So I just picked up this Beretta 96 .40 cal from a close friend, it was purchased by his relative in a Law Enforcement Auction. My friend and I both purchased one, both in VERY good condition, for just at $225 each. It is VERY clean, clean enough to assume that I was told correctly that the gun was only fired for qualification, and then pretty much rode the hip of the LEO.
I'm not really NEW to firearms, but I'm definitely new to this pistol in particular. I've never owned a pistol before this one, but I figured this would be a good route to take seeing as it--
a) seemed like a steal at that price
b) this model has seen tons of action in both LEO and Military applications and has proven its reliability
c) is a very common design so parts and accessories that I might want should be fairly easy to find.
So a couple questions. I did my research before purchasing and feel like $225 was an awesome price, do you guys agree? Can you think of anything that I should check out or test or whatever? I grew up hearing that dry firing a gun will damage the firing pin or whatever, but nowadays I hear that dry firing is totally cool...what is your perspectives? Does it really depend on the gun?
I just switched the mag release from left-handed positioning to the right, now I'm thinking about getting Hogue grips for it. I know you can get those lasers that replace the guide rod, that'd be pretty cool too, however completely unnecessary. Oh, it also did come with night sites.