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Old 12-02-2010, 07:04 PM
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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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Old 12-03-2010, 04:47 PM
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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.
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What is the model code (Cat # Product # etc.) on your US made 92FS? Thanks!

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Old 12-04-2010, 12:14 AM
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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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I like the Italian ones since you don't have to oil them.
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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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Are they eating you out of house and home? If not, keep them both. Better to have two Beretta 92FS pistols than just one.
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I just scored a Beretta 96 Brigadier .40s&w
Any of you guys familiar with this model?
I like my M&P 40C and my glock 22 so i'm
partial to .40 S&W in an autolader.

To the OP if he's still around.... Keep em' both !!
Enjoy them !!! They are guns not paperweights.


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Whatever become of old Sip ??
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I like the Italian ones since you don't have to oil them.
And my dad's old Alfa Romeo had a big greasy thumbprint on the rearview mirror.....on the inside of the glass. Uuugghhh.
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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?

Thanks in advance.
Just a personal opinion, if the gun and design has any historical significance, I would prefer it be the original. The correct manufacturer and native country of origin. Beretta 92- I would like it to say Beretta, made in Italy on it. 1911, I would prefer a Colt from the US; Remington (I know it isn't Remington Rand but the name gets me) would be desirable too. Hi Power- FN or Browning, made in Belgium. CZ 75 type- CZ, made in Czechoslovakia.

Reality and price do make a difference; my Beretta is made in the US, my 1911 is Turkish, my Hi Power is Hungarian (with an Israeli on the way). I do have the Czech pistol, though.
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I have the Italian version, shoots like a champ and is not ammo picky at all. I would suspect the American version is just as good.
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absolutely love my italian 92 shoots like a dream never jams and is a beautiful gun the mag release on the loe=wer butt takes a little getting used too
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Guys, the OP hasn't been here in nearly 3 years and didn't sell either of his 92FS pistols, at least not here...
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I have a USA model that I bought new in 1988. It's been shot a lot, mostly in developing accurate cast bullet loads using many, many bullet designs and powders. It functions reliably even with bullets it was never designed for, including .38 Special SWC cast bullets. The Italian guns will probably always have a better resale, but I doubt the guns are any better.
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So maybe some of the Beretta smart folks here can tell me why almost every time I take my Elite II 92G to the range somebody wants to buy it from me. Are they that sought after?
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So maybe some of the Beretta smart folks here can tell me why almost every time I take my Elite II 92G to the range somebody wants to buy it from me. Are they that sought after?
Because the G version is rarely made and more desirable. Otherwise quality US/Italy is the same

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So maybe some of the Beretta smart folks here can tell me why almost every time I take my Elite II 92G to the range somebody wants to buy it from me. Are they that sought after?

YES!!!!!


Many consider them the ultimate rendition of the 92......they are G/decocker only, checkered grip frame, heavy slide with replaceable front and Novak rear sight............... and out of production......................... for about 10-15 years.

Bill Wilson currently offers a semi-custom Beretta....... similar to Elite II 92 for just $1200


To the OP..............................

If one doesn't have the warning ...... right side front of frame ......or is a straight vs. slanted dust cover or is an Inox (stainless)......or is a Centurion,Compact or M...... then it might be worth more to someone than the other!!!!!!!

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