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Taurus PT92 and Taurus PT99 bear a considerable resemblance to two Beretta models with slight modifications and made under license in Brazil. Taurus company is located in the former Beretta factory. Those Taurus models are currently being offered on the commercial market in the United States and they have been adopted by Brazilian military and security forces.
The Taurus PT92 and Taurus PT99 are virtually identical, the difference being that the PT92 uses fixed sights and is intended as a service or combat weapon, while PT99 has wooden grips and is intended for target shooting. The general form is that of the Beretta Model 92, a locked-breech pistol using a variation of the Walther P38 dropping block to lock barrel and receiver together during firing.
The principal change in addition to Beretta 92
The principal change is in the trigger guard, the front edge of which has a reverse curve which is serrated to provide a good grip for the popular two-handed grasp. The magazine is slightly different from the Beretta design, having a number of small holes in the rear face through which can the cartridge contents can be counted.
The workmanship and finish of the Taurus pistols are very good, and they are above-average accuracy for basic military pistols. The adjustable-sight model, once zeroed, is very good, being capable of off-hand two-inch groups at 25 yards in the hands of a moderately-practiced shooter.
I personally enjoy the more practical and beautiful older style handguns such as the Taurus PT92. Some time ago I was looking for the M9 (Beretta 92) for my personal collection and I stumbled across this thing called a Taurus, it looked like an M9, smelt like an M9, felt like an M9 and it had a very appealing price for me (around $400).
It wasn’t exactly like an M9, but it was close enough, that I didn’t mind. Once I took it to a range and started firing it, I loved it. The overall price-quality ratio is obvious.
Technical specifications: Taurus PT92
|Manufacturer:||Forjas Taurus SA, Estrada do Forte 511, CP 44, Porto Alegre RS, Brasil|
|Type:||locked breech, double-action, semi-automatic pistol|
|Caliber:||9 mm Parabellum|
|Barrel:||4.9 in (125 mm)|
|Weight (empty):||34 oz (964 grams)|
|Magazine capacity:||15 rounds|