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Old 02-07-2013, 7:01 PM
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Default Beretta 92 Love!

I've had a long term affection for the Beretta 92 platform, having shot them in the Army and using a 92F extensively as a duty weapon for a decade ++. My issued 92F is beat all to hell and looks like it was dragged behind a patrol car, but it still works flawlessly. Zero malfunctions, ever.

So obviously I have gravitated toward having a few of these in my own collection. (The duty gun still technically belongs to the taxpayers!). Here are my personally owned Berettas.


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Beretta 92FS, upgraded with metal guide rod and VZ grips

Beretta M9A1, upgraded with metal guide rod and metal factory extended mag release, Streamlight TLR-1 (300 lumens) and 20rd MecGar magazine. This is my primary HD handgun and the Winchester Ranger 147gr SXT is a proven load.

Beretta 92A1. Italian made and aesthetically my favorite. Upgraded with metal guide rod, metal magazine release, and Beretta wood grips. The internals are slightly different on the 92A1 and it has by far the slickest action and smoothest slide right out of the box on a Beretta that I have ever seen. It was also a great value at $588 + tax and DROS which included three 17 rd magazines.

I would highly recommend any of these three pistols to anyone who wants a full size and full weight all metal gun that will absolutely go bang every time and shoots very accurately.



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Old 02-07-2013, 7:17 PM
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Your HD gun looks alot like mine



That said recommend me a metal guide rod (only weak point I see so far )

PS: How do you like the factory wood grips vs the M9A1 grips? I figure my HD weapon can look sexy to as long as it doesn't reduce function
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Old 02-07-2013, 7:23 PM
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Nice! I'm jealous. I only have 1, but its upgraded with everything I could upgrade it with, steel guide rod, extended mag release, etc. Its my favorite pistol hands down and the one I shoot the best. I'm sure one has something to do with the other, but still. I applaud your taste!
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Old 02-07-2013, 7:24 PM
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They're all gorgeous.

What are the internal differences on the a1? I was unaware.

My lust for a Beretta has begun again, gotta admit. This really doesn't help.
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Old 02-07-2013, 7:45 PM
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I was able to pick up a factory Beretta guide rod and spring and metal magazine releases, all in factory Beretta packaging on Ebay relatively cheaply. When in doubt, go with factory parts.

Supposedly the plastic parts Beretta uses have no issue with breakage or reliability problems, so the upgrades are completely optional. However, since the gun is already big and heavy, I just feel better with the metal parts. None of these guns will get abused like my duty gun with close to 10k rounds through it, so it is mostly personal preference.
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Old 02-07-2013, 7:48 PM
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They're all gorgeous.

What are the internal differences on the a1? I was unaware.

My lust for a Beretta has begun again, gotta admit. This really doesn't help.
The 92A1 has a captive guide rod/spring that is all one piece. It also has an internal recoil spring buffer. The 92A1 is only made in Italy as far as I know.
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Old 02-07-2013, 7:52 PM
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Your HD gun looks alot like mine



That said recommend me a metal guide rod (only weak point I see so far )

PS: How do you like the factory wood grips vs the M9A1 grips? I figure my HD weapon can look sexy to as long as it doesn't reduce function
I bought the wood grips strictly for aesthetics, but they function nicely as well. The 92A1 came with flathead screw grips and I replaced them with the hex screws. The original plastic factory grips work fine. If you have big hands consider the Hogue wrap around grips.
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The 92A1 has a captive guide rod, different takedown lever, rounded trigger guard (a la 92-S or the original 92), slightly different rail, and a dovetailed front and rear sight.

It also is incompatible with 92FS/M9 slides and vice versa. The frame is wider.

Sadly the 92A1 isn't on the roster.
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The 92A1 has a captive guide rod, different takedown lever, rounded trigger guard (a la 92-S or the original 92), slightly different rail, and a dovetailed front and rear sight.

It also is incompatible with 92FS/M9 slides and vice versa. The frame is wider.

Sadly the 92A1 isn't on the roster.
Yes, all true. Thanks for the additional info.
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woohoo, steel trigger, steel guide rod, competition mainspring, and replaced sights that shoot point of aim instead of 3 inches low!
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Very nice!
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Nice. Wish I bought one at my LGS before the current panic.
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This is the only photo I have of my 92A1. You can see I placed it on top, because I love it so much. Truly one of my favorite weapons.


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Old 02-07-2013, 9:10 PM
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I had sort of hoped this thread would turn into some Beretta eye candy!
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Default This is a good one, but not just 92's

Alas Jermzzzz moved from Ca...

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/s...d.php?t=410073
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they are gorgoeus!! i miss mine
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Old 02-07-2013, 9:22 PM
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I think you're a danged good shot with anything. How do you do with a Sigma? lolz ( I'm just jealous of your 92A1 and your groups )

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This is the only photo I have of my 92A1. You can see I placed it on top, because I love it so much. Truly one of my favorite weapons.


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I just bought a new M9 last December, to replace an Italian 92FS that I sold off a few years ago.

I've resolved not to be without a Beretta92FS/M9 ever. In my experience, they are very reliable, beautiful, high quality shooting machines that are relatively affordable. They are not for everyone though because of the big size.

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Here's mine. I want to get a second, mint 92FS Inox just so I can stick some presentation grips on (which I'm also in the hunt for).

Really wish they made the 92G in stainless. Guess I can always find a used one and get it hard chromed.

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