A quick review for anyone thinking about buying. A great platform with a few conditions.
Lots of plastic parts. I was issued one in the 80s and bought a couple in the 90s so I was surprised. For $70 you can get it back to all metal. This means trigger, guide rod, safety/decocker and mag release. The lanyard loops is also plastic, metal out of stock right now everywhere. I don't know, for this price I'd like to see key parts be metal. My first 92 cost $329 and was all metal, I guess we can't live in the past.
Perfect function and reliability. I put 200 rounds of four major manufacturers including JHP, nothing close to a malfunction. Magazines are all nice, I like the aftermarket MECGAR 20 round I got through Wilson.
Trigger. Out of the box very heavy but can be easily and cheaply fixed by the average home gunsmith. I did a full disassembly and stoned/polished all contact surfaces; then added a D-spring. If you stop there for $20 or so you will have a fantastic improvement. Per Wilson, I would not go below 16# hammer spring for a defensive gun. It fired 100% with various primers.
Accuracy. 100% in a (small) chest size target 10-25 yards and was hitting clay pigeons out to 30 yards 4/5 times. So I was pretty happy. I was out in a snowfall bundled up like an Eskimo, I am not the metric for good shooters. Elevation of fixed sights right on, windage off to the left some. It would be wonderful if they zeroed this in at the factory.
I recommend the Wilson left side only slim profile decocker. I have never accidentally engaged the safety in 30 years but this is an easy drop-in and makes it less likely. I also installed the Wilson extended mag release which is nice but totally unnecessary. There are G conversion options out there, I like the FS mode.
This is an extremely easy gun to work on. The gun store commandos, Hickock and others complain frequently about the trigger and safety. I think this is greatly exaggerated and also easily and cheaply modified with only a modest level of skill required. YouTube shows how to do everything.
Finally, you may meet a guy who was a SEAL or knew a SEAL or saw a TV show about SEALS who will tell you Berettas frequently blow up in soldiers' faces. The government data on this issue is available free online, check it out for yourself. Thirty years, tens of thousands of rounds, no problems here.
A strong recommend for this proven and elegant design.
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]