Beretta M9A3 now shipping

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Beretta has finally released the product details and has started shipping M9A3s for the commercial market. I can’t find anything yet on whether or not the commercial M9A3 is different from the upgrade package that was submitted to the Armed Forces, but I’m sure there are a few differences, possibly in the materials used. The pistol itself appears to come in a plastic case, different from most handgun cases in that it opens up more like an ammunition case than a flat gun case. The website also lists wraparound grips, has a picture of them, but I can’t find them anywhere else. It also comes with tritium night sights, beveled magazine well and a threaded barrel with protecter in the stock model. The big question that everyone wants to know, MSRP is $1099.

From the website-

From Vertec-style thin grip to universal slide design convertible from safety-decocker to decocker-only, from a beveled magazine well to oversize mag-release button, from a 3-slot built-in Picatinny rail to high-capacity capability for maximum firepower, the M9A3 was designed to deliver the performance that military, law-enforcement and VIP-protection professionals demand. In short, this combat pistol was designed to be perfect for any tactical use, including home- and personal defense, tactical competitions as well as duty carry in any condition.

The M9A3 was designed to be used in the heat of combat. For this reason, Beretta has put a generous bevel at the magazine well, so that tactical magazine changes may be performed quickly and easily with one hand, regardless of lighting conditions. Along the same lines, the magazine-release button is oversized, making it simple to use when seconds count even while wearing gloves. And the M9A3 is low-maintenance thanks to its hyper-resistant FDE finish that is practically impervious to the elements, sand-resistant magazines in 15 or 17 rounds (10-round standard), and intuitive tool-free disassembly. Whether it’s on duty, at home, for concealed carry or at the range, the M9A3 will always give you the absolute best of Beretta’s centuries-old experience and long history serving the needs of professionals the world over.

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Miles V

Former Infantry Marine, and currently studying at Indiana University. I’ve written for Small Arms Review and Small Arms Defense Journal, and have had a teenie tiny photo that appeared in GQ. Specifically, I’m very interested in small arms history, development, and Military/LE usage within the Middle East, and Central Asia.

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  • andrey kireev

    I have conflicting feelings about this… on one hand, I feel pretty negatively about M9… but this looks pretty cool. I guess it’s going to take a spot next to an ACR on my waiting list and be #73… when I only have first 30 picked out….

    • Anon

      “I feel pretty negatively about M9”
      Why? I mean they’re not “the best handgun ever” but I’ve always felt that they’re nice (giant grips notwithstanding)

      • andrey kireev

        Military using cheap magazine suppliers pretty much… plus I’m really not sold on the locking block, just another part to break =(

        • Christopher Edward Penta

          Yeah. In frigging 40,000 rounds. You will never shoot that much. It’s only issued guns with the old style block that have any issues. I thought these BS myths had been put to bed in the 90s.

          • andrey kireev

            I don’t like having extra parts in my guns… just saying.

          • Christopher Edward Penta

            Just saying what. That statement might sound good, but it makes no sense. Sure, you want to limit the number of parts in anything…. but a locking block is how the gun works.

            I’m just not sure what you’re getting at.

  • Ben Wong

    having serve in the Marine Corps and serving with both the 1911 and the M9 I’m bias towards to the 1911 and I’m sure all these “call of duty” ppl out there would bemoan the old tech of the 1911 and its single stack 7-8 round capacity I just don’t see myself buying a $1k+ that’s not a 1911 and even then it better be an STI, SVI or Wilson Combat.. oh full disclosure I do own a HK VP9 and a glock 43 but I just love my 1911

    • Jwedel1231

      Street price of the M9A3 will be <$1K.

    • Esh325

      It is an old pistol and there are probably better choices today for military and law enforcement.

      • Ben Wong

        oh I totally agree with you we (they) should have the best TO weapon but there are 1911 at some point were the TO weapon of some unit supplied by Springfield, Kimber now Colt for ForceRecon and now MARSOC.

    • James B.

      I feel you. Although I draw a Navy paycheck, my shooting is totally recreational, but my baby is my Springfield 1911; even more than my SIG P226 or my HK45. I had to qual with the M9 once upon a time, I really don’t care for its ergonomics, and there is no way I would drop north of a grand on one.

  • Jwedel1231

    While the M9 doesn’t really do it for me, the M9A3, with its thinner grips, FDE, and rail at the front really interests me. Also, the decocker-only option makes this a gun I can justify spending money on.

    • David

      And threaded barrel/night sights. I think they have a winner with this one.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Yeah but do those features justify the jacked up price? Personally I think every firearm sold should come with a threaded barrel at no extra charge or a very small one.

        • David

          To me it does, at the $900ish street price its close to what it would be buying everything separately. Plus the priceless value on the tacticoolness and improved accuracy being FDE.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            True, the color will make it much deadlier.

          • tts

            Thinner grips= mo’ hi speeed/low drag too.

            Worth $100 at least these days. FDE is a heck of a force multiplier too.

          • MichaelZWilliamson

            But it’s not black, so it’s less scary to gun haters.

  • Friend of Tibet

    I already have a 92fs inox…..now this pal here looks even more badass…..my body says yes my wallet says f@@k off…..

  • Phillip Cooper

    $1000 for a pistol. Well, there goes me having one.

  • De Facto

    I want a better look at the storage case, I think I like the concept.

    • hami

      Yeah, the case is a nice touch. Its a bummer when a $1000 gun just comes in a foam backed clam case…

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Looks cool but I aint dropping $1200 on a plain old 9.

    • Christopher Edward Penta

      it aint plain and it aint old. But I see what you’re saying. That’s Browning lever gun territory.

    • David

      $899 at my LGS

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Thats more like it.

    • Bal256

      MSRP isn’t even $1200 and you aren’t going to be paying above for a street price. This ain’t a keltec.

  • USMC03Vet

    Needs more buttons and switches. Can still hold gun without accidentally engaging things I didnt want to enage.

  • Lance

    Looks nice. Wish I had $1000 for one. Still think it be the best upgrade in the end for the Army if we stay with 9mm for standard pistol caliber.

  • Don Ward

    Aw man. I was hoping for more anecdotal barracks stories in the comments section with this article.

    The MSRP doesn’t seem horrendous for a new offering. I prefer my curvy, Italian pistols to be a sultry black and not that brown but I guess that’s what kids are into these days.

    Press release needs more usages of the word “tactical”. Three is not enough for when you need to out tactical the badguys.

  • Craig

    You know what would really improve that safety? Remove it

    • Esh325

      You can replace it with a decocker.

    • Jesse Foust

      That’s inadvisable on a DA/SA auto, don’t you think?

  • Esh325

    I think it seems like a good upgrade for the percieved problems of the M9. Would be nice in black.

  • I think it looks great, and short of the Army switching to 6.5 CBJ I’m shocked they’re not just adopting this to upgrade the M9 vs the new handgun trials.

  • Squirreltakular

    And just think, if they’d put a slide-mounted safety on it, I’d have actually bought one.

    • Jesse Foust

      it has a slide mounted safety though…

      • Squirreltakular

        Man, was that a brain fart or what? I meant frame-mounted.

  • 312

    I would have a very hard time paying that much when a custom m9 brigadier build from Wilson combat is only $1195.

    • JF

      The Beretta/Wilson Combat Brigadier Tactical is more a Beretta gun than a WC one. It’s not really custom built and it’s not built by Wilson at all. Wilson gave Beretta the specs they wanted to see. Like a rounded trigger guard on the M9AI frame and the stainless, shorter barrel and they wanted a guaranteed tighter slide to frame fit (though some normal Beretta 92’s are like that anyways). WC supplied some fancy parts. But the guns were built by Beretta. In Beretta’s factory in Accokeek, on Beretta machines by Beretta’s employees. Don’t get me wrong it’s a nice gun. I own a couple and carry one everyday. And it wouldn’t have happened without Bill Wilson pushing for it. But it’s much more a Beretta gun than a WC gun. It’s a factory Beretta gun with some “fancy” WC parts and WC logo plastered all over it.

  • tenmillimeter

    For the price of two Glocks? Absolutely no.

    • PaulLibertarian

      Agree 100% even if you didn’t get two Glocks you could buy a lot of ammo with the $$’s you would save getting a Glock.

  • PaulLibertarian

    It looks nice I admit, but we’ve been here before. I would take a Glock 19 over this overweight, oversized and over-priced nonsense any day of the week.

  • BigFED

    It is just me! All these “new” versions of the same old platform for which 75% of the folks that buy/shoot/use these “new, improved” guns are STILL the same old crappy shooters that couldn’t shoot worth a damn with ANY GUN! I have been shooting for over 60 years and have been working on guns for over 45 years. Not one of those folks that have a gun I tuned have ever complained about the quality of my work. Now, I am a decent shot, but I have NEVER been able to blame “the gun” for my inability to hit what I was shooting at without knowing the gun was piece of krap BEFORE I (or IF I) pulled the trigger. Anybody on the “receiving end” of a firearm could care less which “version/model” was used!

    For instance, there were 9 major revisions to the S&W Model 19 and 18 variations or changes within the model.

    When a company claims “new, improved” that is code for “We made a new change that will reduce our cost to make the gun and improve our PROFIT MARGIN!!!”

    There are some folks that no matter how “bad” the gun, can shoot and there are some folks that no matter how “GOOD” the gun, can’t shoot!

    Sorry to sound like sour grapes, but it is STILL the shooter first!!!

  • jcitizen

    Supposedly this wasn’t supposed to be available to the public until military and leo had their pick overs – Kit up said next year. Oh Well! I’d trade my old Taurus for one! Maybe I’ll find one at the gun show in February. I owned an original Beretta before the US adopted it as the new sidearm. They were a very smooth shooter back then, and the only other high cap pistol besides the Browning. The S&Ws came a few months later, but were very poor quality in comparison. Not one guy who showed up on the FBI course could keep his S&W auto pistol shooting without some kind of hangup!

  • James B.

    The look and the features are sexy and fix most of the M9’s worst failings, but $1099?!! For that kind of money I can look at an HK or a tricked-out SIG.

  • Jackson Andrew Lewis

    1099…… paying extra for something that wants to be real but wont be……. and just a copy of a Sig product idea……

  • Mazryonh

    Will they be offering this new model in any other calibers other than 9x19mm?