Beretta’s popular Model 92 pistol now has competition for being the manufacturer’s most sought-after firearm. Especially when you consider it as a “modern survival gun.”
The new Beretta M9A3 is an incredible firearm that is the development of many significant changes made to the original Beretta M9. This hammer-fired, short-recoil, semi-automatic pistol carries a 17-round magazine and fires in double action for the first shot (and then single action for following rounds).
The gun features a beautiful desert tan hue with PVD coating and anodized frame, and contains night sights, a threaded barrel, and smaller grip which works with interchangeable panels.
The gun’s new significant upgrades also include a longer service life for its tilting lock block, and the addition of two more rounds in the magazine capacity from its former version.
Beretta’s M9A3 is very popular with military personnel, which is why this new model’s new finish is so durable and resistant to corrosion. In fact, most of the M9A3’s superior upgrades come as a direct result of the military’s needs (which are consistently changing). The gun also reduces IR signature – a huge selling point for military purposes.
Not to mention, the full-sized Beretta produces solid accuracy at 25 yards – essential for combat situations.
Certain steel portions of the gun remain in black. These components flaunt a unique Bruniton finish, which offers exceptional resistance to corrosion. In addition, the gun’s excellent Tritium night sights come standard on every M9A3.
Other significant upgrades to the M9A3 include the gun’s new, longer barrel (5.1 inches), with a chrome lining in its bore and chamber. It features a 1/2″x28″ thread pattern barrel, which is compatible with most standard suppressors. The firearm also come with a knurled thread protector.
That’s not all – the Beretta now boasts a three-slot MIL-STD 1913 accessory rail. This alone is a huge upgrade from former models, such as the M9’s lack of rail, as well as the M9A1’s single-slot rail.The gun also now features a much flatter trigger guard, which is built to easily work with accessories that use a rail-mount.
The benefits to this gun just keep getting better. Like the grip, which got a huge upgrade. The backstrap now has a flat mainspring housing, which is far superior to the traditional, bulged type from previous models. These upgrades drastically minimize the grip’s size – a big improvement for shooters with smaller hands.
Beretta was able to change the grip thanks to Vertec Thin Grip panels. These offer distinctive and assertive-looking checkering. In addition, the gun boasts Hogue rubber replacement grips, which provide an enhanced grip size and feel.
Not to mention, this new model gives left-hand dominant shooters a break, since they’ve made the reversible mag release button larger for fast and seamless operation.
The remaining controls on gun remain the same to previous models. These include the slide lock/release on the left side, and the takedown lever (immediately in front of it on the left of the receiver).