- Soft shooting
- Threaded barrel
- No suppressor-height sights
The Beretta M9A3 takes the venerable 92/M9 series and gives it a facelift with some welcome upgrades and features. The result is a more modernized version of the soft-recoiling, flat-shooting pistol we all know and love.
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“This is a very accurate and precise gun that’s consistent in its ability to hit your target. Contributing to its accuracy is the fact it’s easy to control, and you’re unlikely to flinch firing it. This gun feels excellent in the handle. The front and rear texturing is a nice touch, and the grip fits just right in the hand. The magazine release and slide lock are easy to reach and engage. All in all, it’s a little dated but still a good gun.” – Travis Pike
Beretta’s 92X Performance builds on the 92 platform but elevates performance with out-of-the-box ready competition features. The Extreme S trigger feels like a dream while the gun itself brings fast cycling to the table. It’s hefty, so be prepared for that, but at the end of the day, you want that in a competition gun for recoil purposes. All in all, this is a solid shooter.
The Beretta M9 served as the standard sidearm of the U.S. military for over 30 years, owing to its reliability and ease of use. These are accurate handguns with strong ergonomics, and the size and weight make them easy to shoot and instill confidence in the user. Although the design is a bit dated at this point, many are still drawn in by the aesthetics, shootability, and reliability of the 92-series platform.
The Beretta M9A3 is a step in the right direction for the M9 platform. Some newer features help bring this pistol out of the 80s and into the modern era, but it is largely overshadowed now by its optics-ready brethren, the M9A4. However, for those who like the M9 platform and aren’t interested in red dots, the M9A3 is a solid duty gun with amazing reliability and soft shooting characteristics thanks to its weight and design.
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