The Beretta 92X Centurion; Is Beretta beating a dead horse, or refining a classic? With some great deals available, and a $100 factory rebate if you buy in Feb. or March 2020, I intended to find out. Maybe, for a lot less money, I could even nearly replicate a Wilson Combat or a Langdon Tactical Beretta.

What is the 92X?

The Beretta 92X is an update to Beretta 92 series that addresses many of the things that buyers obviously want.

    • front and backstrap checkering.
    • a shortened, crowned barrel.
    • a 16 pound D hammer spring.
    • an extended magazine release.
    • a Vertec grip with an additional full-size wraparound grip to replicate a traditional, non-vertec grip.
    • three seventeen round magazines.
    • a black serrated rear sight, and orange dot front sight.
    • a rounded trigger guard.
    • an option to buy either safety / decocker, or just decocker.
    • a beveled magwell.

When I picked up the Centurion model I ordered, the first thing I noticed was the grip. There is a ton of it! With the new texture of the stock grip and the checkering on the front and back straps, this might be the grippiest gun I’ve ever held. It reminds me of the Smith & Wesson M2.0 or the Springfield Armory TRP.

The second thing I noticed was that out of the box, a Beretta 92 has a smooth trigger pull and an unusually smooth action when cycling the slide. This was no different. Thanks to the standard “D” hammer spring, this gun would be quite good as it is. However, I’ve heard so many good things about Earnest Langdon’s Trigger Job in a Bag, that I had to find out. The installation process was fun and easy with the instruction video on Langdontactical.com. What were the results? The results were superb. The reset is tiny, and the pull is as smooth as I can imagine is possible. Additionally, there is no overtravel that used to be present in the double-action pull.

The BAD:

I’ve noticed a couple problems with the machining. First, The underside of the front sight had a burr that scraped the top of the barrel. The burr was easily removed, but the barrel is now scratched. This happened in the first 100 rounds.

Second, the hood over the breech face has poor machining finish.

At last, all of us have now read a gun review where the fit and finish is not, “Perfect.” I never thought I would see the day. Fortunately, the problems are only cosmetic and the gun works properly. However, these problems are inexcusable and reach the limit of what I, as a consumer, will accept.

The GOOD:

All of the changes Beretta has made with the introduction of the 92X are superb! I would give especially high marks to the sights and the grip

The Verdict:

The Beretta 92X suggests that Beretta has belatedly realized what Wilson Combat and Langdon Tactical have been doing for the last several years. A reasonable person could easily have disliked a Beretta from years past, while at the same time being very impressed by this newest iteration. I put myself in this category.

The 92X improvements are a great example of how to refine a classic design. Beretta is definitely not beating a dead horse.

1 Comment

  • Joe
    Posted July 22, 2020 9:55 pm

    I bought one last November. I installed a Langdon trigger job in a bag, Wilson Grips, and Wilson mag guide. I also bought 3 Mec Gar 18 round mags (I like the base plate better) painted the front sight dot white (personally the white stands out better), and for just cosmetic reasons I replaced the Wilson medallions with Beretta medallions. Mine doesn’t have the two cosmetic issues you mentioned. Trigger pull (with Langdon trigger) is excellent…just shy of 6.5 lbs for double action and 3.25 lbs for single action (on a Lyman scale). It’s very accurate, totally dependable, sights are dead on and it’s silky smooth. I honestly don’t know how you could make a better double/single action automatic.

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