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Beretta M9A3

Semi-automatic pistol


The Beretta M9A3 was proposed for the US Army, but was eventually rejected

Country of origin Italy
Caliber 9x19 mm Parabellum
Weight (empty) ~ 1 160 g
Length 217 mm
Barrel length 125 mm
Muzzle velocity 365 - 380 m/s
Magazine capacity 15 rounds
Sighting range 50 m
Range of effective fire 50 m


   The Beretta M9A3 is an updated version of the M9 service pistol. The M9A3 is not an official US Department of Defense designation, but rater a Beretta's model name. This weapon has a number of minor enhancements over the M9A1 pistol, such as better ergonomics, improved reliability, new sights and accessory rail. In 2015 Beretta proposed this updated pistol as a possible alternative to the US Army's Modular Handgun System. However the US Army has rejected this proposal, choosing instead to search for a more modern service firearm. The original M9 was adopted back in 1985 and today is considered as an out-dated platform, outclassed by most modern pistols. In 2017 the US armed forces adopted a SIG Sauer P320 pistol, as the M17. It will eventually replace the M9 service pistols.

   This pistol is chambered for 9x19 mm Parabellum round, that is a common NATO pistol round.

   The M9A3 has a short-recoil action and a double-action trigger mechanism. This weapon can be also fired in single-action mode.

   The M9 recommended itself as a reliable handgun. The M9A3 version has some additional tweaks, that further improved reliability of the pistol.

   This weapon has an ambidextrous design and is convenient for right- or left-handed shooters. Ergonomics was slightly improved in the M9A3 model. However this weapon is way too bulky. It is uncomfortable to hold, fire and is hard to handle for some soldiers.

   A manual safety switch is located on both sides of the slide. Also there is an internal safety, that prevents the firing pin from moving forward without the trigger being pulled.

   The M9A3 is fed from double-stack 15-round capacity magazines. A magazine release button is reversible.

   This pistol has got new sights. It is an accurate weapon. Range of effective fire is around 50 meters.

   The Beretta M9A3 has an accessory rail for mounting tactical flashlights or laser pointers. Similar accessory rail is also present on the M9A1 pistol, that emerged back in 2006. It used by the US Marine Corps.








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