The Beretta 92 pistol was conceived in 1972 and released in 1975 by Beretta of Italy. This semi-automatic pistol (in its M9 variant) served as standard issue equipment for the US Army from 1985 until Semptember 2011, in addition to being in service with the US Navy and United States Air Force.
The Beretta 92 is a semiautomatic action pistol with an open slide. This means that the barrel is exposed, making it easier to clear stovepipes and other obstructions during a weapon malfunction. All models of Beretta 92 have a chromed bore, and all pistols manufactured since 2000 include polymer recoil spring guide rod, magazine release, magazine follower, and magazine floor plate. The increase in synthetic parts is in an effort to reduce overall weight. Some parts appear to be polymer, but in reality are polymer coated metal. These parts include trigger, slide lock/release, and safety levers.
Available Beretta 92 Models
- Beretta 92 FS: The base model Beretta 92 with an updated slide/hammer pin design to prevent slide detachment in the event of catastrophic failure. Chambered in 9mm Luger (9x19 Parabellum).
- Beretta 92 FS INOX: Identical to the 92 FS in construction, available in a stainless steel finish. Made in USA.
- Beretta 92 A1: The civilian model of the Beretta M9, this pistol improves on the original 92 design by including three 17 round magazines, removable front sight, and integrated accessory rail. Available in 9mm Luger (9x19 Parabellum) and .40 S&W as the Beretta 96 A1.