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Beretta 92 question

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by taylor, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. taylor

    taylor Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    I had a Beretta 92 a long time ago and the safety was on the frame like a 1911 or hi power. I was at a gun shop yesterday and I saw a new 92 and they moved the sefety up unto the slide, when did this happen?
    It looks strange with that empty space where it used to be, and I hate slide mounted safeties.
     
  2. dumswede

    dumswede portland Member

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    Only the original first series 92 had a frame mounted safety. With the exception of some modern and rare varients all beretta 92 series pistols have had slide mounted safetys since 1976.
     
  3. taylor

    taylor Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    I guess it was a first series, I remember the Beretta 92 as being something new back then. But why did they change it?
     
  4. dumswede

    dumswede portland Member

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    If it was a first series they are pretty rare. Only about 5000 made I think. They originally changed the design to the frame mounted decocker safety at the request of some law enforcement agencies. Then the design won the US military contract in '85 and the rest is history. Taurus makes a clone of the 92 with a frame mounted safety.
     
  5. JimmyS1985

    JimmyS1985 St.Louis Active Member

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    I own the Beretta M9 and I like that its ambidextrous, both Left and Right handed people can use it with the safety on both sides of the slide. Don't know if all handguns are like that, and considering Im Right Handed, doesn't make a huge difference to me, but its still a good feature.
     
  6. Misterbill

    Misterbill Yakima County, Washington New Member

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    News to me. Mine is on the slide essentially where the safety is on a S&W or 1911 and I bought it new in 2008.
     
  7. tomcat mv

    tomcat mv Maple Valley WA Member

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    +1 on the Taurus. I have aTaurus 917PT which is basically a compact version of the Model 92 which they also produce. When Taurus bought the Beretta plant in Brazil they re-designed and made several improvements to the Beretta design. I agree, the frame mount safety (ambidextrous) is much preferred.
     
  8. jonn5335

    jonn5335 Longview Active Member

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    The taurus 92 is a knockoff of a first generation beretta 92 (frame mounted saftey)they have yet to knockoff newer versions of the beretta 92 (slide mounted safety) because the patents have not yet expired