Beretta 92 / Taurus P-92 Pistols
Bob Dunlap is a renowned expert on most of todays and yesterdays important AND obscure firearms. He has been a warranty station for most manufacturers, both large and small. He understands the design, function, and repair of firearms in general, and the Beretta pistols in particular. We use a cut-away gun to let you actually see how the pistol and all of its components operates. Does not cover disassembly of the slide mounted safety on S versions of the gun. We have J. B. Woods Book of Firearms Assembly/Disassembly: Auto-Pistols, which show the disassembly of that version. In addition, the course is applicable to the Beretta 96 and the Taurus PT-99.
If you want the quick course on how to get Berettas contribution to the U. S. militarys small arms arsenal apart, back together, and operating as intended, then this course is for you (if you want the "long course," look into our basic 108 hour Professional Gunsmith Course.)
Among the items covered are:
- Beretta began its firearms manufacturing history in 1526, and is the oldest manufacturing company in the world in terms of its continued existence. It is still owned and operated by the Beretta family
- Beretta firearms have always had a reputation for high quality.
- The gun is very popular and highly refined, although large for its calibers
- The M-92 is a take off from the Walther P-38 in its locking system, although its fire control system is different
- The pistol is descended from the single action, single row magazine, Beretta Brigadier, the military sidearm of Italy, Egypt, etc.
- Slide breakage problem was overblown and has been cured
Design & Function
- Short recoil, locked breech operating system explained and demonstrated
- Demonstration of the operation of the plunger actuated unlocking system
- How the locking system works during the firing cycle
- See how the locking block rises in the slide cutouts as the slide closes
- The reason the locking block rises is demonstrated
- The parts arresting the slide in its fore and aft motions are shown
- The operation of the trigger and its drawbar is shown
- Interaction of the trigger bar and the hammer is shown
- How the trigger bar causes the lever which deactivates the firing pin blocking safety to rise and do its job
- How the frame mounted, sear blocking safety works
- Mention made of the other safety types (slide mounted, hammer dropping) and how they operate
- Demonstration of the firing pin blocking safety operation
- Demonstration of the operation of the extractor and the reason for its arched face explained
- Why the firing pin hole in the breech face is chamfered
- Slide stop activation demonstrated
- Operation of the disconnector shown, it is only a vertical tab on the trigger bar
- Firing pin and the blocking plunger are removed from the slide so that their interaction can be seen
- Extractor removed from the slide and its operation in the recoil/extraction shown
- Why the extractor does not really work hard extracting, since the case essentially extracts itself
- What the extractors job really is
- Coil binding of the recoil spring, what it is and why you do not want it. Beware of poorly designed aftermarket springs
- Trigger bar lifter spring and trigger return spring have their operation demonstrated
- How the tiny ramp in the frame helps prevent stub jams resulting from magazine surge
- Extensive disassembly, with discussion of what the various parts do
- Does not cover disassembly of the slide mounted safety on S versions of the gun.
- U. S. military F version with mag release behind the trigger guard is covered. Both Beretta and Taurus versions explained
- You get a good look at how the various parts fit together and interact (particularly the springs) after they are removed from the gun and Bob "explains" things
Cleaning & Lubrication
- AGI cleaning & lubrication methods shown, along with the reasons for their use
- After cleaning, dry with air gun, or in the oven on Warm ~185-200 degrees (metal parts ONLY)
- Pins, slave and tapered, hook, punches, etc. Helpful tools to help you get this Chinese puzzle back together easier
- Pay close attention to the firing pin and safety plunger installation
- Barrel and frame ramp relationship (the 1.5 1 rule) shown
- WHICH RAMP NOT TO TOUCH. HEED!
- Extractor configuration and rules shown and explained
- Sear and hammer assembled on the outside of the gun in order for you to view their relationship and operation
- Explanation given of the positive sear and hammer notch engagement
- How to do the easy trigger job. If you do not understand this portion completely, get the Trigger Jobs course or take the gun to a qualified, professional gunsmith. Be safe, not sorry!
- Grips, Bob tells you which he likes
- Springs, are the after market items a good idea?
If you noticed how often the terms "explanation" and "demonstration" are used, you may be getting some idea of why this course is necessary for any Beretta 92/Taurus PT-92 owners, or someone who intends to be.
How much does your Professional Course cost? The answer can be found in our intro pack. We recommend to anyone considering our Professional Course that they get the Introduction to Gunsmithing Packet as this packet includes a video with a sample gunsmithing lesson. It also includes an Enrollment Form that lists the costs of each Course level available as well as the material covered in each level.
Do I have to pay $7 s/h on each retail video? No, we discount shipping on multiple video orders. The new website calculates shipping based on weight and destination. In most cases, the actual shipping is less than listed in the catalog.
Is there a time limit to complete your course? No, our course is self-paced. As you complete sections of the course and submit your tests, we provide certification of completion for that portion of the course.
Can I become certified by taking your retail courses? Answers vary. If you are intending to purchase all the videos in our Law Enforcement Armorer's Course, for example, as long as you buy the test separately you can obtain a Certification as a Law Enforcement Armorer once you complete the testing successfully. Otherwise you would need to purchase one of our certified professional courses in order to obtain a profession Gunsmithing certificate.
What does your Professional Gunsmithing Course Introductory Lesson cover?The Introductory Lesson is one hour and includes complete information on how to get started Gunsmithing. You will also learn how to insure reliable auto-pistol feeding and how to prevent jams, checking and adjusting "range" on Smith and Wesson revolvers, how a gas system works on a Colt AR-15, AR-7 trigger repairs, timing and understanding cartridge stops of a Remington 870 and much more!
Are your Courses guaranteed? Yes! The American Gunsmithing Institute is proud to offer a 100%, "Bulletproof Guarantee." We are so sure of the quality of our Courses and products that you may return any item purchased directly from AGI for a full refund (less shipping) for up to 90 days after purchase date. Defective DVDs and videos will be replaced for up to 1 year. The only question we will ask is: "How did we fail you?"
Does AGI offer other Certified Courses aside from the Professional Gunsmithing Course? Yes. We also offer a Certified Machine Shop Course, complete with Lathe, Mill and general Machine Shop instruction. Additionally AGI offers a Certified Welding Course and a Certified Locksmithing Course.
What do the Disassembly/Reassembly Courses cover? AGI offers D/R Courses that clearly demonstrate the complete process of disassembly and reassembly step-by-step. The Courses use close-up views to provide comprehensive instruction. Each DVD Video Manual covers one specific model or family of firearms and is indexed to help the user quickly find the information that they are looking for. At the price of only $19.97 each (plus s/h), these video manuals are must have support information for anyone who owns one of these firearms.
What do the Armorer's Courses cover?AGI's Armorer's Courses teach you how to disassemble, maintain, repair and reassemble your choice of the 51 guns featured. These videos are packed with exclusive information and are equal to a complete Factory Armorer's Course! While our Disassembly/Reassembly Courses contain invaluable information, our Armorer's Courses contain so much more. Master Gunsmith and AGI Instructor Robert "Bob" Dunlap explains design and function using exclusive factory cutaway firearm models, giving you close-up details of the internal functions you would not otherwise be able to see. All AGI Armorer's Course DVDs include a FREE printable schematic!
Are your Instructors experienced in their fields? Absolutely. Master Gunsmith and AGI Senior Instructor Robert "Bob" Dunlap is a widely respected authority in the firearm industry and spent over 35 years as the senior instructor at Lassen College's internationally known Gunsmithing School. Master Gunsmith Gene Shuey is a world class custom gun builder, former world class competitive shooter and current trainer specializing in 1911 and Glock pistols, IPSC limited and open class guns, and high-end custom rifles. Darrell Holland is a well known custom rifle builder, writer and lecturer who is always inventing new performance shooting products. Ken Brooks is a graduate of the renowned Gunsmithing program at Lassen College and continues his journey by working full time for Bob Dunlap. Gene Kelly is the President of AGI and the Gun Club of America. He graduated from Lassen College's Gunsmithing program and worked as a Professional Gunsmith prior to founding AGI. T.R. Graham is a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and is a known authority, author and Gunsmith specializing in Glocks and other handguns. Master Armorer John Bush is an AGI Instructor and a consultant to manufacturers and importers of military firearms, and is certified as an Expert Witness in firearm cases.