Beretta M9/92F

Beretta M9/92F

Beretta M9/92F

Beretta 92FS Stainless Inox


Type Semi-automatic pistol
Weight 963.9g
Length 217mm
Barrel Length 125mm
Magazine Capacity 15 rounds
Caliber 9mm Parabellum
Rifling 6 grooves, RH
Muzzle Velocity 390 meters/second
In Service 1976-
Country of Origin Italy

The Beretta M9/92F, one of the world’s most famous double-action pistols for both military and civilian applications, evolved from earlier semi-automatic pistol designs including the Model 1934. The M9/92F incorporates a pivoting breech locking block similar to that of the German Walther P-38.

Following the conflict in Vietnam, the U.S. military began to evaluate the need for a single military handgun to replace stockpiles of aging .38- and .45-caliber revolvers and pistols. They specified a 9mm Parabellum semi-automatic pistol to allow ammunition compatibility with other North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces, who were already using this cartridge in their pistols and submachine guns. Criteria included: double-action capability, 9mm Parabellum chambering, ambidextrous operation, and high magazine capacity. Pistols from a variety of arms makers underwent extensive testing.

The Beretta 92 was adopted in 1976. A transitional model, the 92SB-F, which included a firing pin block safety, was passed in 1984 as a U.S. government military standard pistol. It was designated by the U.S. military as the M9 pistol or PDW (Personal Defense Weapon), with first examples imported from Italy for this contract marked as Model 92F.

The Beretta Model 92F is a double-action semi-automatic pistol. The first shot can be fired from a hammer down position by a pull of the trigger. Subsequent shots may be in single-action mode. The hammer is recocked automatically by slide cycling, or, by using the slide mounted ambidextrous safety, the stick may be lowered to return to double-action operation. Extended magazines holding twenty or more cartridges can be used.

The Beretta 92F pistol marks some ‘firsts’ for a standard issue U.S. military handgun in active service with the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy: the first 9mm Parabellum pistol, the first pistol with an aluminum frame, and the first double-action pistol.

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