PISTOL REFERENCE GUIDE
- Model 92 - 9mm (9x19), aka: Luger or Parabellum
- Model 96 - 40 S&W
- Model 98 - 30 Luger (also known as the 7.65mm Parabellum),
in 9x21mm (also called 9x21 IMI, for use where military ammunition is
illegal for sporting use)
- Original model - had frame mounted thumb safety, round
trigger guard and heel mounted magazine release (introduced in 1975)
- S - Single-sided slide mounted hammer-drop safety and heel
mounted magazine release (intro 1977)
- S-1 - Experimental pistol for USAF. Magazine release
moved from grip heel to trigger guard, ambi slide-mounted safety,
grooved backstrap, 2-dot sights (extremely rare model, appeared in
- SB - commerical version of S-1 with firing pin locking
safety device and improved checkered grips (intro 1980)
- SB-F - Updated with Bruinton finish, squared trigger
upper rear of grips relieved, grip angle was modified slightly,
chrome-lined barrel, extended magazine pad (intro 1984)
- F - this is exactly the same as the SB-F listed above,
it's just that the preface "SB" is no longer used.
- M9 - U.S.G.I. model designation for their standard
issue version of the F was adapted in 1985. Addition of slide retention
device in case of slide failure was adapted in 1988 (due to changes,
older grips cannot be used without alteration).
- FS - Updated 92F with slide retention device (intro 1989).
3-dot sights were added in 1992.
- FSS - Model FS with stainless steel slide and barrel on
silver anodized frame. Stainless Beretta pistols are usually referred
to as Inox, which means "stainless steel" (intro 1990)
- C - compact double column frame that is 1/10" shorter than
standard model, with a shortened 13 rd magazine. Can use full size
mags, which slightly extend from grip. (C = Compact, often used with
the model designation description, ie: 92SBC or 92FC).
- Type M - compact single stack mag and frame that is 1/10"
shorter than standard model, with it's own 8 rd magazine (also known as
M, which is often used within the model designation, ie: 92FCM).
- Standard model - 4.9" barrel (holds 15 rds of 9mm).
- Centurion - 4.3" barrel with a slightly shorter slide
(holds 15 rds of 9mm).
- Compact L - 1/10" shorter grip, double column frame,
Centurion-type slide & 4.3" barrel. Comes with shortened
(holds 13 rounds of 9mm) but can use full size magazines.
- Compact L Type M - 1/10" shorter grip, single column
Centurion-type slide & 4.3" barrel. Uses special single column
magazine (holds 8 rds of 9mm).
- Brigadier - full size frame with heavy duty slide, 4.9"
barrel & a dovetail front sight.
- Vertec - FS slide with dovetailed front sight, 4.7" bbl,
light/laser rail, straight back strap (feels more like a 1911), thin
special two-textured grips for shortened trigger reach, beveled mag
well, no lanyard loop.
- Elite - Brigadier slide with extra front serrations,
stainless 4.7" barrel, beveled magazine well, lanyard loop removed,
skeletonized hammer, rubber mag basepad (in FS action only & is
- Elite IA - in "G" action only, with Vertec slim vertical
grip and light rail, Brigadier slide with forward serrrations,
stainless 4.7" barrel, skeletonized hammer, beveled mag well, extended
mag bumper pad. The whole gun is Bruniton finished.
- Elite II - in "G' action only, recent models comes in two
tone finish with stainless crowned 4.7" barrel & slide.
is black finished. Has checkered front & back straps, crowned
muzzle, enlarged mag release, front serrations on slide, beveled mag
well, Novak rear sight, lightened (D model) hammer spring, skeletonized
hammer, Novak rear sight with thin serrated front sight, no lanyard
loop, extended rubber mag bumper pad, stainless hex grip screws.
- Target - FS variation available in late 90's in 9x21 IMI
only, with adjustable rear sight, semi-anatomic walnut wood grips with
"orange peel" anti-slip finish and 5.9" aluminum ounterweight sleeve on
the front of the barrel.
- Stock - Brigadier-type slide, DA/SA in 92/96/98 w/ unique
"half-cocked & locked" mode, frame mounted ambidextrous safety.
- Combat (original) - single action only with beavertail
frame, wood grips, enlarged mag release & chute, adjustable
sight, ported counterweighted barrel, hi tech slide design and 17 rd
- Combat (recent) - IPSC competition version of Stock model
with the following extras: 5.9" weighted barrel, adjustable target
sights, front and rear slide serrations, checkered front & back
straps, accurizing barrel bushing, tuned trigger, ultra thin textured
aluminum grips, beveled mag well, rubber mag basepad, custom fitted
- Combat Combo - same as the recent version of recent Combat
with an additional 4.9" target barrel.
- Combat Short - 4.9" target barrel version of the recent
- Billennium - steel frame (total weight of 43 oz empty),
carbon fiber grips, frame-mounted safety, tuned trigger pull, dovetail
front sight, adjustable rear sight, oversized mag release,
Brigadier-type slide with scalloping instead of cocking serrations,
checkered front & back straps, advanced nickel alloy finish,
front and rear dovetail sights included. Came in custom aluminum case.
Limited edition of 2,000 units worldwide producted to celebrate the
- Border Marshal - Brigadier model with 4.7" barrel, night
sights and rubber grips.
- Cajun - a limited run/non-catalogued FS edition in
with black Bruniton finish & gray wrap around rubber grips. An
earlier version of the Black Inox, the "Cajun" name appears to be an
unofficial nickname, so named because it was "blackened" like Cajun
- blackened stainless - yet another limited
pistol like the Cajun, produced sometime around the new millennium, it
was a regular 92FS with a Brunitonized stainless slide/barrel, but
without the gray grips. Just what this model was called is still in
- Black Inox - 92/96 FS model made in stainless steel but
completely finished with a black Bruniton coating. This 2005 limited
quanity model came with gray wrap-around rubber grips and hex-head grip
- Custom Carry - Single stack 92, Type M, Centurion-slide,
Bruniton finished with left-side-only slide-mounted safety and the name
"Custom Carry" etched in silver on both sides of the slide.
- Custom Carry II - Like the original CC, but had silver
stainless slide, Novak sights, blue frame, blue slide-stop and a blue
left-side-only slide-mounted safety (from the Elite Series)
- Steel I - Nickel finished competitive shooter model with
frame mounted safety. Has steel Vertec frame but no light rail.
Brigadier slide, hex grip screws, skeletonized hammer, Novak sights,
4.7" barrel. Comes in either 9mm or 40S&W and in either DA/SA
single action only.
- Special - a 1993 FS 9mm variation with a frame mounted
safety, instead of the usual slide mounted safety, came with smooth
wood grips. It was simply called the "92 FS Special".
- SD - "Special Duty" version, in "G" only, with standard
FS-type frame but has Vertec-type light rail, Bridadier slide, Trijicon
night sights, checkered front & rear straps, beveled mag well,
extended mag release, stainless 4.9" barrel with Bruniton finish and
match crown, hex grip screws.
- 470th - 470th year limited edition with high polish
stainless finish, walnut grips, gold medallions & signature on
slide, walnut case. Limited to 470 units worldwide.
- PS - "Police Special" versions were sold with three high
mags. Sold with or without night sights. Available in 92 or 96, in FS,
G or D actions, in standard frame & Vertec (Inox or Bruniton).
were stamped with a "PS" and a small shield, but not all. Rumored to
have a slightly rougher underlaying metal finish, but this hasn't
always proved true.
- 93R - Selective-fire 92 pistol, allowing 1100 rds per
in three-round bursts. Has fold-down grip in front of the trigger-guard
and an optional extendible steel shoulder stock which attaches to the
rear of the grip. Has extended barrel with muzzle brake. Optional
20-round magazine extends below the bottom of the grip when fitted.
- M9 - military-style version of a commercial 92FS.
to the general public. Differs in having a single dot rear sight (vs
twin-dot arrangement), a straight dust cover (vs 92 tapered dustcover),
M9 doesn't have the extra radius cut out at the top of the back strap
and has M9 rollmarkings on slide.
- M9A1 - Much talked about upgrade of the M9 include: a
standard 92FS slide on a FS-style light-rail frame, G-type de-cocker,
some plastic parts and 17-rd nickel plated mags.
- modernized 92/96 in F, G and possibly D actions. Re-configured alloy
frame design with 360-degree wrap-around interchangeable grips, 4.9"
barrel, light/accessory rail with removable rail cover, interchangeable
luminescent Superluminova dovetailed front & rear sights,
finished, fewer parts, PX4-type safety lever, newly designed anatomical
slide & slide catch, shorter beavertail, a metallic recoil
and original style round triggerguard. Uses existing 92/96 mags but comes with new higher capacity versions.
- FS - functions as a DA/SA pistol (works in both double
& single action modes) w/ ambidextrous slide mounted safety.
- G - DA/SA with an automatic return ambidextrous slide
mounted decocker (looks generally like "FS" model).
- DS - DAO (double action only) w/ ambidextrous slide
safety that locks the trigger, sear & spurless hammer (looks
generally like "FS" model).
- D - DAO, has a spurless hammer and no thumb safety. Has
extended serrations on rear of slide for improved handling. (due to
lack of safety, this model is also known as the "Slick Slide").
- Competition - a 'single action only' system with frame
mounted extended ambidextrous safety, like those found on 1911 pattern
firearms (this feature is found only on Stock, Combat, Steel 1
- C - Type C is a new design, not yet in production,
as "Constant action, spurless hammer". A lightened form of the "D"
action (double action only), it may be intended to compete against the
Glock, HK LEM and SIG DAK firing systems.
FACTORY FINISHES AND
- Bruniton - a combination of Parkerizing and black Teflon
protective finish that is applied over steel.
- Inox - means "stainless steel". The original concept was a
stainless steel slide and stainless steel parts (ie: barrel, trigger
& slide stop, magazine, etc) on a silver alloy frame. Some
models called Inox have a stainless steel slide/bbl & silver
while containing the following black parts: hammer, trigger, slide
stop, safety, takedown lever, lanyard, magazine and mag release.
"Stainless" is Inossidabile in Italian, Inoxidable in Spanish and Acier
Inoxydable in French. Inox is pronounced "e knox", like "E" the letter
and "knox" like the fort.
- Nickel Alloy - Advanced hardened silver finish most
applied to the Billennium and Steel 1. Some older models were also
available in nickel, like the 92SB Compact.
- Inox Golden - Inox model with gold inlay accents.
- Deluxe - three different models which are either engraved
blued, silver or gold plated, with fine wood grips.
- EL - blued FS model with gold accents & parts,
with fine wood grips.
- Tactical - title added to any model that comes with
night sights and rubber grips (ie: "Elite Tactical"). This title has
fallen out of use lately.
- B.A.T.S. - Beretta Advanced Tactical System kits included
wrap around rubber grips, hi cap mag, knife and case.
- B-Lok - integral locking system that blocks hammer in
position to prevent firing and slide operation. Uses a key-in-lock
located where lanyard-loop once was. Became an available option in a
number of 92 and 96 variations, intro 2003.
- Magazine Disconnector models - It is believed that the US
Dept of Veterans Affairs was the first agency to request this option
(on the 92-series gun) and adopt the following modified "disconnector"
models: the original 92D full size and the 92D Centurion in both
double-stack & type M. It is thought that the VA has 2800 to
of them. The NY State DOC also ordered some double stack Centurions.
The New York Corrections people eventually stopped buying the gun and a
distributor who still had some in stock decided to release them to
dealers. That is how a few got into private hands. These rare guns
require specially modified magazines to function the disconnect option.
- Sights - original fixed, 2-dot fixed (used from 1978-1992
and is still used on M9), newer three dot fixed, Novak low-profile
three dot fixed, "adjustable fixed" (windage adjustable fixed rear
sight, used on Billenniun), regular adjustable, and Trijicon tritium
three dot fixed night sights.
- Grips - plastic, wood, rubber, black or gray wrap-around
rubber, ultra thin plastic (on Stock model only), ultra thin textured
aluminum (on Combat Combo model only) and carbon fiber grips (on
Billennium model only). Also available on some models: CT Lasergrips
marked with Beretta logo (not available as an aftermarket item).