Beretta Pushes Back, Asks Army to Reconsider Proposed M9A3 Pistol
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As we’ve previously reported, the Army has rejected the updated Beretta M9A3 as their future service pistol.
The gunmaker, who has enjoyed a very long running, very lucrative contract producing and maintaing the M9 pistol, is pushing back. According to Military.com, the gunmaker has formally asked the Army to reconsider the pistol:
Army officials sent Beretta a Jan. 29 letter stating that the M9A3 Engineering Change Proposal would not work as an alternative to the service’s Modular Handgun System program.
On Jan. 30, the maker of the M9 service pistol sent a letter to Army officials, “requesting reconsideration,” said Gabriele De Plano, vice president of military marketing and sales for Beretta USA.
“At this point, we are awaiting their response,” he said.
This is the latest development in this story that began with Beretta submitting the M9A3 in early December as an engineering change proposal to the current M9 contract. The improved M9 features new sights, a rail for mounting lights and accessories, better ergonomics and improved reliability, according to Beretta USA officials.
We’ll wait and see how this goes, but it’s not looking good for Beretta. The Army seems like it is on a solid course to change it’s issued pistol in the very near future.