New Tennessee-made Beretta M9 Pistols Continue Records for Reliability

Remembering How the Beretta M9 Became America’s Sidearm
Beretta M9 – America’s Sidearm

BerettaGallatin, TN-( Beretta Defense Technologies (BDT) is pleased to announce that new M9 pistols tested at the Company’s manufacturing facility in Gallatin, Tennessee have continued the world-record reliability pace for the product. Beretta U.S.A. completed the fourteenth consecutive M9 Lot Acceptance Test (LAT) this month with an average of only one malfunction every 19,090 rounds. During this testing period 42 M9 pistols were fired 210,000 rounds, with resultant reliability almost 10 times better than the rate of reliability required by the U.S. Army in its current Modular Handgun System program.

Beretta U.S.A. has now delivered thousands of new M9 pistols to both U.S. military and Foreign Military customers from the Company’s Gallatin facility. New U.S. and Foreign Military Sales M9 orders were issued to the Company in August, extending production of M9 pistols from that facility into the year 2020.

Beretta U.S.A. completed the fourteenth consecutive M9 Lot Acceptance Test (LAT) this month with an average of only one malfunction every 19,090 rounds.
Beretta U.S.A. completed the fourteenth consecutive M9 Lot Acceptance Test (LAT) this month with an average of only one malfunction every 19,090 rounds.

“These pistols have successfully undergone 100% complete individual component interchangeability testing with no issues. These same pistols then passed all of the individual pistol tests after the Interchange Test, including Headspace Verification, Firing Pin Indent, Trigger Pull, Function, and Targeting & Accuracy. The pistols also each passed the function and other individual pistol tests 100%”, stated Gabriele de Plano, Vice- President of Military Marketing and Operations for Beretta Defense Technologies.

“The incredible reliability of the M9 pistol is being continuously confirmed,” Mr. de Plano added. “Half of the LAT Reliability tests resulted in “perfect” reliability scores with zero malfunctions in 15,000 rounds!”

“The most important characteristic of a military firearm is that it function as intended when needed in a crisis,” stated Franco Gussalli Beretta, Executive Vice-President of Beretta U.S.A. “The M9 has always proven itself to be the most reliable combat pistol in its 30 years of service with the US Armed Services and new M9 pistols being delivered today continue to show that reliability and performance.”

Beretta Handgun
Beretta M9 Handgun

About Beretta 

Beretta, established in 1526, is the oldest industrial dynasty in the world tracing its roots through 16 generations of continuous family ownership. Firearms bearing the Beretta name have been sold for almost 500 years. Beretta USA Corp. was founded in 1977 in Accokeek, MD 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. Beretta-owned companies employ nearly 600 individuals within the United States with locations in Tennessee, Colorado, Maryland, New York, Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Virginia. For additional information visit

  • 16 thoughts on “New Tennessee-made Beretta M9 Pistols Continue Records for Reliability

    1. Why did several comments disappear? I especially like the one that suggested a “Charles” meant 9mm Luger ammo and not 45 ACP.

    2. I have a Wilson Combat 92G Brigadier Tactical that is outstanding in reliability as it should be costing me over $1600 including a total of 10 magazines! It came with 3×15 round mags and I purchased a 4th Bereta 15, 4×20 round Mecgar and 2×18 round Mecgar. I really like the Mecgars because I can fully load them with my 79 year old fingers WITHOUT using a loading tool! Just one thing to be cautious about it is the barrel gets burn-my-fingers hot after firing a full magazine rapidly!

    3. Since 1969, I loved and carried a 1911 daily as a (HCSO) Deputy Sheriff and as a Military Police Officer.
      In 1975, I was the OIC of the 4th Division pistol team.

      In October 1990, en route to the first Gulf War, at Ft Benning, I was told that there were no 1911s (or M14s) left on active duty, and was issued an M9.

      Faced with going to war with neither my beloved 1911 (or M14!), I stuffed my pockets with magazines and headed for the range area.
      There was an MP Company finishing a qualification day, so I took a stack of leftover boxes of 45acp ammo, loaded up 13 magazines, stuffed them in my pistol belt, and told the Lieutenant to declare the range hot.

      I just started walking the line shooting at every pop up target on the range.
      Every time I pressed the trigger, a pop up went down, no “stove pipes”, “allibis”, “ftf’s”, or “hang fires”.
      The young troops were ecstatic to see an “old man Field Grade Military Police Officer” who could actually “walk the walk”, not just hold down a desk.

      For 13 months in the “Sand Box”, that M9 was my constant companion.
      When I got back to CONUS, I bought a 92, which I finally sold to buy a pair of 96D Brigadiers.
      To date, my only complaint is that they fling brass overhead so vigorously that they could give baseball outfielders a work out.

        1. After reading the responses to my post, I realized that I should have been more direct in presenting the central thesis of my comment.

          The first Gulf War was remarkable in that it was so inter – generational.
          We had a number of fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters, serving together in the theater. 
          The camaraderie and the morale was incredible because the young troops had the old Viet Vets and even some recent skirmish veterans beside them.

          It is absolutely essential that the troops have confidence in their leaders, their comrades, and their equipment.

          I still love 1911s, but quite honestly, the M9 was, and remains a much better choice, especially for the young troops.
          A close friend of mine was the OIC (officer in charge) of selecting the new service pistol (M9) to replace the 1911.
          We met shortly after the selection, and I groused with him over some other alternatives, but I never really won the argument.

          I have not yet purchased a SIG 320, but I have owned many SIGs, and still have quite a few.
          I can appreciate that the new selection does offer some significant advantages over the M9.

          Quite frankly, the most important factor will be the training and the weapons handling procedures implemented. 

          My commander, BG Conlon, in the first Gulf War really understood small arms and tried vainly to convince the senior generals to quit the admin procedure of using weapons clearing barrels around headquarters and admin areas for the massive troop redeployments after the war.
          He, and anyone who really understands small arms safety proceedures, knows that the greatest danger is careless handling by less experienced personnel.
          If the pistol stays in the holster until it’s time to launch lead, there will be no accidental or negligent discharges.

          It is critical that the troops have confidence in their leadership, their comrades, and their equipment.
          Training and procedures must be prudently realistic, very well planned, and thoroughly understood, in order to be safe, efficient, and effective.

      1. I hope you meant that you took some left over boxes of 9mm luger and filled those 13 magazines, because it would have been tough to fill them with .45ACP rounds and even tougher to get the M9 to shoot them.

        1. As soon as they published my comment, I discovered my mistaken reference to 45acp ammo, and immediately submitted a correction to my original posting.

          Unfortunately, there is, of course, a time lag, so some readers saw the original posting before the correction appeared. 

          My military career began in 1967 at Ft Benning for basic training and I finally hung up my spurs for the last time in 1995.

          That time was pretty much evenly split between active duty and reserve units.

          Most of the latter half of my career was spent in my alternate specialty of logistics or teaching Command and General Staff College. During all of that time, I was privileged to shoot a great deal of 45 ACP.

          In August of 1990, shortly after Saddam invaded Kuwait, I requested to return to active duty.

          Long after the M9 was adopted, many reserve units were still issued 1911s.

          In fact, a number of reserve units in the first Gulf War (Desert Shield, Desert Storm) showed up with their 1911s. 

          Although I had owned and fired other 9mms to include a P38 and a S&W 59, the first one that I was issued was at Fort Benning. That M9 was the first one that I had ever actually held, much less fired.

          For over 20 years, most of my experiences and memories were with 45acp 1911s, and that was the first time that I had ever even seen, much less been privileged to fire any Army issue 9mm.

      2. @Charles, I was at the Intel BDE at Huachuca! Just a caution, brother, if you give to many details about yourself some of these young computer whiz bangs can figure out who you are. Next thing you know, your credit cards are max’ed out and there is a new mortgage on your house. Not good Opsec.

        1. Thank you.
          I concur, and will try to be as cautious as possible.
          On the other hand, today, “privacy” is an illusion.

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