The Beretta 92X Performance Defense.

Focusing on IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) competitors needs, Beretta adds another level in their 92X performance competition pistol line. Starting with the popular 92X performance platform, the new Beretta 92X Performance Defensive makes alterations, and adds features, specific for IDPA compliance.

The Beretta Performance Defensive Pistol

The custom-built Performance Defensive features a lightened steel frame and Brigadier slide. As a result, the frame and slide adaptation meet the specific weight requirements for IDPA regulation firearms. However, part of the weight reduction comes in the loss of the picatinny rail, typical on 92X pistols. Slight internal modifications to the design of the slide and frame also aid in weight reduction.

Like the 92X RDO, the Performance Defensive pistol, from Beretta, features thin grips and front and backstrap checkering. For this reason, the Performance Defensive allows for instinctive control and consistent and accurate target acquisition.

The Brigadier slide includes integral slide cuts to allow for the mounting of optional optic plate styles

The Brigadier slide includes integral slide cuts to allow for the mounting of optional optic plate styles. Although it ships with blanking covers, end-users can purchase one of five different plates to mount their choice of optic. Between the five plates, the slide can accommodate all of the most popular optic variants on the market. The slide also features saw-toothed front and rear serrations for easy manipulation in all conditions or while under duress.

Finally, the addition of the Xtreme-S Trigger System provides a fully adjustable experience. As a result, the end-user can decrease trigger reset by up to 40%, without losing Beretta’s safety features. Additionally, the skeletonized hammer coupled with the competition standard hammer spring enables a faster lock time.

The resulting changes and additions make the Beretta 92X Performance Defensive compliant with the three most shot IDPA divisions. With the Performance Defensive you will be able to shoot SSP, ESP and CO competitions without any alterations.

Weight reduction of the Beretta 92X Performance Defense included the loss of the picatinny rail.


“Beretta USA is excited to finally present the new 92X Performance Defensive, a line extension specifically designed for IDPA competitions. The Performance Product Line has been expanding since the official launch at the 2019 IWA Outdoor Classics Show, and we are now proudly partnering with the top major sport shooting associations in the world to keep promoting Beretta products’ excellence. The Defensive represents the state-of-the-art design for SA/DA pistols to compete in SSP, ESP, and CO divisions. The feature set speaks for itself as it introduces the most innovative characteristics for a competition gun. I look forward to meeting the IDPA community at the 2021 IDPA Nationals in Colorado and enjoying the launch of this new model together,” Nicola Lorenzi, Business Development Manager – Pistols, said.

The Beretta 92X Performance Defense is available now, with an MSRP of $1,549.00. For more info, please visit

Beretta 92X Performance Defense is ready for IDPA competition.

Beretta 92X Performance Defensive Pistol Specifications

Action: Single/Double
Barrel length: 4.7 inches
Caliber: 9×19 (PARA)
Grip Width: 1.5 inches
Magazine: 10 – 15
Overall height: 5.4 inches
Overall length: 8.5 inches
Width: 1.5 inches
Sight radius: 6.1 inches
Weight unloaded: 33.3 ounces
MSRP: $1,549.00

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