Swiss Arms The other Beretta Model 92
The P92 delivers an accurate 92FS semi-auto design
By Dennis Adler
Every so often a great airgun comes along, and in a year or so it gets forgotten, or worse, overshadowed by another great airgun…of nearly identical design. This is the case of the first great blowback action Beretta Model 92FS air pistol, the Swiss Arms P92. The Model 92 Beretta design, one of the Italian armsmaker’s most successful pistols (and with more than 500 years of gun making history behind them, that’s a lot to say), has seen many iterations and improvements since it was introduced in 1976. The 92FS variation arrived in1984, just in time for the 9mm model to be adopted as this nation’s standard issue military sidearm the following year. As an air pistol, the Beretta 92FS has been around since 2000 as one of the premier Umarex Beretta models, however, it has always been a non-blowback semi-auto with an 8-shot rotary pellet magazine. Umarex and Beretta did not jointly introduce a blowback action .177 caliber BB model until late in 2015. At that point in time, most Beretta enthusiasts already had or were familiar with the blowback action .177 caliber Beretta 92FS models from Swiss Arms, which preceded the Umarex by more than a year.