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Pistol Review: Beretta's M9A3 - The M9 Done Right

When it comes to the Beretta M9, you don't get much more iconic than that. To many across the world, the Beretta 92 platform is the quintessential 9mm pistol.

With the M9A3 semiauto pistol, Beretta has created the perfect blend of all the modern tactical features with the M9's flawless functionality that many of today’s professionals love and admire.


Beretta said everything you need to know in a concise, straight-to-the-point manner, "From Vertec-style thin grip to universal slide design convertible from safety-decocker to decocker-only, from a beveled magazine well to oversize mag-release button, from a 3-slot built-in Picatinny rail to high-capacity capability for maximum firepower, the M9A3 was designed to deliver the performance that military, law-enforcement and VIP-protection professionals demand. In short, this combat pistol was designed to be perfect for any tactical use, including home- and personal defense, tactical competitions as well as duty carry in any condition."

Now while that encompasses an overall look on the M9A3, lets get into the details of why those features allow the M9A3 to deliver high-performance results.

The Vertec-style vertical grip of the M9A3 provides two very important benefits. Its vertical configuration allows you to point the handgun to where one would normally point the index finger of the dominant hand. While this may not be an "important benefit" to the everyday Joe, this instinctive pointing is highly prized by tactical shooters and allows for consistent target acquisition and precision. In addition, Beretta employs thin grips while accommodating a double-stack, high-capacity magazine. As a result, trigger-reach simple even for those with smaller hands. Topping it all off, the crisp checkering on the front- and backstrap provide a secure, tactile grip in any situation.

One of the M9A3's flagship features is it's universal slide which is easily easily convertible from FS to G mode. Meaning, the M9A3's safety lever can used in a safety-decocker mode or in a decocker-only mode.

Even more versatility is offered in it's removable front sight. For shooters who have a unique preference in their sight picture, the front sight can be effortlessly changed in regard to material or construction. It doesn't stop there, a variety of accessories can be installed thanks to the built-in 3-slot Picatinny rail.

Topping it all off. the M9A3 employs a hyper-resistant FDE finish that is practically impervious to the elements.

"Whether it’s on duty, at home, for concealed carry or at the range, the M9A3 will always give you the absolute best of Beretta’s centuries-old experience and long history serving the needs of professionals the world over." - Beretta


  • Caliber: 9mm

  • Barrel: 4.9 Inches

  • Overall Length: 8.5 in

  • Overall Height: 5 in

  • Overall Width: 1.5 in

  • Weight: 33.9 Ounces (Empty)

  • Grips: Polymer

  • Sights: Tritium Three-dot

  • Action: Da/sa

  • Finish: Flat Dark Earth Cerakote

  • Capacity: 17+1


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