The M9 has been in service with the U.S. Armed Forces for 30 years. Beretta has delivered 600,000 M9s to the DoD; with a contract in place to deliver an additional 100,000 pistols.
To meet the Army’s Modular Handgun System (MHS) solicitation requirements, Beretta has designed a much improved handgun dubbed the M9A3.
The M9A3 features a thin grip with a removable modular wrap-around grip, MIL-STD-1913 accessory rail, removable front and rear tritium sights, extended and threaded barrel for suppressor use, 17-round sand resistant magazine, and numerous improved small components to increase durability and ergonomics, all in an earth tone finish.
Concurrent with its announcement, Beretta has indicated plans to make the M9A3 available to law enforcement and commercial markets. The target date for availability in those markets is sometime in Q2-2015. So, you’ll want to be looking out for that event.
We’ll certainly bring you more on the M9A3, but it looks like a winner. The inclusion of the threaded and extended barrel, along with the accessory rail and modular grip addresses the overwhelming majority of the U.S. Army’s needs; leaving caliber options to be decided at a later date.