The Beretta 92 (also referred to as the Beretta 98 and Beretta 96) is a series of semi-automatic pistols manufactured and designed by Beretta of Italy.
The Beretta 92 was produced and designed in 1972. However, production of many variants of this model in several calibers continues to the present day. The handgun is considered to be most famous for replacing the M1911 .45 ACP pistol as the conventional and standard sidearm of the prestigious United States armed forces in 1985 as the M9 pistol.
The original design of the of the weapon was only produced by Beretta with 5000 copies. The original design was only produced and manufactured from 1975 to 1976, however the design is currently produced in four distinct configurations (FS, G, D and DS) and three distinct calibers:
* 92 series in 9 x 19 Parabellum,
* 96 series in .40 S&W and
* 98 series in 9 x 21 mm IMI