Taurus PT92 in stainless steel
|Place of origin||Brazil|
|Weight||960 g (34 oz)|
|Length||216 mm (8.5 in)|
|Barrel length||127 mm (5 in)|
|Feed system||17 round detachable box magazine (standard)|
The Taurus PT92 is a double action/single action, 9x19mm Parabellum, double-stack magazine, semi-automatic, short recoil action pistol manufactured by Taurus in the former Beretta factory in São Paulo, Brazil.
A large contract for the Beretta 92 was with the Brazilian army, for which Beretta set up a factory in Brazil. This factory was later sold to the Brazilian gunmaker Taurus (Forjas Taurus S/A ). Taurus makes these pistols (called the PT92) without the need for a license from Beretta since their design is based on the original Beretta 92, whose patents have since expired.
Like the Beretta, the Taurus PT92 utilizes the open-slide design where the upper portion of the slide is cut away exposing much of the barrel itself. The original PT92 was exactly like the original Beretta 92, though it was also unusual for the time in that it featured a squared trigger guard for supporting the index finger of the opposite hand while firing, a feature which was subsequently introduced to the Beretta 92 with the 92SB-F (92F) model in 1985. The Taurus PT92 is less expensive than the Beretta 92 in most cases.
Other versions of the PT92 include the PT99, which has an adjustable rear sight and a taller front sight, the compact PT92C version, and the PT100 and PT101, which are .40 S&W versions of the PT92 and PT99, respectively.
The Taurus PT92 has undergone many revisions in design since it was originally produced in the mid-1980s. Early PT92s and PT99s did not feature the third safety position decocker that is now standard; this feature was added to the second-generation models in the early-1990s, which also included the three-dot sights found on the Beretta 92F. A third revision in the late-90s changed the grip and slide design (which now has wider cocking serrations than PT92s manufactured before 1997).
More recently (as of 2005), Taurus has begun manufacturing the PT92 with built-in accessory rails on the frame, a feature found on the newer Beretta M9A1, a military upgrade of the Beretta 92F from which the PT92 is derived. While 15-round magazines were standard for the PT92 for many years, Taurus now manufactures 17-round magazines for the gun in order to give it comparable firepower to the Glock 17, and aftermarket 30-round magazines are also available.
- PT92, blued finish, hardwood or black plastic grips, 3-dot fixed sights; 10-, 15- or 17-round factory magazines available.
- PT92AF, lightweight Alloy Frame, 4.75-inch barrel, hardwood or black plastic grips, 3-dot fixed sights; 10-, 15- or 17-round factory magazines available.
- PT92SS, Stainless Steel finish, checkered black rubber grip panels, 3-dot fixed sights; 10-, 15- or 17-round factory magazines available.
- PT92C, Compact model with 4-inch barrel, hardwood or black plastic grips, 3-dot fixed sights; 12-round factory magazines available.
- PT99, blued or satin nickel finish, hardwood or black plastic grips, adjustable rear sight; compatible with PT92 magazines.
- PT99AF, blued or satin nickel finish, hardwood or black plastic grips, lightweight Alloy Frame, 4.75-inch barrel, adjustable rear sight, compatible with PT92 magazines.
- PT917C, a Compact version with 4-inch barrel, blued finish, alloy frame, 3-dot fixed sights; 17- and 19-round factory magazines available. The 19 round magazine extends 1 inch below the grip. It will accept standard PT92 magazines. Ships with both a 17- and 19-round factory magazine.
- PT917CS, a Compact version with 4-inch barrel, stainless steel finish, alloy frame, 3-dot fixed sights; 17- and 19-round factory magazines available. The 19 round magazine extends 1 inch below the grip. It will accept standard PT92 magazines. Ships with both a 17- and 19-round factory magazine.
- PT100, a .40 S&W version with 3-dot fixed sights; 10- or 11-round factory magazines available.
- PT101, a .40 S&W version with an adjustable rear sight; compatible with PT100 magazines.
- Brazil: PT92, standard sidearm of the Brazilian Army, Military Police and National Public Security Force. It is designated as M975 pistol in military service troops.
- Dominican Republic
- Argentina: PT92 and PT917, in some detachments can be used a standard sidearm of "Policía de la Provincia de Buenos Aires" since 2009.
||This article includes a list of references, related reading or external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. (November 2014)|
- Official United States site
- Unsung Best Buy: A Critical Look at the Taurus PT-92
- PT-92 Pictorial