They don’t make it, but I want it.


The Beretta 90-Two.  Beretta’s best and worst in one single package.  Let me explain why.

On one hand, it’s absolutely the best.  The best handgun Beretta has ever made.  It has all the latest features and updated good looks that really take it into the next century.   I love the swept lines and new contours in the frame on the safety levers.
On the other hand, it has the worst name they could have given the pistol.  I had people come to me at the gun counter and say “I want a Beretta ninety two.”  Yes, I have that right here.  “No, a ninety two.”  You get my point.  It’s name was made of confusion.  Had they called in a 2092 or something, it would have worked.  Colt and STI did similar things for the “1911” and it worked.  Worked just fine, without being cute.  In fact, it was more descriptive and accurate if a name.  People knew what you were talking about.
The internal buffer and the dovetailed sights are both features of the 92A1… and that’s great.  But the 92A1 doesn’t have the fresh new look.
I’ve been wanting one of these more and more this year.  For no specific reason.


Here’s the other gun I’m wanting.  The 92FS Compact.  I have no real justification for it.  It’s only a little bit smaller than the standard 92FS.  A little shorter in barrel and slide, a little shorter in the grip frame.  So it’s really not so “Compact”.  It’s more of a 92 “Commander” in that it takes the gun that feels rather large and turns it into a gun that feels “Just right”.  I can’t describe it any better than that.  It just felt oh so very “right” when I drooled on one at the last gun show I went to in Utah.  I passed it up, but the gun has been on my mind ever since and as of late as been doing laps like a motorcyclist in one of those round steel cages.

Both of these guns are very high in Want Factor for me.  I want them bad.  But I can resist buying them because of rational reasons.  But rationality can only go so far.

Now, if Beretta made a 90-TWO Compact.  I’d just have to throw my hands up and surrender to the Beretta Trident and do something very foolish to quickly raise the money to buy one immediately.   Because that’s what I really want.  I don’t think I could take living in a world that has that and me not having one.

5 thoughts on “They don’t make it, but I want it.”

  1. I agree about the “compact ” version. The full size just seems too big to me for a 9mm – even a service pistol – but then I’ve always been a BHP and Colt Commander fan. As far as the name thing goes – yes you are correct – but I don’t care what they call it as long as I walk out of the gun shop with what I went there for.

  2. Funny thing is the local gunstore has a used 90Two and a new 92FS Compact Inox sitting on the shelf. The salesman I was talking to about the 90Two is the resident Beretta guy, but is not a fan of it at all. I’ve never owned a Beretta but have to admit the slimmer grip felt pretty good.

  3. George,

    1. I agree about the name of the 90-Two. It was absolutely stupid and confusing. They could have called it something like the Beretta 92-E (for “Evolution” or “Extreme”), or Beretta 92-1, or 92-X, or something.

    2. Beretta should bring back the 92 Vertec, which is what the 90-Two replaced. And the 92 Elite. Along with the D and G variants of the 92 series.

    3. Beretta has re-inctroduced the 92FS Compact, but with a rail. It is a current catalog item, and I see them in gun stores all the time.

    See also “Beretta 92 FS Compact (and general Beretta love lately) ” at

  4. I’ve got the older 92SB Compact, and love it. It’s got walnut grips and a blued finish, as opposed to the matte synthetic whatever-they-call-it finish of the later guns. Like some of the other posters, I feel the Compact version fits my hand better than the full-size 92-series. If it had a frame-mounted safety it would be perfect. (Which is why, if I ever buy another nine, it will likely be a CZ-75.)

    One caveat: The flush-fit 13-round 92 Compact-series mags are occasionally hard to find, even with Beretta returning the Compact to its catalog.

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