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Hello,

Looking for anyone with experience with a Beretta M9. Found one for sale and I'm interested in anyone's opinion, good or bad. Also, what should I pay for a used one in what looks and feels "like new"?

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John
 

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M9 owner here: its big, oversized, overbuilt....but its the finest, sexiest 9mm you will ever own.......DA/SA is very smooth....15 rounds of 9mm.......don't know about pricing on used ones, bought mine new........very good gun that everyone should own...all IMHO of course
 

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M9 and the other Beretta 92 variants are great guns, reliable, and easy to work on. It's a big heavy steel-and-aluminum service pistol -- shoots great and due to its size and weight, is a sweet 9mm shooter. You can get models in .40 also (96 series).

While some do carry this gun, its size and weight make that a challenge, and some don't like the safety/decocker arrangement.
For me it's a range gun so those things don't matter.

Some variants have fixed sights with a dovetailed front sight, while on some the front sight is machined into the steel and non-replaceable.
The sights on my Inox (stainless) 92 were hard to see (red dots on stainless front, black rear). I repainted them and they're good to go.

Beretta M9/92 series pistols are so nice to look at!

 

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Thank you very much. Looking for a quality piece that could be carried but also serve as HD for wife that won't snap any harder than her .38 snub. That's sweet Tuscon!
 

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I have a Taurus-built M9 variant (PT-92 AFS). Absolute favorite 9mm hands down. Clean break on SA. DA is heavy but tolerable. Takes even my mistake reloads without complaint. Eats lead, FMJ, or JHP without and asks for more. FYI, the Taurus is actually built on Beretta machinery and built by Beretta trained factory workers. MIne has 3-5K down the pipe and is just getting warmed up.


I carry it IWB at 4:00-5:00 and don't have any issues. Full-sized is a feature, not a bug.
 

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I have a love/hate relationship with my wife's Beretta 92FS (the M9 in civvies)

Love the smoothness of the slide, feels like it's on ball bearings
Love the accuracy
Love the ease of the racking
Love the low recoil

Hate the decocker on the slide, during malfunction drill it can be engaged inadvertently
Hate the weight - but that's what tames the recoil
Hate the cost of the magazines
Hate the pull of the stock double action - partially fixed with Wolff 16 lb spring

As for the original poster wanting to have this as a substitute for the 38 snub nose for the wife. If the wife has a big enough hand and she can wrap her head around malfunction drills that the revolver does not involve, it's a good HD pistol. Now carry, that's another thing, it is big and it's heavy.
 

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Love my M9, but i dont carry it. Mine is a safe queen and the only reason I got the pistol was of the price. and the fact that i had one with me in afghanistan. The thing shoots great, but like other posters said its heavy. They do have upgrades for the triggers but i dont have any expierence with them.
 

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I have a love/hate relationship with my wife's Beretta 92FS (the M9 in civvies)

Love the smoothness of the slide, feels like it's on ball bearings
Love the accuracy
Love the ease of the racking
Love the low recoil

Hate the decocker on the slide, during malfunction drill it can be engaged inadvertently
Hate the weight - but that's what tames the recoil
Hate the cost of the magazines
Hate the pull of the stock double action - partially fixed with Wolff 16 lb spring

As for the original poster wanting to have this as a substitute for the 38 snub nose for the wife. If the wife has a big enough hand and she can wrap her head around malfunction drills that the revolver does not involve, it's a good HD pistol. Now carry, that's another thing, it is big and it's heavy.
Factory 17 round magazines can be found for $20. That sounds pretty cheap to me. Cheaper than a Glock mag.
 

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I have an M9A1, INOX, and 92FS Compact and love them all. While big, they fit my hand very well and I have medium to small hands. They make for a great home defense or car gun, but there are smaller and lighter guns for CC.
 

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Thanks everyone! Looks like mostly favorable opinions. I can grab one used that looks like new at my LGS for $500. I'm thinking I need to "pull the trigger".
 

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I own a 96F....the 40 cal version of the M9 and have shot several 92FS Berettas.

If you ask me...the 92 Beretta is a mixed bag.

On the plus side, it is accurate, well made and very reliable. Mags and holsters are everywhere. It is also a very soft recoiling pisol...even in 40SW. The long sight radius is a plus when shooting on the target range. Overall...a very pleasant pistol to shoot.

On the minus side...it is very thick and chunky, versus many other "service' sized 9mms. The safety is way up on the slide and rather awkward to use without shifting your hand quite a bit. It is NOT a good CCW pistol or for people with smaller hands. I am also no fan of its d/a trigger.

Another deal-killer, for me, on this design is the fact that if you use the "power stroke" method to change mags after slide lock, it is VERY easy to hit the large safety levers on the M9's slide while charging the gun and end up with a pistol on safety and de-cocked. In a fight...that could spell disaster. Learn to re-charge the gun using the slide lock lever and you should be GTG with this gun.

The M9/92FS is probably best as a home defense pistol, range gun or open carry piece. If it appeals to you...go for it. I have my reasons for preferring the Glock 19 for carry...but the Beretta is still a good choice if you can hit with it and like the pistol.

Of all the 9mm Beretta pistols...the 92/96/M9 platform are the best...if you ask me.

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I want one.

But if its mainly for wifey for home defense, there's also theboption of snatching up some of these pretty cheap trade in Model 10's.

A K frame with good +p 158gr loads would be just fine and probably easier for smaller hands to shoot.

And you need one just because. If I run into one when I've got the extra cash, oh yes it's going home with me.
 

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I went with one of the newer 92 compacts with the bruniton finish and rail made here in the states. Great gun, I should have bought one along time ago. Fits me perfect.
 

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I have noticed little to no difference in quality between US and Italian made 92 Series guns. The US made guns seem every bit as high quality as the Italian guns. The Italian made ones seem to fetch a bit more on the used market but that is about the only difference.

If you are ever looking for a low cost, soft recoiling 40 caliber pistol...a police trade 96F is a good choice. They can usually be had for around 300 bucks or so.

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I preferred my 1911A1 over my M9 when I served, but wasn't given a choice on what to carry. That doesn't mean I don't like them, though. I think they make a nice range or home defense weapon.
 

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IMO, everyone should own at least one! :)
 

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Did someone say Beretta porn??
 
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