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    M9A1 question

    Hi, guys. First post here.

    My #1 grandson is going into the USMC. I want to get him an M9-like pistol (yes, I know they are very restrictive re having it on base, etc. I will keep it until he gets a couple of stripes or a butter bar... not sure which way he is going yet). My information is that most Marine units now have the M9A1.

    I know that, in the past, Beretta offered for sale a near-identical version of the M9, in a plain cardboard box, etc. This is my question: the Beretta catalog # JS92M9A1 (Bud's stock # 23507) as offered by Bud's Guns APPEARS to be a similar example of the M9A1. True? If not, where should I look?

    Did the 'A1 bump up to 17 round magazine capacity? I see that's the option on Beretta's site. One wonders if Beretta even still makes their own magazines, or sub-contracts out to Meg-Gar like many other firms do these days?

    Any information (related to the pistol) would be greatly appreciated.


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    Senior Member denner's Avatar
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    It's a 92FS model M9A1, the same as what the marines are currently issued, rail, checkered grip, and comes with 2 - 15 round sand resistent Beretta factory magazines and is interchangeable with other 92 series magazines as well including the 17 rd magazines. If it were me i'd probably opt for the 92A1 17 rd (2204) internal recoil buffer and comes with 2- 17 round mags. If he needed the 15 rd sand resistent magazines you can get them at Beretta currently $55.00 a pop. Semper-fi.

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    No - there is the M9 - the REAL military version that is issues to the armed forces (you can buy the commercial equivalent to it).

    And then there is the M9A1 - a railed 92, but with frame checkering. These have been bought in limited #'s by the marines.

    TWO different guns, though.

    As for the internal buffer and the 17 round mags. That is ANOTHER model. The 92A1... Newest 92 variant - came out in 2010. This is in addition to the M9A1 and M9...

    Here is an M9A1.

    And a 92A1:

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    Senior Member denner's Avatar
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    I stand corrected as shipwreck has stated the M9A1 evidently does not incorporate the internal recoil buffer.

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    Member ponzer04's Avatar
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    If you want a real marine pistol go with a 1911.

    Congrats to your grandson on choosing the better branch.

    Yes the Corp uses the M9 however not everyone even gets a chance to shoot one, I never did. And that is because I never had a need to use one you don't get one till you are a SSgt and even that is slowing down they are opting to give Staff NCOs M4's instead. So that leaves officers and those who's MOS dictates they get one. Like flight crew where a rifle could impede their movement.

    I could have qualified with the M9, but I chose to sleep instead of waking a few hours earlier to make it to the range.

    I'm not trying to dissuade you just information

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