Beretta 92 SB Compact 9mm
The Beretta 92 SB Compact is a fantastic self-defense sidearm that features a single/double action trigger with a manual safety. It’s a scaled down version of the legendary Beretta 92 Full-Size service pistol and is small enough for concealed carry but still well-equipped for duty use.
Beretta 92 SB Compact
As for handling and felt recoil, the 92 Compact is a dream to shoot. It’s an exceptionally soft shooting gun for a mid-size 9mm pistol.
The large grip and extra weight from genuine “not-plastic” construction really mellow out recoil and muzzle flip, so you’ll find it easy to shoot both accurately and fast.
The frame on the 92 Compact borrow from the A1 family and offers some cosmetic and functional differences from the original shape. Most obvious is the addition of the single-slot rail for attaching nifty accessories like lights, lasers, or even a bayonet if you want to deck it out like a video game piece.
You’ll notice that the backstrap of the grip has a checkered pattern for improved grip as opposed to the vertical-only cuts on the classic 92 models. The front of the grip has the same checkering pattern as compared to the vertical cuts. The trigger guard is the same shape, with a slightly squared-off front edge, but there is no texture there.
That’s fine with me; I don’t really care for the “support finger on the trigger guard” style anyway. The magazine well has a nice bevel to it for easy magazine insertion. The double-stack magazines narrow to single-cartridge width at the top go in effortlessly – it’s hard to miss even when you’re going for speed in a magazine change.
While we’re in that area, I should mention that the Compact model has a lanyard ring at the rear of the magazine well just like the full size 92 and M9 pistols.
As a random note, I did pop my 92 FS magazines into the 92 Compact model and found them to be interchangeable. Of course, the longer magazines give you two additional rounds, but it does extend past the base of the shorter grip on the 92 Compact model.
Summing It Up
I think it all boils down to this. The 92 SB Compact is intended to be a more carry friendly version of the 92 FS / M9 full-size pistols. It is not supposed to compete with the tiny pocket rocket compacts that weigh 43% of nothing.
To me, that’s a good thing. While I still own some, I gave up carrying puny guns a couple of years ago. Yes, they sure are convenient, and you can stick them anywhere.
No, they are not fun to shoot. As a result, it’s hard to become really proficient with them. For a carry gun, I want confidence. I want to know that I can hit what I’m aiming at, and that takes practice.
I like this gun. The capacity is respectable, but more importantly, it’s easy to shoot well, at least for me. Reliability and longevity are a no brainer for this gun.
If you’re willing to carry some extra ounces, it’ll serve as a great multi-purpose gun: carry, home defense, competition, and plinking fun at the range.