US Army Awards New Beretta M9 Pistol Contract

Spc. Brandon Byrne fires Beretta M9 pistol (Army photo)

Accokeek, MD –The US Army announced today that Beretta USA has been awarded a contract for up to 100,000 M9, 9mm caliber, pistols.

An initial order for over 4,600 pistols has already been released to the company.

All of the pistols will be manufactured at the Beretta USA facility in Maryland, where an American workforce of nearly 300 employees has been making M9 pistols since 1987. To date, over 600,000 Beretta 9mm pistols have been delivered to the U.S. military.

“This order reconfirms the US Armed Forces’ interest and support of the M9 pistol. The Beretta M9 remains the standard sidearm of the US Army”, commented Cav. Ugo Gussalli Beretta, President of Beretta Holding, “These pistols will support American troops in the field for years to come.”

“We are very proud to continue supplying the M9 pistols to the U.S. Army” said Gabriele de Plano, Beretta U.S.A.’s Vice President of Military Marketing & Sales, “and we look forward to the opportunity of working with the Army to improve the current M9 design with many of the existing solutions available to us in the new Model 92A1 and 96A1 pistol families”.

Together with Benelli, Sako, and Steiner, Beretta is part of Beretta Defense Technologies (BDT), an alliance of four leading companies unified to provide advanced products, services, in-house R&D, and manufacturing in support of military personnel around the world. For additional information, visit

About Beretta

Beretta, established in 1526, is the oldest industrial dynasty in the world tracing its roots through 15 generations of continuous family ownership. Firearms bearing the Beretta name have been sold for almost 500 years. Beretta USA Corp., a Beretta Holding company, was founded in 1977 and supplies the standard sidearm to the U.S. Armed Forces. Today Beretta manufactures, distributes and markets a complete line of firearms, accessories and apparel. Beretta also owns and operates six retail Beretta Gallery stores worldwide. For additional information, visit


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The whole 1911/.45ACP is built entirely on the American propensity to believe "bigger is better" despite any other factor, and of course, marketing, and an ignorant consumer. This is why I am constantly seeing people make ridiculous statements like: "The .45ACP is more effective than the .44 Magnum…" and even more outrageous; "I want an AR-15 in .45ACP as an 'entry gun' because it has more stopping power than the weak 5.56…" REALLY? Is this REALLY how stupid the market-driven consumer has become? I hate being forced to take a stance in opposition to the 1911 or the .45ACP because… Read more »


1911 was good – still is, but it's outclassed on every level my newer designs, the M9 being just one. The great caliber debate is based on a misunderstand of history, not empirical facts. The .45ACP was indeed far better than the THEN Colt .38 revolver in use by the Army, but that was a very anemic 130gr. bullet at 750fps. When introduced the 9mm produced greater kinetic energy than the .45ACP, would have been just as effective as the .45ACP with the exception of better penetration. It's astounding that so many internet Rambos believe the difference in .096" diameter… Read more »

Nam Marine

The Army dropped the ball here. They should have returned to the 1911, .45 caliber long ago!

Just ask the men that have to use a sidearm what they would prefer?

Joe Doakes

Excellent pistol . . . makes me look good every time I hit the range.

rick eppard

its a good weapon,,what i love about mine is you can interchange the barrels,,from 9mm to 40cal.the clips are the same. but I guess all of you people new that.but it is a dam good gun.