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Old November 15, 2012, 05:13 AM   #1
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Please help un-sell me ...

I'm a Beretta virgin, looking to replace my sweet old s/w 457 carry. Someone please talk me out of buying this well priced, verified 'new and unfired' 1990 Beretta 92fs w/docs-box, or am I better off getting a 2012 model...or even a different brand. Thanks for your input.
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Old November 15, 2012, 06:57 AM   #2
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The 92fs is a reliable, quality gun, with 18rd mags out there. However, a horrilbly long trigger. I mean real long. I can't stand it.
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Old November 15, 2012, 08:56 AM   #3
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I could be wrong but I believe there have been some design changes with the locking blocks since 1990, to strengthen them up. I would opt for a later model with the new blocks instead of the 1990 model just for that peace of mind. With a new model you also get the limited warranty, I think a year, versus no warranty with the 1990 model.
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Old November 15, 2012, 09:09 AM   #4
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Depending on price...I'd buy it

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The 92fs is a reliable, quality gun, with 18rd mags out there. However, a horrilbly long trigger. I mean real long. I can't stand it.
Agreed, on all points. The trigger, however, I would call a benefit. Being so long and heavy, there is no real need to carry with mechanical safety engaged, so long as one has a good, proper holster.

The trigger on the 1990 can, I believe, be fitted with a D spring conversion to make it lighter. The newer models cannot - mine is a 2010 and I was a bit disappointed to learn this. Stock trigger takes some getting used to, but after some practice I can bullseye womp rats from my T-16 all day long

Unless you are planning on shooting a lot of very hot loads, IMO, the locking blocks are a non-issue.

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Old November 15, 2012, 06:41 PM   #5
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Nope.....

Everyone should buy what they like --- and what they want...../ that's why there are so many mfg's out there ...and so many different trigger styles, controls, grip angles, etc...
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Old November 15, 2012, 11:05 PM   #6
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The hammer spring on the newer model 92FS can definitely be replaced with a "D" hammer spring. I bought my 92FS new in 2010 and changed out the hammer spring with a "D" spring purchased from Brownells. It lightens up both the DA and SA trigger pull. Stressfire is yours a 92FS or the newer 92A1 ?
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Old November 15, 2012, 11:44 PM   #7
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Try a CZ SP/P01 first. I think you'll find the ergos are better.
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Old November 16, 2012, 12:02 AM   #8
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Old November 17, 2012, 04:16 PM   #9
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Go for it... It is a really good all around weapon. If you don't like the heavy trigger then switch the main spring for a D - type. Easy to do. It is among the softest shooting 9mm guns produced. The only two negatives I've herd are the large grip and the slide mounted safety. As I said, go for it.
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Old November 17, 2012, 04:23 PM   #10
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I wish you hadn't mentioned the 457 as I very much regret having sold mine. I'd go with another 457. That said, I understand the draw of the Beretta but have never found the trigger right for me but have no issues with my PT92 AF.
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Old November 17, 2012, 04:38 PM   #11
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Great pistols, grab one. New Berettas are about $550-$600 I'd say your 1990 model is worth $400.00.

How much does the seller want?

The Beretta 92FS is super accurate, a pleasure to shoot and will absolutely DEVOUR any fmj or jhp ammo you feed it, just dead nuts reliable.

It's easy to take down for cleaning and parts are readily available if needed.

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Old November 17, 2012, 04:59 PM   #12
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Berettas are wonderful pistols. Unless your kids will go without Christmas this year if you buy it, then go for it.
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Old November 18, 2012, 12:12 AM   #13
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ga, 11/18/12

Your SW 457 is a great 45 carry pistol. The full size Beretta 92 is also a great pistol but is longer in the barrel than your 457 and thicker in the grip. The grip length is about the same with a mag inserted as the 457 (I own both). I also have the 92 compact which has a shorter grip and barrel than the full size 92. I prefer the shorter grip of the 92 compact for carry. So the best thing to do is to get your hands on a full size 92 and see how it feels as a carry pistol. If it's not too big then go for it. Good luck.


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Old November 19, 2012, 03:05 AM   #14
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Get the Beretta and change the hammer spring with a "D"/DAO version and you'll be GTG.
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Old November 19, 2012, 05:07 AM   #15
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I'm a Beretta diehard. They have served my family and I well for decades, not to mention John McClane keeps saving the day with one.

I also don't think the DA trigger is bad as long as you train with it. Just feels like a revolver trigger. And the SA is sweet.

Go for it!
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Old November 19, 2012, 09:58 PM   #16
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If it's priced right, I would grab it! I wouldn't worry about the locking block too much. The older blocks were rated for 20,000-25,000 rounds. If you ever decide to replace it, simply replace it with a new version. The new versions will fit all year models & are rated at 40,000-50,000 rounds. Also, anytime I buy a used pistol or one that has set for many years, I like to go through it and install a new recoil & hammer spring. Like others said, buy a 92/96 D hammer spring and you'll have a sweet trigger. Brownell's sells the recoil & D model hammer springs as well as new locking block kits. I own eight Berettas and have installed a D springs in all of them. Good luck.
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Old November 30, 2012, 01:53 PM   #17
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What don't you like about the S&W Model 457? I agree with oldandslow, this pistol is "a great 45 carry pistol."
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Old November 30, 2012, 08:28 PM   #18
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My 92fs w/ a D spring is one of my absolute favorite firearms. Accurate, soft shooting, and it just oozes quality; it has one of the smoothest slide pulls of any of my pistols.

I won't talk you out of buying what I consider one of the absolute best pistols on the planet.
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Old December 1, 2012, 04:31 AM   #19
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I am unable to come up with an argument to disuade you from this purchase, I am biased though, I love my 92's.

The DA trigger is no problem for me, It's just second nature, The 92 was my first handgun way back, and I have always owned at least one ever since.
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Old December 1, 2012, 04:41 PM   #20
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So what did you do ga nopro? You've gotten some great feedback from many knowledgeable posters here.

Why don't you give us the courtesy of an update?
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Old December 1, 2012, 04:47 PM   #21
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For other Beretta fans in the thread I'd like to point out that Beretta has a $50 mail in rebate right now. The 92FS is $549 at budsgunshop.com right now. That's a brand new 92FS shipped for $499, which is commonly seen as a $575-600 gun.
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Old December 1, 2012, 05:27 PM   #22
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A little late to this, but the gun in question is advertised for $600. ( I know the board, saw it myself). As a Beretta guy, I would buy a new one cheaper. Heck, for $50 more you might get a Inox.
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Old December 1, 2012, 05:48 PM   #23
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The 92fs is proven and reliable pistol. Beretta claims 30,000+ round lifespan. I've had one and my friend currently owns one. A little large for concealment in my book but dead reliable. I have smallish hands, if I ever find a Vertec for a decent price I'm jumping on it!
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Old December 1, 2012, 06:03 PM   #24
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The 92fs is proven and reliable pistol. Beretta claims 30,000+ round lifespan. I've had one and my friend currently owns one. A little large for concealment in my book but dead reliable. I have smallish hands, if I ever find a Vertec for a decent price I'm jumping on it!
I never understood Beretta's conservative 30,000 round esitmate on frame life. I've seen lots of Berettas with 100,000+ rounds through them with nothing more than regular maintenance. I've spoken with a competitor with nearly 200,000 ducumented rounds through his Elite II and still going strong.
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Old December 2, 2012, 09:55 PM   #25
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SW 457 vs Beretta 92

Sorry to be so long getting back here guys but, I've been down but not for the 10 count, thankfully. Nothing more than a spill but at my age it can break things easily. Anyway, I decided to stay w/the SW 457 for now thanks mostly to ya'llses (Ga talk for youse'es) great comments. Hope all are having a great holiday season!
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