Beretta M9A3 now shipping

by Miles

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.


Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I've made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at

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