Beretta 92G

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Summary: The description, specs, pricing, photos and user ratings of the Beretta 92G pistol.

Manufacturer’s Description

Beretta‘s 92G is a Beretta 92-style semiauto pistol built on an aluminum frame with a steel slide, and chambered in 9mm. This double-action/single-action pistol operates on a short recoil, delayed blowback system. The 92G is nearly identical to Beretta’s 92FS pistol (also known as the M9), but instead of the thumb safety/decocker found on the 92FS, the 92G features a decocker-only lever.

Other standard features include:

  • An aluminum frame;
  • an open-top slide designed to eliminate jamming and stove piping. It also allows you to load and chamber one cartridge at a time should you lose or damage the magazine;

    Beretta 92G left side photo

    The 92G from the left.

  • a chrome-lined barrel to provide corrosion resistance, as well as ease of cleaning;
  • a deeply recessed combat muzzle crown to protect the rifling;
  • a disassembly latch designed to simplify field stripping for maintenance by allowing quick and easy disassembly. It stays on the gun, preventing accidental dropping and loss;
  • a visible automatic firing pin block that prevents the front part of the firing pin from any forward movement until you pull the trigger completely back. The block is located rearward, away from the fouling and debris of the breech face. Because the block is visible, you can ascertain proper operation at any time;
  • a white-dot front sight pinned into the slide;
  • a dovetailed notch rear sight with a front projection so that in an emergency, you can retract the slide single-handed by pushing the rear sight against the edge of a table, door, etc.;
  • an external hammer;
  • a reversible magazine release positioned next to the trigger guard for either right or left-handed shooters;
  • the aforementioned slide-mounted ambidextrous decocker, which is spring loaded so it returns to ready automatically after you depress it. When you press it down, the rear part of the firing pin (striker) rotates out of alignment with the front part of the firing pin.
  • a Bruniton non-reflective black coating;
  • checkered black plastic grips; and
  • high-capacity steel magazines designed to drop-free when you depress the magazine button, even when empty. Beretta says the 92-series magazines are interchangeable within caliber, and range in capacity from 10 to 20 rounds in 9mm.

Beretta offers a variety of 92G grip options, including various aluminum and wood models.

Beretta also offers a 92G variation called the 92G-SD, This pistol features:

  • A heavy Brigadier-style slide to reduce recoil;
  • replaceable night sights dovetailed into the slide;
  • a beveled magazine well to speed up magazine insertion;
  • grooving and checkering on the frontstrap and backstrap to enhance grip;

    Beretta 92G-SD left side photo

    The 92G-SD from the left.

  • a picatinny accessory rail; and
  • a crowned target barrel.

Beretta USA Reliability & Durability Stats

  • The average reliability of all 92FS/M9 pistols tested at Beretta USA is 17,500 rounds without a stoppage.
  • During one test of 12 pistols fired at Beretta USA before U.S. Army supervision, Beretta-made M9 pistols shot 168,000 rounds without a malfunction.
  • The Beretta 9mm pistol was the most reliable of all pistols tested in the 1984 competition which resulted in the award of the M9 contract to Beretta.
  • Two-thirds of all M9 pistols endurance tested at Beretta USA fired 5,000 rounds without a malfunction or, at most, only one malfunction.
  • The average durability of Beretta M9 slides is more than 35,000 rounds, the point at which U.S. Army testing ceases.
  • The average durability of M9 frames is more than 30,000 rounds. The average durability of M9 locking blocks is 22,000 rounds.

The Specs

Caliber Capacity OAL BBL Height Width Weight
9mm 15+1, 10+1 8.5″ 4.9″ 5.4″ 1.5″ 33.3 oz., unloaded


MSRP: $675 (standard version)
MSRP: $1,350 (SD version)

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