig is the better gun, by a landslide.

Better trigger, ergos, less monstrous grip/slide/controls...and no slide mounted thumb safety.

CZ 75 = BHP > Sig P226 > Beretta 92

Just one dude's perspective. They're all good guns, so get the one with the fit, features, and finish you prefer.
 

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I have both, and have carried both on duty.

I consider them comparable. The SIG might have a very slight edge in overall quality, but the Beretta fits my hand better, and is therefore easier to shoot well. (for me, at least)

But both have been adopted as standard by the military, and you couldn't go wrong with either.
 

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My dad has the p229. I like it well enough. My buddy has the cz 75b. I liked that one as well. I just wanted something different and stumbled across the 92a1 on the Internet.

I think that's the way I'm leaning, and I can shoot a few extra rounds with the couple dollars I save.
 

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You have picked two very well made firearms. I have carried the m9 while in the military and never had a malufunction that I can think of, and our m9's were some of the oldest. The finish was almost worn off all the way on almost all of them and the thing rattled a bit when shook. Needless to say these things where shot all the time and rarely seen anyone play nice with them. But they stood up to it and shot great! When I got out I picked up an Itialian 92fs and it is one of the smoothest shooting pistols I own, Also I love the grip.

This is coming from somone who did not like the idea of the m9 for military use before I went in. But that time in and seeing them perform changed my mind. I love the new A1 and plan on getting one soon.

The only con I see is an aluminum fram and steel slide, which can make the frame wear faster, becasue it is a weaker metal.


As far as the sig goes, I thnk they are fantastic guns. I think the Brits issue sig to their troops. Love the design and look of them too. Also had a Lt. who was obssesed with them! You really cannot go wrong with either one. Shoot both and buy the one your best with.
 

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I have both as well. Both are great guns but if I had to pick just one, it would be the Sig P226. Some new model Sig P226's come with the E2 grips, which I highly recommend. The P226 is a bit more expensive but it's well worth it. Good luck choosing.


 

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First time buying a handgun. Been doing a lot of research the past couple weeks and I think I have narrowed it down to the beretta 92a1.

Was considering the 96a1 but the 9mm mag size was what may have swayed me. Using for HD and target. No carrying.

Was also considering the sig p226. Besides the price difference, what are the negatives about either one? I can find positive reviews all day but id like to know what some potential turn offs would be of either.

Picked up purchase permit yesterday and going to gun show this weekend. Any info would be appreciated.
Shot quite a few 9 mm before I bought and wound up with the 226. Smooth felt good and shoots well. Very easy to break down and clean with no tools required. Like everyone has pointed out both are great guns pick the one that feels best. Good luck.
 

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While at the gun show look at the S&W full size 5906 (all steel) and compact 6906 (alloy frame). Excellent pistols and often go for less than $400 used.
 

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Thanks for the responses. I think I've decided on the beretta. Another reason is because of the accessory rail.

Not sure if I'll ever use it but it'll be nice to have the option. And with the money I save I can be through 1000 rounds before I'd reach the price of a sig.
 

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The 226 IMO is one of if not the best semi auto pistol made. I own it's baby brother the 229. I do like the 92 and have shot it a lot but the Sig is made better and will hold its value more IMO.

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Just to add a little on what I said earlier, so as not to sound like a 92fs fanboy. I do intend on buying a sig p226 at some point. Why not have both?!:D
 

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If I had the money, I never would have had to make the decision ;)

I'd own them both, then maybe a glock.

Nah, no glock ;)
 

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Beretta's a good gun, but I like the ergo's on SIGs better. I don't like the fixed front sight on the 92.
 

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I have had a 92A1 for a couple years now, but a 226 is a

top rated gun.

I would say, if you have big hands, and prefer the

92A1 grip, get the Beretta.

Otherwise, get the SIG.
 

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I guess it depends on the price. If the sig is somewhat "reasonably" priced, I will go with it for sure.

Then I'd have to wait till my next pay check to be able to shoot it lol. It's gonna be a last minute decision.
 

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I did decide to go with the sig for all of you who care. Partially because they didn't have any berettas. Not a very good selection of anything actually.

The price was lower then the maximum I told myself I'd be willing to pay.

Put 200 rds through at the range today and had only one FTE. It happened when my gf was shooting it and she doesnt have the full concept of form and how to hold the gun, only second time shooting a gun for her.

And she caught a little bit of ricochet off the bar. It hit her in the neck and burned her a little. Now she is even more apprehensive to shoot. I'm sure she'll get over it soon. She enjoys shooting otherwise.
 

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And she caught a little bit of ricochet off the bar. It hit her in the neck and burned her a little.
Say what?...that don't sound normal at all.
 

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Turn offs of SIG, kind of blocky on the slide.
Turn offs of the berreta, exposed barrel makes it easy to jam, grip is far from great, and has roughly an inch of unnecessary size.
1-3 in terms of issues. SIG wins. Not considering price of course.
 

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Say what?...that don't sound normal at all.
Her shot hit the steel bar holding the target at our local gun range. A fragment somehow came back and hit her neck. She's alright. A little freaked out. Showed her how important safety glasses are.
 
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