US Army Awards New Beretta M9 Pistol Contract

Beretta 92A1 Pistol
Beretta 92A1 Pistol

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 work force 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

Beretta 92A1 Pistol
Beretta 92A1 Pistol

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

  • 5 thoughts on “US Army Awards New Beretta M9 Pistol Contract

    1. 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 I own several and enjoy shooting as well as loading ammo for them, which is why I KNOW the .45ACP is NOT what has been hyped around it! I also happen to have first-hand knowledge of what does and does not do to humans.

      How many internet Rambos have ever SEEN anyone shot, or seen what bullet wounds look like? I'm sure the answer is NONE, otherwise they would have already been disabused of their foolish thinking about the .45 versus 9mm. I constantly read.."I'd rather have a 1911 with ONE shot in it than a 9mm with a full magazine – because it will take more (9mm) than that to put a man down." What pure, unadulterated BUNK! Plenty of people soak up hit after hit from the .45ACP while just as often (probably more so from what I've personally seen), a single hit from a 9mm drops someone right where they stand.

      Just a few years ago I saw a man shot 3 times by a .45ACP from close range. His INSTANT repsonse was to turn and run for his house (for a gun)! What "put him down" was when the shooter raced up behind him and emptied the remaining rounds into his chest (5 shots)….so let's see…that must have been the toughest dude ever seen on planet Earth, OR, the .45ACP is not the Hammer of Thor, cause it took EIGHT to finally bring the man down, and had he a gun in HIS hand when the shooting started, there is ZERO doubt he would have had ample time to pull it out and deliver a "retort" to the shooter that may well have prevented the subsequent FIVE hits!

      Now let's say there had been TWO of these supremely bad-ass dudes….well, it took the entire magazine to neutralize just ONE!

      So some internet Rambo would CHOOSE to carry a 1911 with 2 spare mags for a total of 22 shots if carrying one up the spout, over a Glock M17 with two spare mags for a total of FIFTY-TWO (52) shots? Hell, G17 starts out with just FOUR fewer shots in the gun than the 1911 user has total!

      Combine this with the FACT that extended aftermarket mags in 1911 a NOT reliable for combat carry, whereas one can easily substitute two 33 round mags for their reloads for the G17 brining it up to a total of 84 shots carried on person – more easily concealed to top it off. The 1911 user must carry an extra ELEVEN (11) magazines to equal this…and we haven't even dealt with the need to keep popping a new magazine while the OTHER GUY is still banging away….RUSHING your ass with an overwhelming "spray" of bullets.

      Y'all "Rambos" might want to go back and watch some more clips of roadside shootouts before you pin your hopes on 8 shots of .45ACP.

    2. 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 is the difference between the Hammer of Thor and a stream of rank urine. The only scientifically VALID formula for comparing energy shows the two round virtually identical.

      The second John Browning left the U.S. he immediately embraced the 9mm cartridge for his next design…a BETTER design than is made-over 1905 redesign which became the 1911.

      The 1911 is a relatively weak design that was built around a 19K psi cartridge. The locking design is also overly complex by modern standards which causes a LOSS of reliability for the gain of nothing. It's overly heavy, holds a piddling 7 shots, and is demonstrably LESS robust and reliable than any other semiautomatic pistol on the market…including, and especially the Beretta M9.

      The "proof" the the 1911's weak design is evident that a polymer framed XD45, or G21 can easily handle .45 calibier loads of much greater power than the "ACP" loading, and do so WITHOUT modification. The same loads fired though a 1911 would rapidly batter it to death. Switch to the 10mm…same facts only more extreme. The 1911 "platform" is "adequate" for the original .45ACP 230gr./830fps/352lb-ft kinetic energy, but for that you end up with a gun twice as heavy carrying less than half as many shots.

      The M9 firing 9mm Nato spec ammo 124gr./1200fps/396lb-ft kinetic energy from a pistol that holds 16 shots in a lighter handgun, that is more reliable.

      Only people who've never had to rely soley on a pistol for carry into a real shootout would makes such foolish statements about prefering the 1911 with 7/8 shots over the M9 with 16. I can only HOPE there really are so many fools in the world on SHTF Day. They'll be the same ones carry their bolt-action rifles.

    3. 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?

    4. 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.

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