U.S. Army weapons officials will not evaluate an improved version of the service’s Cold War-era 9mm pistol, choosing instead to search for a more modern soldier sidearm.
In early December, Beretta USA, the maker of the U.S. military’s M9 pistol for 30 years, submitted its modernized M9A3 as a possible alternative to the Army’s Modular Handgun System program — an effort to replace the M9 with a more powerful, state-of-the-art pistol.
Good. I hate the M9. Yes, LT Rusty, I know you love your 92.
I’m right, you’re wrong.
Having said that, the pistol for general issue is pretty much the least important small arms program out there. The SOF guys just go out and buy what they want anyway. And for the regular forces, if you’re worried about performance in a firefight, you need to pick up an M4.
Not that a good pistol isn’t handy. It’s just not nearly the issue that all the emotions attached to it make it out to be. And I say that as a guy who was very emotional about turning in an M1911A1 for an M9.