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Rupert_Yeats
Jun 7, 2011


ZenMastaT posted:

That ad doesn't show up for me but it does bring me to a question I've had before: Namely, if Carcanos were made by Beretta why did they suck so much? Was it not a Beretta design or does it have something to do with Beretta's relative inexperience producing bolt action rifles? Are there any other bolt guns made by Beretta?

The rifles themselves aren't actually that bad. Some of the later ones can be a little crude, but you can say that about most military firearms during WWII. The biggest issue has always been the ammo. It was really inconsistently loaded, with inconsistent bullet weights, and generally lovely quality control. That, coupled with round nose bullets makes for a poor performing rifle.

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Rupert_Yeats
Jun 7, 2011


Emulator posted:

So I'm shopping for my first handgun, after some playing around at the range with a variety of guns I've settled on getting a beretta 92. My dilemma - in the area, there are of course plenty of black 92FS's for sale, some 92A1's and one place has a bunch of 92FS Inox. I was thinking inox, but upon seeing and handling them, it seems they switched out all the stainless steel controls for black controls (which looks kinda horrible on an inox gun, IMO). Anyone know why beretta started doing this? Is it specific to the USA or Italian Inox? (I don't recall the country of origin on the Inox I looked at, I thought the guy said it was from italy but the only Inox models I've found online with black controls and rubber grips are the USA models)

Basically, should I search out an italian inox? Are they all just made this way now? If so, I may just stick with the standard black finish.

Newer 92 inox guns not only have black controls, but are the frames are coated in some kind of lovely silver paint that starts to flake and chip instead of properly clear anodized. If you want an inox, try to get an older one. As far as a new 92fs or 92a1, make sure that you can field strip the gun in the store before you buy. I've seen at least a couple lately that have peening and gouges on the frame from burrs on the locking block.

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