The Army's Old Beretta M9: Just How Good Is It?

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June 16, 2019 Topic: Security Region: Americas Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: M9BerettaBeretta M9U.S. ArmyPistol

The Army's Old Beretta M9: Just How Good Is It?


One of the best roles for the M9 will be as an SHTF weapon. As was discussed previously, the M9 is accurate, reliable, proven, and spare parts and accessories are widely available. All of these are qualities you would want in a sidearm for when things go bad.

The M9 is also a good choice for a home defense pistol to keep on your nightstand. With an 18 or 20 round magazine from Mec-Gar loaded with 9mm JHP self-defense rounds, the M9 offers you plenty of firepower for an intruder. Firearms expert Massad Ayoob opinionated that the Beretta 92 pistol is one of the best pistols to keep on your nightstand and, at least at one time, personally used a customized Beretta for the role.

Last but not least, you can also use the M9 as nothing more than a range piece if you would like as well. The accuracy, limited recoil, and larger size make it well suited for this task.


  • Caliber: 9mm Luger

  • Capacity: 10, 15, 17, 18, 20, or 30 Rounds Depending On Magazine

  • Length: 8.5 inches

  • Barrel Length: 4.9 inches

  • Weight: 34.2 ounces (when unloaded)

  • Muzzle Velocity: 1250 FPS


Is the M9 still relevant in the 21st Century?

Yes, it definitely is.

Even though it’s large and heavy for its size, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s an outdated firearm. When it comes down to it, the Beretta M9 is a fine example of a DA/SA 9mm service pistol.

If a DA/SA hammer fired design is what you prefer over the various striker fired options, there’s no question that the Beretta M9 is one of your best options currently available.

This article by Alex Joseph originally appeared at Gun News Daily in 2019.

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