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#4568768 - 11/09/17 10:54 AM Paul Harrell and the Beretta 92
gman2304 Offline


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3uBezHdjd8

I'm leaning towards the Beretta 92, but the Taurus 92SS has gotten my attention..and it's basically a Beretta 92 with the safety moved to the frame, and a couple more refinements and it's about $100 cheaper on Budsgunshop website. Taurus bought the Beretta tooling in the 70's when Beretta closed their Brazilian plant, and the Taurus gets some very good reviews as well. Does anyone have any experience/opinions on the Beretta vs Taurus 92's? This will be a range toy and won't be carried. I like Paul Harrells informative videos.

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#4568785 - 11/09/17 11:06 AM Re: Paul Harrell and the Beretta 92 [Re: gman2304]
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his 3030 video is great!
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#4568788 - 11/09/17 11:16 AM Re: Paul Harrell and the Beretta 92 [Re: gman2304]
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Quality control on Taurus is sometimes less than fantastic. If it is going to be used at the range only...

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#4568795 - 11/09/17 11:21 AM Re: Paul Harrell and the Beretta 92 [Re: gman2304]
28oz Offline


Registered: 04/20/17
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Loc: Utah, USA
Have you ever shot one before? I would do that first. I used to have a Beretta 96........same gun, but double action only and in .40 SW. Didn't take long for me to sell it. For me, the grip was unwieldy and the recoil felt very "spongy". Like a marshmallow. I greatly prefer recoil to be "snappy" such as in my 1911s, or my Steyrs.......or Rugers.........pretty much anything else. That said, many love them.
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#4568816 - 11/09/17 11:40 AM Re: Paul Harrell and the Beretta 92 [Re: bigj_16]
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Originally Posted By: bigj_16
Quality control on Taurus is sometimes less than fantastic. If it is going to be used at the range only...

This...
My local dealer told me that he would sell me one but that any warranty issues are between me and Taurus.

I have a 92 FS. Love it. Fits me perfect.
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#4568838 - 11/09/17 11:57 AM Re: Paul Harrell and the Beretta 92 [Re: gman2304]
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Have an early Taurus 9MM Beretta clone 17 round clip. shoots well. But frankly its a long step down from my current Sig 226. A few dollars more buy you so much more gun for your money. But then you're only betting your life on it.
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#4568839 - 11/09/17 11:58 AM Re: Paul Harrell and the Beretta 92 [Re: gman2304]
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I have a very early 80's Taurus 92 and it has been flawless.

I use surplus M9 mags with the notch filed bigger and never have any FTF ever.


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#4568863 - 11/09/17 12:18 PM Re: Paul Harrell and the Beretta 92 [Re: gman2304]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2745
Loc: USA
Please don't buy Taurus unless you want to support a company that makes no investment in their customer service quality.

I have a Taurus polymer gun currently trapped in their repair purgatory over the Carter class action lawsuit. Some guys waited 2 years for Taurus to issue them a new gun.

If you search around you can get a Beretta 92FS or a commercial M9 for $500 shipped and you'll have the real deal.

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#4568871 - 11/09/17 12:28 PM Re: Paul Harrell and the Beretta 92 [Re: gman2304]
Panzerman Offline


Registered: 12/16/06
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Loc: Port Orange, Florida
I wasn't a big Beretta 92 fan. I got a good deal on one Christmas Eve in a Pawn Shop.
Bought one for $250.00 out the door.
I absolutely love the gun.
It's fantastic, not to be confused with the 96 which has issues. I have shot and held Taurus and they are not the same gun. It's like comparing a Taurus revolver to a Smith.
It's close, no cigar.
Buy a real 92 and I am sure you will love it.


Edited by Panzerman (11/09/17 12:29 PM)
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#4568939 - 11/09/17 01:41 PM Re: Paul Harrell and the Beretta 92 [Re: gman2304]
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Registered: 09/20/14
Posts: 1342
Loc: Seattle-ish, WA
With good, clean used Berettas ~$300, I'd want the Taurus at $200 to be price competitive. Then I'd still buy the Beretta. wink

As mentioned, the grip is large. Have you fired one?

Bud's Guns has police turn-in 92S (mag release on heel) for $300 delivered.

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#4568979 - 11/09/17 02:12 PM Re: Paul Harrell and the Beretta 92 [Re: gman2304]
Tom NJ Offline


Registered: 07/27/06
Posts: 2048
Loc: Virginia
I carefully considered the Beretta 92FS against the CZ 75BD and went with the CZ. Very similar in looks, size and features and both are accurate and reliable. The CZ 75BD has a decocker without a manual safety, and the CZ 75B has a manual safety on the frame. Might want to make the comparison. I paid $575 at my local shop for my BD.


Edited by Tom NJ (11/09/17 02:20 PM)

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#4569050 - 11/09/17 04:00 PM Re: Paul Harrell and the Beretta 92 [Re: gman2304]
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My first handgun was a Beretta 92FS. Hands prefer a 1911 but I have shot the snot out of my Beretta 92FS. Never had an issue so far. Was told the Beretta likes to run a little on the wet side...so who knows...never shot a Taurus.
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#4569219 - 11/09/17 07:41 PM Re: Paul Harrell and the Beretta 92 [Re: gman2304]
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Buy once, cry once. Shot the Beretta many times; Id buy the Beretta.
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#4569247 - 11/09/17 08:04 PM Re: Paul Harrell and the Beretta 92 [Re: gman2304]
Sonic Offline


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Loc: Midwest
Have you at least handled the two pistols to see if one feels better to you? I picked up a Taurus 92 AFS several years back for $379. It's the duo tone model with the stainless slide and black barrel. Very nice looking and I've had zero issues with it. But it's up to you and which one you want. Seems like the price on the Taurus pistols has dropped a bit over the years which is nice but really the Beretta isn't that much more IMO. My LGS is selling them on sale for like $529 right now. I've seen the Taurus 92 on sale as low as $299 at times and the stainless for just a little more. Handle them, shoot them if you can. I wouldn't tell you which to buy, just that my PT92 has been good to me.

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#4569526 - 11/10/17 07:13 AM Re: Paul Harrell and the Beretta 92 [Re: gman2304]
Toros Offline


Registered: 04/22/05
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I have a few Taurus guns. Two 9mm and two revolvers. ..a .38 snub nose revolver and a 4" .357. All have worked flawlessly. I carry the .38 and it's as reliable and accurate as my old off duty Colt Detectives Special albeit one round less in capacity.
I just ordered the stainless PT92 last night. $416 out the door. I have PT92C which is a somewhat rare gun. It has a shorter grip and less capacity than the full size model. Both are too big for practical carry.

I have Smith and Rugers as well as my Colt. The Taurus I own are just fine. In fact, the trigger on my Taurus 65 is better than the one on my Smith 686.

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