I would be remiss not to feature the Beretta 92 series as an Art of the Gun. Just about every movie ever features the models in the 92 series. Issued to most U.S. military service members since 1985, Beretta 92s ship to every corner of the Earth. It isn’t hard to see why: with that classic Italian sense of style, interchangeable parts, and a large capacity of 9mm, the Beretta 92 is a handgun for the masses.
The Beretta 92 is like a fine Italian suit. With its slick black coating, smooth lines that seem to ooze class, and contours that fit your hand like a nice Armani jacket fits your torso, every inch of the Beretta 92 seems designed for style. However, it isn’t just a pretty gun for those wanting to match their carry weapon to their new Ferragamo accessories. Put through rigorous military testing in the 1980s, the Beretta 92 passed the trials and entered into service as the M9. The Beretta M9 replaced the M1911 as the standard issue sidearm in 1985, and only a few special branches have chosen different sidearms. Often imitated, but never duplicated, this “Wonder 9″ has been in production for nearly 40 years, and it doesn’t seem like it is going to out of style any time soon. Though it has its issues (what firearm doesn’t?), the Beretta 92 wouldn’t have become so popular and still be so ubiquitous today if it didn’t have something right going for it.
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