I'm looking at getting the Beretta 96A1 but haven't had the chance to really get ahold of one to shoot. Anything I should know about it before I spend the money?
The 96 line is a 40 not a 9mm, you were probably issued the M9 in the military not the 96, though I am just guessing.Think about what you're gonna use it for. It can be concealed, but its not a concealment weapon. I conceal a full size 1911, so I know it can be done.
It's big for a 9, even with that capacity. Huge, fat grip. I have small hands for a big man, and had trouble holding onto it on the range. Not so with my carry gun, even though it's a .45 and packs a bit more punch than a 9. It also has a higher bore axis, contributing to muzzle flip.
Do you like the DA/SA trigger? I don't. Many do. To each their own. I prefer the same trigger pull each and every time, so either a DAO or striker fired, or SAO pistols for me.
All in all, it's a fine gun. I personally think they're slightly over priced, but just barely. They work. I was issued one in the Marines. Even though I felt I had trouble holding onto it, and the USMC gave us the crappiest ammo in the world, I still qualified expert.
It hits where you aim, the ergonomics aren't bad if you have the hands to hold it (has a nice shape and contours to the grip), breakdown and cleaning is very simple and straight forward. Reliable. I also had trouble with my retention holster pinching the rear of the slide and disengaging the safety, bit I considered that more of a holster problem.
Why do you call it short and weak? It's stronger than 9mm, which in my area is also nonexistant along with pretty much all handgun shells and popular rifle.The biggest negative is its chambered in 40 short and weak. That ammo is non existant atm.