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The Pros and Cons of a Beretta 92FS

These are some observations about the Beretta 92FS that you may want to consider.

It is hard to find fault with a weapon that has proven itself time and time again in both military situation and in law enforcement agencies around the country. The Beretta 92FS is a consistent player in keeping our everyday heroes safe.

However, lets look at a few pros and cons about this firearm from the famous Beretta USA.

When it comes to looking at what pros surround the 92FS, it may feel like they are endless. However, lets not float this boat too high. I am sure we can be reasonable and honest as we break this thing down. Here we go.

Pro Number 1

As stated above, one obvious pro to the Beretta 92FS is that is has been the semiautomatic pistol of choice for the U.S. military as well as countless police departments for many years.

The weapon consistently surpasses the U.S. Armed Forces requirement of a 10-shot group of 3 inches or less at 50 meters. That's pretty exceptional accuracy if you ask me. 

Con Number 1


A con to the weapon is that many, and I mean many people feel the grip is a bit bulky, especially the Beretta 92FS 9mm. While dealing with a thicker grip could be overcome through pumping rounds down range, and building your familiarity with the gun; it is still important to note.

If you are someone that has a small grip or a gun enthusiasts that tends to shy away from bulky grips, then this may not be the gun for you. The 15-round magazine capacity may be partly to blame. The barrel length is an average 4.9 inches.

Pro Number 2

Another pro to the Beretta 92FS is that due to it being an extremely popular gun, most parts are reliably priced and virtually every gunsmith out there is familiar with them inside and out. It uses a short recoil, delayed blowback system.

A front sight and rear sight, a reversible magazine release, an open slide design, and a spring-loaded, ambidextrous safety lever that doubles as a de-cocking lever round out the features. And you know it has that "Made in USA" stamp.

In addition to everyone being familiar with its mechanics, the exterior looks great as well. It has a Bruniton finish that provides superior corrosion resistance and is unique in a lot of aspects. While that doesn't count as much, it has to count for something. It might be superficial, but it is still a pro to owning the gun. The 92Inox is as classy as they come.

If you're looking for something a little more flashy, there is also the Beretta 92FS Inox, which comes in a stainless steel finish. 


Con Number 2

While the 92FS is contently pushed for being reliable and able to take on even the most extreme conditions, many people have experienced otherwise.

For example, complaints about the gun in forums tend to show up around the 8,000-12,000 round mark. While that is plenty of rounds especially for a novice gun owner, it is still something to thing about. If you are someone that shoots every weekend or multiple times per week, this would be an important note to consider.

Beretta does sell a third generation locking block kit specifically designed for firearms that have seen years of use. 

Pro Number 3

The gun is safe. No, let me rephrase that. It is super super safe! The way the safety is designed allows for multiple levels of accident prevention. This particular model has a safety lever that actually functions as a decocking lever as well. This means you can switch back and forth from double action to single action depending on your personal preference. One of the best breakdowns on the inner workings of the safety on the 92FS can be seen in the video below.

Con Number 3

A third characteristic that is brought up often while this gun is being discussed is the long length of trigger travel necessary to fire the gun. Many people have mentioned exchanging parts in order to rectify this and make it a little more friendly on the fingers.

Lets face it, the longer we can fight off arthritis the better.

If you are someone who is set off or particularly picky about length of trigger travel then you may want to weigh that in as you evaluate whether or not this is the gun for you.