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Beretta Model 96D


Type:Pistol
Produced:1992 - 1998
Caliber:.40 S&W
Action:recoil operated semi-automatic
Trigger:double-action only (DAO)
Safety:no external safeties
Magazine:11-round
Frame:aluminum alloy
Grips:black plastic
Sights:3-dot
Notes:
Barrel Length:4.9 in.
Overall Length:8.5 in.
Height:5.5 in.
Width:1.5 in.
Weight:33.8 oz.

Manufacturer:Phone Number:
Fabbrica D' Armi Pietro Beretta SpA+39 030 8341 1
Via Pietro Beretta, 18Website:
Gardone Val Trompia Italywww.beretta.it
Importer:Phone Number:
Beretta U.S.A. Corp800-929-2901
17601 Beretta DriveWebsite:
Accokeek MD 20607www.berettausa.com
MSRP:$586
Used Est.:$360
Last Update: 5/27/2014

Caliber:.40 S&W
Alias:.40 Smith & Wesson Auto
Muzzle Velocities - from985to1325ft/sec
Muzzle Energies - from355to500ft-lb
Bullet Weights - from135to180gr

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Ranking Factors
Power Factor:178651- IDPA Rating Calculation
Recoil Factor:6.57 ft-lb- Standard Free Recoil Calculation
Total Capacity:12 rounds- Includes Chambered Rounds
Concealability:Fair
Defense Factor:85%

About the Handgun:
This series of pistols is based on the Beretta 92 series patterns, except that they chamber the .40 Smith & Wesson cartridge.
About the Manufacturer:
The ancestory of this Italian company dates back to 1526. The Beretta family began in the firearms business as barrel makers. Soon after, they began manufacturing their own sporting shoulder arms. The first Beretta pistols were made in 1915, and by the end of the 20th century Beretta had become one of the world's major premier handgun manufacturers.

In 1977 Beretta-USA was established, with a manufacturing facility located in Accokeek, Maryland. In 1985 the US armed forces adopted Beretta's Model 92 pistol as their standard sidearm.
About the Cartridge:
This cartridge was developed as a joint venture between Winchester and Smith & Wesson. It was an effort to to create a cartridge with the same power as the 10mm Norma round that the FBI had just started using, but in a shorter case. The shorter cartridge would facilitate accuracy and allow use of a smaller, more comfortable grip frame. The .40 S&W has become the cartridge of choice for many law enforcement agencies in the United States.
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