So I just got off the phone with the fine men at Beretta. The 92F will arrive today. Its been repaired and tested and it is functioning like new. They did this at no charge. Did I mention this particular 92F was made in 1990?
The firearm is old enough to buy its own bourbon... it only came with a 1 year warranty to start with... and I'm not even the original owner. They repaired it for free.
How badass is that?
So what all did they do? Well... they reassembled it... fired a mag through it... inspected it... and called it good.
See... apparently the 92F was actually designed to deal with overpressure. How effective is that design?
Apparently in Falujah a soldier was firing his and it popped just like mine from over-pressure. He was under fire... so he took cover...jerked the trigger back forward and everything just popped back into place. He reloaded... and went right back to fighting.
Now the gunsmith said that in those circumstances the springs inside wouldn't have been properly aligned so it wouldn't be ideal... but the weapon would function.
I don't know why... but the idea that a weapon and effectively go kaboom... and you just force the trigger forward load a new mag... work the slide... and go right back to fighting... really impresses me.
I'm kind of embarrassed that I didn't already know this about this weapon considering how much I have carried its Taurus brother. I guess I've never had a failure before so I had no reason to look into stuff like this. The Taurus functions so perfectly under so many horrible conditions that failure just never occurred to me.
Anyway... we learned something. If you have a beretta 92F and it damned near explodes in your hand... just take off the slide and the grip... pull the trigger back forward and realign the springs... put it back together and you're good to go.
I think its high time we re-evaluate the 92F on our scale of badass weapons. Yes... its a 9 and 9s suck... but this thing is a freakin' tank.
At this point.. I can... without equivocation recommend you buy a 92F. Or.. if you prefer... a 96... which is the 40 cal version.