Beretta’s ‘Shark’ Pistol: The 92XI Squalo — SHOT Show 2024

Levi Sim SHOT Show 2024

A major trend at SHOT Show this year is 2011 competition-style 9mm pistols, but Beretta’s new 92XI Squalo joins the 9mm race gun pack as a distinctly non-1911 option.

The 92XI (read: ninety-two-eleven) adds many favorite race gun features to the proven 92X platform. And the Squalo edition, which Beretta says means “shark skin,” adds limited edition styling.

Say, “ninety-two-eleven” and it makes more sense.


Out-of-box, the Squalo has an extended takedown lever like the classic gas pedal thumb rest. This is a powerful tool that helps you keep a proper grip.

Close up photo of the gun's left side showing the take down lever and the slide stop. the gun is pointing left.
An extended takedown lever offers a gas-pedal-like thumb rest.

DLC Trigger

Beretta’s X-Treme S trigger is flat-faced with serrations and all the components are DLC-coated. The diamond-like coating is exceptionally smooth and durable. Like other competition guns, the trigger is single-action only.

close up of the trigger and magazine release.
Squalo has a flat-faced trigger and an extended mag release.

More Race Features

Another favorite race feature is the extended magazine release. Squalo’s under-cut trigger guard allows a higher grip, while the front and rear strap serrations combine with the aggressive G10 panels for precise control.

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More race features! The slide is cut and ready for MRDS-compatible optics. Plus, the hammer is skeletonized and there are generously sized safety levers on both sides of the slide.

It is ready for MRDS-compatible optics.

Also, there’s a full-size Picatinny rail integrated into the dust cover. Lastly, the Squalo includes a Toni System flared mag well and magazine extenders on all three included magazines. That jacks the capacity of each Mec Gar mag to 18+4.

Close up of the hammer and right side safety lever. the gun is pointing right.
The skeletonized hammer and ambi safety are also favorite features along with the blacked-out serrated rear sight and fiber optic front sight.
The Picatinny rail under the barrel is full-size.
The Toni System mag well and mag extenders also come standard.
The barrel is 4.7″ long.

The fit and finish are as nice as you’d expect from Beretta. Hi-temp tungsten-colored cerakote finishes this whole gun for a truly cartilaginous fish-like color.

The classic 92 profile and this one is finished in tungsten-colored high temp cerakote.

Beretta’s new 2011-like competition gun, the 92XI Squalo is available now and starts at $1,299.

Squalo seems to shoot as fast as you’d hope.


  • Model: 92XI Squalo
  • Magazine Capacity: 22
  • Barrel Length: 4.7″
  • Grip Width: 1.3″
  • Overall Length: 8.5″
  • Sight Radius: 6.1″
  • Activity: Tactical Competition
  • Frame Size: Full Size
  • Caliber: 9X19 (PARA)
  • Action: Single-Action Only
  • Firing Mechanism: Hammer-Fired
  • Overall Height: 5.4″
  • Overall Width: 1.5″
  • Weight Unloaded: 33.3 oz
  • Family: 90 Series

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