There are plenty of guns deserving of the descriptions, iconic, prolific, classic and timeless. Some are iconic because of their romantic notoriety, such as the Tommy Gun. Others are timeless and classic because of the length of time they have been in production and the frequency we see them in the movies and TV shows, such as the 1911 and AR-15. Some firearms are prolific due to the sheer volume of production like the AK-47. However, few firearms are justifiably described using all those words. The Beretta 92/M9 is one of those very few firearms.
Design on the Beretta 92 (M9) started in 1970 with Beretta designers Pier Carlo Beretta, Vittorio Valle and Giuseppe Mazzetti. The group utilized Beretta innovations from successful pistols in the past such as the straight feed—no feed ramp between the magazine and chamber—and double-stack, high capacity magazine of the Model 84, as well as borrowing from the locking block barrel design of the Walther.
Early military adoptions came from the Italian Navy and Brazilian Army shortly after the Beretta 92 was presented in 1975. The Beretta 92 operates double/single-action with an open slide and short recoil delayed locking system. It proves itself year after year, meeting our militaries’ strict requirements. Test after test shows the Beretta M9 will shoot 10-shot groups of 3 inches or less from 55 yards. Currently, the Beretta 92 is available in four configurations and four calibers.
Over one-million Beretta M9s have been contracted to international military and police forces. At last count, in 2012, Beretta produced over 600,000 Beretta 92 handguns for the U.S. military.
1911 purists are not happy about it, but the Beretta 92 is as iconic, classic, timeless and prolific as they come.
The following six articles are the Shooter’s Log best of the best stories on the Beretta 92.
The art of the gun is more about the aesthetics, rather than functionality of the gun—gun porn if you will—and the Beretta 92 is “like a fine Italian suit.” In this post, you will find a short history of the pistol, but most importantly, eight professionally taken photographs of the Beretta 92 in different configurations and finishes—many of them owned by Cheaper Than Dirt! staffers. Save the images straight to your computer or mobile device and lust after the beauty of this piece whenever you want.
It all started in 1979 when the Joint Service Small Arms Program began searching for a new side arm to replace the 1911. Since the first model, the Beretta 92SB, the gun has gone through a few modifications and versions in its 20-plus-year military history. Find out some of the Beretta M9’s history and why one law enforcement officer chooses this particular piece in our weekly firearm of the week homage to the Beretta 92.
It is hard to argue a pistol that has served our country for 20 years. Though many have tried to compete, our military keeps choosing the Beretta M9 for its general-issued side arm. Undoubtedly, 1911 fans and purists will argue this choice, but gun writer, Mike Branson makes a strong argument for the Beretta 92. Try reading, “In Defense of the Beretta 92” without being slightly convinced.
Gun writer, competitor and Top Shot competitor Caleb Giddings states his case why the Beretta 92 is a viable contender if you are looking for a metal-framed, double/single-action pistol. You might just be surprised how well this gun could suit you after reading this piece, “Old Reliable: The Beretta 92.”
The Beretta 92 is such a popular firearm it has its own FAQ page! If you have questions—we have answers! This post lists 13 of the most common questions we receive about the Beretta 92. If you have read stories about fatal malfunctions, we clear those up, as well as addressing what parts are compatible, which ammo to use and how to mount accessories.
Even though the military rejected Beretta’s latest modifications, upgrades and improvements to the M9 does not mean civilians cannot appreciate the new model. As we glimpse into the future in this article, this short story gives you a run down of what is to come for the Beretta M9/92… and a lot of us can’t wait!
Do you own a Beretta 92? If you had to defend it against a die-hard 1911 owner, what you would say? Tell us in the comment section.