NEW Beretta M9A4 Optics Ready Pistol

Beretta has just released their latest version of the famous 92 series, the Beretta M9A4, which comes as an improvement over the M9A3. The primary difference between the A3 to the M9A4 is the addition of factory optics cuts on the top of the pistol’s slide, which was previously only achieved via aftermarket services or products. Beretta’s M9A4 webpage states that there are five different optics mounting plates available, and at the time of this publishing, Beretta stated that M9A4 buyers can get an optics plate for free upon registering their pistol.

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TFB FIELD STRIP: Beretta M9A3 Pistols

The Beretta M9A3 pistols are a tactical or duty variant of the iconic 92 product line designed for personal defense, law enforcement and military applications. Although not an official entrant, the Beretta M9A3 pistols were considered by some to be a contender for the replacement for the M9 pistol issued to U.S. Armed Forces prior to the MHS competition that ended in early 2017. The M9A3 is chambered in 9mm, features an accessory rail and has a threaded barrel. The falling locking block design of the Beretta 92 is considered by some to be more accurate and act as a better suppressor host in contrast to other designs such as Browning’s tilting barrel action.

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TFB Review: The Beretta M9A3 Pistol

A couple of months ago, I finally decided to take the plunge and order an all black Beretta M9A3. Earlier this year I shot and tested out the FDE version. That version was designed to update the Beretta M9 series that served as the standard issue sidearm for the military for the last few decades. As we know now, the military decided to go with SIG Sauer’s P320 modular system instead, but the M9A3 is the newest version of the workhorse platform. The FDE version of the M9A3 I shot had the manual safety that is well known on the 92 series. When I opened up my black M9A3, the first thing I noticed was the manual safety was replaced with a decocker only feature, and that is awesome.

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[SHOT 2018] Independent Studio Services (ISS) Shows Everyone Where Hollywood's Movie Guns Come From

A company you may have not heard of, but have absolutely seen their work in numerous films for decades is Independent Studio Services (ISS). This 3rd generation, family business got its start in 1977 by the way of Greg Bilson, Sr and the family business is making firearms for Hollywood!

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TFB's 11th Day Of Christmas: Pistols

Ah, what more do you need on a long winter’s night than a crackling fire, a warm drink and a pistol that you can use to fight your way back to your rifle. That saying never seems to get old… however, without starting a full-on blizzard of angry comments, a pistol is an adequate defensive weapon in the majority of first-world scenarios. That’s not to say that I would try and dictate how others decide to protect themselves.

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Beretta Releases Photos of MHS-Model APX Handgun

Soon after SHOT 2015, Beretta announced a new striker fired, polymer framed handgun for civilian, LE, and most importantly military sales. A chassis-based handgun with interchangeable grips, the APX – as it was dubbed – was clearly designed with the US Army’s Modular Handgun System pistol competition in mind. Seeking to become the “M17”, as the winner of the competition will be designated, Beretta has released photos of the APX in a new tan color scheme as the MHS variant of the pistol, through the Facebook page of Retex MAG, a French gun magazine:

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Army Extends Modular Handgun System Deadline To Feb. 12

Standard-issue pistol-making hopefuls have an extended deadline for their submissions to the future US Army handgun competition, the Modular Handgun System. The program, which will choose a new handgun to be the “M17 Modular Handgun System”, originally had a deadline of February 1st for submissions. Army Times reports:

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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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Military Arms Channel Gets is Paws on Beretta M9A3

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).

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Beretta M9A3 now shipping

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.

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House Threatens To Cut Funding For Army's M9 Replacement Program

The US effort to procure a new handgun design is cursed, it seems.  KitUp reports:

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Army Passes on Beretta's Proposed M9A3

The Military Times is reporting that the US Army has opted not to accept the proposed M9A3 handgun by Beretta. The move is not surprising, but it is surprising how quickly the Army acted. Not known for quick decision making, the Army has claimed the M9 does not meet the MHS requirements.

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Beretta's Answer

Beretta has come out with their answer to the U.S. Army’s service handgun competition (discussed in much detail at TFB here), and it is the currently named M9A3. This is a confusing name because the Army hasn’t even begun trials but Beretta is going ahead and picking out the name for their entry. The news release on the company’s website says it best-

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