I'm thinking that there might be a reason for the name "Captain Zero". :rolleyes:
I believe he means to say an average service life of 35,000 rounds. However, I don't know about the Italian military, but the U.S. military has many, many, M9's still in service well past 35,000 rounds. The M9 has been in U.S. service for the past 25 years and has seen numerous theatres in war(unlike Italy or Austria), perhaps more than any pistol on earth, has been handled, shot and abused by troops who are known not to be the best at maitenance and don't own them.. I do believe 25 years in U.S. service and many wars are a testament to the M9's duarability,longevity, and reliability, as the M9 is destined to go down like it's predecessor the venerable Colt 1911 as a true and abused war horse, when and if it's replaced. Beretta USA announced on September 30, 2011 that the U.S. Army's Foreign Military Sales program has purchased an additional 15,778 Model 92FS pistols for the Afghan military and other U.S. allies. The Model 92FS is the non-U.S. military designation for the M9 pistol. In September 2012, Beretta USA announced that the US Army had bought 100,000 M9 pistols and that the M9 "would remain their sidearm for the next five years."
Originally Posted by CPT.ZERO