Beretta 92FS

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by 12fretter, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. 12fretter

    12fretter New Member

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    Have you ever G.A.S.'d for a gun because you saw it in a movie? Mel Gibson turned me into an idiot. I thought that gun was just the King of Cool when I first saw it. I've wanted one ever since.

    My friend is visiting this weekend, and he brought his, and we may have time to shoot today but don't know yet. But I got it in my hand and boy did it feel comfortable. Just the right size for me, it seemed. Or am I just hoping it will be the right one because of that stupid movie??

    Now I'm getting into a position to actually start looking for a 9mm. What are some opinions on brands and models. I'm a novice, this will be for target shooting, and maybe, if the wife likes it better than her Thunder .380, she may carry it, but not necessarily.

    So, target shooting, possible carry for wife...maybe a carry for me if she doesn't like it.

    OK, fire away.
     
  2. General_lee

    General_lee New Member

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    I'm like that too. Ever since I saw my first James Bond movie, I've wanted a Walther PPK:D
     

  3. Jpyle

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    Had a 92FS..liked it. It always felt comfortable in my hand and was a nice shooting, accurate gun. Sold it to raise funds for a 1911. Would not, however, be my first choice for CCW as it is a military design and therefore does not place emphasis on concealment, it is a big, robust, heavy gun not unlike the 1911.

    9mm is probably the most popular and available caliber out there so you have near limitless choices in a gun from a sub compact through a full size...Springfield, CZ, Glock, Ruger, H&K, S&W and many others make reliable, quality guns. Spend some time at a range renting and shooting a few until something "feels" right for you and your wife.

    Have fun...
     
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  4. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

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    Ideal target (for me) is full size and heavy pistol.
    Ideal carry (for me) is thin, light and compact pistol.

    As you can see, my ideal target or carry piece are on either sides of the spectrum. Pick one and make your decision/compromise from there. Good luck!
     
  5. mesinge2

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    Love mine; very accurate and a great range gun especially with 20-rd Mec-gar Optimum mags. I use these extended mags at the range and the 18-rd flush fitting optimum mags for carry. Its a very soft shooting 9mm. Being a 1911 guy, my only complaint is the position of the safety but I use it as a decocker only and carry it with double action first shot and the safety off. Trust me, the DA trigger pull is heavy enough to never have to worry about an AD.

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  6. sweeper22

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    In the category of hi-cap steel 9mms, I prefer CZ 75 and then Browning Hi-Power. But that's not to say the Beretta won't function at the highest level. The Beretta 92 is a quality gun. If you like the feel and are already enamored, you won't be disappointed.

    Of these full-sized guns I would say the slimmer BHP is the best for carry, and the 92FS (bulkier) is probably the least practical in that role. CZ also makes some nice compact models, but any steel gun is going to be heavier than many would like for a carry gun.

    These are my two favorite range 9mms: CZ 75, BHP Practical
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  7. General_lee

    General_lee New Member

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    Very nice nines ya got there:cool:
     
  8. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    Why thank you. I've got less than $550 into each including accessories. I like their simple classic designs...and I love the fact that they're two pistols I own that actually make me look like a truly competent shooter.

    I found the Beretta 92 to be in a similar class on many levels (and it does have a very unique, classic profile for sure), it just feels a little bulkier than necessary. Fine range/home defense gun though.
     
  9. masterPsmith

    masterPsmith New Member

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    The Hi-Power would be my choice also, but I'm biased.


    Jim.........
     
  10. jismail

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    The 92FS feels like a 'big' gun due to its grip, but unless you have really small hands, I don't think it is an issue. (I heard that women in the military had that complaint)

    I like my 92FS very much and it shoots very reliablely, but it is nowhere near as accurate as my Kimber .45, but the capacity for the 92FS, cost of ammo, and overal quality make it a great choice in my opinion.
     
  11. therewolf

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    For what most people want to jerk you around for (price-wise) on a used 92FS,

    you'll probably be happier with a NIB 92A1.

    The 92A1 comes with 2 extra 17round mags, and has an integral 1913

    accessory rail, which I've found acts minimally as a counterweight against

    recoil, even without anything attached. Have fun shooting!
     
  12. 12fretter

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    The 92A1 would be a great weapon too....but I have a feeling I might be able to talk my friend into selling me his 92F for a really good deal. He owes me, and he is not thrilled with the gun, preferring his .357 Magnum revolver over any semi-auto. It may work out for the both of us.
     
  13. therewolf

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    If you can get a good deal, and you like shooting the 92FS, go for it.

    Many 9mms may arguably be as good, but few are better.
     
  14. colmustard

    colmustard New Member

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    speaking of the 92A1, what are the difference between the 92fs and the 92A1 besides the rail? Also what about the 96A1?
     
  15. therewolf

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    92A1 = 9mm--------------96A1=40cal S&W

    With both, general 92FS design changes (besides the universal

    MIL-STD-1913 accessory mount rail under the barrel):

    1) A remove-able front sight

    2) An internal recoil buffer

    3) A rounded trigger guard

    4) 3(three)-17 round magazines(two spares with your new purchase)
     
  16. colmustard

    colmustard New Member

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    is the recoil buffer supposed to help with the famous slide cracking?
     
  17. jismail

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    Slide issues were addressed many years ago and the modifications necessary to eliminate it were what lead to the FS version. It is not an issue anymore.
     
  18. therewolf

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    Let me know as soon as you get a "famous cracked slide" with a current

    92FS.

    AFAIK, it was the ammo which was causing this problem to begin with.

    The recoil buffer on the 92A1 is just a recoil buffer.

    It has nothing to do with a problem which was resolved years ago,

    on an older model.
     
  19. jismail

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    Is the recoil buffer an added part that can be purchased and installed/retrofitted to the standard angled dustcover 92FS or is it a design change in the 92A1 frame? I ask because I have a 96G upper for my 92FS and heard that the recoil buffer was a later addition to the designs to assist with reducing recoil damage from the larger .40 round.
     
  20. eborden1122

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    If you have always wanted it then go ahead get it. I wanted the exact same thing so I went ahead and got both a 92(9mm) and a 96(40cal). I love them both and they shoot great and are great pistols. Have fun!!!