[SHOT 2020] Handling the Beretta 92X Performance

    [SHOT 2020] Beretta 92X Performance

    [SHOT 2020]

    At SHOT Show 2020 I had the opportunity to get my hands on a fairly rare pistol from Beretta – the 92X Performance. The Beretta 92X Performance is designed to be a competitor’s pistol. Every detail that could be streamlined for the competitor has been updated from the base design of the Beretta 92 in order to accommodate the modern competitive shooter.

    [SHOT 2020] Beretta 92X Performance

    [SHOT 2020]

    [SHOT 2020] Handling the Beretta 92X Performance

    The Beretta 92x Performance edition only started shipping in December of 2019 and according to a Beretta representative, only 700 units were shipped over from Italy on the initial release. Suffice it to say, getting your hands on one of these pistols could prove to be quite difficult due to the limited first release.

    [SHOT 2020] Beretta 92X Performance

    [SHOT 2020]

    BERETTA 92X PERFORMANCE – SPECIFICATIONS

     

    • Barrel length (mm) – 125
    • Barrel length (in) – 4.9
    • Caliber – 9×19 (PARA)
    • Magazine – 15
    • Overall height (mm) – 148
    • Overall height (in) – 5.8
    • Overall length (mm) – 222
    • Overall length (in) – 8.7
    • Overall width (mm) – 48
    • Overall width (in) – 1.8
    • Weight unloaded (g) – 1350
    • Weight unloaded (OZ) – 47.61

    [SHOT 2020] Beretta 92X Performance

    [SHOT 2020]

    That last number isn’t wrong, the Beretta 92X performance is a heavy pistol which naturally leads to less muzzle rise when shot as well as better controllability. Cycle time on the pistol has been reduced by adding a skeletonized hammer with a competition hammer spring. In tandem with the hammer, the improved trigger breaks at an amazing 2.5 lbs from the single-action position and 5lbs from a double-action position. The trigger is also user adjustable, allowing the competitor to fine-tune the trigger to their liking.

    [SHOT 2020] Beretta 92X Performance

    [SHOT 2020]

    When I handled the Beretta 92X, the first thing I noticed was the improved handling groves on the slide and the area on the trigger where your finger rests being checkered providing a solid point of contact for your trigger finger. The trigger reset is also particularly short, being about 1/8th of an inch and giving you solid tactile feedback.

    [SHOT 2020] Beretta 92X Performance

    [SHOT 2020]

    Other improvements include a beveled and flared magazine well, an oversized takedown lever that also acts as a thumb rest and options for both a vertex style grip and the classic Beretta 92 grip. The 92X Performance retails for $1399 MSRP and units will be trickling in over the coming months to fulfill demand.

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