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Beretta M9-A3 9x19mm pistol

Beretta introduces the M9-A3 semi-automatic pistol, the latest generation in the quintessential M92 series, conceived for the U.S. Armed Forces

The year 2015 marks the fourtieth anniversary of the launch of the Beretta series 92 semi-automatic pistol, the 38th anniversary of its first adoption by the Italian Government (for the Police and the Carabinieri − the Italian Armed Forces officially adopted it three years later), and the twentieth anniversary of its official adoption by the U.S. Department of Defense.
Just like the Colt 1911 and the Browning "High Power", the Beretta 92 pistol platform is now a modern classic, but while the 1911 and the Browning have been, or are being, mostly phased out of service by their operators, the Beretta 92 series pistols still serve military and law enforcement professionals in at least forty-five nations, in a plethora of different variants.

The 2015 edition of the SHOT Show also marks the official debut of the M9-A3 semi-automatic pistol, showcased by Beretta USA − the north-American branch of the Italian-based Beretta Holding − and manufactured in the United States, most likely both in the Accokeek (Maryland) plant and in the brand new Gallatin (Tennessee) unit.
Beretta's M9-A3 was meant to persuade the U.S. Department of Defense to switch to a new service handgun by converting the existing M9 and M9-A1 contracts to the new design, thus bypassing the MHS (Modular Handgun System) competition which is planned to be launched in January 2015, with the release of a final solicitation may, and that may − or  may not − otherwise select a replacement for the M9 pistol system at the end of a multi-year evaluation phase. Said hopes were frustrated on January 14th, when the United States Army opted not to accept the proposed M9A3, claiming that it does not meet the MHS requirements.

At a first glance, the M9-A3 appears to integrate the original M92-FS/M9 layout with some improvements that have already been in place in other sporting or tactical variants of the same pistol for a couple of years now: so to speak, the smaller, straighter, slimmer grip with aggressive front and backstrap checkering and the differently-shaped trigger guard are reminiscent of the Beretta 92 "Vertec" pistol. The new magazine holds 17 rounds of 9x19mm ammunition, and is Cerakote-treated to provide superior resistance to aggressive environmental elements.

The Beretta M9-A3 retains the technical layout of its forerunners in the Beretta 92 system, and much of the controls configuration as well (exception made for the recontoured safety selector that is angled 10 degrees upward to avoid accidental engagement during slide racking), so that operators who are already fond with the Beretta 92 system will not need to retrain for the new handgun.
Other features include an integrated MIL-STD-1913 "Picatinny" tactical accessories rail on the dust cover, removable tritium sights, a protected, threaded muzzle (1/2″- 28 TPI, for sound suppressors) and a higher-profile magazine release catch. The Beretta M9-A3's universal slide can also be equipped at armory level with the "G" decocker-only conversion kit.

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