THanks, thats what I thought (about the different grades of steel) That would also probably be one of the reasons most people agree that the Italian made 92f's are better. Though that just seems to be an opinion.
Also, I ealized that the malfunctions only seemed to occur with the military issue Berettas, not the civilian ones. This corresponds with the reliability reports of the military M9 versus the civilian M92. Nearly unanimously, veterans who were issued M9 pistols commented on the lack of reliability with these handguns. They also complained that it would not feed certain types of ammunition, making it a very finicky pistol to have in combat. And yet, the civilian M92 has a stellar reputation for reliability. In fact, many of these veterans purchased a civilian Beretta and commented on the differences, being somewhat surprised, as the M9 and M92 are supposed to be the same pistol, but reliability is much different. Interesting...
Okay, i have one more question. In Italy, as with many countries in Europe, civilians are not allowed to own firearms in LE/military calibers, like 5.56x45mm and 9x19. So many of the Italian Beretta handguns still privately owned in Europe are chambered for the European 9x21mm round. Yet many of the Italian made Berettas are in 9x19. My question is: were these handguns produced for law enforcement use in Italy, or specifically for export to the US? Remember, this stopped about 10 years ago.