The Beretta 92 is a series of semi-automatic pistols designed and manufactured by the Italian firearms company Beretta, chambered for the 9mm Parabellum.
The Beretta 92 first appeared in 1975 and was designed by Carlo Beretta, Giuseppe Mazzetti, and Vittorio Valle, all experienced firearms designers on the Beretta design team. Several elements of the 92 were derived from earlier Beretta designs, including the open-slide design (which came from the M1922) and the alloy frame and locking block barrel (which came from the M1951). The 92's design allowed for the acceptance of "double-stacked" or high-capacity magazine designs. Many American law-enforcement agencies have prominently used the 92 in their operations, including the U.S. Armed Forces, Border Patrol, and Immigration and Naturalization Service, as well as the Minneapolis and Los Angeles Police Departments.
- Cartridge: 9mm Parabellum
- Weight: 950 g. (34 oz.)
- Length: 217 mm. (8.5 in.)
- Barrel Length: 125 mm. (4.9 in.)
- Capacity: 10, 15, 17, 18, 20, 30, 32 rounds
Beretta 92 Variants
- Has an enlarged hammer pin that fits into a groove on the underside of the slide, which is meant to stop the slide from flying off the frame to the rear if it cracks.
- Developed in response to reported defective slides during U.S. military testing.
- Extremely rare.
- Initially called the 92S-1.
- Specifically designed for the U.S. Air Force trials (which it won), to which the 92SB model name was officially adopted.
- Included changes from the 92S (another Beretta 92 variant), such as the addition of a firing pin block (thus the addition of the "B" to the name) and the relocation of the magazine release catch from the bottom of the grip to the lower bottom of the trigger guard.
- Named Inox from the French word "inoxidable" (meaning non-oxidizing)
- Features the following parts made in stainless steel:
- Slide (including the extractor, the safety, and the right-side manual safety lever)
- Trigger, including the pin
- Slide stop lever
On Criminal Minds
The following unsubs used Berettas in their crimes
- Season One
- Tim Vogel ("Extreme Aggressor") - A serial killer, rapist, and abductor who used a Beretta 92FS Inox Model during a standoff with Gideon.
- Ted Bryar ("Derailed") - A cop killer who used a Beretta 92FS stolen from a slain security to hold six people hostage.
- Marvin Doyle ("A Real Rain") - A vigilante and serial-turned-spree killer who used a Beretta 92FS to subdue his victims before killing them.
- Season Three
- Season Four
- Ben Abner ("Mayhem") - A terrorist, cop killer, bomber, and mass murderer who used a Beretta 92FS during a hospital shooting.
- Bill Lancaster ("A Shade of Gray") - An officer who used a Beretta 92FS, but also attempted to frame Hugh Rollins for the murder of Kyle Murphy, who was actually killed by his brother Danny.
- Season Six
- Season Seven
- Season Eight
- Season Nine
- Wallace Hines ("The Inspiration" and "The Inspired") - A serial rapist, projected cannibal, one-time workplace shooter, one-time cop killer, and serial-turned-spree killer and abductor who used a Beretta 92FS during his killing spree.
- Owen McGregor ("Angels") - A serial killer, proxy killer, a drug, arms, and human trafficker, one-time killer, and one-time copycat who used a Beretta 92FS during a shootout.
- Season Ten
- Season Eleven
The following non-criminal characters used Berettas.
- Season Two
- Season Four
- Season Five
- Season Six
- Alison Sparks ("Coda") used a Beretta 92FS taken from Bill Thomas and used it to kill him.