9x19 mm Parabellum
~ 500 Joules
Range of effective fire
92 is one of the most popular pistols in the world. It was designed
in 1972 in Italy by Carlo Beretta, Giuseppe Mazzetti, and Vittorio Valle. It
evolved from the earlier Beretta designs. Initial production
commenced in 1975. Until 1976 a total of 5 000 pistols have been
produced. Full-scale production began in 1976. It has been exported
to a number of countries. Some countries produce this pistol under
license. The other countries produce its copies. Currently the
Beretta 92 and its variants is in service with 40 countries. It is
used by military and law enforcement forces. A variant of the
Beretta 92 is a standard issue sidearm in service with the whole US
military. Also despite its age it is still very popular among
civilian customers. Currently this pistol is becoming increasingly
out dated. Recently Beretta released a number of new pistols that
are more advanced.
92 is chambered for 9x19 mm Parabellum ammunition. It has a
short-recoil action. It is more powerful than the earlier Italian
pistols that have blowback action. Also the Beretta 92 is accurate,
even at long range. Also some people find design of this pistol
92 has a double-action trigger. However it can be also fired
in single-action mode. This pistol has manual safety.
were used in the construction of this pistol in order to decrease
weight. However it reduced the service life of the pistol. There
have been some issues when after 4 000-6 000 shots the slide was
breaking and injuring the shooter. The Beretta company was
constantly improving design of the Model 92 and most reliability
issues have been fixed on later models. Overall this pistol proved
to be reliable. Data from Beretta shows, that average reliability of
this improved Model 92 pistol is 17 500 rounds without a stoppage.
One of the
drawbacks of this pistol that it is bulky and heavy. Some people
find it uncomfortable to hold, fire and handle. Also it is difficult
to carry this pistol concealed.
is fed from a double stack magazine, that holds 15 rounds. At the
time of its introduction most other pistols had a much smaller
fixed iron sights. Effective range of fire is about 50 meters.
modifications and variants of this pistol appeared since its
introduction in the mid 1970s. Its production in many variants,
chambered for different calibers continues to this day. There are
some copies of the Beretta 92, such as Brazilian
Turkish Yavuz 16. Also this pistol is license-produced in some
countries. These are the Egyptian Helwan 920, French PAMAS G1 and
M92, or South African Vector Z88.
It is an original model. Its production commenced in 1975 and ceased
in 1983. A total of 52 000 of these pistols were produced.
Production shifted to improved models;
was developed to meet requirements of some law enforcement agencies.
It has improved slide-mounted safety switch with decoking. This
pistol was adopted by some Italian military and law enforcement
92SB. It is a further development of the 92S. It was specially
designed for the US Air Force trials which it won. This pistol is
ambidextrous and is equally comfortable for right- or left-handed
shooters. The safety switch is located on both sides of the slide.
Magazine release button was relocated on the grip, under the
triggerguard. The magazine release button is also ambidextrous. It
can be relocated from the left to the right side of the grip;
is a modified 92SB. It has improved triggerguard with a finger
support for easier aiming. The barrel is chromed and has longer
service life, and is also resistant to corrosion. The 92F model is
coated with Brunit. This material is similar to Teflon;
is a military version of Beretta 92F. It is still in production;
the Beretta 92FS in service with the US armed forces. It was adopted
in 1985 and replaced the previous
M1911 pistol and became a standard issue sidearm in service with
the whole US military;
It was developed to meet requirement of the French Gendarmerie.
Eventually it won the competition. It was also adopted by the French
military as the PAMAS. It is still in production;
A double-action only model. It is still in production;
92DS. A double-action only model. It is still in production;
is an automatic-pistol. It is a significantly redesigned Model 92
with an added fully-automatic fire and 3-round burst fire
It is chambered for .40 S&W ammunition. It was introduced in 1990;
It is chambered for 9x21 mm IMI ammunition. This pistol was
introduced in 1987. It was intended for Italy and other countries
that do not allow civilians to obtain pistols, chambered for
military rounds, such as 9x19 mm Parabellum.
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