Sidearms are something that need to be considered as well when looking at old school kit. For the longest time, I was using the WE P226 replica for my impressions. That specific replica was mainly bought for the UKSF kit that I was working on a while back. If you want to read the articles I wrote about that specific kit, please look at the links below. All links open in a new window/tab.
Sadly, both the L119A1 and the P226 are no longer in my posession and have moved on the new owners.
Back to the topic at hand, the Gun Heaven M92 Beretta. Ever since I sold my P226, I was looking for a sidearm that would meet my old school requirements. The 1911 was one option, but since I had used a plain M1911 in the past, I wanted something a bit different. I saw the Gun Heaven M92 at Milgear and with the realistic feel and markings, I was immediately sold. I had to get that replica.
I had never heard of the Gun Heaven brand before and knew nothing about them. Still I went ahead with the recommendations of the staff at Milgear and got the replica. I was impressed. While there were some initial problems with the hop-up consistency, after a few magazines these inconsistencies disappeared. I concluded that as it is the case with other out-of-the-box replicas, the hop just needed some love and use before settling in. For the record, I use .28g BBs in my replicas, made by G&G and they are biodegradable. The hop in the M92 replica is more than capable of using this weight, at least according to my tests and use.
The replica comes with a 22-round magazine, which are available in both Green Gas and Co2. Due to the heavier slide that the replica has, it is recommended to use powerful gas if you go with the Green Gas version. This is to assure smooth operation and prevent cycle problems. I also have one magazine from WE, which was made for their Beretta line. This magazine has a 26-round capacity and I have had no issues with it though I am using it with the Gun Heaven replica. If you want those few extra rounds or cannot locate the Gun Heaven magazines, go with the WE magazine. Since the WE ones are also available in Co2, I would assume that they also go with the Gun Heaven replica. I have not tested these though. Both of the magazines I have slide in and out of the replica without problems and lock in place well.
The replica has a matte black outer finish and rubberized grips. The grips have an excellent grip and they feature realistic looking Beretta markings. The other markings on the replica are also realistic looking and there is a serial number on the left side of the replica, at the bottom front. I have no idea whether each of these replicas have a personalized serial number, though.
UPDATE: We checked between another Gun Heaven M92 Beretta and the serial numbers are specific to each replica.
The only two issues that need to be noted about the replica are the slight wobble on the slide and the loose inner barrel when the slide is locked to the back. These have not bothered me personally but might be a turn-off for some people. These do not affect the use of the replica, however. The M92 weighs around 900 grams and feels really sturdy in your hands, and thanks to the rubberized grips, it is a pleasure to use.
Naturally, the Beretta look and feel does not appeal to everyone. It is an iconic weapon, just as the M1911 is, but it still might not be for everyone. The reason I went with the Beretta was that I like the look and feel of them. The realistic looking markings that the Gun Heaven M92 has are also a huge bonus for me. This specific Beretta M92 replicates the version that was released in the mid-1970s and it feels true to its real steel counterpart. If you are looking for something a bit different from the usual 1911 series and still want an old school sidearm for your kit, I can recommend the Gun Heaven M92 Beretta.
The replica is available at: https://www.milgear.fi/fi/product/gun-heaven-beretta-m92-gf070-blow-back-metallinen/9923
And the extra WE Green Gas mag: https://www.milgear.fi/fi/product/we-lipas-m9-m92-26/4381
For the future, I am planning on testing different airsoft Beretta parts on the Gun Heaven replica and see how they work with it. I will also look more into the internal functions and see what can be upgraded and how the availability of parts is for this specific Beretta replica.
I have also made a short video review of the replica. You can find it from the link below. As always, like, comment and subscribe to the Youtube channel if you wish. It helps out a ton!
Lastly, a few more shots of this beautiful replica. Thank you for reading!