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First Look: Beretta 92XI Squalo Pistol

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Following the release of the single-action-only 92XI pistol earlier in 2023, Beretta has unveiled another 9mm pistol based on the 92XI, the Beretta 92XI Squalo. The new Squalo, which means “shark” in Italian, is a performance-oriented model that is optics ready and includes a Toni Systems magazine well. The pistol also ships with magazines with Toni Systems basepads and extenders that give each magazine a capacity of 22 rounds. In addition to these features, the new Beretta 92XI Squalo has Hogue G10 textured grips that are reminiscent of shark skin. Although this new handgun has Beretta’s optics-ready mounting system, it also includes a competition-style, iron-sight set consisting of a fiber-optic front sight with a plain-back rear sight.

Like the majority of current-production 9mm Beretta 92s, the 92XI Squalo is built on the Vertec frame, which includes a railed dust cover and has a slimmer grip. This pistol also has some peripherals first seen on Beretta’s 92X Performance series such as the X-Treme S trigger, an extended magazine takedown lever and DLC coating throughout internal parts. As it includes both a magazine well and and a single-action-only trigger mechanism, this new pistol is legal for USPSA competition right from the factory for either under the Limited Minor or Limited Optics divisions.

Beretta 92XI Squalo Specifications:  

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Action: Hammer-fired, single-action-only semi-automatic
  • Barrel Length: 4.7 inches
  • Overall Length: 8.5 inches
  • Grip Width: 1.3 inches
  • Height: 5.4 inches
  • Magazine Capacity: 22 rounds.
  • Magazines Included: Three competition-style magazines with extended Toni Systems baseplates
  • Optics Ready: Yes
  • Sights: Fiber optic front sight, plain black rear sight
  • Safety: Frame mounted ambidextrous thumb safeties

The new Beretta 92XI Squalo 9mm pistol has a starting retail price $1,299. To learn more about this new single action performance pistol or other products from Beretta, please visit beretta.com.

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