Which Beretta 9mm is the best

Test: Beretta 92 FS in 9 mm Luger

The big breakthrough came in 1985 when the US Army introduced the Italian pistol Beretta 92 FS when "M 9" was put into service. The successful career of the entire 92 pistol series, whose debut, designed by Carlo Beretta, Giuseppe Mazzetti and Vittorio Valle, had already been presented in 1976, began with the order placed for 315,000 weapons. There is no end of service in the US Army in sight, as the Americans extended the contract in 2012. Beretta has revised the M 9 several times since 2010. The latest version, the M 9 A3, made its debut at the SHOT Show 2015. Thanks to the decision made by the US Army 30 years ago, the 92s are also selling splendidly on the civilian market. In addition to the 92 pistols in 9 x 19, Beretta also builds variants marked with 96, 98 and 99 in .40 S & W, 7.65 mm Para and 9 x 21 mm. There are also four technically different versions with the abbreviations FS, G, D and DS as well as varieties that differ from one another in terms of material, sights and lengths. There are also copies, for example from MAS (France), Taurus (Brazil) or Denel Land Systems (South Africa).

Technically, the 92 series has several ancestors: its swivel bolt under the cartridge chamber and its straight barrel return are based on the principle that the Walther team around engineer Fritz Barthelmes devised for the P.38. The same can be said for the hybrid combination of the single / double action principle with the external tap. In terms of external design, the 92 is based on the Beretta 951 Brigadier, which was developed from 1949 for government and military purposes: In very simplified terms, the 92 differs from the Brigadier mainly in that it has increased magazine capacity from 8 to 15 cartridges. Both 951 and 92 adopted the principle of the slide open over the barrel from the Beretta's pocket weapons introduced around 1920.