The original Beretta M9 has a 30 year history with the U.S. Army and Navy, being the standard issue sidearm since the M1911 was phased out in 1986. The M9 is a no-frills, Department of Defense owned design that weighs reliability against budget.
One of the guns I was most eager to check out at this year’s SHOT Show is the upcoming Beretta M9A3 9mm pistol. I don’t usually pay much attention to minor “product refresh” type releases, especially for guns that have already been around forever like the Beretta M9/92FS. But the specific set of features that Beretta included in this gun piqued my interest because this Beretta M9A3:
The new Beretta M9A3 offers several 21st century upgrades—like a threaded barrel, tritium sights, a thinner grip, a Picatinny rail for accessories and more—over the M9, which has served the U.S. military for over 30 years.