The Unique M9 Pistol

The Unique M9 Pistol

General Officer’s Model: A special model issued only to the US Army and Air Force General Officers and was intended as a replacement for the M15 General Officer’s gun.
M9A1: An update to the original, this model came out in 2006 and is used mainly by the US Marine Corps. Improvements in this model include additional accessory rail that can be used for tactical flashlights or laser pointers.

In 1985, the Colt M1911 ceased being the obligatory firearm every member of military forces in the US must carry. The weapon was then replaced by the Beretta 92FS, which, when tested, beat the likes of Walther, Steyr, Smith & Wesson, SIG-Sauer, Heckler & Koch, Fabrique Nationale, and Colt (all of which were strong contender). Upon adoption by the US armed forces, it was renamed into what the weapon is known today, the M9. Being a standard sidearm, the weapon’s involvement with military conflicts was felt in Invasion of Panama, Operation Desert Storm, Yugoslavian wars, Iraq war, and Afghanistan war. Still, the cycle continues on. As was the case with the M1911, the Beretta was replaced in 2017 by SIG Sauer P320, also known as the M17. The Beretta gun is compatible with 9 x 19 mm ammunition, which is a NATO-sanctioned round.

The servicemen in the US armed forces, however, felt quite dissatisfied with this choice of ammunition as it was widely considered less dependable than the .45 ACP accommodated by the M1911—in terms of man-stopping power and penetration level. The weapon’s barrel is made of chrome material, which benefits the weapon as it tackles wear and gives protection against corrosion. The gun is designed to be ambidextrous so anyone can use it conveniently, either left-handed or right-handed. A switch for safety is fitted into each side of the slide and its release button can be moved from one side of the grip to the other. There is also a support located on the front trigger guard, intended for convenient aiming.

Country of OriginItaly (Beretta Model 92F)
Date Of Introduction1990
Caliber0.35 in (9 mm)
Cartridge9x19mm NATO
System of OperationShort recoil, semi-automatic
Weight With Empty Magazine2.1 lb (0.95 kg)
Weight With Full Magazine2.6 lb (1.18 kg)
Length8.54 in (217 mm)
Barrel Length4.92 in (125 mm)
Barrel RiflingR.H., six grooves, pitch 1 in 9.8 inches (250 mm)
Safety FeaturesDecocking/safety lever, firing pin block, half-cock position
Trigger PullSingle-Action: 5.50 lb (2.5 kg)
Double-Action: 12.33 lb (5.6 kg)
Magazine Capacity15 rounds
Basic Load45 rounds
Unit Replacement Cost$263
Muzzle Velocity1,230.3 fps (375 mps)
Muzzle Energy430 foot-pounds (583 J)
Maximum Range1,968 yd (1,800 m)
Maximum Effective Range55 yd (50 m)
Front SightBlade, integral with slide
Rear SightNotched bar, dovetailed to slide
Sight Radius6.22 in (158 mm)