Beretta Pistol Naming Convention Needs Improvement

I was talking with a friend yesterday about how I was thinking of selling my Glock 21 and buying a Beretta 92.  He started talking about the 90two; calling it “the 92” and there was some confusion because I still thought we were talking about the 92.

Why the hell would Beretta pick two similar names for such similar guns?

Hopefully they have more sense then to name subsequent pistols the 9T2, 9D2, ninety-two, ninety-2, 9-2, nine-two etc…

Can you Imagine?

Future gun store Beretta counter scene:

  • Me: I’d like to see the 92 *points at glass in Beretta case*
  • Clerk: Sure, one second… Here you go *Hands me the 90two*
  • Me: Oh, actually I meant the non polymer one
  • Clerk: Oh ok.. here you go *hands me the 9T2*
  • Me: No, this isn’t the right one either.. the one I want to see is right there *points* the 92.. numbers nine and two
  • Clerk: Oh right.. *hands me the nine-two*
  • Me: Never mind, i’ll check it out on the internet… *hands gun back*

If you have to refer to a gun model by using the Military phonetic alphabet, by pronouncing the punctuation, or by writing it down on paper and showing someone… then that company probably should have reconsidered that model name.



Phillip July 16, 2010 at 04:40 am

You’re thinking about selling a Glock to buy a Beretta?


Admin (Mike) July 22, 2010 at 03:41 pm

hahah yea :/ I don’t really care for the G21 all that much. Figured I might as well try a 92 or a M9 for a while… I can always sell that too if I don’t like it!


Vak July 16, 2010 at 06:22 am

@ phillip :

I don’t see what’s wrong with that. I too prefer berettas over glocks.

But on the subject, while beretta naming convention does have some issue, they also know how to give awesome name to specific models of their guns like Elite, Centurion or Billenium.


Admin (Mike) July 22, 2010 at 03:42 pm

Billenium > * That gun looks UNREAL!!!


jpo July 16, 2010 at 07:05 am

Yeah, most Beretta forum guys refer to the 90TWO as “the dash” for exactly this reason.

Supposedly the name makes sense in Italian, as it would be pronounced “novanta – two”. still all kinds of odd though.


Admin (Mike) July 22, 2010 at 03:43 pm

I like the nickname idea.. but sadly the gun store guys and most people off forums wouldn’t have a clue what you were talking about it you said “the dash”.

It sounds a lot cooler in Italian.


Aaron Spuler July 16, 2010 at 08:13 am

I recently sold a S&W Sigma to get a Beretta 92fs. Glad I did too.


Admin (Mike) July 22, 2010 at 03:43 pm



Andy July 16, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I see as the 92 series is evolving it’s following the trend of “guns as instruction manuals.” I know the gun will fire if there’s a magazine in it. That’s why I put a magazine into it. Gosh.

The one that takes the cake though is still


Admin (Mike) July 22, 2010 at 03:45 pm

Yea the 92series “warnings” are pretty funny.

LOL that FMK gun has a hilarious amount of words on it. I thought it was a gag site at first.


Dan July 16, 2010 at 01:17 pm

I like the Jesus facepalm…. lol


Admin (Mike) July 22, 2010 at 03:45 pm

haha I knew you would appreciate that detail Dan.


Mike July 16, 2010 at 08:18 pm

I’d recommend you just avoid the confusion for the time being and get a 96. Although I’m sure the 90six will happen sooner or later.


Josh July 16, 2010 at 09:35 pm

Just cough up the extra cash and get a Sig P226. I think they’ve got enough sense that they won’t come out with a Pee-two-two-six, P22-six, P-two-26, or any other confusing nonsense.


Admin (Mike) July 22, 2010 at 03:47 pm

hahah Pee-two-two-six


Admin (Mike) July 22, 2010 at 03:46 pm

Yea the 96 is nice too, but I don’t really want to get back into .40


m.ali October 11, 2010 at 01:33 pm

this is to beautiful gun i like this


blood February 20, 2018 at 10:21 pm

I think the only mistake Beretta has ever made with the 90 series, is taper the dust cover!
I love all versions to date, including the daddy M1951, 92S; regardless of name… but they ruined a work of art when they started tapering the 92/96 dust cover.
(Hollywood wont even use a tapered 92/96 in the movies, its to ugly… and they put Glocks in them, haha)


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