The US Army announced today that Beretta USA has been awarded a contract for up to 100,000 M9, 9mm caliber, pistols. An initial order for over 4,600 pistols has already been released to the company. All of the pistols will be manufactured at the Beretta USA facility in Maryland, where an American work force of nearly 300 employees has been making M9 pistols since 1987. To date, over 600,000 Beretta 9mm pistols have been delivered to the U.S. military.

“This order reconfirms the US Armed Forces’ interest and support of the M9 pistol. The Beretta M9 remains the standard sidearm of the US Army”, commented Cav. Ugo Gussalli Beretta, President of Beretta Holding, “These pistols will support American troops in the field for years to come.”

“We are very proud to continue supplying the M9 pistols to the U.S. Army” said Gabriele de Plano, Beretta U.S.A.’s Vice President of Military Marketing & Sales, “and we look forward to the opportunity of working with the Army to improve the current M9 design with many of the existing solutions available to us in the new Model 92A1 and 96A1 pistol families”.

Together with Benelli, Sako and Steiner, Beretta is part of Beretta Defense Technologies (BDT), an alliance of four leading companies unified to provide advanced products, services, in-house R&D and manufacturing in support of military personnel around the world. For additional information, visit

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  • TopSeargent-15thArmored

    Never bet your life for anything contract out to the lowest bidder. Marine Force Recon, Los Angeles Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics, the FBI Hostage Rescue Team and 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta (Delta Force), Special Forces, SEALs (some, not all) – carry a variation of the 1911 .45 pistol.
    This selection, unfortunately, is very political. The 9mm is well known for lack of stopping power – heck, the NAVY is going with .40 just to get away from 9mm. When will the mindset, of ‘the lowest bidder’ go away. Troops lives are at risk, accomplishing a mission successfully, and overall security are all dependent on proper tools for the job. The Beretta fails to meet this need.

  • I agree, .45acp or .40S&W are my top choices (for semi-autos), and many police departments in the USA agree with the .40S&W in an S&W M&P.

  • Rico

    An eyeball hit with a 22 is better than a miss with a 44 magnum

    • Who mentioned 44 magnums? You take a 22 into combat, I’ll stick with the 40S&W or 45acp. For a close up hit, 22 is fine; less mess and noise.