Wednesday, February 24, 2010

New to me Taurus PT92

If this type of gun looks familiar, it's probably because you watch movies. Or TV. Or don't live under a rock. The Taurus PT92 has been featured in numerous screen roles, as has its older brother, the Beretta 92. (John McClane's gun in Die Hard was a Beretta 92) The difference is that the Beretta has a slide-mounted safety lever, and the Taurus has a frame mounted one. Sometimes you will see them actually interchanged between scenes in movies. In one shot the character is holding a Beretta, and the next angle shows them holding a gun that looks exactly the same except the safety moved.

The Beretta 92 is also known as the US Military M9 pistol. If you know anybody in the military, chances are they fired this gun at some point in their career, even if just to qualify in basic.

I owned a nice stainless Taurus snub nose revolver that I couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with, so I basically traded it in for a semi-auto that I could shoot a little better. It doesn't hurt that the Taurus PT92 has been around forever, so that there are plenty of pre-ban magazines floating around for it. Here in NY, we can't have magazines manufactured after Sept, 1994 that hold more than 10 rounds. The PT92 has pre-ban magazines that hold 15 rounds of 9mm ammo.

Yippee Ki Yay, Motherfucker!

Taurus PT92 w/rail Horizontal Shoulder Holster

I just wanted to post this up in case anybody else in the US is looking for a leather horizontal shoulder holster that fits the Taurus PT92 w/rail. I just spent the last week searching out, emailing, and calling leather holster makers looking for one, and I wouldn't wish this frustration on anybody. (That's not exactly true. Governor Patterson, I am looking at you...)

After trying Bianchi, Galco, Mitch Rosen, and a couple dozen other holster makers, I finally found one that makes the type of shoulder holster I was looking for: High Noon Holsters. Their model "Under Taker" and "Under Armor" both have holsters that can fit the PT92 and PT99 with rails. Of course, they aren't listed as such. You'll have to pick Beretta 92FS Vertec to get the right fit. (I asked them just to make sure.)

If you aren't as picky as I am, Bianchi makes a soft nylon horizontal shoulder holster called the Tuxedo that fits the PT92 w/rail. I just don't like generic nylon holsters.