Taurus PT92 History

The Taurus PT92 is essentially the classic Italian Beretta Model 92 (M92) semi-automatic pistol produced in Sao Paulo, Brazil on the original Beretta M92 machinery. After the Brazilian military accepted the M92 as its standard sidearm, Beretta moved to set up a production facility in the capital city of Sao Paulo, Brazil for local manufacture of the weapon. In 1980, after the commitment had ended, the facility was sold off to gun-maker Taurus and the company began production of the firearm under its own brand label as the related patents had expired. In 1983, the Taurus "PT92" was introduced and eventually adopted as the standard-issue sidearm of the Brazilian Army (as the "M975") and its national police force. Other operators of this reliable weapon include Argentina (police), Dominican Republic, Israel (police), Libya, Indonesia, Malaysia, Paraguay and Peru (Army and special forces.

In both form and function, the PT92 is the Beretta M92 - it even features the cut-out section of slide exposing the barrel, a telltale marker of the M92 series. The primary chambering is the 9x19mm Parabellum pistol cartridge and this is fed through a 17-round detachable box magazine inserted into the grip base. All controls are neatly arranged along the slide and within easy reach of the operating hand. Overall weight is 960 grams with a length of 216mm and a barrel assembly measuring 127mm long.

Beyond the standard 9x19mm chambering are models in 7.65mm (.32 Auto) and .40 Smith & Wesson to satisfy market need. The PT57 is in 7.65mm and the PT100 and PT101 are .40 S&W forms. There are various 9mm Parabellum marks ranging from the PT92 and PT92AF to the PT917C and PT917CS.

Throughout the production run of the PT92, several modifications to the base design have been made including adoption of accessory rails, changes to the trigger guard and revised magazines.

Taurus PT92 Specification

ROLES

- Close Quarters Battle (CQB) / Personal Security

- Sidearm

STRUCTURAL

Overall Length:

216 mm (8.50 in)

Barrel Length:

127 mm (5.00 in)

Weight (Unloaded):

2.12 lb (0.96 kg)

Sights:

Iron Front and Rear.

PERFORMANCE

Action:

Recoil-Operated; Semi-Automatic

Effective Range:

164 ft (50 m; 55 yd)

VARIANTS

PT92 - Base Series Designation

PT92AF - Allow frame; 4.75" barrel length

PT92SS - Stainless steel frame

PT92C - Compact variant; 4" barrel length

PT99 - Blued/satin nickel finish

PT99AF - Blue/satin nickel finish; 4.75" barrel length.

PT917C - Compact variant; 4" barrel length

PT017CS - Compact variant; 4" barrel length

PT100 - Chambering in .40 S&W; 3-dot sight

PT101 - Chambering in .40S&W; adjustable rear sight

PT57 - Chambering in 7.65mm

PT58 - Chambering in .380 ACP

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