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A Brace of Berettas

Tullio Marengoni developed an innovative locked-breech pistol for Beretta in the late 1940s as the company was restructuring following WWII. Borrowing the open-slide format of the earlier 9mm Glisenti M1923, his much more modern design reached the market as the M1951 (or just 951) and only reached full production in 1956.

The single stack 9mm led to the Brigadier and other variants then, with some further growth and a conversion to a double stack, became Beretta’s Model 92 in the early 1970s (although it should be pointed out that the 951 is still very much in active production and use in Third World countries today).

Fast forward to this week, and Beretta has introduced the latest tranche of the Model 92 series, the 92X during a “Pistol Summit” held this week for a few select gun media folks– somehow including your’s truly.

The four new Beretta 92X pistols all use the “thin” Vertec profile frame, but are still backward compatible with legacy 92 parts. Top left to right: the railed Compact; Centurion; (rail-less) Compact, and, bottom, is the 92X Full-Size (All Photos: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

The four new Beretta 92X pistols all use the “thin” Vertec profile frame, but are still backward compatible with legacy 92 parts. Top left to right: the railed Compact; Centurion; (rail-less) Compact, and, bottom, is the 92X Full-Size (All Photos: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

Built on the Vertec profile frame with a straight backstrap and updated grip options, the guns all feature a round trigger guard, beveled magazine well, chrome-lined barrel with a recessed target crown, front and back cross checkering on the grip frame, and combat sights with dovetailed fronts. The guns use a steel trigger and mag release.

To understand where the new handgun line falls inside Beretta’s expansive Model 92 line, the 92X series is loaded with features and upgrades not found in the more vanilla 92FS/M9 pistols while coming in at a price that is more affordable than the M9A3 and the semi-custom Langdon Tactical/Wilson Combat 92G series guns.

And they shoot great.

More in my column at Guns.com.

Everything light is steel again

Ever since the 1950s, guns have been losing weight. First, there came the introduction of aluminum and alloys to shed ounces, then wood fell away to plastics, advanced polymers moved into the pistol frame (and AR lower) business, striker fired replaced hammers, and so on, and so forth.

However, as an interesting twist in firearms history, in the past several years a number of manufacturers are moving to flip that model to produce flat-shooting niche guns for competition use that incorporate lots of steel to absorb muzzle flip and recoil. These have included the CZ Shadow and Walther SF Q5.

Now, Beretta has gone back to the days of the M1935 and M1951 with the 92X Performance pistol.

The new gun, the latest incarnation of the Model 92 family that first appeared in the 1970s and has gone on to be a classic worldwide, was debuted this week at the IWA show in Nuremberg, Germany. The 92X Performance is a bit heftier than its predecessors as its Vertec steel frame and heavier Brigadier slide push it to 47.6-ounces, unloaded. For comparison, the common aluminum-framed 92FS tips the scales at 33-ounces.

And man is it loaded with features.

Splooge…

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