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Beretta 92F/92FS question

Farmall ihcFarmall ihc Member Posts: 103 ✭✭✭
edited November 2013 in Ask the Experts
I purchased a Beretta 92F that had been used as a training firearm; it had been set up with simunitions barrel. I purchased the gun without the barrel assembly. I purchased a new barrel assembly, including the new locking blocks. My understanding is that there were some breakage issues with the earlier 92 models, and that is why Beretta made the safety changes on the 92FS. I understand that my firearm lacks the slide capture device in the frame of the true 92FS. My question is: by using the new barrel assembly and locking blocks from a 92FS, have I increased the durability and the life-span of this pistol?

P.S.
How common was slide breakage and locking block failure on the older 92's?

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    mark christianmark christian Forums Admins, Member, Moderator Posts: 24,456 ******
    edited November -1
    The changes were made to the slide and frame and not to the barrel so you gain or lose nothing. The cracked slides were very rare but caused considerable bad press for Beretta, which had narrowly gained the US military contract ahead of the SIG-Sauer P-226 entry.

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    If you look at the rear of a 92FS frame you will see a large round disc. This is a slide retention feature which will capture a broken slide in the event of a failure. The inside rail of a 92FS frame has a corresponding groove cut into it to allow it to ride over the disc while a 92F slide will not have that groove and as a result will not fit an FS frame.
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    62fuelie62fuelie Member Posts: 1,069 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    If your 92 has been set up for simunitions use be sure to change out the recoil spring to a 9mm standard spring, Wolffe makes them - available from Brownell's.
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    dcs shootersdcs shooters Member Posts: 10,969
    edited November -1
    The slide breakage was only on very high round count military pistols. Your 32F will be OK with the slide that is original to the frame.
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    MPinkstonMPinkston Member Posts: 799 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    "You are not a Navy Seal until you taste Italian Steel"
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