Over the last 30 years, Beretta has delivered over 600,000 M9 pistols (the sidearm of the U.S. armed forces) to the Department of Defense, all of which have been made in the U.S.A. by an American workforce. On December 10, 2014, Beretta submitted to the U.S. Army the M9 ECP (Engineering Change Proposal) that identifies major improvements to the M9 to increase the operational effectiveness and operational suitability of the weapon. These improvements consist of design and material changes resulting in increased modularity, reliability, durability and ergonomics. Now, ready for your consideration, is the M9A3.
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The M9A3 is a 9mm double-action/single-action semi-auto that holds 17+1 rounds. The grip frame has been slimmed down to accommodate more shooters with smaller hands. The frame also features a Picatinny rail for mounting accessories, and it’s given an earth tone anodizing to blend into desert surroundings. More frame enhancements include a beveled mag well, new grip panels and an enlarged magazine release button.
The slide is given a Cerakote earth tone finish, and users can now convert the safety/decocker lever to just a decocker if required. The M9A3 also features tritium sights, and the front sight can easily be swapped out (unlike earlier M9’s, where the front sight was integral with the slide). The barrel is also threaded for suppressor use.
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