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Old January 16, 2013, 09:20 AM   #1
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Looking at a Beretta 92FSand 92A1

I have owned a few Glocks and S&W M&Ps in the past 10 years. Both have proven to be work horses and great for carrying. However, I have always had my eye on the Beretta 92 series. They have always been a bit more expensive, so I've just thrown it on the back burner. Well I started looking at em the other day. The 92fs is going for $600-650 around here. And I hadn't even looked at the 92A1 until it was mistakenly handed to me by the rep at my local FFL. I asked to see the 92fs he had and it turns out its a 92A1. Right off the bat, I could see that it was a step above the 92fs. So I did some research an it looks like the differences are the picatinny rail, captive guide rid/spring, recoil buffer, front dovetail site, inclusion of 3 17 round mags, polymer trigger and mag release. I dont think this will be a carry gun, as my smaller and lighter polymer pieces excel at that. Anyway, the price on it is 639 and its new. I was just wondering if you all could give me your opinions on this. Anyone who has a 92fs or 92A1 please chime in. Does this seem like a decent price for the A1 or should I save my money and get the 92fs?
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Old January 16, 2013, 11:12 AM   #2
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Old January 16, 2013, 11:55 AM   #3
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I have both a 92FS and M9A1, I consider them the epitome of service pistols. The M9 I think is almost the same as the 92A1, the M9 has a single dot rear sight and stamped M9A1, not sure what any other differences might be.

The M9 is the only recent-ish purchase, I paid $625 for it in 2011
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Old January 16, 2013, 12:29 PM   #4
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92A1

I recently paid $606 plus tax for the 92A1. For me, it's an upgrade over my 92FS's, but shooting it vs. the 92fs is no appreciable difference.
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Old January 16, 2013, 03:47 PM   #5
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Absolutely love my M9.

It is possible to CC the 92, but it is large. Personally I open carry mine.
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Old January 17, 2013, 06:44 PM   #6
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Well fellas it looks like ill be picking up my new 92A1 tonight. I will post some pics and thoughts later. Thanks for the help and please keep the posts coming
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Old January 17, 2013, 07:00 PM   #7
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I thought this thread was about a new Beretta 92, in tan model (sand)
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Old January 18, 2013, 11:20 AM   #8
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Old January 18, 2013, 09:01 PM   #9
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I picked up my first Beretta last week.....92FS Inox
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Old January 18, 2013, 09:14 PM   #10
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Your going to like that gun, I have one at Buds gun shop that Im waiting to ship. The wait is killing me. I have an M9 also and its a great gun.
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Old January 31, 2013, 12:35 AM   #11
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I own the 92A1 and paid $599 plus tax. I absolutely love it and wouldn't let it go. I had problems with the factory grease at first though, so clean it first! I can't stress that enough!
Best gun I've ever owned, enjoy! Be sure to include some pics and your personal range report!
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Old January 31, 2013, 01:34 AM   #12
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I can't say for sure about the civilian versions, but the military M9 has a fixed rear sight while the M9A1 has a drift adjustable rear sight. The M9 I carried in Iraq shot a good 12 inches to the left at 25 feet. Nothing a little work with a hand file couldn't fix though.
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Old January 31, 2013, 08:29 AM   #13
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The M9A1 also has a fixed front sight. IIRC that and the original trigger guard are the only differences between it and the 92A1.

I got a 92A1 from Bud's for $571 back in December... and Beretta was running a $50 mail-in rebate all last year, so my end price (assuming my rebate coupon doesn't get lost) was $521.

The 92A1 is a fine pistol... it has three of the coated, sand-resistant mags, which by itself is a reason enough to choose it. The dovetailed sights are not as big of a deal as I thought, because since most Beretta 92 pistols have a fixed front sight, aftermarket sights for them are actually pretty scarce.

Tooltech will drill out your sights and install tritium, though, and Trijicon has a three-dot set.
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Old April 16, 2013, 09:04 AM   #14
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Great Gun

I couldnt decide between the 92A1 and M9a1 so I got them both. The problem is, Finding holsters for the A1 models. I searched forums and checked out the sites that people suggested. I still dont regret getting them, being left handed, I am used to things being hard to find. This day and age though, I figured it would be a little easier to find what i need. Good luck with the 92A1 and whats up with 9mm ammo being hard to find?
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Old April 16, 2013, 09:07 AM   #15
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Italian made, new in box, Beretta 92FS's are available for $550 at gun shops in my area. I think that is a pretty good deal for a solid, well made, reliable pistol.
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Old April 16, 2013, 08:45 PM   #16
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I don't consider the 92A1 a step up at all. The 3 "sand resistant mags" are kind of useless. Not a lot of sand where I live. And extra mags can be found for less than 25 bucks. Recoil buffer? For a 9MM? What's the point? Captive guide rod and spring is a turn off for me. If you want to replace the recoil spring, you gotta buy the whole unit. Rounded trigger guard on a Beretta 92 just looks "wrong" to me. Makes buying holsters harder. Dovetailed front sight is an improvement, though.

I would have gotten a regular 92.
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Old April 16, 2013, 09:14 PM   #18
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I just picked up a Beretta M9A1 a couple weeks ago and couldn't be happier other than scratches on the pistol from the factory. I would be more upset about it but this gun is going to see alot of use and holster wear so its no big deal. Anyways, I consider the M9A1 a better choice over the 92A1 based solely on holster selection. All Beretta Vertec holsters fit the M9A1, almost no holsters fit the 92A1.
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Old April 16, 2013, 09:16 PM   #19
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plouffedaddy, I have never seen that exact model before. It looks like an M9A1 rail on a stainless compact version which leads me to believe that it is an M9A1 compact?
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Old April 17, 2013, 08:48 AM   #20
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Beretta released the INOX 92FS Compact L on M9A1 compact frame late last year. They are currently being sold by Beretta. I just picked one up a little while ago to go with my full size 92FS. It shoots just as well as it's big brother which is great. Yes, they are large for a compact, but if you want to carry a 92 it is a good option. It is also a good all around range, and home defense pistol, and some like the rail for this reason. I am not a fan of the railed guns, but don't mind it on this one.

Beretta has indicated they will come out with the Bruniton finished 92FS Compact L this summer.
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Old April 17, 2013, 05:27 PM   #21
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Beretta KILLS the INOX versions by using the black controls. I hate the two tone look.

I've owned a all stainless INOX 92, a Centurion, a 92FS, and now am left with a regular M9 and a Brunition 92FS Vertec. Gotta admit, the grip on the Vertec beats the 92FS, and I'm a big guy with big hands.
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Old April 17, 2013, 05:50 PM   #22
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I actually prefer the contrasting black parts on the INOX Compact. It's all in what you like.
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Old April 17, 2013, 07:53 PM   #23
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Old April 17, 2013, 07:56 PM   #24
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Beretta KILLS the INOX versions by using the black controls. I hate the two tone look.

I've owned a all stainless INOX 92, a Centurion, a 92FS, and now am left with a regular M9 and a Brunition 92FS Vertec. Gotta admit, the grip on the Vertec beats the 92FS, and I'm a big guy with big hands.
I agree with Pilot I think the contrast of the black controls look better than if they were all the same color. Also I don't think Beretta ever made an all stainless gun.
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Old April 18, 2013, 12:40 AM   #25
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plouffedaddy, I have never seen that exact model before. It looks like an M9A1 rail on a stainless compact version which leads me to believe that it is an M9A1 compact?

From what I understand it's never been released here before. M9A1 Compact Inox L. "L" for light rail.
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