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Old April 18, 2010, 03:47 PM   #1
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Beretta 84FS

I'm torn between buying the Beretta 84FS and the Beretta 92FS.
I want a pistol for shooting at the range, car and home defense.
I guess the .380 would be minimal home defense and the .380 ammo
is hard to find and expensive. Would the 92FS be the better overall
option?

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Old April 18, 2010, 04:15 PM   #2
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You could always get both. Then your next problem would be what to get next.
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Old April 18, 2010, 04:30 PM   #3
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Would the 92FS be the better overall
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Yep it sure would ( In my opinion ). Cheaper ammo cost, long site picture, and a 16 round capacity.
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Old April 18, 2010, 04:32 PM   #4
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I have to agree that the 92FS would be the way to go. The ammo is cheaper and more powerful.
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Old April 18, 2010, 04:37 PM   #5
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I agree. I think you can get the full sized 92 cheaper, too. Something that I never understood.
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Old April 18, 2010, 05:21 PM   #6
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As a pistol shooter for 35 years and owner of both Berettas you mention, go with the 92FS.

It's a world class pistol.

The 84 FS in .380 is a huge pain in the rear end. Avoid it at all costs.
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Old April 18, 2010, 08:38 PM   #7
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The 92FS is the better all-around pistol. I had it's cousin a Taurus PT-92 that was fantastic for less than half the price.

I own a Beretta 85FS in .380ACP that went back to the factory less than a week after I bought it. Still waiting for it to get repaired.
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Old April 18, 2010, 08:39 PM   #8
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You can't whiff with a 92FS. I have 3 in various incarnations. Mags are dirt cheap, so you can have a dozen of them loaded up for range day and not spend range time reloading the same 1 or 2 mags. 9mm ammo is easier to find than .380, although I can get my hands on both here in New Orleans without selling a kidney. From a defensive standpoint, 9mm is better than .380, and I'm not a pocket pistol basher. One of my backup guns is a .380, and my wife carries one.

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Old April 19, 2010, 09:09 AM   #9
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I personally don't care to make the pursuit of ammo a full-time endeavor. And since 100 rounds is just about the minimum you are going to shoot at the range, how much time and money do you want to spend chasing .380 ammo? Gotta go with 9 mm for a multi-purpose gun. You might also consider, as I have been recently, that you can pay for a Beretta Neos (.22) for plinking in the savings from just a little over a thousand rounds of ammo. Gets pretty tempting if you go to the range more than a couple of times a year.
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Old April 19, 2010, 09:24 AM   #10
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That 84 is way overpriced. I think you'll find a new one is significantly more expensive than the 92.
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Old April 19, 2010, 10:27 AM   #11
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I'm torn between buying the Beretta 84FS and the Beretta 92FS.
Both are great guns, no doubt, but the 84fs is more a dedicated CCW, whereas the 92fs is more suited to the uses you described;

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...want a pistol for shooting at the range, car and home defense.
If you're buying a new pistol then either the 92 or 84 will be about the same, with maybe the mass produced 92 coming in a bit less expensive.

Good luck, happy and safe shooting.
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Old April 19, 2010, 10:36 AM   #12
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92FS is definitely a go for me - the gun covers all the functions except it's a bit too big for concealed carry. I have not shot a 84 before so I vote for you to get one and write up a nice review with pictures for us

Taurus PT92 serves the same function for 60% of the price tag, think about it man ....they are made by the same machines Beretta left them with,
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Old April 19, 2010, 10:39 AM   #13
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If this is going to be your only pistol go with the 92 / 9mm.
I have an 84 I bought used (too expensive new) and love it.
I have other cal pistols so I'm not counting on it being my only gun.
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Old April 19, 2010, 11:57 AM   #14
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get the 92. Much more practical. the 84 will be much more expensive to feed and it is just too big for a .380 in my opinion.
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Old April 20, 2010, 11:17 AM   #15
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I have always wanted an 84/85, just because I like the looks of it - however, I hate that they do not come with 3 dot rights.

However, as everyone else state d- the 92FS is the way to go. Ammo is cheaper, gun is cheaper, mags are cheaper - more accessories available.
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Old April 20, 2010, 12:51 PM   #16
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I used to own an 84 back in the 80's. It was my second Beretta (also had a little 950 .22 short). .380 is a pretty pointless caliber even for CCW IMO and these days is nearly unobtainable. I ended up selling both though I replaced the little Beretta with the .25 version - 950 BS Jetfire. Having bought a boat load of .25 back when it was cheap, I'm set for life with this caliber.

The 92FS is a world class pistol although large for a 9mm. I've got the Brig version. Great fun to shoot.
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Old April 20, 2010, 02:28 PM   #17
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The 84 FS in .380 is a huge pain in the rear end. Avoid it at all costs.
Okay, I'd have recommended the 92 as well (ammo costs etc), but would you care to justify or explain the '84 comment? Or can't afford an '84? In my opinion, the 84/85 group are the smoothest, prettiest, most well-made pistols out there...and I've never had a malfunction with any of my 3.
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Old April 21, 2010, 08:22 PM   #18
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Quote: "The 84 FS in .380 is a huge pain in the rear end. Avoid it at all costs. "

Coltman77: What problems did you have with the 84FS?
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Old March 7, 2011, 10:53 AM   #19
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Kickin' this one back up...

I had a Beretta 84FS that was 100% reliable.
The only reason I don't have it anymore is that it went in trade with a Beretta Tomcat 3032 for my Beretta Mini Cougar 8045F.
I wanted to cut down on calibers, and my Beretta 96's are .40, so I went with the Mini in .40.

The 84FS is the only firearm I've ever had with a 100% record of no failures of any kind.
Still, for ONE choice between the OP's dilemma, the full-size 92 fills all the niches.
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Old March 7, 2011, 11:23 AM   #20
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Pain in the butt?,,,

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The 84 FS in .380 is a huge pain in the rear end. Avoid it at all costs.
This might be the first negative comment on the 84 that I have ever read.

What was wrong with it?

To the OP,,,

Get the full sized Beretta in 9mm,,,
Cheapest centerfire ammo in existence right now.

If it's a range gun you want economy,,,
That's not something you will find in .380 ammunition.

JMHO

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Old March 7, 2011, 11:52 AM   #21
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This might be the first negative comment on the 84 that I have ever read.
Same here. And I've read more than a few comments about them.

My experience with the 84/85 guns has been awesome. I have no practical use for them (wouldn't use for HD or as a CCW), but I'm going to pick up an 84FS at some point just because of how beautifully-made, accurate, and fun to shoot they are.
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Old March 7, 2011, 12:10 PM   #22
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Hello AustinTx,,,

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My experience with the 84/85 guns has been awesome. I have no practical use for them (wouldn't use for HD or as a CCW), but I'm going to pick up an 84FS at some point just because of how beautifully-made, accurate, and fun to shoot they are.
Another option you might consider is a Model 87,,,
It's the same exact gun but in .22 LR,,,
It still has that big Beretta price,,,
But the ammo is cheaper.

After an entire year talking myself into it,,,
My new Model 87 should be here by Thursday evening.

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Old March 7, 2011, 02:42 PM   #23
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Someone brought this thread back from the dead. I'm sure he already bought it by now.
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Old March 7, 2011, 03:54 PM   #24
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Someone brought this thread back from the dead. I'm sure he already bought it by now.
Now I'm cracking up at myself,,,
Someday I'm going to learn to look at the original post date.

And we were giving him such good advice,,,

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Old March 7, 2011, 05:47 PM   #25
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Quote: "The 84 FS in .380 is a huge pain in the rear end. Avoid it at all costs. "

Coltman77: What problems did you have with the 84FS?
I should have answered this question 11 months ago. I'm sorry for the delay.

But I'll answer it now since this thread was just resurrected. It is almost the Easter season after all.

The 84FS I had was very heavy, the controls were very small and the magazine and recoil springs were the most difficult I've encountered in 35 yrs. of shooting top quality pistols.

My 84FS had trigger issues due to the mag. safety spring. My wife or I would be shooting and the trigger would go completely inert.

Also the slide would not stay locked back with or without a magazine inserted. And yes I had 6 or 7 mags and it happened with all of them.

It was a beautiful pistol but after several attempts Beretta just couldn't fix it to my satisfaction.

I'm a huge Beretta fan and own quite a few 92F's and FS's so I was very disappointed.

I traded it for a Walther PPS which has 1500 faultless rds. of 9mm through it at this point.

In retrospect, the 84 FS did me a favor -- I got out of the .380 business and consolidated to 9mm, .357 magnum and .45 acp.
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