Army Rejects M9A3 Proposal, Opts for New Pistol |

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.

via Army Rejects M9A3 Proposal, Opts for New 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.

10 thoughts on “Army Rejects M9A3 Proposal, Opts for New Pistol |”

  1. Like my 92FS but by no means wedded to it. Left my M9 on the FOB after the first two weeks or so. Pistol was for going to the DFAC, and rifle was for going out.

  2. Huh. I must have closed the window before clicking “post” last time …

    While yes, I love my 92FS … I absolutely hated the M9’s I was issued. There’s a world of difference between a high mileage M9 that has been only indifferently maintained and a well-cared-for 92FS.

  3. Time to go with a really modern side arm, the 1911A1 in 45ACP.

    The SEALs like the H&K USP. I have it on good authority there is a certain former Badger deppity Sheriff that likes ’em too. I don’t like DA only autos, however.

    1. Why yes, there is a HK Badger. He bought himself a SIG P250 for his birthday last year, .45ACP. Since it was a Birthday Present, it’s named “Precious”.

    1. When I get past my momentary penury I’ll check it out. I prefer full time SA, however. Mr. Browning’s creation will always have a place reserved in my heart.

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