|Beretta 92 Italy
Beretta 92 - basic model with frame mounted safety
Beretta 92S - model with early style slide mounted safety and magazine
release. Pachmayr grips.
Beretta 92SB-C - compact model .
Beretta 92F - with slide mounted safety and plastic grip panels
Beretta 92FS Brigadier - with heavy slide
Beretta 92FS Elite - with heavy but slightly shortened slide
Beretta 92FS-C - Compact
Beretta 92FS fieldstripped into major parts
Caliber: 9x19mm Luger/Para; also .40SW in Mod.96 and 9x21mm IMI
The Beretta 92 pistols were developed by the italian company Armi Pietro
Beretta Spa. Original pistol, Beretta 92, entered production in 1976 and
was based on early Beretta pistol, model 1951. Model 92 was adopted by
Italian army and also manufactured under licence in Egypt. Later, the model
92 became the subject for many modifications that are listed below.
Action: Double action
Overall Length: 217 mm (197 mm Compact versions)
Barrel Length: 125 mm (109 mm Compact versions)
Weight Unloaded: 950-975 gramms, depending on model
Capacity: 15 rounds (all 92 and 98 models except compact); 13
rounds (92 Compact); 11 rounds (mod.96 in .40SW); 8 rounds (92 Compact
Beretta 92 - basic model, no longer in production. Beretta 92 is
a blowback operated, locked breech semi-automatic pistol. It features Walther
P38 style, vertically tilting locking block system and external trigger
bar, located at the right side of the frame (also Walter P38 style). Beretta
92 had double action trigger with frame mounted safety. The extractor also
worked as a loaded chamber indicator. The frame is made from aluminium
alloy, the slide is made from steel. The magazine release button was located
at the bottom of the grip. The grip panels were made from the wood. front
sight is of fixed blade type, rear sight is dovetailed.
Beretta 92S - Model 92 with modified safety: frame mounted safety
was replaced by slide mounted hammer drop safety/decocker lever. In all
other aspects the model 92S is similar to early model 92. Model 92S has
been used by Italian Army and police, as well as by other forces. No longer
Beretta 92SB - further modification of the model 92S. Fetaures ambidextrous
safety/decocker switch on the slide, firing pin block and hammer half-cock.
Magazine release button was relocated to the spot just behind the triggerguard.
In all other aspects model 92SB is similar to the model 92S.
Beretta 92SB-C - Compact version of the model 92SB, with shortened
slide and grip. Overall lenght reduced to the 197 mm, barrel lenght - to
the 103 mm, magazine capacity - 13 rounds, but originall 15 rounds magazines
also can be used.
Beretta 92SB-C type M - similar to model 92SB-C except that it uses
single stack, 8 rounds magazines, and has slimmer grip profile. No longer
Beretta 92F - also known as model 92SB-F. Developed in 1983, this
model is a further modification of the model 92SB, that featured slightly
re-shaped grip, plastic grip panels and new, more durable finish.
Beretta 92FS - model 92F, submitted for USA XM9 Army Pistol Trials
in 1985. Adopted by US Military as a M9 pistol, 9mm. Manufactured both
in Italy and in USA, by Beretta USA company. Also adopted by many other
military and law enforcement forces. Features crome lined barrel, recurved
triggerguard for improved two-hands grip, new grip panels and lanyard ring,
'Bruniton' finish, trigger bar disconnect safety.
Beretta 92FS Brigadier - modification of the Model 92FS with redesigned,
heavier slide. Overall weight is 1kg empty. Also features removable front
Beretta 92FS Elite - modification of the Model 92FS Brigadier that
features slightly shortened barrel (down to 119 mm; overall lenght is 211
mm), as well as some "customisation", such as bevelled magazine veil and
Beretta 92FS Centurion - modification of the Model 92FS with shortened
slide and barrel. The frame size is the same as of model 92FS. Overall
lenght is 197 mm, barrel lenght is 103 mm, magazine capacity - 15 rounds.
Beretta 92FS-C - compact version of the model 92FS, with shorter
frame and slide, and magazines for 13 rounds. Dimensionally similar to
model 92SB-C (see above).
Beretta 92FS-C type M - version of the model 92FS-C with single
stack magazine that holds 8 rounds.
Beretta 92DS - Similar to the model 92FS except that it has Double-Action
Only trigger. The safety, when applied, only disengages the trigger from
the hammer, and has no direct effect on the hammer itself.
Beretta 92D - Similar to the model 92FS except that it has Double-Action
Only trigger and no external safeties. Hammer spur is removed.
Beretta 92G - "Gendarmerie" variant, adopted by Gendarmerie Nationale
de France in 1989. Manufactured in France by GIAT Industries. Similar to
the model 92FS except that it has decocker only, that safely lowers the
hammer when applied but does not lock the trigger.
Beretta 96 - modification of the model 92FS, chambered for .40SW
cartridge. Magazine capacity is 11 rounds. Modifications of the model 96
are similar to those of the model 92 (D, Brigadier, Elite etc.) except
Beretta 98 - originally, it was a 7.65mm Parabellum variation of
the model 92SB-C, but this version is out of production now. Currently,
Model 98 is a variation of the Model 92F, chambered for 9x21mm IMI cartridge,
and intended mostly for the European civilian market.
Helwan model 92 - Egypt
Vector Z88 - South Africa