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From Beretta USA . . .

Beretta USA is excited to announce the launch of the new M9A4, the newest model in the venerable M9 series of pistols. Built to exceed the standards of even the most demanding tactical shooters, the M9A4 blends the proven design of the M9 with modern features such as a red-dot optic compatible slide and dovetailed tritium night sights for optimal sight options, an enhanced short reset Xtreme Trigger System, an 18-round magazine, and a Beretta Vertec frame with included aggressively textured Vertec-style thin grips that ensure a more natural fit for all shooters.

“After several years of feedback, research, and development, we are proud to bring the latest version of the M9 series pistol to the market and show the ultimate evolution of the venerable M9 series. We are excited to bring the M9A4 to market incorporating the latest advancements in 90 series pistols to date with a red-dot ready slide, an enhanced short reset Xtreme Trigger System, and a higher capacity magazine offering,” Erik Stern, Tactical and Pro Shop Product Manager, said.

Proudly built in the USA, the new M9A4 is designed to be ideal for any tactical situation, including home and personal defense, tactical competitions, and duty carry in any condition.

The red-dot ready M9A4 features integral slide cuts to allow for the mounting of optional optic plate styles. Consumers can receive a free optic plate from Beretta upon the registration of their purchased firearm or purchase an additional one aftermarket. Shipping with blanking covers, the end-user is able to purchase one of five different plates that allow for mounting of all of the most popular optic variants on the market today.

The M9A4 features an enhanced short reset Xtreme Trigger System with DLC Coated fire control and a short reset trigger and a G decock-only slide befitting the combat-oriented pistol that this new model is based upon.

With a Vertec-style vertical grip and aggressively texturized Vertec-style thin grips, the M9A4 allows for instinctive control and pointing highly prized by tactical shooters and makes for consistent and accurate target acquisition. The beveled magazine well allows for quick magazine changes to be performed easily with one hand regardless of lighting conditions.

The M9A4 also features a removable front sight for tactical shooters who have a distinct preference in terms of sight picture, material, or construction. In addition, a variety of accessory options are possible thanks to the built-in 3-slot Picatinny rail located in front of the trigger guard, which enables the easy attachment of a variety of tactical lights, laser devices, and more.

The M9A4 comes in 10 and 15-round magazine capacities and a new offering of an 18-round magazine for those end-users who desire a higher magazine capacity and for improved feeding.

The Beretta M9A4 is now available for purchase in a wear-resistant FDE finish and retails for an MSRP of $1,099.

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  1. Somehow I just can’t picture John McClane crawling around in a heat duck carrying this.

      • Yes you can but if Beretta were a little smarter, they would sell the G Conversion for the Inox models. I would pay $100 for one and have two older Inoxes. The only thing on them that is black is the magazine floor-plate and those are 18 round Mec-Gar’s.
        The grips are WC G10 ultra-thin Gray/Black and they look good. Also the “D spring” makes a big difference in the trigger in DA and SA.

        Once you dial these guns in, they are tack drivers.

        • I think all the small bits on all the new production INOXs are black, but it would make sense to run a few out for older models. They still make a stainless hammer. I have the Compact INOX and the first thing you need to do any 92 that doesn’t already come with the D spring is to replace the 20# hammerspring. D = 16# but you can go down as low as 13# without light primer strikes. The lighter ones are hard to find though. They’ll never be as light and smooth as a good revolver in DA though since they use a short hammer and stiffer spring for rapid cycling. My GP100 came with a 14# hammerspring and I replaced it with a 10#.

        • Does anyone know if the D spring will reliably fire small rifle magnum primers. Since I have a lot more of those, I’ve been saving my small pistol primers for my striker fired guns.

        • If it’s the 16# D spring you should have zero problems with any primers, a lot of people (including me) run the 14# w/o any problems but 12# you “might” run into problems with hard primers is what I have been told.
          The 14# really transforms the trigger and keeps 100% reliability.
          You can order them from Wilson Combat.

        • Thanks for the link, Rob. I’ve been keeping an eye out on Midway and Brownells for one but somehow never thought to go straight to WC. See how much it improves from 16# to 14#.

      • Thanks for the link Gov. Petomane. My local GS won’t attempt the conversion, and I’d like to decock only my 92A1.

        • “…I’d like to decock only my 92A1.”

          This is an interesting question: safety v. decock. Why would a safety be needed, or even desired. on a pistol with a decocker?

          Asking for a friend.

  2. I loved the M9A3 when it came out. I just see many since all the crap started.

    I would have to get a closer look at this to be sure.

      • There’s nothing in this article or at the Beretta website to indicate it’s a threaded barrel. All Beretta M9, 92, and 96 series have a barrel that extends beyond the slide, but they’re not threaded. I know this LOOKS like it should be threaded, but I’m pretty sure that if it were threaded, Beretta would have said at its website (the link to its website is in the article. I can’t paste the link here because comments with links in them — even repeating a link that’s in the article — seem to get auto-deleted by TTAG’s censorship algorithm or censorship bot!)

        • 92A1’s also have the threaded barrel standard.

          I agree with you though, that’s usually a selling point addressed in the description/specs. Because it’s not mentioned, it most likely isn’t threaded, also the knurled thread protector cap is obvious on my 92A1. It was the first thing I noticed when I looked at the display model at my LGS. Looking at the image shown here, it doesn’t look like a TP cap on the barrel.

  3. Why aren’t they showing pictures of it with a red dot mounted? I did a quick search and found one picture that’s angled so you can’t get a side view. I also see a short Beretta video where they show it for a millisecond. It’s like they’re ashamed of it. It doesn’t look like the sights co-witness.

    • If you follow the link in the article to Beretta’s website, there is a large photo of it with a red dot mounted. You just have to scroll down on that Beretta web page to see the photo with the red dot mounted.

      The link to Beretta’s website is in the article. Again, I can’t paste the link here because comments with links in them — even repeating a link that’s in the article — seem to get auto-deleted by TTAG’s censorship algorithm or censorship bot!

  4. A thousand dollar pistol for a non-competition shooter? Does that make cents? Will a thousand dollar handgun meaningfully increase your self-defense survival rate, over a $400 handgun?

    • Common sense isn’t so common, Sam. But you knew that. Save that money to pay for insurance or a lawyer in case you have to actually defend yourself.

      Watch the pennies, the dollars add up.

    • The extra many pennies in this case show up in special circumstances. Reliability with extreme weather/dust/fouling, increased precision at extended ranges (M9’s exceed 1″ groups at 25 yrds), longevity considering the pistol will fire 25,000 rounds without any part replacement. Then there are the add-ons like modular grips, threaded barrel, night sights, and match trigger and barrel. It’s expensive but it’s at least you’re getting what you are paying for unlike most Sigs or HK pistols.

      • “Reliability with extreme weather/dust/fouling, increased precision at extended ranges…”

        Thanx for the added info. Just seems like support for a competition shooter choice. Kinda hard to contemplate $1k vs. $400 (GLOCK) for a defensive use handgun. You know….3ft, 3sec, 3rds.

    • A thousand for a hand gun?
      But people are perfectly happy taking that same thousand for a new iphone (every year). Here’s an idea…keep your phone for a few years.

      The $400 gun has it’s place just like the $1000 one. Sometimes, it’s nothing more that waiting a little longer for saving for it. Have what you want. Buy what you think you need. Otherwise, what’s the point?

      • “But people are perfectly happy taking that same thousand for a new iphone (every year).”

        The thousand dollar phone is used for its design purpose throughout every day. The handgun is designed to kill and injure in rare circumstances. The design intent of the handgun is not simply carry, train and practice.

        “Otherwise, what’s the point?”

        Buy what you want, carry what you want….sure. Just curious to know if a thousand dollar handgun for non-competitors brings significant advantages to the relatively rare defensive usage that are not available at less cost.

        Always looking for knowledge and understanding.

        • Being a competitor has nothing to do with anything. Competition shooting is but a single facet of a larger diamond. You can choose a higher priced gun for quality or a lower priced gun knowing it will get takin if used. You can make you choice based on what’s available or on what’s in your bank account. Maybe you grew up with the Beretta family. Perhaps your astrological sign is Taurus. You can choose based on something completely different.

          This is a subjective matter.

  5. Yawnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn. What about the APX or PX4? They have to still rehash designs from 50 years ago. Still with the damn slide safety that NOBODY Likes. Bah..

    • There are very few guns out there that are NOT rehashed designs….from over 100 years ago. Take a look around. How many 1911 variants are there? From everyone? That’s not to mention the AR15 that has been around since the 1950’s.

      lol…bolt action, lever action….

      Most calibers of ammo started before most people reading this were born.

  6. This is a shitload of features for that price – about $400 less than the Wilson Combat version (which has the trigger world discussed here and a G-decocker) with the benefit of optics ready.

    I like it.

  7. Yawn. When the military started buying Sig’s, PSA had new Beretta 92’s for less than $500. I bought a used one from a friend of a friend who was moving to Hawaii and had an everything must go sale. He had exactly 1000 rnds thru it and gave me the brass. I paid like $275 or $325. I forget. 2nd worst trigger I ever pulled with the 1st place going to Desert Eagle. I sold it to a Beretta fan boy and made money. I like the look. I really do but the gun is not for me.

  8. @Prndll
    “You can choose a higher priced gun for quality or a lower priced gun knowing it will get takin if used.”

    That is a non-trivial consideration, right there.

  9. I don’t mind the stock trigger on the Beretta, but I believe it’s because I learned to shoot DA Revolvers early and that’s all I owned for a long time. I came to the Semi Auto world later in life, and inly ventured on to the the Striker Fired varieties about 7 years ago.
    This 92A1 is the second 92 I’ve owned. The first, a 92FS converted to AS, I gave to my son when he entered LE. His department issues Springfields, which he didn’t care for, but the list of self provided firearms his department Armorer approves for use didn’t include his Walther PPQ M2. The 92 was on the list, so he talked me into gifting it to him. I picked up this 92A1 about 4 years ago, and I’ve no complaints. It’s handled everything I’ve fed it, without any failures so far.

  10. Need to unload thousands of guns repackaged for the (got to have the new one crowd)! Not I said the little red hen packing the best guns made in the USA!

  11. I’ve received 2 M9A4s that both had quality control issues. Cross-threaded screws and dead tritium sights. Optic plates for sale on Beretta’s website but not sent to pistol buyers for free as promised. Replacement sights on sale on website but not sent to warranty repair centers. My brand new pistol sent to warranty repair hell and currently at 6 weeks with no action. Customer service sucks.

  12. @Kevin
    “Stop being poor,..”

    Now there’s an interesting statement. According to society today, I call myself any biological thing I wish except…..not 25yrs old, or a multi-millionaire.

    The “multi-millionaire” thing may change soon. As inflation grows, one day everyone may become a multi-millionaire.

    What a country.

  13. Beretta is crap and so is their new M9A4. I bought one of these in October and the machining of the slide was entirely unacceptable. Jagged edges everywhere. Looks like it was crafted with a hammer and a chisel instead of CNC.Trigger was sluggish to reset and the slide didn’t like to fully return to battery.

    Beretta refused to send out a new slide. Refused to commit to any resolution. Told me to send it in and they’d “look at it” with a 12+ week turnaround time.

    Beretta’s USA manufacturing is unacceptable. Their service is unacceptable. The M9A4 is unacceptable.

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