The production of the Beretta 92 pistol began in 1975. It has gone through many changes over the years and is currently still in production in several different configurations.
The information below is critical must have knowledge necessary for ordering parts, grips, and accessories for your Beretta 92.
"Key Configuration Types" of the Model 92
- Model 92 ---Manufactured 1975 through 1976
- Model 92S ---Manufactured 1977 through 1979
- Model 92SB ---Manufactured 1980 through 1985
- Model 92F ---Manufactured 1985 through present
What "Configuration Type", is your Beretta 92?
The First Generation. Approximately 5,000 of these were made. Frame mounted safety and bottom mounted magazine release (See Figure 1).
Second Generation Model 92. Same as the Model 92 with several key modifications most important of which was the new Slide mounted safety and decocking lever. Also features a bottom mounted magazine release (See Figure 2).
The Third Generation of the Model 92 also referred to as the 92SB-1. Two grip options offered - The 92SB-P which had plastic grips and the 92SB-W which featured wood grips. Includes the same features as the 92S but Beretta once again made some important modifications. They added a firing pin block and moved the magazine release from the lower grip to just below the trigger guard. Beretta also added a disassembly key and the ambidextrous safety lever (See Figure 3).
First referred to as the 92SB-F, the "F" designating U.S. Government Federal testing, this model was identical to the 92SB with some very specific combat modifications including the squared off trigger guard to improve two handed shooting, reconfigured frame in front of the grip to aid in aiming, extended magazine base, chromed the barrel bore and put a new finish on the slide called Bruniton to provide better corrosion protection than the standard blue (See Figure 4). Also referred to as the 92FS the 92F-P (Plastic Grip), and the 92F-W (Wood Grips).
Variations of the Beretta 92
- Model 92 ---9mm Parabellum
- Model 96 ---.40 S & W
- Model 98 ---9 X 21mm IMI
- Model 98F ---.30 Luger
Modes of Operation
- "F" ---Standard
- "G" ---No Safety
- "D" ---Double Action no Safety
The Beretta 92 is available in over 50 different configurations but we have tried to include all of the major variations in this information.
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