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Beretta, also known as Fabbrica d'Armi Pietro Beretta, is an Italian arms manufacturer established in 1526, making it the oldest active arms manufacturer today. Also noteworthy, is the fact that the company has remained family-owned since its inception. Beretta is known for its wide range of firearms, which include handguns, rifles, shotguns, submachine guns and much more, each of which find markets with the military, law enforcement and paramilitary agencies and civilians the world over. The company even has an American subsidiary and production facility, Beretta USA, which is stationed just a few miles down the road in Accokeek, Maryland. Today, however, we are concerned with the original plant in Brescia, Italy, as it is there that the Beretta 96A1 is manufactured.
Considering Beretta has been around for more than 450 years, it is probably safe to assume that the company produces a fine product. Having said that, I would still like to take this time to discuss what really makes the Beretta 96A1 worth your time.
As noted, the Beretta 96A1 along with the counterpart Beretta 92A1 marks the evolution of a platform that began in the early 1970s. Designed in 2010, the Beretta 96A1 combines the most desirable elements of the Beretta 92FS and the Beretta 90-Two with a variety of new features designed to increase modularity, reliability and overall service life. Among these upgrades are higher capacity magazines. The Beretta 96A1 ships with three 12-round magazines. Moreover, the pistol is completely interchangeable with all other magazines in the 92 Series designed for the .40 S&W cartridge. As for modularity, the Beretta 96A1 features a removable front sight, which allows shooters the ability to replace broken sights or install an aftermarket upgrade. There is now also an integral MIL-STD 1913 accessory rail for the attachment of tactical lights and lasers. Other upgrades include an internal recoil buffer designed to increase service life by reducing the stress taken by the receiver, a captive recoil spring assembly designed to simplify the takedown process and a rounded trigger guard.
The Beretta 96A1 features a 4.9-inch barrel and an overall length of 8 1/2 inches. Its chrome-lined barrel provides enhanced protection against rust, corrosion and pitting. Though the pistol boasts a steel frame, it weighs in at 34.4 ounces, just over two pounds and easily manageable by shooters of all skill levels. The Beretta 96A1 also includes several safety features, one in the form of a manual safety that doubles as a decocking lever. Other features include a fixed, three-dot iron sight system with the aforementioned removable front sight, black synthetic grips and an exclusive Bruniton™ non-glare finish. As noted, the pistol ships with three 12-round magazines.
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This is another pistol I bought specifically for use with a suppressor (aka Slincer or Can) and just like the 92FS it does everything I ask of it snd more!
Let me first say I have a thing for suppressors, I just like them! I tend to be partial to the Gemtech suppressors but at the same time I really don't like having to use a "L.I.D." device (also known as a Neilson device) on my pistol suppressors
In short it adds additional length to the can and has some other draw backs I dont care for.
But enough about Suppressors except to say to any of you not familar with owning them that Yes it is legal to own one and if you decide that You want one contact your local Class3 Dealer and they can give you all the details to owning a NFA item.
OK Enough about suppressors.
There are some guns that are better equipped to work with a suppressor than others
I bought my Berretta 96A1 specificallly for this reason, it had a couple of features on it that I really liked for suppressed use.
First the delayed locking system on the 90 series Beretta's made them ideal for use suppressed, both of mine cycle perfectly with or without the cans on them.
The next problem a Suppressor causes is that they normally cover your front sight. On the standard 92FS I just have to deal with not having a front sight when my can is mounted because the front sight is part of the Slide
On the other hand the 96A1 has a replaceable front sight wich means that I can change my sights to a set that are tall enough to be used with my can installed. So far I haven't looked for replacement sights as I've been working on other things but it's nice to know I have that option without having to machine my factory sight off and mill a place for either a new Dovetail or Tennon mounted sight, Its just nice to have the option there for you from the Factory
The 12 round 40 caliber magazine gives me plenty of firepower in my hand and the entire gun is comfortable in your hand as well,
I can see why the Military went to the M9!
Also having the rail machined under the frame is a real plus as it gives you a place to mount a light or laser directly to the gun. (in some cases both)
Overall the Berretta96A1 is a excellent choice of sidearm for most any purpose
If your looking for a fullsized Hi Cap 40 caliber sidearm you can't go wrong with the 96A1. Straight out of the box they are extremely durrable and reliable. If you happen to be looking for a 40cal to use suppressed this was my first choice, I had to do some searching to find mine back when I got my own, but I knew what I wanted so just like my 92FS I used what I had until I found exactly what I wanted and this was it. Of course I had to change the barrel in mine to a extended threaded Barrel. I chose a Stainless Steel Barre I bought from EFK Fire Dragon but I don't see replacing this gun with anything else. I bought this one because again it was exactly what I wanted and it has served me faithfully every since.
This is definetely a gun I would recomend to anyone looking for a fullsized 40 cal handgun. 'It is accurate at ranges beyond 50 yards, works as well with a suppressor as without, it is rugged enough to withstand anything you put it through and simple and easy to clean and maintain Overall its a gun I wouldn't hesitate to trust my life to should that misfortune ever arise.