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Posted: 10/5/2014 9:42:48 PM EST
Who has one? GD approved?
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:53:12 PM EST
Don't know if it's GD approved, but I have shot and liked it. Plan to buy one if I ever get a good deal on a used one.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:55:23 PM EST
Get ready for the hate
They are fine handguns, accurate,reliable, etc
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:55:56 PM EST
Don't own one, but I've shot one. As a user of GD, I approve.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:06:55 PM EST
I used to own one (and a 92), but I shoot my Sigs a lot better, so I sold the 92 and 96 (still have a Cougar). I never had a malfunction with any of them. If you want a 96, try to find one with the heavier Brigadier slide, if you plan to shoot it a lot. They added more metal to the slide area near the locking block to strengthen it.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:07:24 PM EST
Decent pistols.

IMHO, the platform is better in 9mm.

YMMV.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:12:34 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/6/2014 11:40:47 AM EST by ken_mays]
I have a 96 Compact and like it a whole lot more than I thought I would. They tend to be under sprung from the factory, so keep up with spring changes.

Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:18:21 PM EST
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I have a 96 Compact and like it a whole lot more than I thought I would. They tend to be under sprung from the factory, so keep up with spring changes.
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For some reason, Beretta used the same
13 pound spring on the 92 and 96. A 96 will function perfectly with a 16 pound spring, with less wear on the pistol.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:23:13 PM EST
Yuck
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:29:36 PM EST
They work fine, but they don't have the life expectancy of the 9mm models.

Several of my Berettas started out as .40s and I added a 9mm top end so I can shoot both rounds out of the same gun.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:30:19 PM EST
I don't like emasculated 10mm crap.

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Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:32:45 PM EST
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I love my 92's. 1000 times better then any poly gun.
96 should be just as good.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:33:00 PM EST
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You 13ers just never quit making fools of yourselves. Why is that?
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:34:48 PM EST
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Originally Posted By VA_LEO:
Decent pistols.

IMHO, the platform is better in 9mm.

YMMV.
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Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:47:19 PM EST
I'm not that much of a .40 fan and you give up a lot of capacity when you jump from the 92 to the 96. That being said I'm not a huge 92 fan either. I own one, its alright, hasn't been out of the safe in probably 2 years, it's far from my favorite.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:52:10 PM EST
I had one, absolutely loved it other than the grip size, I couldn't make it malfunction.

I ended up trading it in favor of something with a smaller grip but I miss it.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:52:58 PM EST
I own a 96 and it is very accurate. Never have had a malfunction of any kind. All of those 40 s make me feel safe.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:55:01 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2014 10:56:49 PM EST by Silver_Surfer]
I've got two.

David Olhasso's Beretta Site
www.olhasso.com/PS/index.htm

built me one for uspsa
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:58:05 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2014 11:02:05 PM EST by WeimaranerDad]
Between steel challenge/IDPA/USPSA matches, one of my Brig 96 Inox's has ...probably...about 30,000 rounds through it. Well, actually the frame probably has that much. I put a D spring in the original .40 frame.

Then I bought a 92 Brig Inox. Instead of moving the D spring to the 92 frame, I slid the .40 top end off the 96 frame and then put the 9mm barrel and slide onto that.

As one poster mentioned above, yes, a factory 96 with factory .40 ammo seems under-sprung. The empty shells/casings would get flung like 10 yards behind me and to the right. The spectators, my fellow squad members, would get hit with brass, and every now and then I would hear them make comments. It was kinda funny actually.



Link Posted: 10/5/2014 10:58:47 PM EST
I had one in the mid 90's...A G model like ISP back then. It was accurate and reliable but big for what you got which was 11 rounds if you could even find them. It did have a parkay smooooooth trigger. ..
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 11:02:27 PM EST
Flush fit Mecgars for the 92s are 18 rounds, and Wilson Combat now makes parts and services Berettas. How does that sound?
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 11:07:34 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/5/2014 11:07:48 PM EST by alphabavo]
Beretta 90 series pistols are fantastic guns. They're not perfect for everyone, but they are great weapons.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 11:07:41 PM EST
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92/96 Beretta's runs better than 98 mustang
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 11:15:34 PM EST
I bought the 9mm mags for the 92 from MecGar that hold 20 rounds of 9mm.

They work reliably with .40 and hold 15 or 16 rounds.

Link Posted: 10/5/2014 11:20:25 PM EST
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92/96 Beretta's runs better than 98 mustang
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Originally Posted By the_great_mantis:
Flush fit Mecgars for the 92s are 18 rounds, and Wilson Combat now makes parts and services Berettas. How does that sound?


92/96 Beretta's runs better than 98 mustang


I guess that depends on what the prior owners of the Beretta were addicted to at the time.
Oh wait, then they wouldn't be able to answer the 4473.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 11:22:52 PM EST
I was issued a 96D back in the day. Not my go to gun, but it worked, period.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 11:24:10 PM EST
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I keep a 92FS with these mags. 19 rounds of HST 147 is nice.

Link Posted: 10/5/2014 11:39:10 PM EST
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Originally Posted By DamageInc308:
I used to own one (and a 92), but I shoot my Sigs a lot better, so I sold the 92 and 96 (still have a Cougar). I never had a malfunction with any of them. If you want a 96, try to find one with the heavier Brigadier slide, if you plan to shoot it a lot. They added more metal to the slide area near the locking block to strengthen it.
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This.

I've never owned one, but a buddy had a brigadier model and it was one of the sweetest shooting .40s I've ever shot. I've shot the other models and they just don't feel as nice. I think the slightly heavier slide does a good job of slowing down the recoil just a bit.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 11:41:51 PM EST
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Originally Posted By packinheavy:
They work fine, but they don't have the life expectancy of the 9mm models.

Several of my Berettas started out as .40s and I added a 9mm top end so I can shoot both rounds out of the same gun.
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Do they have problems with cracked slides?
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 11:41:55 PM EST
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Originally Posted By gribble:

This.

I've never owned one, but a buddy had a brigadier model and it was one of the sweetest shooting .40s I've ever shot. I've shot the other models and they just don't feel as nice. I think the slightly heavier slide does a good job of slowing down the recoil just a bit.
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Originally Posted By DamageInc308:
I used to own one (and a 92), but I shoot my Sigs a lot better, so I sold the 92 and 96 (still have a Cougar). I never had a malfunction with any of them. If you want a 96, try to find one with the heavier Brigadier slide, if you plan to shoot it a lot. They added more metal to the slide area near the locking block to strengthen it.

This.

I've never owned one, but a buddy had a brigadier model and it was one of the sweetest shooting .40s I've ever shot. I've shot the other models and they just don't feel as nice. I think the slightly heavier slide does a good job of slowing down the recoil just a bit.


I own both but to me the biggest bonus is the interchangeable front sight!
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 11:44:29 PM EST
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Do they have problems with cracked slides?
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Originally Posted By packinheavy:
They work fine, but they don't have the life expectancy of the 9mm models.

Several of my Berettas started out as .40s and I added a 9mm top end so I can shoot both rounds out of the same gun.


Do they have problems with cracked slides?


Not mine and after cracking two Sig 226's and one 1911 you'd think I would've done it be now if it was going to happen.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 11:56:18 PM EST
I was issued a 96D, I believe it was the Centurion. It was a fine shooting pistol. I carried it on duty for 6-7 years, and shot quarterly qualifications without ever having one jam or malfunction. I'd guess I had more than a few thousand rounds through it. My pistol was replaced by an H&K USP Compact, and while it's smaller and lighter / better for concealed carry, I've never been able to shoot it as accurately as the Burrito.

I'd say if you can get one at a decent price, FO!
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 11:58:08 PM EST
Rather have a 92 FS.

Just to have. I like my G17 better.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 8:43:29 AM EST
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Originally Posted By packinheavy:
They work fine, but they don't have the life expectancy of the 9mm models.

Several of my Berettas started out as .40s and I added a 9mm top end so I can shoot both rounds out of the same gun.


Do they have problems with cracked slides?
From what I read it was the frames that would crack on the .40s after a while. They redesigned the frame with the slanted dust cover to help address this. I don't shoot mine enough to ever worry about it.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 8:52:19 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/6/2014 6:35:57 PM EST by pdg45acp]
I built one from a 92 lower and 96g upper.



Runs 100%
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 8:52:40 AM EST
I had one, worked fine. I actually shot it and the one I had in 9mm reasonably well. Never fell in love with either the 40 or the 9mm version for some reason, so I moved them down the road. Sometimes I think I should have kept one of them for a range toy.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 9:55:56 AM EST

Only gun I've ever sold. I regret that decision.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 10:01:34 AM EST
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I have a police trade in 96 that I got for $200. It was the only DA/SA one in a pile of DAO, plenty of bare spots on the finish but shoots great. I took it to the TX CHL qualification course (50 rounds) where some of the younger guys were joking on my "antique" until I put all of my shots into a ragged hole in the middle of the target. Its a good pistol that I'm not worried about getting dirty.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 10:08:24 AM EST
Ain't nothin' but a G thang.

Link Posted: 10/6/2014 10:09:54 AM EST
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Originally Posted By pdg45acp:
I built one form a 92 lower and 96g upper.

<a href="http://s101.photobucket.com/user/nfe6848m/media/Beretta_Kova_Uploadl.jpg.html" target="_blank">http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m54/nfe6848m/Beretta_Kova_Uploadl.jpg</a>

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I find this interesting.

What specifically did you have to do to it? Just slap on a 96 slide/barrel?

Can you go back and forth between the 92 and 96 interchangeably?
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 10:26:02 AM EST
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I find this interesting.

What specifically did you have to do to it? Just slap on a 96 slide/barrel?

Can you go back and forth between the 92 and 96 interchangeably?
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Originally Posted By pdg45acp:
I built one form a 92 lower and 96g upper.

<a href="http://s101.photobucket.com/user/nfe6848m/media/Beretta_Kova_Uploadl.jpg.html" target="_blank">http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m54/nfe6848m/Beretta_Kova_Uploadl.jpg</a>

Runs 100%


I find this interesting.

What specifically did you have to do to it? Just slap on a 96 slide/barrel?

Can you go back and forth between the 92 and 96 interchangeably?


Long answer: The 96 uses a different ejector than the 92, and the frame also has a wider feed ramp to accommodate the .40 cal round.

Short answer: None of that shit seems to matter, I've always been able to swap a 96 upper on a 92, or a 92 upper onto a 96, with no ill effects.

ETA: You can even get away with just swapping in a 9mm barrel into a 96 slide. Wouldn't do this for a carry pistol, obviously.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 11:35:30 AM EST
I had one a few years ago, nice guns, I am sort of partial to the Beretta design though because it seems to fit my hand well so I shoot it better, swapped it off(would buy another if a deal came along) still own a 92.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 11:58:19 AM EST
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Long answer: The 96 uses a different ejector than the 92, and the frame also has a wider feed ramp to accommodate the .40 cal round.

Short answer: None of that shit seems to matter, I've always been able to swap a 96 upper on a 92, or a 92 upper onto a 96, with no ill effects.

ETA: You can even get away with just swapping in a 9mm barrel into a 96 slide. Wouldn't do this for a carry pistol, obviously.
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Originally Posted By JAD762:
Originally Posted By pdg45acp:
I built one form a 92 lower and 96g upper.

<a href="http://s101.photobucket.com/user/nfe6848m/media/Beretta_Kova_Uploadl.jpg.html" target="_blank">http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m54/nfe6848m/Beretta_Kova_Uploadl.jpg</a>

Runs 100%


I find this interesting.

What specifically did you have to do to it? Just slap on a 96 slide/barrel?

Can you go back and forth between the 92 and 96 interchangeably?


Long answer: The 96 uses a different ejector than the 92, and the frame also has a wider feed ramp to accommodate the .40 cal round.

Short answer: None of that shit seems to matter, I've always been able to swap a 96 upper on a 92, or a 92 upper onto a 96, with no ill effects.

ETA: You can even get away with just swapping in a 9mm barrel into a 96 slide. Wouldn't do this for a carry pistol, obviously.



I use an Inox 92FS top end on my 96G and an Inox Vertec 92FS top end on my 96G Vertec with no issues. I also have been known to slide a 9mm barrel into my 96G Elite II on occasion and it seems to work just fine. I started with .40 frames for my conversions but know plenty of others that have done the opposite with no problems.

eta:

I have mostly 10 and 11 round magazines for the .40s, but I also have some Mecgar 13 round magazines that work fine, but feel like they drag a bit when removing them from the gun while loaded. I need to go a head and grab some of the newer 12 round magazines one of these days.
Link Posted: 10/6/2014 12:00:08 PM EST
I dont have a 96, but i have a 92A1 and I love it. Accurate and reliable.
Though I do get some weird looks from people when I shoot 3Gun with it
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