The M9A3 Pistol (SHOT Show 2016)

As a fan of the M9, Patrick takes a closer look at the new M9A3 pistol from Beretta. So what makes it different than a regular M9?

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  • JumpIf NotZero

    Patrick, see how high your deltoids are coming up, that you’re squeezing your trapezius tight? Relax a little.

    You’re not a small guy, so the M9 shouldn’t be rocking your down to your feet.

    Focus on bringing the gun to your eyes, never eyes to the gun.

    Just Fwiw.

    • schizuki

      I’d add that you need to either grow your beard out bushier, or shave it to a goatee (and clean-shave your head). Trimmed full beard is not operator.

    • Core

      Good advice.

  • Lance

    Looks more modular, and has a modular grip for it.

  • BattleshipGrey

    This is really high on my want-but-can’t-justify list

  • Nick Wong

    I still can’t find a decently priced one of these… They’re just not reaching distributors yet…

    • BattleshipGrey

      What prices have you been seeing?

      • Nick Wong

        All over $1k. MSRP is $1099 but prices on Gunbroker and elsewhere are all up at around that price before shipping/tax/transfer/etc. I see ArmsUnlimited has it for cheaper but I don’t trust them (too much bad rep from other sites)

        • BattleshipGrey

          I think I read that they were doing a limited run (hopefully I read wrong or Beretta changes that), but don’t quote me on it. A number of guys at ARFcom have posted pics of their new M9A3’s but I don’t know if they preordered or how much they paid. Hopefully it’s just a distribution problem like you say.

          • Nick Wong

            From what I read it’s full on distribution but I haven’t seen diddly out there in terms of supply. All of my local FFLs/shops still can’t get it.

          • BattleshipGrey

            That sucks. Good luck in your search.

  • You guys are nailing it with post frequency!!!!

    Good job!

  • Mystick

    How long until that coating is worn off the barrel?

  • schizuki

    Minus -1000 for the Pats hoodie.

    • I’m not in the video. Thats a beretta rep.

      • schizuki

        Well, THAT’S a relief.

  • Bob

    My question is how different is the grip? I have only ever handled a normal 92FS in a gun shop, but found it bulky and the trigger placement to be weird and awkward for my hand, which I thought was odd considering how I don’t have a problem with the DA/SA trigger of a S&W 5906 or Makarov. I wanted to like it, but couldn’t…

    • TheMaskedMan

      I have small hands and the Vertec (the same grip used on the A3) is a perfect fit for me. The only down side is that the stock trigger is terrible. Good gun, but you should expect some trigger work.

  • chris lynch

    The M9 is a good but generally boring pistol. This makes it somewhat exciting again, if for nothing other than just how (tacti)cool it is. I really think Beretta hasn’t done anything exciting in a long while. This is a 2015/16 rework of a what, 50 year old pistol?

  • Steve_7

    Is that replacement grip a regular shaped grip, because I can’t stand the Vertec grip? I have big hands.

  • Core

    It has a much better feel? Did they rework the trigger? I always liked the trigger because it has very little reset. It’s also easy to shoot the trigger in and work it if you have the experience. I did a custom build on a M9 and by the time I worked everything the way I wanted it, the trigger came into its own. I’m not a fan of too light trigger on a duty gun so I usually just polish the contact surfaces and don’t mess with geometry and springs.