Beretta 92FS, show yours
Posted 20 July 2012 - 07:13 PM
Mine has the same rack marks as the one I was issued during my first tour to Iraq in 2006. I don't know how I found the same color green for the rack number, but I did and used the same stencil cutter that was used on the original weapons. The unit butt number was unceremoniously done with a simple paint pen. The crimson trace laser is one I bought and carried, I originally was going to buy a IR laser, glad that I didn't, the red was more useful. The lanyard I used was a tan coil lanyard, but it came up missing at some time and I haven't found it yet.
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I didn't have my laser grips yet. Also, we weren't allowed to have a mag in the well, so the nice thing about the coil lanyards is that if you fold the coil in half, it would fit nicely in the mag well and be out of the way.
Posted 21 July 2012 - 01:30 PM
Thanks for sharing those photos of the real thing from the field. :thumbsup: I noticed the foam earplug at the muzzle end of the barrel to keep sand out.
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Here is a shot of me visiting a school we assisted here in Khost provence, Afghanistan. You can see my pistol in the Blackhawk holster, my M4 is attached and hanging down off of my IOTV. The head maser is on the right. He has not been a good steward of what the US provided for his school. I have free use of my hands but both weapons are very accessible. The SECFOR are ALWAYS very close. Yes, the helmet strap is a bit crooked. When you’re bouncing around in the back of your Cougar MRAP, with the threat of IED’s, you want to keep your helmet on tight (I do anyway). So I tighten it up occasionally during the trip, and it may get a bit crooked. I’m talking so I look goofy at the moment the photo was taken.You can see one of my linguists over my shoulder.
Posted 22 July 2012 - 12:20 AM
Here is a closer up shot of the one I carry every day, and will for about ten more months. You may notice that the lower magazine is a commercially made one, I brought it from home. It came with the Beretta like ‘Gunbarrel’ showed that I purchased to train with prior to deployment.
Posted 22 July 2012 - 12:31 AM
Here it is “accessorized”. I usually wear it in the Blackhawk hip holster. The Blackhawk holsters are great as far as I’m concerned. Holds it securely and draws very quickly with gloves on. A lot of soldiers use them. It shows the commercial magazine out of the weapon and an issue military one in the well. The odd magazine and cartridge is one I “acquired” and obviously does not fit the M9!
Posted 22 July 2012 - 12:39 AM
This type of locally made holster is very popular also. I wear it on my belt when I’m outside the wire, so when/if I downgrade my equipment, I still wear my pistol. My job requires meeting with various government and other local officials, once the area is cleared by the SECFOR, we may take off our PPE and conduct business more comfortably. It seems a lot of women like this holster also. As an aside, women with guns are sexy! PM me if anyone is interested in one of the Afghanistan made holsters. I can probably buy and send one to the US for $25. A lot of people wear locally purchased shoulder holsters. The advantage is most having pouches for two spare magazines on the opposite side, the down side is, I don’t see how it can be drawn quickly with one hand. Most I’ve seen aren’t attached to the belt, just hang down. I carry a spare magazine in a MOLLIE pouch hanging on my pants belt when I don’t have my “kit” on. I brought some of the old green magazine pouches with the M1957 metal clips (I think that is what they are called) and wore one of those on my belt, but the metal clips were hard on the belt and pants, so I switched to the MOLLIE pouch.
Posted 22 July 2012 - 12:44 AM
Here is another shot with various locally made insignia I wear. People think I’m odd that I purchased and wear embroidery shop insignia. One of my female co-workers even asked me if I needed some (US made) one’s because these looked funny. I tried to explain about “Theatre Made” insignia, but they don’t “get it”. That is OK.
Hope you enjoyed these photo's.
Posted 22 July 2012 - 01:40 AM
Thanks for a very interesting and informative post. Good luck to you! :thumbsup:
Posted 22 July 2012 - 01:47 AM
Your welcome, so far, my team and I are having a good deployment. Others nearby haven't.
Posted 22 July 2012 - 03:29 AM
I noticed that your holster is foilage, have you seen any with the new MC color yet? I too like that holster. It appears the coil lanyard is getting there in color. The other thing I like about the holster is when we get off our aircraft, we have to clear our weapons until the aircraft commander clears everyone. You can pull the slide to the rear, lock it in place and reholster the weapon with the slide to the rear and it will still lock in the holster and you can see into the weapon to clear it. The one downfall of the Beretta, the finish on the weapon is pretty good, but being an aluminum frame, once that finish wears off in any quantity, the butt of the weapon can double as a signal mirror.
I have carried a 92 since we transitioned over to them in 92. I will only speak to the military weapons, in all those years, I have never had a weapon fail that it wasn't due to bad ammo (squib rounds) or failure to properly maintain the weapon. The Army has insisted on dry weapons for years and in doing so, most people go to the range and fail to oil the weapons. Once the weapon removes the last vestiges of oil, then they fail to close completely and you have to beat on the back of the slide to get them to close completely. Range safeties carry a spray bottle of oil and when that happens, give a generous squirt of oil and they go back to town working. People bitch that they now have to clean all that crap out of the weapon, duh.
I did a torture test on a 92FS a couple years ago. We had 3,000 rounds we had to burn after a range. I got three guys to load magazines and another guy and myself started shooting non-stop until we couldn't shoot anymore. It took 660 rounds in rapid fire for my forearm to seize up to where I couldn't pull the trigger anymore. The palm of my hand was painful, the gun was scorching hot, and it never missed a beat.
Posted 22 July 2012 - 05:50 AM
We were about six months into our M9 issue in 1988 and we had a slide come off. Minor injury to the corn-fed shooter, but it might have seriously hurt a smaller guy. Beretta tried to blame the ammo for the issue, but the Army pointed the finger at weak metallurgy on the Italian-made slides.
Did anyone's slide actually come off or that is what you were told as to why no more ammo? That whole slide thing was because they were testing the pistols with sub-machine gun ammo. Also why the designation went from F to FS, the S meaning safety. They put the big wheel in the frame to jam the slide if it tries coming off the back.
I read the GAO report many years ago, and they reported something like 15 slide failures, but they didn't have the one we experienced in there so who knows how many actually failed.
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