American Tactical Imports are now selling the MKEK Yavuz 16 branded as the ATI AT 92.
If you are thinking that this pistol looks familiar, you are right. The Yavuz 16 is a copy of the Beretta 92FS (M9 pistol). It is made by the Turkish state-owned arms manufacturing giant MKEK. I was told that the story behind the pistol is that one of the MKEK factories did manufacturing work for Beretta. Once their relationship ended, which I presumed did not end well, they cloned it and started manufacturing it for local law enforcement.
Some years ago Beretta switched the guide rod and trigger from steel to polymer. The AT92 is all steel, which should please some customers.
It is available in a black or nickel finish and in a full size and compact model. Because of BATFE restrictions on the size of imported pistols, the compact is not much smaller than the full size model.
|Magazine||Uses Standard Beretta 92FS magazines.|
|Finish||Black or Nickel|
|Barrel||4.92″ (Full Size) / 4.33″ (Compact)|
|CA Approved||No. Lacks mag safety.|
|Front Sight||Fixed blade|
|Rear Sight||Notched rear|
|MSRP (Price)||$549 for all models.|
Many thanks to Chris for supplying information.
UPDATE: Dutch Ton pointed out in the comments that these guns are manufactured by a company named Yavuz 16, which is part of MKEK.
Hat Tip: Gun Reports