Gun Review: Beretta 92A1 (Civilian M9A1)


Right out of the box, it’s easy to see that the Beretta 92A1 (the newest variant of the 92FS) is one of the best-looking modern combat pistols out there. But the Beretta is much more than a pretty face.

The civilian variant of the US Army’s M9 combat pistol, the 92A1 has minor, but important differences from the combat version. The 92A1 sports an integral Picatinny rail, 17-round stainless steel magazines, a removable front sight, and the old-school rounded trigger guard. The M9A1 features a checkered (rather than serrated) grip and 15-round PVD-coated magazines. Unless you’re shooting in the desert, the larger magazines will treat you better.

While not a target gun, the 92A1 features a fantastic grip and delivers impressive accuracy, though the grip may feel large to shooters with smaller hands. As anyone familiar with the 92-series can tell you, they are slightly chunky. However, the heavy build means the 92A1’s recoil is next to nothing, especially for shooters used to lightweight pistols.

Beretta has also nearly eliminated the problem of depressing the decocker instead of the slide release by placing the decocker high on the frame. It’s a small, but nice fix.

The 92A1 isn’t without its problems, though. The double-action trigger is incredibly heavy, especially for 1911 or revolver shooters, but the SA pull is much better.

Overall the 92A1 is one of the best looking combat pistols around matched by sturdy, reliable construction. Though its heavy trigger may put off some shooters, it’s one heck of a gun.

Plain and simple – I want one!

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This post is a digest of “Gun Review: Beretta 92A1 (Civilian M9A1)” by Patrick Carrube. To see the original full-length review, visit

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