US Army Buys More Beretta M9 Pistols

Beretta Defense Technologies (BDT) have announced that the US Army has purchased an additional $250,000 worth of Beretta M9 pistols. While the Beretta M9 will not be around forever, I think it will be a round for a while yet.

Accokeek, MD (July 28th, 2014) – Beretta Defense Technologies announced today the purchase by the U.S. Army of a quarter million dollars worth of additional M9 pistols from Beretta U.S.A. Corp. The Army acquired the additional pistols by issuing the 6th delivery order to date against a contract for up to 100,000 pistols awarded by the Army to Beretta U.S.A. Corp. in September 2012.

The Beretta M9 is a 9x19mm caliber pistol adopted by the United States Armed Forces in 1985. The M9, which has been in U.S. production since 1987, is manufactured at the Beretta U.S.A. facility located in Accokeek, Maryland. To date, Beretta has delivered over 600,000 M9 pistols, with 18,000 already scheduled for delivery under the new 5 year contract.

In addition to receiving the delivery order for additional M9 9mm pistols, Beretta U.S.A. has been fulfilling U.S. military orders for M9 parts during the past year. “Throughout 2014 Beretta U.S.A. has been performing First Article Testing on new M9 parts and has begun the delivery of thousands of these components to U.S. military depots,” commented Gabriele de Plano, Beretta U.S.A.’s Vice President of Military Marketing & Sales. “We are, as always, honored and pleased to be able to serve our U.S. Armed Forces by providing our service men and women with a reliable and accurate pistol that has been proven in combat time and time again.”

“Beretta has set an unprecedented records for reliability with the M9 pistol,” added de Plano. “The average reliability of all M9 pistols tested at Beretta U.S.A. is 17,500 rounds without a stoppage. During one test of twelve pistols, fired at Beretta U.S.A. under Army supervision, Beretta-made M9 pistols shot 168,000 rounds without a single malfunction. The average durability of Beretta M9 slides is over 35,000 rounds, the point at which U.S. Army testing ceases. The average durability of M9 frames is over 30,000 rounds and the average durability of M9 locking blocks is 22,000 rounds.”

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  • ATman

    Um so the army wants in now with 9mm

    • Zachary marrs

      I am making fun of this news, but you have to realize that they cant just adopt a new platform overnight, military handguns get beat to hell, so they need replacements.

      • ATman

        I was just responding based on the earlier post regarding the article saying the military was going away from 9mm. The Beretta M9 is on my list of dream guns to get once I finish college and actually have money to spend on something that is not a .22

  • Zachary marrs

    “Well, these guns suck and we don’t want them, but since uncle sam is soooo generous that he tacked on some extra zeros on our budget, we got more of tjem”

    • FourString

      Are these even the updated M9A1? What gives?

      • Zachary marrs

        Replacements for worn out guns, thay cant last forever, you know?

      • LCON

        My bet is NO. The Army never Adopted the A1 its Unique to the Marines.

  • Matrix3692

    then what? convert them to fire 6.5×25mm CBJ?
    i remember they only need to replace the barrel to do the conversion.

    • Zachary marrs

      The odds that the military will adopt the cbj is slightly above the chance they will replace the b-52 with a Cessna with a wing mounted 10/22

      • Matrix3692

        well, the round does seems VERY Promising.

        • Zachary marrs

          That means nothing to the military. If they truly are going to switch guns (and thats a BIG if), it will most likely be a sig, probably in .40

          • Matrix3692

            well, the CBJ does out-penetrate a 7.62×51mm M80 within 100 meters.

          • Zachary marrs

            What makes you think the military would use that round? Literally, there is NO factory that mass produces it

          • Yep I’m afraid that will never happen. They’ll go with a standard caliber.

          • Lance

            Another reason we will ot dump 9mm is that its NATO standard. Face it the reason we went to 9mm in the 80s is that we wanted to be like our British French and West German counterparts.

      • Good analogy:-)

      • richard scalzo

        now that would be a sight to see.

  • Sid

    There is no reason to switch to a new handgun. The cost of switching handguns is tremendous. There is no magic caliber. If you assume that 9mm is the nominal bullet, then why switch handguns? The M9 holds 15 bullets. The magazines, holsters, and other end items are already in the supply chain.
    There are plenty of good handguns. But the military has to ask the question: are there any benefits to switching and are the costs worth the switch? No.
    I would rather the M9 be kept as the standard sidearm for E5 and below. Use the money that would be used spent on a new handgun to purchase more bullets and open more handgun ranges.

    • FourString

      Curious. Why do they continue procuring 15 round magazines when Mec-Gar already makes a 20 round version for the 92?

      • CA

        Maybe because of magazine spring wear. The browning hi power, for example, holds 13 intentionally even though the magazine could hold 2 more. Be compressing the spring less, you don’t have to worry about the magazine spring wearing out quickly.

    • LCON

      It’s not just the Rounds it’s the lack of Features. The M9 as Army issued is more or less the Same stock M9 approved for service back in the 1985. It has not changed. Look at just about every other small arm that has continued in service from 1985 to today.
      Rail systems, Improved Gunsights On all of them as well as improvements in manufacturing and finishes.
      Even if the Army kept the Same caliber The M9 is old and heavy for the Job. It’s a Brick in the age of the Smartphone. The Caliber is being played up but it’s not the biggest change wanted they want polymer frames, Accessory Rails Improved accessory options a threaded barrel form the factory A modular grip so users with smaller hands can get a better grip. Those features rule out M9 and M9A1 might allow Beretta Model 90Two but barely.

  • mechamaster

    Somehow I wonder why US Army doesn’t want to try limited purchase of Px4 and field test it… and the rotating barrel mechanism is more capable to accept 9mm+ ammo.

    • LCON

      Because Glock Smith and Wesson, Springfield Armory, Sig, Colt, HK, Walther, FN and all the others would raise all kinds of protests,Px4 is just to much of a step away. I mean even a move to the Model 90two would be a major headache

  • AMack

    Does the US Army have ADD?

  • Lance

    Another reason we will not dump 9mm is that its NATO standard. Face it
    the reason we went to 9mm in the 80s is that we wanted to be like our
    British French and West German counterparts. we stuck in that caliber
    now. And like ICC proved if we are staying with same caliber there is no
    point to goto another weapon. The M-9 is one darn fine reliable pistol. Like the M-4 and ICC showed if we stay with the same ammo and accessories we stay with the proven weapon it was meant to fire it.

    • LCON

      Not really valid. The Number of Service pistols in Issue is tiny compared to all other systems. Pistols and there calibre is such a small number and such a unique element that if the Army really wanted it They could Change it. I mean Service pistols don’t Share there rounds with any other weapons other then MP5’s and they are pretty much no longer in issue

    • Claudio

      there is no more West Germany!!

  • USMC03Vet

    DoD has to replace the “missing” arms in Afghanistan that was revealed in a Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction report on the same date as Beretta’s press release.

  • IXLR8

    At $500.00 ea, that is only 500 pistols…. Hardly newsworthy.

    • Zachary marrs

      Im willing to bet they are getting them cheaper than that

    • richard scalzo

      $500??? I can buy them retail for a little more than that. While it’s not a large number it’s more than 500.

  • toms

    The M9 is a big heavy pig with a terrible trigger. They should just buy a new light polymer striker gun and be done with it. Just my opinion.

    • Zachary marrs

      The military isnt looking for a cc handgun with match grade specs, they want a pistol that is easy to shoot, has a safety, and is reliable. They are looking for a true combat handgun, not a glock 42

  • John

    a LOT of these are going to other nations through Security Assistance

  • I work with a retired naval pistol training instructor / inventory manager that was stationed in ?Langley, VA?. He stated that some of the training m9’s went through 5000 rounds a week when it was re-qual time. After 5,000 rounds (50-75 people), the armorer would go back over them and check them for needed replacements, etc.

    He stated for some of his pistols that were in circulation pretty constantly… they hit their (I swear he said 20,000) round limit where they go back to Beretta to be highly looked over (metallurgical properties / stress / etc ) and possibly replaced.

    He did say after 12 years at that location, he had one re-qual’er have a hand injury from out of battery ignition, but he didn’t even really know what happened with that one. There was one person who broke a thumb or had slide bite or God knows what (can’t remember), but it was some odd-ass preventable injury.

    Random note, he preferred a 1911 over M9.

    • richard scalzo

      I’ve seen Sig’s that are used by instructors that have gone well beyond the 200,000 round count. 15K is nothing.