Last month, Beretta caused quite the stir when it announced its improved M9 9mm semiautomatic handgun made specifically to bid for the U.S. Army’s sidearm—the M9A3. It was the first time many of us in the industry saw and was able to shoot the Beretta M9A3 for the first time at Media Day at the Range.
Though the Army rejected the new Beretta M9A3, shooters will appreciate the improvements to the classic design. The enhancements make the pistol modular and more comfortable to grip. It has a better trigger, as well.
Built on the Vertec thin grip frame with a reduced grip circumference, the Beretta M9A3 comes with a wraparound backstrap for those with larger hands or for those who prefer a fuller grip. The 5-inch barrel is threaded for a suppressor and the sights are tritium night sights with a removable front dovetail sight. The Picatinny accessory rail has three slots. There is an oversized magazine release for easy and quick reloads when wearing gloves and an over-center safety lever.
The Beretta M9A3 switches from a G model to an F model and obviously finished in flat dark earth Cerakote. It has a host of safety features—a decocking safety lever, automatic firing pin block, loaded chamber indicator and an external hammer with half-cock notch. One of the best improvements to the M9A3 is the 17-round sand-resistant magazine. Beretta says its M9A3 should start shipping in about three months as soon as it solidifies all the different models and configurations.
|Barrel Length||5.1 inches|
|Overall Height||5.4 inches|
|Overall Length||8.7 inches|
|Overall Width||1.5 inches|
|Weight Unloaded||33.3 ounces|
|Sights||Blade dovetail front, notched bar rear tritium night sights|
|Grip||Vertec grip frame|
What do you think about the Beretta M9A3? Tell us in the comment section.
To learn more about the Beretta M9, read these articles
- Firearm of the Week, the Beretta 92 Series, Pistol 9mm M9, the One with MOJO
- Art of the Gun: Beretta 92 Series M9
- M9 Beretta
- In Defense of the Beretta 92
- Old Reliable: The Beretta 92