Taurus PT92

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Taurus PT92
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Taurus PT92 in stainless steel with golden controls
Type Semi-automatic pistol
Place of origin Brazil
Production history
Designed 1983-present
Specifications
Weight 960 g (34 oz)
Length 216 mm (8.5 in)
Barrel length 127 mm (5 in)

Caliber 9×19mm Parabellum
Action Recoil-operated
Feed system 17-round detachable box magazine (standard)

The Taurus PT92 is a double action/single action, 9mm, double-stack magazine-fed, short recoil-operated, semi-automatic pistol manufactured by Taurus in the former Beretta factory in São Paulo, Brazil.

History and Creation[edit]

In 1974, a large contract for the Beretta 92 was issued by the Brazilian army, for which Beretta set up a factory in São Paulo, Brazil. This factory was later sold to the Brazilian gunmaker Taurus (Forjas Taurus S/A ) in 1980, after the contract had expired. Shortly thereafter, Taurus began using the original Beretta machinery to make their own pistols, which were a copy of the original Beretta 92 design, which was not being produced at that point. They did this without the need for a license and they also did not have to pay royalties, as the patents had since expired.

Design[edit]

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.

The Taurus PT92 has undergone many revisions in design since it was originally produced in the early 1980s. Originally, very early models of the PT92 (made between 1982 and 1983) was a near-exact copy of the original Beretta 92, featuring the non-ambidextrous safety, round trigger guard and, most notably, the heel-mounted magazine releases and shiny plastic grips. However, this design was quickly replaced by the current magazine catch location. Nonetheless, magazines for the Taurus PT92 often have cuts for both magazine releases. 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 a thicker trigger guard hook) and built-in accessory rails on the frame, a feature found on the newer Beretta M9A1, a military upgrade of the Beretta 92 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. Despite the many design changes, the Taurus PT92 still retains many of the design elements from the original Beretta 92, such as the shape of the trigger and the location of the safety. 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.

Variants[edit]

7.65mm (.32 auto)[edit]

  • PT57

.380 ACP[edit]

  • PT58

9mm Parabellum[edit]

  • 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.(A= ambidextrous safety lever; F= firing pin lock)
  • PT92AFS, lightweight alloy frame, polished stainless steel slide, decocker, frame-mounted accessory rail, 4.75-inch barrel, hardwood grips, 3-dot fixed sights. 17-round magazine.(A= ambidextrous safety lever; F= firing pin lock; S= Stainless Version)
  • 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, 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, 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.

.40 Smith & Wesson[edit]

  • PT100, .40 S&W version with 3-dot fixed sights. 10- or 11-round factory magazines available.
  • PT101, .40 S&W version with an adjustable rear sight, compatible with PT100 magazines.

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