The Taurus pistols are manufactured by Brazilian company Forjas Taurus SA. The original PT92 pistol was an exact copy of the original Beretta 92 pistol, and PT92 still carries some of the original Beretta features, such as frame-mounted safety, but, since its introduction, Taurus PT92 had been significantly improved, and currently represents an affordable pistol of high quality. Technically, PT92 is a recoil-operated, locked breech pistol, that uses a short recoiling barrel with under barrel locking piece that tilts down to unlock slide from the barrel (Walther P38 / Beretta 92 type locking). The trigger is of Double Action type, with an ambidextrous frame-mounted manual safety. On models marked AF-D safety also acts as a decocker when pressed all the way down (below the “fire” position). When safety is in “safe” position, it locks the slide and disconnects the trigger and sear. Current PT92 and its derivatives also featured automatic firing pin safety. The frame and slide could be made either from carbon steel with a blue finish or from stainless steel with a polished finish. Sights are of fixed type.