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Old 12-02-2010, 06:04 PM
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Default Beretta 92FS, USA or Italy

I've got 2 NIB Beretta 92 FS's. One is made in the USA and the other is made in Italy. Which one would be better to keep?

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Both of the above.

Seriously, I've read that the metallurgy (maybe) and the fitting may average better on the US-made guns. The finish may be smoother on the ones from Brescia.

Heck, you own them: just look them over, recall how each shoots, and think how they feel in your hand.

I don't think price will be much of a factor if you totally must sell one. But you're going to miss whichever you sell...and probably regret it.


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I agree with T-Star.
If you can, keep them both.

I have a Beretta 92fs USA made but would also like a Italian made one as well. I'm currently contemplating purchasing a Italian version today
when I stumbled onto your post.

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Not sure there's much difference, I've got an Italian stainless 92 and a blued US mfg. 92. Six of one, half dozen the other.
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The great Gun Shop Debate Some "think" the Italians are better but it's anecdotal. They are both made to the same exact specs. I like them both, but they are too big for my hand.
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The great Gun Shop Debate Some "think" the Italians are better but it's anecdotal. They are both made to the same exact specs. I like them both, but they are too big for my hand.

I don't know about Berettas. There is a general feeling that S&W made PPK's are not as reliable as those mfg. in Germany by Walther. So maybe one is better then the other.
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Italian ones often sell for a slight premium over American made ones. Whether it is perception or reality that they are better, eh...Well save when a glut comes in from Italy for whatever reason.
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I agree with T-Star.
If you can, keep them both.

I have a Beretta 92fs USA made but would also like a Italian made one as well. I'm currently contemplating purchasing a Italian version today
when I stumbled onto your post.

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Well, I did it!
I bought a new Beretta 92FS Italian model tonite
to keep my Beretta 92FS USA model company.

Now the dreaded 10-day waiting period +2
here in California at my local FFL Dealer.
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The consensus at the Beretta forum is that there are no appreciable differences between the two makes. The question then becomes a subjective one- which country do you like seeing stamped on the slide? For example, guys who want one like the one they had in the military might prefer a BUSA-manufactured pistol whereas a collector interested in an example of Beretta's Italian heritage may prefer the Italy-stamped model. Either are fine, it's just a matter of personal taste and choice.
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Thanks guys.

As for made in the USA, I know all of my Smith's and Colt's are, so I might just keep the Italian 92FS.

Besides, I like their spaghetti....
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I don't know about Berettas. There is a general feeling that S&W made PPK's are not as reliable as those mfg. in Germany by Walther. So maybe one is better then the other.
I agree with you on that! I don't think much of anything new with the Walther name on it anymore. Like the Walther P22 and P380.

Wish I had a Interarms PPK instead of my SW PPK. Which worked just fine before the recall and ended up going back 3 times before they fixed a gun that wasn't broken.

That said, I still think SW still has the absolute best customer service.
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I think this falls into the same catagory as which Mosin-Nagant arsenal made a better rifle, Izhevsh or Tula?
I have both 92fs's and other than name of origin I can't tell the difference
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Well, I did it!
I bought a new Beretta 92FS Italian model tonite
to keep my Beretta 92FS USA model company.

Now the dreaded 10-day waiting period +2
here in California at my local FFL Dealer.
586L-Frame

What is the model code (Cat # Product # etc.) on your US made 92FS? Thanks!

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If its a late model USA production it will be a 92/96 frame.
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My preference is for the Italian made Type M, but only because I prefer the "round" trigger guard. Non-Type M is too big for my dainty little hand.
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I like the Italian ones since you don't have to oil them.
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I have both. I doubt there are any appreciable differences in quality. However, I do have to say that the Italian one looks much prettier!!!
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