The FAST Drill: Beretta 92

I recently completed one of the toughest shooting challenges out there: winning a FAST Coin. To win a FAST Coin you have to shoot the FAST Test twice under 5.00 seconds in a class hosted by Ernest Langdon. There’s a long history with me and the FAST, so to get it finally accomplished feels amazing. In the video above is one of my practice sessions where I worked on the drill itself. I was using the gun I’d conquer the test with, a Beretta 92FS out of a Safariland SLS holster.

New from Beretta: the APX Centurion

Beretta launched their entry in the striker fired market, the APX, a couple of years ago. Originally intended as Beretta’s entry into the Modular Handgun System competition, the APX was initially only offered as a full size pistol. New for 2018, Beretta has brought out two new sizes for the APX: the Centurion and the Compact. Today we’ll take a first look at the Centurion.

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I have two guns, one for each of you

In this video, I take a look at one of my favorite Hollywood tropes – firing two guns at once. But instead of just playing around, I take a hard look at whether or not it’s more effective than firing one gun with two hands on it.

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Low light training

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m a huge believer in WML for defensive handguns, especially guns that are going to be used for home defense. In today’s video, I spend some time on the range working on manipulating the light in the dark and incorporating challenging into my training.

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Wilson Combat announces the 92G Compact Carry

New for 2016, the Wilson Combat/Beretta 92G Compact Carry features sought after custom Beretta parts and features, specially selected by Bill Wilson to enhance performance as a concealed carry pistol.

Beretta 92G Compact Carry - Photo courtesy Wilson Combat
Beretta 92G Compact Carry – Photo courtesy Wilson Combat

Click here to purchase the 92G Compact Carry.

Some features of the limited Italian production Wilson Combat/Beretta 92G Compact carry include steel ambidextrous decocker-only levers, a checkered compact frame with rounded trigger guard, beveled magazine well and Wilson Combat G-10 grips. A steel guide rod and extended steel magazine catch improve handling while the match-grade, blackened stainless barrel with recessed target crown ensures match-grade accuracy. The 92G Compact Carry also features a 16# hammer spring for lighter trigger pull weight, a white dot integral front sight and a Wilson Combat rear battlesight.

The 92G Compact Carry is finished in Beretta black Bruniton coating and marked with the Wilson Combat logo and is specially serialized to ensure its place in Beretta history.

The 92G Compact Carry has been optimized by Beretta to meet the needs of high round count tactical shooters. For discriminating customers further customization and finish work is also available through Wilson Combat.

“In my opinion, the 92G Compact Carry is the ultimate Beretta 92 concealed carry gun and I am pleased we were able to bring this exciting model to the marketplace. This selected combination of sought after custom features and the legendary reliability of the 92 platform will ensure that our version of this classic gun will be a top choice for all-around defensive use” -Bill Wilson, President of Wilson Combat

This model is exclusive to Wilson Combat and only available from Wilson Combat and Wilson Combat dealers.

Editor’s Thoughts: There is a lot I like about this gun right off the bat, the first thing being the lack of a rail. The current 92FS Compact offering from Beretta is a great carry gun, but I feel like the rail makes it too chunky. This model lacks the rail, preserving the nice lines of the pistol and making it a bit lighter. Additionally, it’s a decock only G model, which is the best possible set-up for a 92-series pistol. Replaceable rear sight means I can swap out the sights for something I may like more, however the Wilson sight that comes on it is an excellent choice. The only thing I wish it had was a tritium front sight instead of a white dot sight. Otherwise, I think $1k out the door for a truly sick carry gun is a pretty fantastic set up.

Beretta M9A3: A Commercial-Off-the-Shelf Sidearm for Military & Law Enforcement Agencies

Accokeek, MD. (Nov 5, 2015) – Beretta Defense Technologies (BDT) is pleased to announce that the Beretta Model M9A3 semi-automatic pistol is now shipping to law enforcement dealers, law enforcement agencies and is now being offered to military customers worldwide. Built in the U.S., the M9A3 offers advances in pistol design and other enhancements that result in increased modularity, reliability, durability, and ergonomics.

M9A3 Final 0007

“The M9A3 represents the next generation handgun utilizing the best attributes of the legacy M9 pistol combined with proven COTS modifications that increase performance and durability” stated Gabriele de Plano, Vice President of Military Marketing and Operations for Beretta Defense Technologies. Mr. de Plano added, “The U.S. Army, or any military or law enforcement service using M9s can adopt this weapon today with minimal impact to their training, in-service accessories (holsters, lights, etc.), integrated logistics support plan, and existing parts inventory.” Much like its counterpart legacy weapon systems (M2, M4, M16, M240, etc.), the M9A3 is upgraded through material and design changes.

“Combined with the U.S. Army’s recent decision to accept new, improved ammunition (specifically jacketed hollow point) for military applications, the M9A3 becomes a more lethal, ready-to-use now solution that is also a fiscally responsible option. Use of improved ammunition in the M9A3 will likely attain the desired lethality and penetration characteristics the U.S. Army is seeking today through its Modular Handgun System program at a fraction of the cost of replacing an entire weapon system, conducting new training and qualification, and buying all new accessories,” stated Gabe Bailey, Military Business Development Manager for Beretta Defense Technologies.

The M9A3 maintains 100% commonality with major components of the M9 and 76% commonality of individual parts. It meets 84% of the requirements for the Army’s latest Modular Handgun System requirement, and with only a few additional modifications can reach 92%. The M9A3 features a thin grip with a removable, modular wrap-around grip, MIL-STD-1913 accessory rail, removable front and rear tritium sights, extended and threaded barrel for suppressor use, 17-round sand resistant magazine, and numerous improved small components to increase durability and ergonomics, all in an earth tone finish.

Beretta USA offered the M9A3 to the U.S. Army via an ECP in December 2014, prior to that Service’s decision to allow use of more lethal 9mm ammunition.

Made in the U.S.A. by an American workforce since 1987, the M9 has been the sidearm of the U.S. Armed Forces for nearly 30 years; serving with U.S. Servicemen and Women in training and combat operations throughout the world. Currently manufactured at Beretta U.S.A.’s Maryland factory and soon to be made at the Company’s new Gallatin, Tennessee facility, he M9A3 employs cutting-edge technology in a proven weapon system, delivering 21st century capability and features while increasing usability and reliability.

About Beretta
Beretta, established in 1526, is the oldest industrial dynasty in the world tracing its roots through 16 generations of continuous family ownership. Firearms bearing the Beretta name have been sold for almost 500 years. Beretta USA Corp. was founded in 1977 in Accokeek, MD and supplies the standard sidearm to the U.S. Armed Forces. Today, Beretta manufactures, distributes and markets a complete line of firearms, accessories, and apparel. Beretta also owns and operates six retail Beretta Gallery stores worldwide. Beretta-owned companies employ nearly 600 individuals within the United States with locations in California, Colorado, Maryland, New York, Texas, and Virginia. For additional information visit www.Beretta.com.

About Beretta Defense Technologies
Beretta Defense Technologies (BDT) is the strategic alliance of four Beretta Group defense companies (including Beretta, Benelli, Sako, and Steiner/Steiner eOptics), providing products and services that enable superior performance by the Defense and Law Enforcement communities. State-of-the-art machinery, extensive research and development capabilities, and a long-standing worldwide experience allow BDT products to respond to the ever-changing needs of defense, law enforcement, and security personnel.