Is a Beretta for me?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by TrueNorth, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. TrueNorth

    TrueNorth New Member

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    Hey everyone, I am considering getting my first handgun. I hadn't planned to get one for awhile but the place where I got my license is selling their used training weapons and I was interested in possibly picking one up.

    The ones they are selling are the Beretta 96D .40 S&W and 92FS 9mm. I was also considering a 90-Two 9mm.

    I was wondering what advice or experience anyone has had with any of these and in particular what the maximum usage is before these guns hit their life's end. Obviously these are used guns, and since they were used by a company for training I imagine they saw relatively extensive use (I'm not sure how many rounds). I am a fan of the 1911, but right now Beretta's are in my mind, and a 40. is about as big as I think I should start off with for a first handgun.

    What are the pros/cons of these, what kind of usage can they take before they are worn out, and what kind of price can a used one really get (so i don't get hosed). I am in canada, so we do have 10rd mag limits here if anyone wanted to say the 9mm is better because of larger mags.

    Thanks all!
     
  2. TrueNorth

    TrueNorth New Member

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    I should add that up here there are far fewer gunshops in Can. than in the States, and gov regulation makes them more expensive. Just for comparison a new 92 FS is around $800 (I'm sure it can be found for less if you looked...) the used one that I mentioned is asking for $550.

    SO, while this may sound pricey be aware that its somewhat normal. :(
    Please consider those facts when offering price estimates.
     

  3. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    Nothing at all wrong with the Beretta 92 family of guns. They are kind of large with a fat grip but if they fit your hand they are good reliable shooters. In my neck of the woods a used 92/96 in good shape with 2 mags is selling for about $375 - but guns are kind of cheap right now with the bad economy. Another thing that keeps the price down is they aren't a very good choice for concealed carry as they a large - so that limits them to the role of a range gun...
     
  4. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Do a lot of research on the wear of these and the availability of getting spare parts.

    Check everything over and have someone show you how to take it apart and put back together for inspection.
     
  5. TrueNorth

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    Thanks for the tips,

    I assume these things have been pretty well used, that's my biggest concern now.

    I also heard from down the grapevine that the 90-Two is being discontinued. Is it just the .40 S/W that's being taken off or the 9's also? If they are why? Defects, or parts shortages?
     
  6. omegaflame

    omegaflame New Member

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    I would inspect or try a 1911 or possibly a glock (17) if you don't mind plastic frames.

    1911/Beretta 92FS/glock 17 are the most common autoloaders, and for good reason.
     
  7. Nake48

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    92FS is my absolute favorite carry, yes it's huge but I just like the way it feels. It has a laser on it, but it costs a little extra. The current holster is a black Galco holster.
     

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  8. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    You are the only one who knows for sure. Try out a few others and then you will have some other options to look at. You never know til you give them a shot. I couldn't tell you what to buy.;)
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  9. beaglesam

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    I purchased a used M9 A1 a couple of weeks ago. It's quickly becoming one of my favorites. My next purchase might be a 96. If I can find a used one.
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  10. TrueNorth

    TrueNorth New Member

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    I know what you mean. A bit heavy and huge but she is a thing of beauty. One of the most beautiful mass-produced items in the world I'd say. The 90-2 is a bit slimmer in case you ever wanted to try it. Supposed to be the same gun but perfected. As for carry, its pretty hard to get a carry license where I live, actually its pretty well impossible and even if you do get one, it has restrictions - so I can't really "carry" it anywhere. Range use is the most I'll get out of it, besides possibly home defense - but even that gets complicated up here.
     
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  12. Nake48

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    I did finally get a new ported barrel on it too, and I haven't taken it to the range yet, but I really want too; haven't had the time yet ugh. It is actually a little less in weight than the stock barrel and it's SS. I got my carry permit a little while ago and I have been carrying it. It fits in a fobus holster really nicely since the grip uses the laser and there is no picitanni rail on it. Because the barrel is longer than the stock it sticks out a bit, but the holster can always be adjusted with the different shirt and pants. Sadly though it is the lightest gun I own, that I can legally carry.
     
  13. Nake48

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    I'll get the picture as soon as I get home, work won't allow weapons on the premises.
     
  14. 007BondJamesBond007

    007BondJamesBond007 New Member

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    Beretta 92FS

    Beretta is a fine gun. Parts will be available for a long time because they signed a new contract to supply them for the US military. It was the most tested gun the US Military beating out Sig. Very reliable and a work horse. For a gun that will give you years of service the Beretta is my first choice.
    Stay away from the Taurus knock off.

    Beretta 92 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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  15. MidwestRookie

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    not that i have anything to add that's worthwhile to your decision making process, but my first gun is gonna be an italian 92fs once my firearm owner registration goes through in hopefully ~30 days...been reading up on them for a while now...gonna rent whatever i can at the local range first, but i've held the 92 and read enough that I know it'll be my first purchase..

    i already have 5-6 on the list for AFTER the 92 tho...
     
  16. Nake48

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    Well that's the ported barrel as promised.
     

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  17. Jpjr50

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    This actually sound advice. The Sigma is an exact copy of the Glock. So much so Glock parts will fit and vice versa and Glock also won their lawsuit against Smith & Wesson. They already produced a few hundred thousand which dropped the price in half. The Glock averages $529 where as the S&W $299. I picked mine up at the local gun show for $249 after $50 mail in rebate. Comes with a lifetime warranty. I should get a kick back from Smith as I personally recommended 14 sold in the last year.

    The Beretta is a fine unit. As mentioned this model is heavy and bulky. I agree it's whatever you are comfortable with is the one to get. The best bang for the buck is a Sigma if you can get your hands on one. If the Beretta is your choice then you can't go wrong either. It's good you are doing the research.
     
  18. TrueNorth

    TrueNorth New Member

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    Well, I have to say the 92 is one of the best looking guns I've seen, and the gun itself has a great rep. for reliability and accuracy. Not to mention the easily locatable and affordable ammo. How does the 92fs hold up against rusting? The Inox models are freakin gorgeous but do they really hold up better than the blued? Seeing as how they cost a pretty penny more.

    I am leaning towards an Inox but alas they don't have the .40 cals. Oh, and I have been hearing about some people looking for used Beretta 96's. I know a place that is selling them up here - silvercore advanced training google them - its a training centre and they're changing up their stock. They were selling a bunch of 96's for $3-400. IDK if there are any left, or how the shipping/export would work, but if anyone is really interested...
     
  19. Nake48

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    Some people I know don't really like the INOX or they have had a lot of problems with it. The blued version I have is great, I replaced the stock barrel with a stainless steel barrel from EFKFiredragon. The stainless steel has no rust and there have been easily over 2,000 rounds put through it. Less with the stock barrel of course; but there was no sign of rust or corrosion with the stock barrel and about 1,000 or so rounds put through it.
     
  20. KAG

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    Is a beretta for you?

    Yes!

    My black 92FS is my favorite shooter over my glock 21 and 1911. I have put ~4000 rounds thru mine and only a handful of FTEs and FTFs. I do blame those on the ammuniton however. completly stock from Italy