Beretta M9 (9mm) vs 96 (.40)

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by sputnik1988, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. sputnik1988

    sputnik1988 Active Member

    A guy I know has owned a Beretta .40 for years and almost talked me into one, but I cant choose which one, I like the new M9 a bit better with the straight dust cover but I've never been a fan of the 9mm. I realize that the recoil is likely substantially higher with the .40 but I've never owned anything but .45s so it's not an issue, is the M9 really any better or are they just cosmetic differences?

    Any opinions welcome.
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2011
  2. jismail

    jismail Member

    I am not sure what other form factors Beratta is making for .40 nowadays
    but I have both a Beretta 92FS 9mm and and 96G Centurion .40, I do not notice a hugh differnce in recoil between the two but there is some. Since both of mine are based on the same frame, it is a very similar feel to shoot either one and with the exception of barrel length, they look the same. The M9/92FS has a safety integrated with the hammer decocker, while my 96G has a hammer decocker only.

    Assuming personal style preferences for one model over another are removed, I quess some of the factors I would suggest considering for choosing one caliber over the other would be:

    1) 9mm is a cheaper round to buy if you go thru alot of rounds at the range
    2) If just learning, or maybe a smaller shooter, 9mm has less recoil and may be easier to learn to shoot properly with
    3) Both rounds are fine for HD usage but .40 has better stoping power if you are looking for a more lethal version of HD weapon
    4) 9mm is a military standard round and very common so if the SHTF and you had to scavange for ammo, 9mm may be easier to find then .40

  3. eborden1122

    eborden1122 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    I own the .40 cal 96 inox and love it. Just like the last post the recoil is really no different. Try to shoot each one and see which one you prefer. I chose mine because I liked the two tone look. Good luck.
  4. Werminator

    Werminator Member

    I went with a 9mm pistol (admittedly not one of the guns you are inquiring about) simply because ammo is plentiful and cheap... .40 is not much more expensive, but shoot enough and it could add up!
  5. barry

    barry New Member

    After a number of years I traded in my Beretta 96 Centurion 40 cal for the 9mm 92 FS; I prefer the lighter recoil of the 9mm and the new Beretta 9mm magazine holds 17 rounds: I am consistently more accurate after the first round with the 9mm than with the 40: I know that people criticize the 9mm as "wimpy" but first you have to hit the target to inflict any damage; and a 9mm hollow point will do plenty: