Umarex + Beretta + 92A1 = Perfection
The latest Beretta Model 92 airgun sets a new standard
By Dennis Adler
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!