Beretta M9

Description

The Beretta Model 9 is a semi-automatic pistol chambered in 9mm.

The M9 is the civilian version of the US military issued pistol. It is almost exactly the same as the M92 except it has distinctive military markings on the slide. Otherwise, it has an open slide design, so the barrel shows through. It has an external hammer that when cocked back changes the trigger pull from a double-action (long pull) to a single-action (short pull). An ambidextrous safety positioned also acts as a de-cocking lever and when pushed down it rotates the firing pin out of alignment. A second safety feature is its visible automatic firing pin block, which prevents the pistol from discharging if accidentally dropped.

The updated model, M9A1, has interchangeable back straps, so the grip can change for comfort or ease-of-use. And, it has a Picatinny rail for easy mounting of a light or laser.

Beretta recommends the M9 for military, law enforcement and personal defense.

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Specifications

M9
Caliber:9mm
Grip:Plastic
Capacity:10 and 15
Sights:Three-dot fixed sight
Features:Chrome-lined bore; tritium sights available; reversible magazine catch; and manual safety doubles as de-cocking lever
Action:Semi-auto
Material/Finish:Aluminum/black
Size:Large
Trigger:Double-action/single-action
Website:http://www.berettaus…
Weight:2.12 pounds
Barrel Length:4.9"
Length:8.5"
Height:5.4"
M9A1
Caliber:9mm
Grip:Plastic
Capacity:10 and 15
Sights:Three-dot fixed sights
Features:Picatinny rail; chrome-lined bore; tritium sights available; reversible magazine catch; manual safety doubles as de-cocking lever
Action:Semi-auto
Material/Finish:Aluminum/black
Size:Large
Trigger:Double-action/single-action
Website:http://www.berettaus…
Weight:2.19 pounds
Barrel Length:4.9"
Length:8.5"
Height:5.4"
MSRP$650.00

Editor Review

Tried and true is the Beretta 92.  A handsome firearm adopted by the US military after the retirement of the 1911, the Beretta 92, also referred to as the M9, became the staple sidearm of US servicemen.

This heavy and robust handgun is easily a favorite of most people who have the opportunity to fire it.  It is without a doubt, one of the most accurate 9mm handguns I’ve ever had the chance to fire.  It is not inconceivable for a shooter of average ability to obliterate the 10 ring of a target on the range from 30 yards.

The Beretta 92/M9 has a long and distinguished history in militaries and law enforcement agencies worldwide.  In the mid 90’s a legend swept through the shooting community reveling in the marksmanship of one US military police officer who engaged an armed criminal from more than 70 yards with an M9.  The criminal was dispatched with a single shot at extreme range, averting disaster.

I found my Model 92 to be very comfortable with the addition of a top quality, custom molded Pachmayr brand grip.  Bear in mind that I have very large hands and the addition of the grip enhanced it for my use.   The Model 92 is a good size for virtually any size shooter, although Beretta has, and continues, to manufacture smaller frame handguns.

The 92 is available in a double action only DS/D model but I have to say that the DS, which still has the safety/decocker attached, is my preference.  The addition of the ambidextrous manual safety/decocker is what made Beretta one of the most desirable and safe handguns available to the general public.

I enjoy the accuracy, sturdy construction, and reliability of this long-time favorite.  The only things preventing this handgun from earning that fifth star in my rating is that it is a 9mm parabellum, and I am die-hard a fan of the .45 ACP.  It is also a large frame semi-automatic pistol and not quite the best choice for a concealed carry gun.