Among the more interesting pistols that Beretta brought to SHOT Show last week in Las Vegas was a long-planned SAO variant of the much-loved Model 92.

The Beretta 92Xi, or "9211," is a modern follow-up to the limited edition 92 Billennium SAO which was introduced in 2001-- a gun often described by collectors as the "best 92 ever made."

Using all the "X" series features that the company had previously introduced in the 92X Performance model-- optics ready slide, slim Vertec frame, DLC coated trigger internals-- the new 92XI runs a crisp single-action-only trigger with a flat bow and a manual frame-mounted safety lever, ideal for carrying "cocked and locked." 

 

The Beretta 92 Xi
The 92 Xi series is American-made in Beretta's Tennessee plant, like most of the 92X models. A fiber optic front sight and full serrated black rear sight are standard.  (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
The Beretta 92 Xi
Note the skeletonized SAO hammer and ambi frame-mounted safety. The pistol's overall length is 8.5 inches with a 4.7-inch barrel while its weight is 33 ounces, unloaded. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
The Beretta 92 Xi
The 92 Xi uses the standard optics mounting plates utilized by the rest of the Beretta 92X family of pistols. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
The Beretta 92 Xi
The 92 Xi will be released in two versions, including a limited launch run with an all-silver H-Series Cerakote finish and walnut grips with an MSRP of $1,199, and a more standard two-toned Cerakoted silver over black finish and polymer grips for $949. (Photos: Beretta)

 

Depending on state restrictions, the pistols will ship with either flush-fit 18+1 or 10+1 round magazines.

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