OK here is a report on between the two...Taurus Pt-100 and Beretta 96. Both stainless finish and of course both .40S&W.
Side by side almost identical weapons, with each clip loaded with 10 rounds the Taurus feels as if I may weigh an oz. or two heavier. Finish between the two pretty equal, the Taurus was bright polish finish, the Beretta a combination of polish and matt finish stainless. No sure, but could be the Beretta is an aluminum lower with stainless slide, which could also account for the slight feel in weight.
As for jacking the first round in the chamber, the Taurus has a much more stiff pull than the Beretta. The Beretta is a easy, smooth pull of the slide, keep in mind that the Beretta may have had a few hundred rounds through it were as the Taurus was brand spanking new out of the box.
Trigger on the Beretta was also much more smooth, it gave a great feel as to trigger action as to the fire point would be. The PT-100 kind of a gritty rough trigger pull compared to the P-96, at first.
Accuracy of the Beretta was also superior to the PT-100, and the sights were much easier to see and line up. The Beretta sights are two tone with a combination of red/white. Where the Taurus a three dot white.
I didn't think to take a camera to photo the grouping of the shots, which will save me a lot of embarrassment. Sustained winds of 40 mph with gust across an open tank did not make for ideal shooting conditons.
After about 100 rounds through each gun I felt it was time to pick a winner so I could do a good honest report here on the forum. And it broke my heart that I was going to have to report that the Beretta was the better pistol.
I took a break to do a little shooting with my Sig P250 sc, S&W659, PT-92, Taurus 738, and then my son's FNH 5.7, S&W 44Mag and his Beretta 9mm version of the PT-92.
After awhile we went back to doing a little competition between the two of us...little stuff like bulls eye targets, dancing bottles across the water in the tank, floating coke cans and shooting groups of ammo placement into the body of an old Ponitac. His choice was to use his new FNH and I went with my PT-100.....did you notice that I picked the Taurus over the Beretta?
At the end of the day of shooting, out of everything I spent time firing, the smoothest, fastest, most accurate pistol I would have to say was the FNH....that is one impressive firearm in the caliber. If you get the opportunity to shoot one I suggest you do.
Between the Beretta 96 and the Taurus PT-100....I gotta go with the ...............Taurus PT-100.