As promised, I wanted to drop in and give you my initial thoughts on the Recover Tactical BC2 system for Beretta 92 series handguns. I ordered this kit approximately two weeks ago directly from Recover Tactical for around $50 shipped. It took around 3 business days (including a weekend) to arrive and came in an attractive, but basic, bag with a stapled cardboard header. In my thus far limited time with the BC2, let’s break down what I like and dislike about the kit.
Ergonomics: The ergonomics of the BC2 are phenomenal considering that the Beretta 92 series guns are often maligned for being too big. The Recover Tactical grips are no thicker than the factory Beretta panels, but do change the contour of the grip, especially near the front strap. This results in the handgun feeling fuller when gripped, but not necessarily larger.
Installation: Adding the BC2 to my M9 was as simple it could possibly be while still maintaining structural rigidity. Installation was as easy as removing my original grips, replacing them with the BC2, and tightening six screws.
Coverage of the trigger bar and slide lock lever: One of the weak points on the 92 series handguns is the external trigger bar that transfers energy from a shooter’s trigger pull to the pistol’s internal sear to release the hammer. Debris can interfere with this part and prevent proper trigger reset. Similarly, an aggressive thumbs-forward grip can lead some shooters to accidentally depress the slide lock lever. The BC2 completely covers the trigger bar and partially conceals the slide lock lever.
Function: The BC2 does exactly what it was meant to do. It adds a non-permanent rail to Beretta 92 series handguns. It is durable enough to mount a light and withstand the forces of firing the pistol. That said, when forced there is some flex in the rail area of the system. For users who plan to run flashlights on their Berettas, this shouldn’t be an issue, but those with lasers might want to seek out other options.
Rubbing on side lock lever: As shipped, the grips do rub on my M9’s slide lock with enough pressure that the lock will not properly engage on an empty magazine. This is easily corrected with some light sanding on the inside surface of the BC2.
Texture: The grips are somewhat slicker on the surface than stock Beretta panels. As affordable as the BC2 kit is, stippling should be a reasonable and low-risk way to address this.
Material: The BC2 is plenty durable, but the panels seem to lack the robustness of the stock Beretta panels. It is as though the Beretta parts are made of a form of nylon while the BC2 is made of ABS. The differences are relatively minor, but with the BC2 installed, my M9 does have a “hollow” feel to it. Still, the BC2 should hold up fine for all but the most serious of “operators”.
I will have a full review as soon as I can pick up a light of some sort. Until then, I hope this helps Beretta enthusiasts who are looking to add some additional functionality to their handguns.