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Beretta M9A3: A Commercial-Off-the-Shelf Sidearm for Military & Law Enforcement Agencies

November 5, 2015 12:45 PM
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Beretta Defense Technologies (BDT) is pleased to announce that the Beretta Model M9A3 semi-automatic pistol is now shipping to law enforcement dealers, law enforcement agencies and is now being offered to military customers worldwide. Built in the U.S., the M9A3 offers advances in pistol design and other enhancements that result in increased modularity, reliability, durability, and ergonomics.

“The M9A3 represents the next generation handgun utilizing the best attributes of the legacy M9 pistol combined with proven COTS modifications that increase performance and durability” stated Gabriele de Plano, Vice President of Military Marketing and Operations for Beretta Defense Technologies. Mr. de Plano added, “The U.S. Army, or any military or law enforcement service using M9s can adopt this weapon today with minimal impact to their training, in-service accessories (holsters, lights, etc.), integrated logistics support plan, and existing parts inventory.” Much like its counterpart legacy weapon systems (M2, M4, M16, M240, etc.), the M9A3 is upgraded through material and design changes.

“Combined with the U.S. Army’s recent decision to accept new, improved ammunition (specifically jacketed hollow point) for military applications, the M9A3 becomes a more lethal, ready-to-use now solution that is also a fiscally responsible option. Use of improved ammunition in the M9A3 will likely attain the desired lethality and penetration characteristics the U.S. Army is seeking today through its Modular Handgun System program at a fraction of the cost of replacing an entire weapon system, conducting new training and qualification, and buying all new accessories,” stated Gabe Bailey, Military Business Development Manager for Beretta Defense Technologies.

The M9A3 maintains 100% commonality with major components of the M9 and 76% commonality of individual parts. It meets 84% of the requirements for the Army’s latest Modular Handgun System requirement, and with only a few additional modifications can reach 92%. The M9A3 features a thin grip with a removable, modular wrap-around grip, MIL-STD-1913 accessory rail, removable front and rear tritium sights, extended and threaded barrel for suppressor use, 17-round sand resistant magazine, and numerous improved small components to increase durability and ergonomics, all in an earth tone finish.

Beretta USA offered the M9A3 to the U.S. Army via an ECP in December 2014, prior to that Service’s decision to allow use of more lethal 9mm ammunition.

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