Today we’re keeping it simple with a Beretta 92 Compact review. This is one of my favorite carry guns, and one I used to win the Missouri State IDPA Carry Gun championship in 2019. There are a lot of things to like about this gun, and not much to dislike. It’s accurate, reliable, easy to carry, and with some mods it is super easy to shoot well.
I have to admit right off the bat that this Beretta 92 Compact review isn’t unbiased. It’s a well-known fact that I like Berettas, especially the 92 series guns, so it’s no surprise I like the 92 Compact as well. It’s like someone took a 92FS and put it in the dryer on hot and it shrunk down to a reasonably sized carry gun. I can still get a full firing grip on it, but the slightly shorter barrel and slightly shorter grip do make it easier to conceal.
Some recommended changes to make the gun even better for carry: slim grips and a bobbed hammer. I did both of those mods to this gun, and also changed out some internal springs in favor of Wilson Combat springs. The advantage to the Wilson Combat springs is they reduce the trigger pull while maintaining reliability in the gun. During the Beretta 92 Compact review, I discovered that it was very accurate with Federal 147gr FMJ.
If I had one complaint about the Beretta 92 Compact, it’s that Beretta doesn’t make them often enough. They’re imported from Italy, and they do limited runs each year, so once they’re gone for a year, they’re hard to find. But the good news is that Beretta’s new 92X lineup has a Compact. You can get it with or without a rail, and the new guns have a replaceable front sight, more ergonomic grip, and they got rid of the stupid pinkie extension magazines.
Once the Beretta 92 Compact review was wrapped up, my final verdict on the pistol shouldn’t a surprise. I think it’s great, I think everyone should buy one, and regularly used mine as a carry gun.