The Beretta M9, also known as the Beretta 92, is a gun with a reputation. This makes reviewing it very tricky. Anyone qualified to judge it is familiar with the design’s shortcomings and virtues.
When selected in 1979 to replace the M1911 as the standard sidearm of the U.S. military, the Beretta Model 92 faced stiff resistance from troops and civilians alike due to the 9mm cartridge’s purported lack of stopping-power.
It has been over 20 years since the Beretta M92F was adopted as the replacement for the venerable M1911A1 and despite some early controversy, the Beretta has met the expectations of all US military forces that use it, although some special operations units continue to use customized M1911A1s.