Introduced by Beretta in 2011, the 92A1 is basically an updated version of the popular 92FS model that won the 1984 US military pistol trials. Truth be told, this model has been deployed to certain military units since the mid-2000’s, and was only recently offered for sale to civilians. The 96A1 version was released in 2012.
Here are a few of the noted changes found on the new 92A1:
Integrated Mil-Spec 1913 picatinny rail – This integrated light rail will allow the shooter to mount most any laser, tactical light, or laser/light combo in the weapon.
Removable front sight – The original 92 model has a fixed front sight that couldn’t be removed (at least not easily). The 92A1 version has a removable front sight so it can be easily upgraded or swapped out if desired.
Round trigger guard – From a frame standpoint, aside from the integrated picatinny rail, the introduction of a round trigger guard is really the only other major frame change. When the original 92 first came into the market, it featured a rounded trigger guard, but this was slowly transitioned over to a more squared trigger guard over the years. Beretta has had complaints about the squared trigger guard interfering with lights and laser operations, so they transitioned the new 921A back to the round style.
Three 17 round magazines – The Glock 17 has seen a bit of a resurgence for military use in the Middle East thanks to its high 17 round count. In an effort to remain competitive on that front, Beretta introduced a stainless steel 17 round magazine for the 921A. The gun actually comes standard with 3 of these high capacity magazines.
Chambered in the powerful S&W .40 caliber, the 96A1 features the same improvements as the 92A1. The one exception is the 961A comes with 3 12 round magazines versus the 17 rounders on the 921A.
Here are some of the more commonly asked holster related questions regarding the Beretta 92A1 and 96A1:
#1 - Will the Beretta 92A1 and 96A1 fit in to the same holster?
Yes. They are basically the exact same frame size and have the same dimensions, just different calibers.
#2 – Will the 92A1 or 96A1 fit in a holster designed for a Beretta 92 or 96 if the 92/96 holster has a round trigger guard?
Unfortunately, the answer is no because the not only is the frame itself slightly different, but the picatinny rail adds enough width to the frame to interfere with a decent fit. This answer applies to any 92 holster whether the trigger guard is round or square.
#3 – Do you offer a holster that will fit the 92A1 or 96A1?
Yes and all the holsters that we carry fitting the 92A1 or 96A1 are listed below. You may notice that there are not any Don Hume holsters displayed below, and that’s because they don’t offer any holster models to the 92A1/96A1 yet.
#4 – I’m looking for a holster for my Beretta 92A1 or 96A1 carrying a light. Do you have anything that will fit?
Possibly, and it will depend on the light or laser light combo that you are using. We suggest giving us a call or sending an email so we can verify before trying to order.
#5 – Do you have any kydex holster lines that will fit this handgun?
Unfortunately, not at this time.
#6 – Since the magazines on the 92A1/96A1 are higher capacity; will they fit in a mag carrier for a standard Beretta 92/96?
It depends on the mag carrier and how tight the tolerances are. In some cases, we’ve had 92A1 mags fit in a B92 mag carrier, and in other cases, it wouldn’t.
All the holster models listed below are designed to fit the Beretta 92A1 and 96A1.
All prices are in USD.