98A1: 9x21-Caliber Tactical Pistol for Self-Defense, USPSA-IPSC Competition
The 98A1 is part of the "A1" family of tactical pistols, a modernistic evolution of the legendary 92FS or M9. It is a semiauto pistol chambered for the 9x21mm cartridge, which is a powerful self-defense round as well as a favorite among USPSA and IPSC competition shooters.
Its versatility lies not only in the properties of this cartridge, but also in the many tactical features it offers, such as Picatinny rail and ultra-tough magazines; also, the 98A1 is made more durable by an internal recoil buffer, and its ease of operation, disassembly maintenance are up to the most stringent Beretta standards.
Easy Accessorization and Maintenance
The most noticeable difference between the classic 92FS and the members of the A1 family is the addition of an integral Picatinny rail situated in front of the trigger guard. The rail makes it easy to attach a variety of tactical accessories, including lighting systems and laser aiming devices. Also, the 98A1 has a removable front sight, meaning that you can exchange it in a matter of minutes without any gunsmithing or alteration to the pistol. Maintenance is easy thanks to the tool-free disassembly latch as well as the captive recoil-spring unit.
Impressive Firepower, Extra-Durable Magazines
Another feature that will impress you about the 98A1 is the type of magazine it comes with. This pistol comes with three 15-round stainless steel magazines designed to deliver remarkable firepower out of the box while being absolutely durable and corrosion resistant. Furthermore, the magazines on the 98A1 feature a “dirt rail” along their length, which helps collect dust and grit out of the magazine while keeping cartridges clear of the magazine walls. The result: enhanced feeding reliability and super-easy magazine maintenance. In addition, the magazine well is aggressively beveled, making it super-fast to change magazines without taking your eyes off the target.
Absolutely Reliable, Designed to Last
The base design of the 98A1 is the 92FS or M9, the pistol that has served the US military admirably throughout its campaigns in the world’s toughest environments. But even in this respect, Beretta never rests on its laurels. This pistol incorporates an innovative internal frame buffer that greatly reduces component stress under firing (yes, even with hot loads), making it even more durable and smooth-shooting. The best of both worlds, the 98A1 offers discriminating shooters the classic overall look and feel of the 92 (including the more traditional rounded trigger-guard) with today’s most advanced tactical features.