Beretta Defense Technologies recently announced that the Beretta Model M9A3 9mm pistol is now shipping to law enforcement dealers, law enforcement agencies and is now being offered to military customers worldwide.
Beretta originally submitted the M9A3 to the Army late last year as an alternative to the Modular Handgun System. The improved M9 features new sights, a rail for mounting lights and accessories, better ergonomics and improved reliability, according to Beretta USA officials.
The Army quickly denied Beretta’s M9A3 engineering change proposal and pushed ahead with MHS.
Despite the decision, Beretta continues to market its improved M9.
“The M9A3 represents the next generation handgun utilizing the best attributes of the legacy M9 pistol combined with proven COTS modifications that increase performance and durability” Gabriele de Plano, vice president of Military Marketing and Operations for Beretta Defense Technologies, said in a recent press release.
“The U.S. Army, or any military or law enforcement service using M9s can adopt this weapon today with minimal impact to their training, in-service accessories (holsters, lights, etc.), integrated logistics support plan, and existing parts inventory.”
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.
“Combined with the U.S. Army’s recent decision to accept new, improved ammunition (specifically jacketed hollow point) for military applications, the M9A3 becomes a more lethal, ready-to-use now solution that is also a fiscally responsible option,” said Gabe Bailey, Military Business Development manager for Beretta Defense Technologies.
“Use of improved ammunition in the M9A3 will likely attain the desired lethality and penetration characteristics the U.S. Army is seeking today through its Modular Handgun System program at a fraction of the cost of replacing an entire weapon system, conducting new training and qualification, and buying all new accessories.”
The M9A3 currently retails for $1,099, according to Beretta’s website.