Umarex Beretta Model 92A1

Umarex + Beretta + 92A1 = Perfection

The latest Beretta Model 92 airgun sets a new standard

By Dennis Adler

The Umarex Beretta Model 92A1 is as close to the 9mm version as an airgun can get. It even fits most exisitng 92A1 holsters. (Galco Combat Master shown)

The Umarex Beretta Model 92A1 is as close to the 9mm version as an airgun can get. It even fits most exisitng 92A1 holsters. (Galco Combat Master shown)

For as long as I have been writing about airguns there has always been a top drawer Umarex Beretta Model 92. Some 15 years ago, when I co-authored the 1st Edition Blue Book of Airguns with Dr. Robert Beeman, one of the airguns on the cover was the new Umarex Beretta Model 92FS pellet gun, a visually striking copy of the military’s standard issue sidearm (adopted in 1985 to replace the Colt Model 1911A1). But it was a traditional multiple-shot pellet gun under the skin, and internally it functioned more like a revolver using an 8-shot cast alloy rotary pellet magazine inserted into the breech by pressing the slide release and allowing the front half of the barrel and slide to move forward so the rotary magazine could be inserted. The CO2 was loaded into the left side of the grip frame (by pressing the magazine release which pushed the left grip panel out to be removed), and exposing the CO2 loading channel underneath. It was and remains to this day a very slick air pistol that has the look, feel and weight of a 9mm Beretta 92FS. It is also a very accurate 10 meter pellet gun. However, what Umarex has achieved in the 15 years since the 92FS pellet gun was introduced is nothing short of remarkable, and the latest (2015) Umarex Beretta Model 92A1 blowback action BB gun sets a new standard.

Accurate in virtually every detail, the Umarex Beretta Model 92A1 has authentic Beretta markings and a recessed .177 caliber barrel shrouded by a 9mm muzzle opening.

Accurate in virtually every detail, the Umarex Beretta Model 92A1 has authentic Beretta markings and a recessed .177 caliber barrel shrouded by a 9mm muzzle opening.

The Model 92A1

The 92A1 is the latest design and is correct in every noteworthy detail plus one added feature even the real 9mm 92A1 does not have! The Umarex Model 92A1 is a variation of a cartridge firing Beretta model with a unique feature only found in the rare and long discontinued 9mm Model 93R, a selective fire mechanism. The original 93R was only produced for the Italian military and Italian law enforcement from 1979 to 1993. The selective burst fire mechanism counted shots, after three rounds in rapid succession, the trigger had to be pulled again, thus eliminating the tendency to empty a full magazine with one pull of the trigger. This same type of device is used in the latest Umarex built Beretta Model 92A1, only the selector has been moved to the right side of the receiver and the 93R’s folding forward assist finger grip and extended 20-round capacity magazine have been eliminated. However, the air pistol still has a capacity of 18 steel BBs and can be fired either single shot, double action or single action, or in the full auto model with the flip of a selector switch.

The Beretta Model 93R-inspired selector switch has settings for single action and burst fire.

The Beretta Model 93R-inspired selector switch has settings for SA and burst fire.

In terms of handling, the 92A1 airgun provides the exact feel and operation as a 9mm model making it ideal for firearms familiarization. As a training aid, one can develop greater competency by learning all of the various functions of the 92A1 without the initial expense of purchasing one for $775.

How accurate is the Umarex Model 92A1. The gun on the rigts is a real 9mm model.

How accurate is the Umarex Model 92A1? The gun on the right is a real 9mm model!

The airgun’s ambidextrous thumb safeties, white dot sights, and self-contained BB and CO2 drop free magazines make it the perfect choice for shooting exercises, reloading drills with spare magazines, and even mock clearing and second strike practice. It even has the latest Beretta rounded triggerguard design corresponding to the current Model 92A1. The double action/single action trigger works identically, the slide cycles back after each shot to re-cock the hammer and chamber the next BB when closing. And nearly all of the current production holsters for the Model 92A1 also fit the Umarex Beretta Model 92A1.

Drop free full-size magazines contain both the CO2 cartridge and a stack of 18 steel BBs. Extra magazines cost around $46.

Drop free full-size magazines contain both the CO2 cartridge and a stack of 18 steel BBs. Extra magazines cost around $46.

BBs Downrange

Firing single action using a two-handed hold and Weaver stance at a range of 21 feet, the best five-shot group measured 1.25 inches with Hornady .177 anodized Black Diamond steel BBs. Trigger pull was consistent measuring 6.7 pounds double action and a light 2.5 pounds single action. Average velocity clocked 320 fps.

The 92A1 air pistol fits the majority of holsters manufactured for the cartridge-firing models. The author is using a Galco Combat Master.

The 92A1 air pistol fits the majority of holsters manufactured for the cartridge-firing models. The author is using a Galco Combat Master.

 

Blowback action means the slide moves back with every shot to re-cock the hammer, and then closes to chamber the next BB round. This is as close to shooting a cartridge gun as it gets with air pistols. The movement of the slide also helps in learning to reacquire the sights after each shot. The only thing missing is recoil and sound.

Blowback action means the slide moves back with every shot to re-cock the hammer, and then closes to chamber the next BB round. This is as close to shooting a cartridge gun as it gets with air pistols. The movement of the slide also helps in learning to reacquire the sights after each shot. The only thing missing is recoil and sound.

Fired at a range of 21 feet, the best five shot groups averaged 1.25 inches.

Fired at a range of 21 feet, the best five shot groups averaged 1.25 inches.

In comparison, a 9mm Model 92A1 weighs 35.3 ounces, the airgun comes in a bit heavier at 39 ounces. In overall length, height and width, it is identical with an overall length of 8.5 inches, height of 5.4 inches and width of 1.5 inches. The integrated Picatinny rail allows for mounting the same tactical lights and lasers used on the 9mm models.

The 92A1 has a dustcover Picatinny rail and can be equipped with a light or laser. (Crimson Trace Rail Master Pro shown)

The 92A1 airgun has a dustcover Picatinny rail that can be equipped with a tactical light or laser for training purposes or enhanced airgun target shooting. (Crimson Trace Rail Master Pro shown)

The new Umarex Beretta Model 92A1 is a spot on duplicate of the latest 9mm Beretta model with an integral Picatinny accessory rail, new rounded-design triggerguard, and white dot sights. It is by far the best Umarex Beretta airgun yet. This is one you have to own!

The famous open top slide made famous by Beretta is another of the identical characteristics of the new 92A1 .177 caliber air pistol. The gun has a 5-inch smooth bore barrel.

The open top slide made famous by Beretta is another of the identical characteristics of the new 92A1 .177 caliber air pistol. The gun has a 5-inch smooth bore barrel.

2 thoughts on “Umarex Beretta Model 92A1

  1. Very cool.
    I’ve added a BUNCH of airguns to my wishlist, with the intent of slowly sorting through them and removing the ones that appeal to me less. Heck, I have 5 versions of the Beretta 92 alone.

    I’m very excited to read that the 92A1 has a burst move instead of complete full-auto. I also have the 92FS on my list, but after reading this article, I’m confident about removing the $300 92FS in favor of keeping the $130 92A1.

    I must say, I do find the price difference a bit baffling, but i store it’s due to combination of accuracy, complexity and realism of the 92FS. Of course, there’s also 2 versions of the 92FS, and the only difference i can see is $90 and a different set of grips.


    • The burst mode allows you shoot bursts if you feather the trigger, but if you hold the trigger back it will empty the entire magazine. Not a good idea, fun but accuracy and velocity go out the window. As for the price difference between the 92FS pellet model and the 92A1 BB model, the 92FS is a more handcrafted airgun and it is made in Germany, while the 92A1 is superbly done for Umarex in Taiwan.


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