Beretta M9 Handgun Problems

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Beretta M9

Beretta M9 Handgun

Slide failures and inadequate stopping power are just some of the criticisms of the Beretta M9 (92F), a semi-automatic 9-mm pistol that replaced the Colt M1911A1 as the U.S. military’s standard sidearm in 1985. The M9 was chosen over the SIG Sauer P226, which later spawned the P228, the P229 and the Mosquito.

Critics also cite the Beretta M9’s magazine failures, but there’s plenty of blame here to go around. To control costs, the U.S. government purchased M9 magazines from several suppliers other than Beretta. The military’s original specification also contributed to M9 magazine malfunctions.

After firearms testing and troop testimony, the Pentagon determined that the heavy phosphate finish and ground conditions in Iraq were also to blame for problems with the Beretta M9 handgun.

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  1. Santa Fe Mike  April 23, 2013

    While stationed in New Orleans at the U.S. Coast Guard 8TH District Armory, we encountered breakages of the Locking Block, resulting in a jammed M9. I witnessed three such cases with one of them happening to me while firing. The M9 I was firing became useless, and resulted in my actuating the take-down lever to jiggle the slide/barrel assembly off of frame. It was usually the right side of the Locking Block that would break off.


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