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Can someone explain the action of a Beretta 92 pistol? It's not a blowback but it's not a tilting barrel either, pics or one of those cool anigifs would be great.
 

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The 92/96 Beretta has a locking block that has lugs on either side that engage the sides of that thick slide. This differs greatly from the Browning inspired lock up on the 1911, Hi-Power, SIGs, Glocks and HK pistols. It is more like the Walther P-38 system.

Here is the Wiki page on the 92...scroll down and you'll see how it operates. Look under "Operation" it explains it all.

Beretta 92 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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IIRC the Italians copied the locking block design on the Berreta's from Walther P-38s they got from the Germans during the war. Infact if you compare the two side by side they almost look the same. The recoil spring setup is diffrent though.
 
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