When the Army decided not to include the Beretta M9A3 in its search for a new official sidearm, the company made it available for civilian enthusiasts and Gabrielle de Plano, Beretta vice president of Defense Marketing and Operations, provided some interesting tidbits on the handgun recently.
Thanks to the Great Blizzard of 2016, the Army has extended the deadline until Feb. 12 for entrance into its XM17 Modular Handgun Program trial.
Beretta, the maker of the standard-issue "U.S. Pistol, M9" for 30 years, has received word back from the U.S. Army that its Engineering Change Proposal (ECP) to the contract signed in 2012 for up to 120,000 pistols has been formally rejected.
Today American Rifleman's Mark Keefe is at Beretta USA in Accokeek, Md., doing something that no sitting governor of the state of Maryland has done: visit the plant that has manufactured the M9 pistol that has served the United States military since the 1980s.*