Beretta 92FS

The Beretta 92FS is the same as Beretta M9 issued to the U.S. Military, except for the slide markings.


Beretta 92FS with the slide safety on.

The Beretta 92 is the pistol that replaced the M1911A1 in U.S. military service in 1985.  The Beretta 92 is a modern 9mm pistol.  The action is based upon the Walther P-38, the first widely issued double action service pistol. and fires double action for the first shot but single action on subsequent shots.  Its magazine holds 15 rounds of ammo.  Additionally, another round can be safely carried in the chamber and the pistol also has an external safety/de-cocker.  However, it does not have a magazine safety and thus, can fire manually chambered rounds in an emergency.  The Berettas most distinctive feature is its cutaway slide which makes it one of the most reliable semi-automatic pistols, since it eliminates the possibility of shell casing catching on the slide while cycling.

The Beretta 92FS was selected, after a very contentious series of trials, as the U.S. military's primary sidearm in 1984 with an initial contract for over 320,000 guns.  It was designated as the M9.  Though, being a 9mm, it does not have the stopping power of the M1911A1, the M9 is more reliable, more accurate (as issued), easier to shoot, easier to disassemble and clean in the field, and it carries more than twice as many rounds, at 15.  The less powerful caliber was chosen to ensure commonality of ammo with NATO allies.

The adoption by the U.S. military led to its adoption by hundreds of U.S. law enforcement agencies and several other U.S. government agencies.  It is also used by the French Military, Italian Military, and many other foreign military and police forces.  In addition to the 600,000 made for the U.S. Military in the late 1980s and early 1990s, in 2012, an order was placed for over 100,000 guns to supply the U.S. Military.  The Marines have even ordered around 20,000 of an improved version called the M9A1.  

The Beretta 92FS is the civilian version of the Beretta M9.  It is identical to the M9 manufactured after the slide was beefed up to handle repeated firing of +P 9mm Parabellum rounds.  In addition to the civilian market, it has been issued to police forces around the world.

Specifications

Version - Beretta 92FS

Caliber - 9 x 19mm Parabellum

Frame - Alloy.

Slide - Steel.

Action - Double/Single Action, Locking Block.

Grips - Plastic

Barrel - 4.9”.

Overall Length - 8.5”.  

Weight - 2.08 lbs unloaded.

Magazines - 15 rd detachable box but 10, 17 and 18 rd are common and 20 and 30 rd are available.

Sights - Line and Dot Notch and Blade.

Beretta:  92FS (Civilian M9), Top;  M9A1 with Insight M6 Weapon Light/Laser, Middle;  and  M9A3 with Surefire X300U Weapon Light, Bottom.

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