92FS or M&P?????

92FS or M&P?????

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    92FS or M&P?????

    Hi all,

    Trying to decide between the Beretta 92FS A1 or a Smith & Wesson M&P, both in 9mm. Will use this as an EDC and to shoot some IDPA/USPSA....

    Thanks in advance!


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    Never shot an M&P, so I can't speak to them, but I have two 92FS's. One is stock and one is cleaned up and both have been flawless. They are a large heavy gun for EDC, but if the size and weight don't bother you (they don't me) you could do much worse. I use nothing but factory Beretta/MDS mags for edc and some cheaper off brand mags for practice.

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    Would be an M&P for me as it is a little lighter and is just cool. Still, I am not a Beretta fan at all so I am biased.
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    I've had a few of each and currently have the M&P. it's a very fast gun, especially with the Apex DCAEK kit. I just put some Warren two-dot sights on it today (which was insane and the hardest set I've ever worked with) and have done some dremel work on a few points and I'm really loving this gun. I use 10-8 base pads which are a bit smaller that the standard and I dremel'd the little lip at the bottom of the grip.

    Both are good guns. Both are fast and both will release the slide when inserting a magazine and bumping the base pad at a 45 angle forward. Some guys work this in to training, others can't do it reliably every time. I run a number of different platforms, so I don't do it often, but for you, it's your game and carry gun, so it might not be a bad idea.
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    For CCW the M&P hands down,Daughter has a 9c,I have a 45c that is a sweet gun,onea these days I'll put the apex trigger kit in
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    The mag insertion slide release works fine on my 92's with stock mag base pads. It is my preferred reload slide release method.

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    92FS all the way
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    I have a 92FS and a M&P 40 compact. both are good guns, the way you like your trigger action is the big difference. personally I dont like a double to single action trigger but thats just preference i geuss. both are very acurate and easy to shoot. the M&P would probably be the better choice to suit your needs bc of the larger mag.

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    I had the Beretta in the Army. I hated the trigger - I'm just not a fan of the long heavy initial DA trigger pull, followed by the light SA trigger pull. The transition bothers me. Also not a fan of having to remember to decock the gun, after a stressful incident. Finally, the safety/decocker is backward - it seems to me that sweeping a safety to "fire" by moving it up is just counter-intuitive. I don't like thumb safeties period, but that one is really badly designed.

    Of the two you listed, I would lean to the M&P.
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    No contest.....for EDC, the M&P wins. It's lighter, slimmer, has more capacity, a consistent trigger and is backed by customer service that is second to none. The Beretta is a pretty gun, and reliable, but I vastly prefer a consistent trigger over DA/SA for self defense. The Beretta is also fairly thick and bulky, and overweight for a 15+1 gun in 9mm. I'd like to have one some day, because it's the handgun of our military, but I really have no practical use for one other than range fun and the "cool" factor. The INOX models are really sharp.
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    Size and weight would eliminate the 92 as an EDC for me, especially in "Concealed Carry only" FL. But for the range and HD, either will serve well. I assume you've at least held both and the fit is no issue.
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    M&P Because it Conceals better & lighter ; )
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    M&P is the just th ebetter gun for what you intend to use it for.
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    If I had a choice, and for what you're looking for, I'd get the M&P. Not really a fan of S&W, but I've had the 92FS.....(not a fan of that either). As others have stated, bit on the heavy side for a 9mm carry (might as well carry a 45acp). As far as USPSA (IPSC), I've only seen a couple of Berettas used for competition. IDPA may be a little different as far as the course of fire, but I don't think it's as demanding as running an IPSC stage. If you're going to look at a carry AND competition pistol, I'd definitely go the M&P over the Beretta. I'd give you a third choice, but it seems you've already narrowed it down. ;)

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    Apples and oranges.

    One is metal framed, DA/SA, and relatively large for it's capacity (15+1). The other is polymer framed, DAO, and a bit more compact yet slightly greater capacity (17+1).

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