Beretta model 92A1 full-auto BB pistol: Part 1
by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
This report covers:
- Similar but different
- So, what is this?
- Single and double action
- Lots to test
Every once in awhile I get to test something that is brand new to me. Today is such a day. Full-auto pistols have been around for more than 50 years, but they aren’t common and I have only had limited exposure to them. Beretta’s model 92A1 from Umarex looks a lot like the regular 92 that’s we know so well, but this one is different. This one has a selector switch that allows the gun to dump all its shots in seconds with one pull of the trigger. I know that will be music to the ears of many of our readers.
Similar but different
While this gun carries the M92A1 title and is similar because it has a Picatinny rail at the lower front of the receiver, it isn’t an exact duplication. The rounded triggerguard differs from the U.S. Marine M9A1 that has a flat front triggerguard. The 9mm M92A1 firearm magazine holds 17 cartridges. The BB magazine holds 18. And the full-auto M92 firearm lacks the selector switch found here, but uses the right-hand safety switch to select the firing mode.
But the similarities are greater than the differences. This BB pistol is all metal on the outside, so it carries realistic weight of 2.4 lbs. The fixed sights resemble the military night sights that have tritium inserts. On the BB pistol there are bright white dots that your eye picks up immediately.
The full-auto Beretta 92 firearm is very controllable in the full-auto mode. That is a fault of all the earlier machine pistols that would climb rapidly in recoil. I can’t wait to try in full auto on a target to see what this BB pistol does.
So, what is this?
What the Beretta M92A1 BB pistol? For starters, it is a semiautomatic BB pistol with realistic blowback action that simulates recoil. That much of it doesn’t differ much from the Beretta model 92 FS I’ve already tested. Of course the features I’ve mentioned like the rail and the selector are new, but at its heart this pistol is exactly what BB gun fans want these days — a reliable and (hopefully ) accurate pistol that’s also incredibly realistic looking and feeling.
But on top of all that you get full auto operation. We’ve seen that in BB pistols before. The Umarex M712 is also full auto. But that gun bounces around as it fires. This one may do better. I will test it and see.
Can the gun be disassembled? Yes. Should you do it? Maybe not. Remember the Hammerli K31 trainer and the 2 ball bearings?
I swung the disassembly latch down and pulled the slide off the frame. So far, so good. Then I looked inside the slide. The mainspring was held in place beneath the barrel by — ping! In the next instant I had the naked slide and the mainspring laying on my desk. But something that held the mainspring in place was gone. I didn’t know what it looked like, but by looking at the places it had to have been it looked like a 4-inch rod with a head on one end.
I searched my cluttered desk several (dozen) times, then wrote an email to Umarex, describing the problem. Was I looking for the right thing?
Turns out I was, as I found it on search number 25. It was almost exactly as imagined except for the part that was different.
My point is — there is no reason to take the gun apart and you may not be as lucky as I was. I have people on several continents trying to keep me from being an embarrassing boob. You don’t. So consider that before you do what I did.
On the other hand, the gun went back together as it came apart and it still works. So disassembly is possible — even if it isn’t mentioned in the owner’s manual.
Single and double action
The pistol is both single and double action, but since the slide blows back to cock the hammer after every shot, single action is the way you will shoot it. The 2-stage trigger is pretty mushy at stage 2, but the release is also quite light. If this gun is accurate, I think this trigger will do well.
The overall finish is matte black. Some A1 firearms have a special finish that’s resistant to sand, but this BB gun is most likely painted.
The CO2 cartridge and BB magazine are located in the same drop-free stick. The CO2 cartridge has a large-headed screw that’s removed by an Allen wrench that comes with the gun. Then the cartridge drops in — small end first.
Lots to test
I’ll test the gun for velocity next. I’ll test it for both semiautomatic and we’ll also see what full-auto does. There will be accuracy in the semiauto mode and then we will also look at how it fares on full-auto. Stick around — this test promises to be interesting.