TFBTV: Beretta M9: The US Military’s Sidearm

This week Patrick takes a look at the Beretta M9, the general issue sidearm for the US military. First tested by the US Department of Defense in 1979, the Beretta overcame three separate trials programs before being adopted officially in 1990. It has also become a fixture in pop culture thanks to Die Hard and Lethal Weapon as well as the Beretta being adopted by some of the largest police forces in the US since its introduction.

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Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at [email protected].

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • john huscio

    I’ve come around on the 92fs a bit…. still hate slide mounted safeties…. luckily the G-kits exist…

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      I absolutely agree on slide safeties. Its delightful to shoot, but I dont really care to own a 9mm that large. Even the 92 compact is huge.

      • Joe Gamer

        try a vertec model, they are no larger than a regular full size pistol IMO

      • S. Plankenberg

        Agreed. If I am going to carry a gun anywhere near that size, I want it to be a .45.

        • Gecko9mm

          S. Plankenberg: why?

          • S. Plankenberg

            Because a .45 bullet does not have to expand to be effective, and in .45, I feel I am at least getting someting extra for the increased bulk.
            Not saying that even 9mm ball can’t be effective, but with comparable bullets, the .45 will be more consistently satisfactory.

            If you had to make the choice, which would you rather be shot with?

          • Gecko9mm

            Interesting. Most experts say service ball ammo in all calibers are ineffective. Period. As to which I want to be shot with? Neither. As to which if I had to choose? Either. It just doesn’t matter. Now 17 rounds of ineffective 9mm ball in hand vs. 8 rounds of ineffective .45 ball ammo? Which would you choose?

          • Mikial

            I don’t know, I’ve seen someone killed with ball ammo in Iraq. Looked pretty effective to me. In my experience, way too many ‘experts’ are just so much hot air.

    • Phillip Cooper

      What is a “g-kit”??
      I’m seriously interested. I may need to install it on my 92.

      • No one

        The safety on the Beretta 92 and it’s derivatives are often slide mounted with a decocker, the G series kits changes that to decocker only and removes the safety.

    • Nicks87

      I really don’t get the complaints on the slide mounted safety. I carried the M9 for years on duty and not once did I have an issue with the safety/decocker. I never even heard complaints about it until after I left the military and started working civilian LE.

      • No one

        Assuming I get a pistol with a manual safety (it really doesn’t bother me if a pistol doesn’t have one lie most striker fired designs I actually PREFER a slide mounted safety/decocker due to the fact I have massive slenderman like hands and palms and engaging and disengaging it with my thumb even of very large designs is very easy, I can do it faster and easier then a frame safety.

      • S. Plankenberg

        If you rack the slide by grasping it at the rear,mlikenmost people do ( correct technique or not ) it is very easy to accidently rotate the safety.

  • James Young

    What’s the status of the military picking a replacement to the M9? They were supposed to narrow the options to 3 in August

    • john huscio

      Glock, SIG, and Beretta (APX) were the finalists…… or so I remember

    • Jeremy

      Are we still pretending there’s a chance Glock might not win?

      • Anonymoose

        If only due to cheapness and laziness. The whole point of the Modular Handgun System is exactly what the P250 and now P320 were designed around. This program is to replace both the M9 and M11 (P228). The Glock has backstraps…BACKSTRAPS! AND THIS HANDY-DANDY SELF-DISASSEMBLY FEATURE! ALL HAIL GLOCK! ALL HAIL GLOCK! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/75c23d1e95edea1d1811433fbf8af5cfe9cbd6c08ec61b1ee9e8beca6675f004.jpg

        • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

          The P320 is a superior handgun even without the interchangeable grip feature.

          Glocks excellent at being sufficient. and when youre buying 250k+, the contract pricing is very attractive.

          • No one

            Yes, because clearly the Glock with SIGs name on it is just better then the Glock with Glocks name on it because SIG is just the bestest gun maker ever!

          • No one

            Also, I bought a P320 before even owning a Glock, after buying a Glock, I now own 2 and sold the P320 with zero regrets other then actually buying it.

          • Rob

            I owned a Sig 320. I own a Glock 19.

          • iksnilol

            Well, I wouldn’t call the P320 Sig’s Glock. But sure, knuckle draggers with no appreciation of logistics or modularity will think it is.

          • No one

            Yeah, I mean other then copying the exact concept of the Glock and even admitting to it in their advertising, It’s not yet another Glock copy at all! It just happens to be a striker fired, polymer lower framed handgun with only a trigger safety and a low bore axis. (Ok, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, SIG will never get the concept of low bore axis.)

            Maybe you should do that reading thing where I said I owned a P320 and sold it because the Glocks I had were flat out better at playing their own game instead of resorting to smug insults because I bruised your identity by taking a jab at SIG?

          • No one

            Yeah, clearly the Polymer Frame, the Striker fired action, the trigger only safety, the focus on a lower bore axis (which SIG will never get right anyway, but I digress), and the fact they use the same Modified browning short recoil, tilting barrel, locked breech action as the Glock are all just coincidental, (I guess it helps that I’ve actually seen the internals of both guns, have you?) and every other manufacturer who did the same after the Glock took the market by storm didn’t clone it either!

            But it’s ok, stamping the serial number on the slide rails = makes it completely different and at all inspired or a clone of it at all because SIG would never do such a thing.

            You’re seriously delusional at this point if you’re actually ignoring the blatant similarities between the Glock and the P320.

          • iksnilol

            I didn’t say they weren’t similar, but calling it a clone is a serious case of mental gymnastics.

          • john huscio

            No one has yet matched the golden mean of size, weight, and capacity Glock achieved 36 years ago. Until someone matches or exceeds the parameters set by Gaston, I can’t call them “superior”…….everyone whos tried has ended up deficient in one way or another….. had high hopes for the CZ P10 to perhaps finally deliver the goods by matching or exceeding Glock…….but it was like all the rest, bigger, taller, heavier than the Glocks it was meant to slay…… so 30+ years later I’ve found no polymer pistol that matches Glock’s blend of size and weight efficiency and capacity, so I stick with Glocks.

        • Rob

          The Glock 19 will easily replace both of those pistols. That is a much better solution for the military than placing around with Sig’s “X-change” kits.

        • Giolli Joker

          The APX is as modular as the SIG too.

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      Last I heard it was down to Glock and Sig, rumor is that Beretta was kicked from the competition.

      • kgallerno

        Thus far when a competitor was kicked from the pistol replacement program there was some news article posted somewhere saying that much. Haven’t seen nothing regarding the Beretta APX getting the official boot yet. As you said it is rumour.

        According to Stoeger Canada, the Beretta APX will go on sale here this month or next at wich point I fully intend to test it merits for this competition.

      • Rob

        I am hoping to have a APX in hand to fondle this weekend. I have been curios about the pistol for some time now and it seems to be the last major play to enter the striker fired game.

      • Joe Gamer

        Glock, Sig, and Smith & Wesson is what I heard

        • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

          Smith and Wesson is officially out.

  • Dave Webster

    Ive yet to meet a fellow servicemember that even likes the m9.

    • CommonSense23

      The M9 isn’t a bad pistol. It’s just not a great pistol. It’s significantly big enough to make your limited training time for small handed service members a absolute pain. Been absolutely troubled by the horrible maintenance endemic to the military. Plus those horrible mags it had for a while. And just honestly had better options from day one with either the Sig 226 or the Glock 17. And never did help it’s reputation with those slides flying off.

      • Sam

        SIG lost the bid because of the cost of maintenance kits. It was some small difference multiplied by the 100,000’s purchased.

        I’d be willing to bet that Glock may be the next sidearm.

        • CommonSense23

          Which the M9 trials is one of those trials that has a lot of questions left open. While Sig did lose out due to maintenance kits, as Sig pointed out the maintenance requirements of those kits didn’t match the projected maitenance needs. Plus all the shady last minute cost changes with a handwritten number by Beretta.

          • Sam

            I always thought it was part of the NATO compliant 9mm deal.

            My first 9 was a SIG 226 preferred over the Beretta. I bought an unplanned used Beretta after my last cruise at the base range.

          • Rob

            Keep in mind that the SIG actually failed the dry mud test but was allowed to continue to keep bidding competitive. If there was bias shown in the test it was in favor of SIG at the time. After SW protested the results the trial was ran again and SIG didn’t enter.
            The Beretta was the right choice back then. Remember that the old stamped slide SIG pistols have a habit of ripping themselves apart when not properly maintained due to the breach block pin shearing.

          • Phillip Cooper

            “Dry mud”?? Wouldn’t that just be dirt?

          • Rob

            I believe the mud is allowed to dry after subjected to the gun. It has been a while since I have looked at the GAO report or the testing protocols.

          • Phillip Cooper

            Darn you,. Don’t outfox my snark with facts.

            (also, thanks for the clarification. This makes sense now!)

        • idahoguy101

          If the M9 gets replaced in the near future by a new to the logistics system pistol, I’d bet on the Glock 19. But remember that that M11 Sig pistol is already here. Funny how the whiners about the Beretta 92F beating the Sig P226 are not all in on the P228/M11

          • Phillip Cooper

            I don’t understand the need for a compact verson of a given pistol for the military. By all means for the “undercover/more operator than operator” guys in MARSOC or what have you, but for the average MG crewman, a G17 ought to work just fine- and give more ammunition capacity as well.

            For those weird situations where the guy usually carries openly but now needs to conceal on an operation (I can’t imagine why, but I’m sure no SF sort), THEN give him a G19. Same manual of arms, baasically the same weapon, just more concealable… but I’m not guessing this would ever actually be a concern for the military.

          • Nicks87

            Sig is not what it used to be. My Dept carries P229s and they are ok but require more maintenance and are less reliable than Glocks or Berettas. The new Sigs just feel cheap IMO.

      • Rob

        This pretty much covers it. I trusted mine well enough across the couple tours I carried it. The Sig would have just been more of the same and the Glock was never entered in the trials. It would have been nice to have Glocks going back 30 years but that just wasn’t on the table back then.

        Handguns in the military(at least in the infantry) are very much an after thought. If more time was dedicated to training and maintenance of pistols their reputation would be much better.

      • snmp

        Sig 226 is not better for small hand

    • Don Ward

      That’s nice. I have.

  • Mmmtacos

    I’ve lost track of the number of firearms I have bought and sold, and most are handguns, but my Beretta 92FS isn’t going anywhere. It accompanies me to the range more than any other pistol.

    Everything about it I love: the aesthetics, the ergonomics, the way the slide racks, feels and even sounds, the smooth trigger, the fact it’s DA/SA, that I can get reliable 18 round mags for it, and so on. There’s precious little I care to change, but I have made some (VZ grips, extended mag release, D-spring, metal guide rod).

    Okay, I don’t love EVERYTHING about it, but Patrick covered those, mostly. I wish it was a de-cock only and I wish it wasn’t on the slide, but it’s not as big of a deal to me as some others. I wish the front sight could be drifted out as well. But if there’s one thing that actually gets me, it’s the slide release. I have to wrap my right thumb over my left to prevent myself from riding the slide release. It’s something I do instinctively now, but it still bothers me to this day.

    Otherwise, I don’t know if I have ever liked a pistol as much as I have liked the Beretta 92 platform, most certainly nothing that’s chambered in 9×19. I know another Beretta is in my future, but I don’t know if it’ll be a Wilson Combat or an M9A3…

    • Phillip Cooper

      Not sure if you noticed, but I just saw a component reviewed on this site that makes the Beretta 92 a decock-only weapon.

      • Mmmtacos

        Thanks Philip for looking out! I did actually notice the article and watched Mr. Guns n’ Gear’s install video. It seems like a good idea, but from the look of it the decocker adds MORE bulk on the right side of the pistol.

        That’s a trade-off some are probably willing to make for the ability to convert their FS to a G, but personally I am not. As it is I think the safety is too large, and I don’t even want it on the right side (and the new decocker depends on lot on that side in order to work). I’ll probably buy the Wilson Combat safety for my next, and possibly last, modification to my 92FS instead, as it’s left-side only AND low-profile.

      • Joe Gamer

        sold out…probably until 2018…
        /sigh

        • Mmmtacos

          After the article first came out on TFB it was sold out and I signed up for a notification for when they come back in stock. I think I got that notification two days ago, so they replenished quickly (although I believe by the time the article dropped they had already been sold out for two weeks prior).

  • Disarmed in CA

    Still on my wish list, since the 1970s when I had a blaze orange suction-cup dart shooting version. Very ‘hawt’

    • Ark

      You could buy a 92S for $300 and pretend.

  • schizuki

    The M9 may be Dragoon-sized, but damn if it doesn’t fit my hand like it was molded to it. My brain says that my CZ-75 is the superior pistol, but I love my M9 more.

    I’m not underestimating looks in the equation. Berettas are dead sexy.

    • snmp

      have you test the M9 with Trausch slim grip (or B92 Vertec or M9A3) if that fit your hand

    • Richard Lutz

      There is something very appealing about the M9 that few other pistols have, but if I want a defensive pistol it will sensibly be the Glock 19 even though I like the M9 and the Colt 1851 Navy better.

      • jcitizen

        I’d rather carry a Glock – I’d rather have an M9 at home!

        • Richard Lutz

          By that logic one might have an AR at home and carry an AK. Do you see the problem? You must stick to one type of rifle and pistol for defensive use which you are intimately familiar with and can use in a high stress situation without having to think about where the safety lever, magazine release, or charging handle is. By all means be familiar with other weapon systems, but stick to one type of pistol/rifle for serious use and the vast majority of training (and other uses like hunting and plinking).

          • Mikial

            Great response. You even write like V talks. 😉

          • jcitizen

            True, but I already have the muscle memory for the M9 because I’ve been shooting them since I was a kid, and had one issued to me in Desert Storm. I’ve always had one around at home. However, because if the dead bang reliability and lighter weight of the Glock, and less need of maintenance, I can always go out to the range an get my practice with the Glock. 9mm is cheaper than 22 ammo occasionally, and I can stay plenty familiar with it because it would be my daily carry. You are right that most folks should save their money and own one pistol for all purposes. The Glock is way more concealable, so it wins hands down already.

  • Gary Kirk

    I love the 92/96 platform.. Had many, never a problem that was the guns fault.. Down to one at the current time, my first. A 96FS converted to 357sig, and that one has had countless rounds through it and still going..

  • Beretta Guy

    I’m quite fond of my 92fs. The aftermarket Mec-Gar 18 round is a great magazine. It has never failed me yet. Also, my pistol HAS to have a HAMMER. I don’t trust striker fired pistols nor do I care for them. Every pistol I own has a hammer as well as all my rifles. I bought my 92fs used and paid less than $500 for it. It was manufactured with all steel parts so the only change to it was to buy the DA hammer spring which really made the DA lighten up for that first round. I carry my 92fs every day in a shoulder holster and most of the time I don’t even know I have it on. I also carry 2 fifteen round mags that came with the pistol as well as my Mec-Gar 18 round. The only other change I made to the Beretta 92fs was to disassemble the pistol and take the firing block off and sent the bbl. to Rocky Ridge Cerekote to have the bbl. coated to graphite black. I did not care for that gritty black finish on the bbl. Now the bbl. matches the frame which was made in Italy and the pistol was assembled in the USA. Since I live in TN, I hope to find a 92fs with the new TN engraving on the slide, since they moved their company to Tennessee. Love my Beretta.

  • Don Ward

    The slide mounted safety isn’t that big of an issue unless you are racking the slide like a primate (and even that has been addressed with it being offset now). Nor is it an issue for anyone with half a brain who knows how to draw the weapon and flick it off while he’s drawing.

    Edit: I see Patrick R. apparently doesn’t possess that ability.

    • S. Plankenberg

      Most people who carry guns and shoot people have little or no formal training, yet somehow usually get the job done.

      It has to be assumed most of them will not use some sort of ” approved ” technique, including manipulation of Beretta slides.
      Doesn’t mean they are necessarily lacking in intelligence.

  • idahoguy101

    The trigger disconnect safety feature gets ragged on again. Considering the pitiful amount of pistol training that military personnel get, I bet that feature has prevented numerous accidental discharges.
    I wonder if the M11 Sig pistol compares in rate of accidental discharges? Anyone out there seen any good statistics?

    • Nicks87

      Fewer people get issued the M11 so I’m sure the stats are much lower. I think its just issued to pilots, CID, OSI and maybe a few special units.

  • gunsandrockets

    As the Beretta ended up as the M9, that makes me wonder, what were the M1 through M8 pistols?

    • Phillip Cooper

      Things don’t work that way.

      I hope you’re making a joke.

    • Joe Gamer

      Joke?
      M1 is a battle rifle
      M2 is a heavy machinegun
      M3 is a submachinegun

      M4 is an assault rifle
      M5 is an anti-tank cannon
      M6 is a survival rifle/shotgun
      M7 is a grenade launcher
      M8 is a light tank
      kind of interesting stuff actually.

      • A bearded being from beyond ti

        This M and Mk and GAU stuff can get confusing…

      • milesfortis

        Hmm.
        M1 Carbine
        M1 Rifle
        M1 Tank
        and that’s right off the top of my head.
        Yes, very interesting.

      • gunsandrockets

        did the word “pistols” puzzle you?

        Because M1 is a tank, and a howitzer, and a mortar, and a rifle, and a carbine, and a SMG, and a helmet, and and and and…

    • milesfortis

      Pistols M1 through M8 (except for M6) are obsolete Flare Guns.

      Joe Gamer is close with the M6.
      The M6 prototype pistol became the M6 Aircrew Survival Weapon.

      • SP mclaughlin

        M11 is the P228, what was the M10 then?

        • milesfortis

          M10? Really? Try the K frame S&W .38 revolver.

          When S&W listed it as the “Model 10”, oh so many moons ago, Uncle simply adopted the nomenclature.

          Thus endeth the lesson.

  • gunsandrockets

    I’ve always hated the fat grip and long trigger reach of the M9.

    Heck, for a time I believe the Border Patrol used DAO .40 caliber Beretta 96D as standard pistols! Poor devils…

    • retfed

      Actually, I loved my 96D. It had a long, smooth trigger pull like the revolvers I’d been carrying for 20 years, and it had a muzzle-heavy balance that you get with a full-size revolver, that helps recoil recovery. These whippersnappers with their pistols that have short spongy triggers and all their weight in the butt just don’t appreciate the finer things in life.
      And the BP/INS issued Berettas also had options of a relieved backstrap (you could barely see it, but it made a big difference) and/or a short trigger (that nobody liked).
      Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.

      • gunsandrockets

        Oh, I’ve tried it which is why I hate it. Give me a nice slim and trim 1911 grip instead. In fact I don’t care for most double column mag pistols, and there are only a very few of which I actually like.

        Plenty of people with gorilla paws love Berettas. More power to them. I ain’t one of them.

        • retfed

          Wow. Someone who can say, “I’ve tried it and I prefer something else,” instead of, “The [insert gun here] is the bestest so I don’t need to try any stinking [insert other gun here].” That’s not the spirit of the Internet!
          My favorite part of the Beretta is the muzzle-heavy balance. I always thought aiming the Beretta was like laying in a cannon. The 1911 has kind of the same feel, but not quite as much. It’s a completely different feel from the polymer double-stacks. I think it reminds me of my revolver days.
          I don’t have gorilla paws, but for some reason the Beretta grip is more comfortable for me than a lot of other double stackers.
          It’s America. I can prefer one thing and you can prefer another, and we can both be right.

          • iksnilol

            The internet states you’re both wrong… and that you both are… poopyheads? Yeah, we’ll roll with that, I guess.

    • Nicks87

      The 92D is carried by a few Federal LE organizations and once you get used to the trigger pull its actually not a bad pistol if you don’t mind DAO and a magazine disconnect.

    • Mikial

      We put some nice Hogue grips on my wife’s gun and she loves them. She says it made all the difference in the world to comfort and accuracy.

  • Joe

    If Beretta made the M9A3 with a frame safety and/or a “safety trigger” I would see no reason to switch platforms. Too bad the military didn’t request the safety be placed at the same spot as the 1911, we’d have a lot less to (legitimately) gripe about.

    • snmp

      Taurus Do it

  • Joe Gamer

    The military would never use the decocker model. It’s just not in their nature to give soldiers(private’s) a firearm that can’t be locked into safe. Now that I’m a civilian though I am DYING for a decocker kit for my Beretta! The Beretta gets a lot of hate for “reasons” but it is super slick, accurate, reliable and has capacity for days. I love mine and it’s not nearly as big as people cry about…
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/49cb14918fc0719f8b4871c50ba0206271626c361e8a12cb9ce0c88c23cc4908.jpg

    • A bearded being from beyond ti

      Yours does have more of a straight grip than the M9/92FS…

      • Joe Gamer

        True, the M9A3 is a vertec grip, there have been a few different beretta models offered in this style grip but people who love the M9/92fs hate it so they keep going back to the original size to please their core fans. I’m pretty sure the M9A3 has a vertec grip in order to accomodate female shooters which would have been part of the military trials that they designed it for. I haven’t shot a regular sized M9 in over a decade so I’m a little fuzzy on how much bigger it was.

        • A bearded being from beyond ti

          The “elite” models also has that vertec style grip.

          I personally prefer that style since i have smaller hands. One of the reasons i like 1911s.

    • CommonSense23

      Considering the Sig lost for price reasons. The military came real close to having a decocker.

    • snmp

      Beretta 92GS (PAMAS 1GS /decocker model) is french military side arm. BTW, the G model was designe for french gendarmerie (LE with militray status)

  • mazkact

    Nineties made Taurus clones are great and have the safety where God and John Browning intended.

    • No one

      “Taurus”
      “Great”

      Pick one.

      • mazkact

        In 1992 I bought Taurus PT92 FS and it was a wonderful pistol, lost it in a home break in in Jackson,MS. It was a great gun. I’ve since grauduated to CZ 75’s and Texas.

  • Will

    I never was able to comfortably shoot the M-9, when in he military, probably because I have hands like a nine year old child. But, it’s a good pistol for its intended use. Simplicity and a BUNCH of marginally effective rounds. If you don’t train people to be good shooters ensure they have a lot of rounds.
    Would I carry an M-9 as a police officer? Yes! Did I have to? No. we were issued Glock 22 and 27s.
    I’m not impressed with the open top slide especially in dirty atmosphere. Thankfully it was not a primary weapon but it served a purpose. Dig deep for the back story involving American nuclear armed fleet and access to Italian ports.

  • No one

    It’s a good thing I was referring to the external and internal features in reference to the guy who said the 320 was just flat out better for no reason as opposed to the amazing modularity which you kind of failed to pay attention to.

    If you think the SIG P320 is so much different from a Glock just because of the serial number being stamped on an insert on the slide rails/fcg holder, I’m afraid I have some bad news for you.

    (They wouldn’t let me post an advertising bit with SIG on the P320 that directly takes a jab at polymer pistols and the Glock in particular, but I guess I have to leave that out now.)

  • S. Plankenberg

    Bad safety. Very bad.
    Too big and bulky.
    In most military holsters it is a big fat chunk. Civilian holsters too.

    • diana pierce

      Since it was made the official sidearm… many many others have come about and now far surpass its design and especially overcame the ‘bulk size’ problem that disallowing countless individuals from using it and even wanting it … its long overdue…time for intelligent change.

      • S. Plankenberg

        In the end, Beretta got the contract because the US wanted to keep military bases in Italy, and the Italians were balking at renewing the leases, or whatever the agreements had been for us to continue to have a presence there.
        The gun deal allowed allowed the Italian government to save face and smoothed things over somewhat.

        • Richard Lutz

          The US should have adopted the Glock 17 in 1985, not the unncessarily bigger, heavier and more complex Beretta 92 which is much less durable and has a ludicrous slide mounted safety/decocker. The safety function should have been deleted as on the 92G.

    • Richard Lutz

      Seemingly so, but look at the above photo of Meg Ryan with an M9 in the 1996 movie Courage Under Fire. She is not a big person (5 ft 6 in) yet she seems to have a pretty good grip of the M9 she is holding.

      • Mikial

        My wife is 5’4″ with small hands and handles her Beretta 92 extremely well. She carries daily and is a reliable and accurate shooter to have by my side in any situation.

      • S. Plankenberg

        But that is just a movie.
        A movie prop may or may not have the same dimensions as the real item.

  • iksnilol

    So making a polymer pistol with a striker it is automatically a Glock clone?

    Lance, is… is that you?

  • Mikial

    We own two 92s, and it is my wife’s EDC. Great guns. Reliable, accurate, lot’s of options. We love ours. I admit that i carry a G21, but my wife relies on her 92 in the house and out and I agree with her completely.

  • Richard Lutz

    The Glock 19 rules (adopted by the U.S. Navy SEALs in 2015). Why do people keep writing about obsolete turds like the M9?

    • Mikial

      Why do people still love the 1911? Why do people still buy revolvers? Simple answer? They work. Get over all this obsession with whatever is the latest “new innovation” and recognize that classic designs never die and they will always work. I carry a G21, my wife loves her 92, we own two 1911s and I love my .357 revolver.

      • Richard Lutz

        I like lots of handguns, but most are not suitable for use as military sidearms. The relevancy of the M9 is its use as a military sidearm, for which it is obsolete as is the Colt 1851 Navy, and rightly replaced with the Glock 19.

  • jcitizen

    Fell in love with the design when I was a kid, and was issued it during Desert Storm. I REALLY want that newer coyote brown M9A3 version Beretta has floating out there some where now!

  • Mazryonh

    When it comes time for payback, accept no substitutes. Take it from the man who almost always carries two Beretta handguns and has the record for the most rounds fired through them ever:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5162096609d5dbe4e371dacca786ee0bba97ef64ac4e9eb3880b42edf422d544.jpg

    You can always rely on the American’s Avenger to bring maximum pain!