The Beretta Model 96 is a semi-automatic pistol chambered in .40 S&W. The M96 has a larger caliber than the 92FS (aka the M9, the US military’s standard issued handgun) otherwise it has almost exactly the same features such as an open slide design, so the barrel shows through. An external hammer that when cocked back changes the trigger pull from double-action (long pull) to single-action (short pull). Its ambidextrous safety acts as a de-cocking lever. A second safety feature is its visible automatic firing pin block, which prevents any discharge if it’s accidentally dropped. It has three-dot fixed sights, but tritium night sights are available.
Shown at right, the Beretta 96 looks, and in fact is, externally identical to the Beretta 92F or "M9." This .40 caliber variant of the military M9 pistol reduced the magazine capacity to eleven rounds for law enforcement weapons, or ten for the capped civilian magazines.
Carried the Beretta 96FS off-duty for five years with a Fobus (Blackhawk kydex style) OWB Holster and a leather IWB holster. No problem concealing the weapon. With the standard 14 pound recoil spring, my empties were going 23 feet behind me. Changed to a 16lbs. recoil spring and the empties were going 4 to 6 feet. Eats any ammo I put through it, including .9MM( with a barrel change ) In short, I love it. Would not get rid of it. Had a Taurus PT-92, it sucked. At 15 yards it would hit 3 to 5 inches low.