Like those pistols, the M9A3 operates on a short recoil, delayed blowback system. These double-action/single-action pistols come with high-capacity steel magazines designed to drop-free when the magazine button is depressed, even when empty. Beretta says the M9A3 mags are sand resistant due to a PVD coating designed to reduce friction and a tube designed to reduce the possibility of sand accumulation within the round column.
Other new features include:
- A Vertek-style verticle grip with front- and back-strap checkering;
- thin, flat grip panels, plus a removable wraparound grip that replicates the original M9’s grip feel;
- a three-slot picatinny rail;
- an oversized magazine release button;
- a beveled magazine well;
- dovetailed, tritium night sights; and
- a flat dark earth finish.
And like other 92-series pistols, the M9A3 features:
- An open slide design;
- a disassembly latch;
- a visible automatic firing pin block;
- an external hammer;
- a combat trigger guard;
- a reversible magazine release;
- an ambidextrous safety.
The standard M9A3 model features a safety/decocker lever on the slide, but the M9A3-G model offers a decocker-only. Beretta also offers standard and threaded barrels.
|9mm||10+1, 17+1||5.2″||8.5″||5.4″||1.5″||35.2 oz.|
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