But I digress.
This is really about my new used Beretta 92S. How to put it succinctly? Oh, yeah - I LOVE THIS GUN!
Purchased for under $340 from Southern Ohio Guns International, it arrived in beautiful condition. There isn't a working part of it that doesn't slide or click smoothly. Because it is an Italian import, I had to go to the proof marks near the trigger to track down the date of manufacture:
The original Beretta 92 was introduced in 1976. The "S" series was developed in 1978 in response to law enforcement requirements and was then adopted by Italian police and military. The "BU" inside the little box means a 2004 birthday for this particular gun.
It's a full sized and substantial gun, a little over 2 lbs unloaded, and it carries 15 rounds of 9 mm. There's a couple things I'll have to get used to. First, having a de-cocker. I commented about that to my daughter and she replied "Talk to Loreena Bobbit." Took me a minute... Anyway, I remember to de-cock the gun after I rack the first round but tend to forget to flip it back up before I holster the gun. The other is the placement of the magazine release, which is at the base and back of the grip on one side. I'm used to having it on the upper part of the grip near the thumb, but apparently the Europeans don't like to just drop their mags.
The double action is heavy for me - at first I thought it would take some work to get my hands strong enough to fire it double action. But a few timed trials on Saturday showed me that although I'm rocky with that first shot I can do it and clear the plates fairly quickly. I just need to get used to it.
So I'm very happy.