Beretta showed up to SHOT Show 2019 with a load of new options based off their ever popular M9 series of pistols. The first thing Erik Stern, the Beretta rep for pistols, showed us was the new colors for the lineup. One in particular that caught our attention was the FDE frame/barrel with black slide/grips combo. “We’ve actually had customers buy two M9A3’s to do this exact color combo,” Stern said, adding a sniper grey/black combo will be available.
Moving on, Stern showed us the new 92G Elite LTT pistol. “This was developed in the specifications slash request of Mr. Ernest Langdon,” Stern said, referencing the multi-time world champion pistol shooter who used that exact pistol in matches for years. He requested that Beretta build a gun to match. It’s built on a M9A1 frame with Vertec slide, featuring a stainless-steel barrel with a target crown. It’s also a 4.7-inch barrel as opposed to the typical 4.9-inch barrel you’re used to seeing from Beretta. “It clears the holster a little faster, all around it’s a nice competition gun,” he said.
Finally, Stern showed us the new 92G Brigadier Volunteer. Beretta made this pistol to honor the state of Tennessee for the warm welcome they’ve received since moving their manufacturing facility there. “This kind of splits the difference between a standard 92 and an Elite LTT,” Stern said. The most obvious enhancement is the high-grade walnut grips with an homage to the state of Tennessee engraved in. To go along with the engraving on the grip they have engraved “ est. 1796 The Volunteer State” as yet another nod to the state.
The pistol is a G model, meaning just a de-cock, no manual safety. It comes with enhanced sights, which are dovetailed. This is an extremely limited run Stern told us. If you want it for the collectability factor then now would be the time to order. He mentioned that they may do more Volunteer runs in the future but you’ll never get this first edition again.