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Old September 19, 2012, 06:59 AM   #1
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Army Awards New Contract for Beretta M9s

The U.S. Army has awarded a new contract for up to 100,000 Beretta M9s. See story at http://www.gunsandammo.com/2012/09/1...or-beretta-m9/. According to that story, the Army issued a press release last week. I had not seen anything but maybe I missed it.

Anyway, an order for the first 4,600 guns has already been delivered. The guns will be manufactured at Beretta's Maryland facility. While arguments can be made for other service pistols, the Beretta has seemed to provide good service to the Army and there is already built-in knowledge and logistical support for the pistol.
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Old September 19, 2012, 08:14 AM   #2
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I love mine, (both of them). I bought a second one because I was afraid I was going to wear the first one out , I'm probably less than halfway there, probably 7,000 rounds fired, not one single jam or malfunction of any kind.
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Old September 19, 2012, 11:34 AM   #3
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My Beretta 94FS is the only 9mm I've got to work with cast bullets without jumping through hoops.

And I'm too cheap to buy bullets.
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Old September 19, 2012, 11:38 AM   #4
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Good. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Any new sidearm would have just as many or more issues crop up, plus would require new training, logistics, and support.

The M9 isn't perfect, but it's a quality weapon.
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Old September 19, 2012, 12:16 PM   #5
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Man that's got to be worth some $$.
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Old September 19, 2012, 12:47 PM   #6
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I carried an issued M9 a good bit; it's a good handgun and I was always confident in it. That said, I do wish they went with the M9A1 instead. It would have required very little re-training for the armorors and added some versitility. But, in the long line of things wrong with the Army this is far, far, far down the list.
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Old September 19, 2012, 01:25 PM   #7
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Ok, enlighten this old has been.

What is the difference between the M9 and M9A1?
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Old September 19, 2012, 01:28 PM   #8
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I might be able to purchase on here soon that seems to be in good shape. I think if I can get it for a good price I am going to.
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Old September 19, 2012, 01:29 PM   #9
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Ok, enlighten this old has been.

What is the difference between the M9 and M9A1?
1.) A1 has a Picatinny rail
2.) A1 has standard 17-round capacity magazines instead of 15-round
3.) A1 has an improved locking block that diffuses recoil forces better, which makes the block less prone to breakage after high round counts - probably the weakest point in the 92/M9 design
4.) The .40 S&W 96A1 has an internal recoil buffer to reduce frame stress, but I'm not sure if that's true of the 92A1.
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Old September 19, 2012, 03:56 PM   #10
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All correct. The 92A1 has the buffer as well.
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Old September 19, 2012, 03:58 PM   #11
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thanks plouffe! As you may recall the 96A1 is the one I'm grabbing my dad for Christmas. I'll make sure to put detailed pics up when I get it.
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