The Beretta company has gone through a lot lately as it tried to convince US Army officials that its M9A3 pistol was worthy of being named the winner of the Modular Handgun System (MHS) award. In the end, the Army passed on the M9A3 from Beretta Defense Technologies. So, what does Beretta do with this new pistol it has created? Sell it to others, it seems.
Beretta announced recently that it will be shipping its 9mm pistol out to certain law enforcement agencies, dealers, and some military buyers around the globe. Last year, Beretta entered the MHS fray with its M9A3. The pistol was designed with new sights, improved ergonomics, rail mount for accessories and lights, and improved reliability- according to Beretta. Even so, the Army passed on it.
In a recent press release, Vice President of Military Marketing and Operations for Beretta Defense Technologies, Gabriele de Plano, said: “The U.S. Army, or any military or law enforcement service using M9s can adopt this weapon today with minimal impact to their training, in-service accessories (holsters, lights, etc.), integrated logistics support plan, and existing parts inventory.”
The new M9A3 certainly looks fine. It comes with a thinner grip and a modular, removable wrap-around grip. It was designed with a MIL-STD-1913 accessory rail that allows for the addition of various accessories and lights. The front and rear sights (tritium) are both removable. It takes a 17-round magazine, and has a threaded and extended barrel suitable for suppressor use.
There are also numerous improvements in its smaller components that the company says increases its reliability under any weather or terrain condition and the ergonomics have been improved as well. The pistol comes in a sand-colored/earth-tone finish. The M9A3 is also capable of firing hollow jacketed ammunition which is a condition the Army put onto all parties vying for the MHS award.
Beretta Military Business Development Manager, Gabe Bailey, said: “Use of improved ammunition in the M9A3 will likely attain the desired lethality and penetration characteristics the U.S. Army is seeking today through its Modular Handgun System program at a fraction of the cost of replacing an entire weapon system, conducting new training and qualification, and buying all new accessories.”
As mentioned above, with the US Army passing on the weapon, Beretta will be looking elsewhere for sales of the weapon, which, according to its website, retails for about $1,099.
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