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Old 10-25-2006, 1:45 PM
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Default Browning Hi-power vs. Beretta M9/92FS 9mm showdown

Just picked up my Beretta M9.
I also own a Browning Hi-power and I'm just posting to make a few comments based on my observations on both guns.

I choose the M9 over the 92FS since it has the military roll marks, military sights, and no warning label plus I got a good deal to boot ($490).

I already own a FN/Browning Hi-power which was priced less at &399.

Fit, Finish and Machining: The fit and machining on both guns are equal but the coating on the Beretta seems a tad better than the Browning. The Beretta comes with a plastic guide rod, plastic trigger and other small plastic parts. Very cheap, the Beretta's plastic parts make the gun look cheap. However, replacement metal parts can be found for pennies on the dollar.

Design: The Beretta is a SA/DA while the Browning is SA. The DA trigger pull on the beretta feels smooth and very long. After removing the gritty trigger mag safety on the Browning, the trigger is nice and smooth. Close to a 1911.
The Beretta's disadvantage is having many more trigger rods and extra parts while the Browning is very simple with far less moving parts.

Size: The Beretta is much larger- inch longer and the slide is about 1/2-3/4 of an inch wider than the Browning Hi-power.

I have not shot the Beretta yet but with only the info from above in a contest, I would pick the hi-power as a better (IMO) gun than the Beretta.

The Hi-power is a very good shooting and accuate gun, but I cannot wait to shoot the Beretta later.

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Old 10-25-2006, 1:58 PM
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My Step son has a Berretta 92FS, and while it is a nice pistol, I prefer my Browning Hi-power, because it fits my hand better than the Berretta. I have small hands. I have fired his Berretta many times and it is a good straight shooter, and I can't really say anything bad about it, I get prefer the Browning.
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Old 10-25-2006, 2:06 PM
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Other than the plastic junk, the only problem I have with the Beretta is the DA trigger vs the SA trigger on the Browning....
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+1 for the Browning.
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Old 10-25-2006, 2:56 PM
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I like my HiPower over my 92FS as well... mainly due to it's size difference.

However, my 92FS doesn't have any of the mentioned plastic parts in it. Is this a new thing Berretta is doing?

Also, the 92FS is a hoot with 16 rounds vs. 13 or 10.
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Old 10-25-2006, 3:28 PM
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The Beretta plastic thing is new. CDNN has the metal parts set like new for 29.99...So the plastic thing is not a huge issue since parts are cheap to replace at this point in the game.

The 92FS is 15+1 while the Hipower is 13+1. However, oem mecgar sells 15 rd flush fit mags for the hi-power in the free states. So the capacity is a dead issue with mecgar mags
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You know, I hadn't even noticed the plastic trigger on mine until I just went and looked. Of course I'd noticed the guide rod. I don't think it's that big of a deal.

I've been kicking around selling/trading my 92FS Vertec to get an M9. I'm not going to hang a light on this pistol, and I'd rather have the fatter grip. (My GF who I bought it for doesn't like it, and I've ended up doing all the shooting with it)
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The 92FS is 15+1
odd? mine are 16 +1... hmmmm
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Old 10-25-2006, 7:58 PM
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I have a Belgian Browning and a Taurus PT92AF. I would have to say the Browning gives me a better feeling both coming out of the safe and shooting at the range. The Bluing with the wood grips is just fantastic. It feels better in the hand as well. You decide which is more pleasing.





I have shot them both extensively and the High Power is here to stay. I would trade the PT 92 AF for a stainless model.

PS the finish abnormality you see on the BHP is gun oil.
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I have the BHP Practical in 9mm...Any other good single action handguns out there? I was kind of looking at the CZ75SA a few years ago, but all this talk got me looking again....possibly looking for a revolver instead but I love the look of the old Navy pistol look than these current revolvers.
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Old 10-26-2006, 9:09 AM
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The other best SA semi is a 1911. Another Browning design :-)
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I get to pick up my FN HI-Power this weekend, can't wait!
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ivananimal, you have some sexy fingernails.
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Aesthetically, ergonomically, and design/reliability wise I personally would take the Browning HP over even an Italian Beretta 92, let alone the Taurus. I don't want to knock the Taurus, I know a lot of people who have them and are very happy with them, but that Browning is a very sought-after and classic pistol for good reason; I'd suggest you hold on to it forever (or sell it to me).
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I bought my BHP that same year they said they will stop making them. 1990s I think. Did FN reintroduce the BHP? I've noticed the price definitely went up. Have the quality changed also? And where in the SF Bay Area is the best price for one. I bought my Practical at Siegles in Oakland during the time they went out of business for $399. Still have not shot it.
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I just saw a Browning HP @ Tabor's today for $499.
It's in the consignment cabinet but looks new.
Vlad & Dmitriy @ City Arms tend to have the FN in stock
for the same price. That's where I got mine a while back.
Such a classic. I love it !

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Old 10-26-2006, 4:02 PM
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picked up a BHP Practical w/adjustables for $475 in pristine condition. looks NIB.

that said, i'm always going to have a place in my heart for my Beretta 92 Type-M.
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ivananimal, you have some sexy fingernails.

The name is Ivanimal, not Ivananimal. Oh, and thanks..............I think
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I love my BHPs!!! I also hate slide mounted safeties...

Another great SA pistol -- Sig 226 X-5, what a sweet shooting gun!
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