M9: Ultimate Combat Pistol and World Defender
The word “ultimate” has long been common currency among firearm
enthusiasts. But if there is a combat and tactical pistol for which this
term is absolutely appropriate, it is the Beretta M9. This legendary
semiauto handgun has not only won the historic contract with the US
military in 1985, but has achieved a triumphant contract renewal after
more than two decades of hard use in the world’s toughest and most
extreme conditions, from the scorching deserts of Iraq to the frigid
heights of the Afghan mountains. A contract renewal after this kind of
use and abuse means a product that has kept its promises--and then some.
Simply put, there is no pistol today that is as durable, reliable,
dependable, easy to use, safe and accurate as the Beretta M9, the
handgun that has rightfully earned the nickname of “World Defender.”
Dreamlike Durability and Reliability
When we talk US military standards, we talk hard numbers, not opinions.
The M9 has been put through impossibly-rigorous durability and
reliability tests that greatly exceed any kind of real-life
situation--and it has passed them all with flying colors. For instance,
it will keep functioning in temperatures as low as -40 F and as high as
+140 F, and it consistently fires over 35,000 rounds of commercial
ammunition before a failure. It will keep functioning reliably even
after being buried in the sand or snow, or being repeatedly dropped on
hard surfaces like asphalt or concrete. Beretta’s engineering experience
and the quality of the steels used enable this kind of reliability, on
which America’s servicemen and women depend every day.
Superb Out-of-the-Box Accuracy
Another official test that the M9 had to pass was at the firing range.
Even here, the demands of the US military far exceed most conditions in
which a handgun is used--and even here, the M9 delivers. As per
government testing guidelines, this pistol is capable of firing 10-shot
groups of 3 inches or less at a distance of 50 meters (approximately 55
yards), with consistency and reliability. With other brands and models
of premium pistols, this kind of accuracy may only be attained with
extensive (and expensive) modifications and customization with
after-market parts, while the M9 offers it right out of the box.
Packed with Tactical Features
The M9 offers a variety of tactical features that make it equally safe,
easy to use and dependable in the holster of military personnel as well
as for home or personal defense. Its reversible magazine release
enables the use of either hand for tactical magazine changes, while its
ambidextrous safety-decocker makes the pistol flexible for right- or
left-handed persons or for shooters trying out different gripping or
shooting styles. Its Bruniton finish with military-style markings is
highly resistant to sweat and corrosion, and after shooting, a tool-free
disassembly latch makes it simple and quick to take the pistol apart
for cleaning. These and countless other useful features make the M9 the
choice of the US military, as well as individuals wanting the absolute
best for sport or self-protection.