Beretta scores biggest handgun contract since WWII

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

The US Army have awarded Beretta a contract for 450,000 Beretta Model 92FS pistols for US military customers throughout the world. If all pistols and parts are shipped, the total value of the contract will be $220 million!

That works out as $489 per pistol and spare parts.

From the press release:

The contract was awarded along with a first delivery order for 20,000 pistols intended for the Iraqi military. Delivery of pistols against the contract has already begun.

“We are honored to see the quality and performance of the Beretta Model 92FS pistol continue to be acknowledged in this dramatic way,” commented Cav. Ugo Gussalli Beretta, President of Beretta U.S.A. “It is clear that the Beretta 9mm pistol still sets the standard for military users throughout the world.”

Two F-22 Raptor cost about the same as 450,000 Beretta Model 92FS’s!
Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Woodfiend Woodfiend on Apr 19, 2009

    That's a good post Jerry. I completely agree with you. Although I would much rather go into battle with a Glock, Sig, or HK, I really love the look and feel of Berettas. In my opinion, they are some of the best looking pistols ever.

  • Shadow Shadow on Nov 17, 2010

    dude 450.000 units??? wow how many soldiers have the USA army? with that you can assemble a new army, anyway in my opinion Beretta 92FS is the best weapon in all aspect, no only in it appearence also in all it features.