Another Excellent Beretta
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.