Why I Bought Another Beretta 92F

Why I Bought Another Beretta 92F


With so many good quality striker-fired handguns on the market, why would anyone buy a hammer-fired, single action / double action handgun that was designed in the 1980s?

The simple answer is, “Because I wanted to.”

The other answer is a little more complex.

In November of 1988, I went to a gun store in Beaumont, Texas with the intent of putting a handgun on lay-away.  I had been reading about the military trials and had decided to base my first handgun purchase on the results of those tests.  The gun store just happened to have a Sig P226 and a Beretta 92F.  I opted for the Beretta.

Since I was 20 years old, the owner told me I could put the Beretta on lay-away, but could not leave the store with it until I turned 21.  My birthday was in January.

From November 1988 to January 1989, I volunteered to work all the overtime that was available.  I was working at a welding shop as a helper and overtime was plentiful.  After making sure the families bills were paid, I put away the extra money..

When I turned 21 years old in January of 1989, the handgun was paid off.  It was the first handgun I bought myself.  My true first handgun was a Smith and Wesson model 66 combat magnum my dad gave me as a high school graduation present.

In 2015, that Beretta 92F was stolen.

Luckily, the serial number was written down and I had close up pictures.  A police report was filed with the Sheriff, pictures and the serial number were also provided.

Buying that Beretta 92F in January of 1989 was a coming-of-age event.  I was no longer a bystander who talked about buying guns.

Over the following decades that handgun and I went on numerous hiking and camping trips.  We spent days at the local sandpit firing off thousands of rounds.  When on a road trip, it was in the glove box.  Even though I have owned numerous handguns, that Beretta had a special place not only in my collection, but also in my heart.

There is an old saying, “If a horse bucks you off, you get back in the saddle.”

So, buying another Beretta 92F is me saying, “Whoever stole my handgun, screw you, I bought another one.  Unlike you, I worked for it and did not steal it.”

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May 30, 2017 at 09:56AM


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