The Beretta 92 is a series of semi-automatic pistols designed and manufactured by Beretta of Italy. The model 92 was designed in 1972 and production of many variants in different calibers continues today, the United States Armed Forces replaced the Model 1911A1.45 ACP pistol in 1985 with the military spec Beretta 92F, the M9. Beretta currently produces the pistol in four different configurations and four calibers, 9×19mm Parabellum.40 S&W, the Beretta 92 pistol evolved from earlier Beretta designs, most notably the M1923 and M1951. From the M1923 comes the open design, while the alloy frame and locking block barrel. The grip angle and the front sight integrated with the slide were also common to earlier Beretta pistols, what were perhaps the Model 92s two most important advanced design features had first appeared on its immediate predecessor, the 1974.380 caliber Model 84. These improvements both involved the magazine, which featured direct feed, that is, there was no feed ramp between the magazine and the chamber, in addition, the magazine was a double-stacked design, a feature originally introduced in 1935 on the 9mm FN/Browning Hi-Power. Carlo Beretta, Giuseppe Mazzetti and Vittorio Valle, all experienced firearms designers, production began in May 1976, and ended in February 1983. Approximately 7,000 units were of the first step slide design, the total production of both designs was 52,000 pistols. This resulted in the 92S which was adopted by several Italian law enforcement, the later relocation of the magazine release button means these models cannot necessarily use later magazines, unless they have notches in both areas. The 92SB, initially called 92S-1, was designed for the USAF trials. It included the changes of the 92S, added a firing pin block, a compact version with a shortened barrel and slide and 13-round magazine capacity known as the 92SB Compact was manufactured from 1981 to 1991. Modified the front of the guard so that one could use finger support for easier aiming. Recurved the forward base of the grip to aid aiming, hard chromed the barrel bore to protect it from corrosion and to reduce wear. New surface coating on the slide called Bruniton, which provides better corrosion resistance than the previous plain blued finish. The FS has an enlarged hammer pin that fits into a groove on the underside of the slide, the main purpose is to stop the slide from flying off the frame to the rear if it cracks. This was in response to reported defective slides during U. S, the 92A1 was introduced in 2010, based on elements of 92FS and 90two. The overall shape and styling builds on the 92FS, with a rail on the underside of the frame. Model 96A1 is a 92A1 variant chambered for.40 S&W, the A1 models utilize a heavier slide construction combined with a slightly altered frame to accommodate the slide and tactical light rail
A Beretta 92FS Inox with the slide retracted, showing the exposed ejection port and barrel mechanism.
A Beretta 92FS Inox stainless steel pistol.
The French-made PAMAS G1 variant.
Beretta 92 Compact L owned by the Royal Malaysia Police.