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MasterYong
06-18-2009, 4:26 PM
I have been looking on GunBroker, and I can't find anyone that has a "real" M9. Just a lot of folks that are either:

A. Selling a 92FS and calling it an M9...

or

B. Selling a commemorative edition "M9" that says M9 on the slide but after further inspection is actually a 92FS that is being somehow marketed to the public as an M9 by adding a little paint.

So... I posted a thread about a week ago asking opinions on whether I should get a 9mm Glock or a Beretta 92FS, and the thread turned into a "92FS bad, M9A1 good" discussion.

I never could figure out the difference between an M9A1 and a 92FS except that the M9A1 has a rail (which is awesome) and that it doesn't use any plastic parts like the 92FS does.

I've looked and looked however and I can't seem to find a "true" M9A1... soooooooo- were these ever actually available to the general public NIB? I can only find used M9A1s that appear to be the real deal.

Ideas? Comments? Links? Is there really a difference between an M9A1 and a 92FS at all aside form the rail?

School me. I want my M9A1 (pattern) handgun! :43:

Oldnoob
06-18-2009, 4:53 PM
Yes M9 if available for civilian. Here is a youtube video down a great job explianing the difference between 92 and M9 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRJgBqaDOzs&feature=channel_page. The A1, as far as I know just mean it add a rail (both 92 and M9 has A1 model). Other Beretta expert might give you more info on the A1.

Quiet
06-18-2009, 7:25 PM
FYI.
The Beretta M-9A1 is not on the approved list.

goathead
06-18-2009, 8:05 PM
m9 :mnl:

Greg-Dawg
06-18-2009, 8:09 PM
I saw an M9 for sale at Gun World in Burbank...that was a year ago.

luisdeleon
06-18-2009, 8:20 PM
m9 has a straight dustcover and back strap is not as curved as the 92. m9 has two dot sights 92 has three. M9A1 has a vertec frame top is the same as the M9. i feel the m9 or any straight dust cover 92 has more room in the grip for me. my 92fs italian has a slanted dust cover. the trigger guard puts pressure on my middle finger.

Suvorov
06-18-2009, 8:39 PM
Beretta has released quite a few M-9s to the public. These are actual M-9s with NSN#'s, the only difference is that they have non-government serial numbers. These typically come in brown cardboard boxes with green dust jackets. A special edition M-9 with M-12 holster, belt, and other goodies was available in the late 1990s.

The M-9A1 has been available in the PRK but may be hard to find now (Tabors in San Bruno had them). Funny thing about the M-9A1 is that most of the ones (if not all) had slides marked as 92FS.

The only real advantage the A1 has over the 92FS (or M-9) is the integral accessory rail. The A1 also has nicer checkering on the frontstrap and a slightly modified grip. I really wouldn't worry about plastic parts, for the most part they are an improvement and some parts like the trigger are still metal, only with a plastic coating. Plastic guide rods are actually better in some conditions as they will still function while bent and allow more resistance to sand. AFAIK, the A1 has the same plastic part count as the latest 92/M9s. If you are wanting a metal gun, I'd be looking for a used 1990s vintage 92 or M9 commemorative edition.

Beretta Forums and AR15.com are both great references for the differences between the different 92/M9 model handguns.

Suvorov
06-18-2009, 8:42 PM
m9 has a straight dustcover and back strap is not as curved as the 92. m9 has two dot sights 92 has three. M9A1 has a vertec frame top is the same as the M9. i feel the m9 or any straight dust cover 92 has more room in the grip for me. my 92fs italian has a slanted dust cover. the trigger guard puts pressure on my middle finger.

Keep in mind that all 92s made before approximately 2002 also had the straight dustcover that the M-9 does and the unimproved backstrap. A 1990s vintage 92FS is basically IDENTICAL to a M-9 with the exception of markings and sights.

Suvorov
06-18-2009, 8:51 PM
FYI.
The Beretta M-9A1 is not on the approved list.

Actually it is:

92FS Type M9A1 / Steel, Alloy Pistol 5" 9mm 12/14/2009

MasterYong
06-18-2009, 9:13 PM
Actually it is:

Thanks. I coulda wore I'd seen it on the list.

Oldnoob: thanks for the vid!

flatovercrest
06-18-2009, 9:20 PM
I purchased one at Greta's in Simi Valley few days ago. I will pick it up on monday.
It was the first M9 I ever saw for sale on a gun store shelf.
Woman bought it 6 months ago new at that very same store, for home protection and for range use. Never shot it and put it in consignment the same day I bought it.

Exiledviking
06-18-2009, 10:16 PM
M9A1 has a vertec frame top is the same as the M9.

The M9A1 does not have a Vertec frame. It uses a frame more like the M9, but with a rail on the dust cover. See pic in link below from Beretta USA.

https://www.berettausa.com/e2wProductGroupDetailDropDown.aspx?parentid=410000 1489&parentLink=2100000084:3100001364:3100001368:410000 1489

GTXR390
06-19-2009, 8:26 AM
saw an M9-A1 @ Target Masters November '08...but gone...someone bought it...really nice piece

Oldnoob
06-19-2009, 10:00 AM
Oldnoob: thanks for the vid!

You welcome. I hope it help. I'm not too familiar with 92/M9 it don't fit me well. It's a good gun none the less though.

I haven't check beretta's website for a while. Are they still use the same photo for both 92 and M9?