Called the "Evolution" internally by Beretta during its development, the new Vertec pistol is basically just that, a model 92/96 updated with the latest features, like an accessory mounting rail on the dustcover, removable front sight, , flush-fitting 4.7" stainless barrel ala the "Elite" series, beveled magazine well, and dual-textured thin polymer grips. The standard version of the Vertec will not have a lanyard loop, but special limited runs of the pistol will probably be made with lanyard loop for certain military and law enforcement users with specific mission profiles that require this feature. Of particular note is the fact that the accessory rail is the same type as that of 3rd Gen Glock pistols, so both the Vertec and the Glock can use the same attachments. Customers will have a choice between black Bruniton coated barrel and an "Inox" version barrel without the black coating.
The most controversial aspect of the new gun is that Beretta has redesigned the grip for smaller handed shooters. The backstrap on the Vertec is straighter, more vertical if you will, than the original. Apparently, the redesign shortens the trigger reach while not changing the natural pointing characteristics or comfort of the original. Well, we’ll see. The grip change is about the only thing that bothers us here at DefRev, as the original grip is extremely comfortable.
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