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    The Difference Between the M9 and 92FS

    The main and most obvious difference is the rear sight - the M9 has a post on the rear sight, the 92FS has 2 dots (my preference).

    But there are a couple of other differences, as per the photos below...





    Around 2003 or so, Beretta changed the frame of the 92/96 to a curved dustcover to strengthen it for the 40 caliber round. And, since the 92 and 96 pistols use the exact same frame. It was just easier to switch it for both.

    The M9 kept the same straight dustcover because making changes is a big deal for a military weapon once it has been approved. And, as the M9 is only in 9mm, it didn't really matter.

    The curved dustcover frames also have a slight indentation at the top of the backstrap. It brings your trigger finger just ever so slightly closer to the trigger. M9s do not have this backstrap indentation.

    I think the straight dustcovers look better, but the curved ones are growing on me visually, and that rear strap indentation really makes a difference for someone with smaller hands.

    Be aware that recently, there are a FEW straight dustcovered 92s WITH the indented backstrap (I keep hoping to track one down)

    There are also now some new USA made 92s with M9 frames being used. So, those are straight dustcovered frames with no rear indentation. AND, there have been some M9s on store shelves using the curve dustcover frame of the 92FS. So, be aware that there are all sorts of variations showing up in the past year

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    Thanks for the info and it does help a lot. Their website info is not particularly clear.

    Does anyone know the differences with the newer 92A1 and 92/M9A1 versions?
    Their website said they incorporated newer features into these after getting feedbacks from the military and others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arthury View Post
    Thanks for the info and it does help a lot. Their website info is not particularly clear.

    Does anyone know the differences with the newer 92A1 and 92/M9A1 versions?
    Their website said they incorporated newer features into these after getting feedbacks from the military and others.

    Here is text I typed a few months ago on a thread in the Beretta section of Glocktalk:

    M9A1 - Railed frame with a 92FS slide (3 dot sights). The front of the frame (where the rail is at) looks like the Vertec model. But it has the standard 92FS grip. The magwell also has a slight bevel, and the rear and front backstraps have a light checkering on them. Available in 9mm only, and this gun is only made in the USA.

    This gun comes with two specially PVD coated 15 round magazines (which are expensive when bought separately).

    I think the M9A1 is the coolest LOOKING railed model. But, the checkering is not deep on the frame, like it is on a 1911. I personally prefer the regular serrations, as I find that they give a better grip purchase.



    90-Two - Commonly known as the "90-Dash-Two" or "The Dash." This is a redesigned version of the 92FS that came out in 2006. The slide and frame were redesigned. The guiderod is captured, and there is a recoil buffer built into the frame. It also has a front, dovetailed sight. Several of the small parts are totally different from the standard 92 design (hammer, mag release, trigger bar, slide safety switches).

    The biggest difference is the grip. While the gun is not polymer, it does come with a polymer, slip on grip. This gun will be in limited production for 2011 (so get one now if you want one). There is hardly any aftermarket support, and the lack of aftermarket grips is really hurting sales. These are ONLY made in Italy. Available in 9mm and 40 cal. The gun comes with factory 17 round mags (in 9mm)

    (I personally do not like the polymer grip - too slippery. I tried several solutions to this issue, but found none worthwhile)



    92A1 - Newest release of the 92 - Released in the summer of 2010. This design takes some of the best aspects of the 90-Two... The rail, internal recoil buffer and dovetailed front sight (all great changes), and puts it into a more "normal" 92 frame. The 92A1 (and 96A1) will use standard Beretta 92 grips. The trigger guard is curved; however, like that of the 90-Two. The guiderod is also captured (which is a pro or con, depending on who you ask).

    In addition - the slide is a little bit beefier than a standard 92 slide.

    The gun is available in 9mm and 40 cal (the 96A1), and the 9mm version comes with THREE 17 round factory mags (the same mags that come with the 90-Two). These guns are only made in Italy.

    This is a such better choice to the 90-TWO, IMHO. Also, the 92A1 balances the best in a 1 handed grip out of any of the railed models. I also personally find the 92A1 is my second fav Beretta 92 variant - right behind the standard 92FS (which balances the best 1 handed, IMHO).

    There is also finally aftermarket night sights for the 92A1 from Trijicon now. And, while others may disagree - I personally like the regular front and rear strap serrations over the checkering on the M9A1. The checkering is rather shallow - so its not nearly as grippy as checkering on a 1911. I think the standard serrations on the front and back strap give a better grip.

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    Good info. If you have the M9 and want to reduce the reach for the trigger, try installing the Vertec grips - they are thinner and do not have the curved bottom, resulting in a grip shape similar to a 1911 with arched mainspring housing. Installing a 1911 mainspring will also provide a trigger similar to the D Spring (much reduced DA pull, minimal effect on the SA pull).
    Oh, I prefer the M9 sights as the post and dot is just faster for target acquisition for me.

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    Yes, but the grips won't match the shape of the grip, as they are Vertec grips.

    However - this thread is 2 years old - you know that right ?

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