Military Arms Channel Gets is Paws on Beretta M9A3

Nathan S
by Nathan S

Tim from Military Arms Channel is one lucky fellow. His Test & Evaluation M9A3 has already arrived and he has been busy putting it through its paces (we have requested one, but its not arrived yet).

While Beretta may have a differing corporate statement, M9A3 was born to short-circuit the US Army’s Modular Handgun System, a program not without its own controversies. The new handgun addresses some of the long-standing complaints of the system:

  • Modular grips including smaller sizes for those with small hands.
  • Tan coloration for camouflage and heat purposes.
  • Angled-upwards safety to avoid being accidentally deactivated.
  • “G” style safety with only the ability to de-cock the hammer, not deactivate the trigger.
  • Better sights for easier sighting and one-handed operation.
  • Longer rail with additional mounting sections for various lights & lasers.
  • Threaded barrel for mounting muzzle devices including suppressors
  • Replaceable (dovetailed) front sight post for changing sights and adjusting zero.

MAC puts the handgun through its paces and shares opinions on the handgun and his thoughts on the MHS (which largely mirror my own).

If the MHS contract goes through (which it may not, due to many of the controversies), the M9A3 will not be part of the competition, as it does not meet the new requirements (rumored to only meet roughly 80% of specifications). The MHS final RFP is released and currently undergoing competition.

Nathan S
Nathan S

One of TFB's resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR's, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.

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  • Anon. E Maus Anon. E Maus on Nov 29, 2015

    So, what about a frame-mounted safety?

  • Idahoguy101 Idahoguy101 on Nov 30, 2015

    Geez people...
    Five points:
    1) The 9x19mm NATO is the standard. This isn't going to change because no other NATO country is unhappy with the 9mm.
    2) We're already buying new Beretta M9 pistols to replace worn out ones.
    3) The best replacement for the M9 pistol is the M4 carbine. Which is what the DOD small experts, the USMC, have largely done on their TOE.
    4) The M9A3 upgrade is the least costly option for the DOD.
    5) We don't need to adopt any new pistol. The other 9mm, the SIG M11 pistol is already in the logistic system