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    Beretta... Service members PLEASE chime in.

    Looking for a 9mm... owned a HK P2000 (super nice gun), owned a Glock 19 (eh... nice well rounded pistol but doesn't really do much for me), Springfield Xd 3" (That thing was a tac driver) and Glock 17 (worst pistol I ever owned... it was just a bad pistol not blaming Glock) but now I'm looking for a 9mm. Just like some folks grew up loving the Cowboy Colt guns and some grew up admiring the 1911 I grew up drooling over the Beretta M9/92fs. Just cant get over my lust for this gun.

    What are all your opinions and experiences with the Beretta M9? I am looking at a Beretta first... G19 second. Honestly I can afford both so really I just need opinions on the Beretta. Service members that are required to carry this gun, please chime in with honest opinions and thoughts about this gun.

    I know there are way better "wow" guns out there than the Beretta M9/92fs but for me this will be my "wow" gun and HD gun.

    (Also if anyone has had the chance to put a Beretta against a Sig p226 I'd appreciate those opinions as well)

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    I would take a G19 over Beretta M9 any day. Not saying there is anything wrong with the Beretta but I am a Glock fan. The Beretta has same capacity (15+1) as the compact G19, the Glock weighs about 12 oz less unloaded, is about 1.5 inches shorter than the Beretta, and the Beretta is about $150 more at my LGS then the G19. Easy decision for me, G19 all the way.

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    Agree with the above.

    I do not like the slide mounted safety on the M9. Grabbing the slide to rack it can result in the inadvertent activation of the safety. I also do not like DA/SA triggers in general - I don't care much what kind of trigger a gun has, as long as it is consistent from shot to shot.

    Would take a Glock over a M9 any day.
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    I carried an M9 for years...really can't say much bad about the weapon IMHO...

    I carry a Glock these days, but would not mind getting a Beretta 92...I have what I consider to be a similar 9mm in my Ruger P89DC, just no safety...
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    I never fired the M9. I have a Taurus PT-99, a clone of one of the Berettas. Very simple to field strip. I got mine in 1987 and it still shoots great. Very controllable, 15rd magazines. At the time it was about $150 cheaper than the Beretta and all steel.
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    Are we talking for carry of just for kicks? I'd get the Beretta, it sounds like you've been wanting one for a while, live the dream.

    I had a 92FS and was pretty happy with it, a factory new gun with good mags was much nicer than my ragged out issued M9. I would take it over a G19, but that's me, I would however probably have it converted to a "G" model, no safety, de-cocker only.

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    I had qualified for years with a S&W model 15 while I was in the service. Then the switch was made to the M9. I'll admit, that back then I was a wheel gun guy. I personally did not care for the way it felt in my hand. Not sure if was the gun itself or just being use to shooting a revolver. Never encountered any problems with it, just wasn't crazy about it either.
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    I have carried the M9 for 8 yrs now, not a bad gun, but is is a big framed gun, dont expect to conceal it easily.

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    I have a Beretta 92F (not FS) that is my EDC. Love to shoot it. Very easy to field strip and only failure I've ever had is a locked open slide with one still in the magazine. Couldn't stand the all black so I replaced the grips with wood ones. The color really improves the appearance in my opinion. I carry with crossbreed super tuck and crossbreed gun belt. Wear tucked in colored tee shirts with an untucked/unbuttoned cover shirt. I'm 5' 10" and 150 lbs. Tall and thin but it doesn't print unless I bend way over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10thmtn View Post
    Agree with the above.

    I do not like the slide mounted safety on the M9. Grabbing the slide to rack it can result in the inadvertent activation of the safety...
    I prefer the P226 for this reason. The safety on the M9 is the only thing that has caused me any frustration - minimal frustration I'll add. If you don't mind the safety on the slide thing, I think the M9 is a pretty good sidearm - it's the only gun I've used to save my life and it did it as well as any other. The only safety that works well for me is a 1911 style. Both the M9 and P226 fit my hand well (P226 a little better). I haven't been able to get on the Glock train yet. Glocks seem pretty superior in so many ways but they just don't rev my engine for some reason. Once I get over what ever it is, I see Glocks in my future though.

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    Well I shot a few M-9's in the Navy. Never any issues and even beat up the are accurate enough for me to score perfect scores with a few times. For a 9mm they are kindof a boat anchor though. Way bigger and heavier than required for the caliber and capacity. If I had money lying around with nothing to do with it I might own one for kicks but well I haven't won the lottory yet.

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    I had never even touched a gun before boot camp, when I shot "Expert" with a Beretta. Perhaps that would have happened with any gun (my "trick" was simply following my company commander's advice to "pay attention to the instructor"), but I have always felt very comfortable and confident with it as a result. Don't own one now, but this level of confidence is what led me to buy a Stoeger Cougar (same as a Beretta Cougar) as my first gun, simply because it shared so many of the same characteristics and has that same Beretta beauty. Personally, I love the DA/SA triggers on both of these guns. If I were carrying it regularly in combat, I might not, but as a home defense/carry-in-the-woods gun, I love that it has this added brake on popping off a shot in a high-adrenaline situation.

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    I've had a 92FS for 14 years. I have field carried it from time to time and punched paper with it a lot. I like the Beretta. I still have it but since acquiring a couple of Glocks it sits parked most of the time now. It's a fine pistol none the less.

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    Carried the M9 for years as well and I'm a fan. Very comfortable in my hands, never had a FTF/FTE, I don't mind the safety positioning but that's probably due to having it for years....flicking my thumb up to take it off safe is second nature.

    But I'm really a fan of Beretta in general, the Cougar is my new EDC.
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    I have owned a lot of different guns over the years. Currently, the 92 platform is my favorite gun series. I love the 1 handed balance of the 92 with the undercut trigger guard..


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