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Beretta Goes 4th Gen on the M9

Beretta this week announced the latest variant of its M9 pistol series with the M9A4, which includes an optics-cut slide, threaded barrel, and Vertec frame.

A variant of the company’s Model 92 line, which dates to the 1970s, the M9 designator comes from the nomenclature of the variant adopted by the U.S. Army in 1984. Now in its fourth generation as far as Beretta is concerned, this newest branch in the family tree is a full-sized gun with a red-dot optic compatible slide and dovetailed tritium night sights.

Inside the slim Vertec-series frame– with the same aggressively texturized grips as seen on the 92X– is an enhanced short reset Xtreme trigger system. Black surface controls are offset by a flat dark earth frame, barrel, and slide.

Well, it is optics and suppressor-ready as well as having an 18-shot mag, an accessory rail and improved ergos…but it is still a Beretta 92 under all that, for better or worse.

More in my column at Guns.com.

For those who squee over FDE, but really like the .45

More the past several months, I have been alternating my carry between Smith’s Compact M2.0 (available in any color you want as long as you want black) and Glock’s 19X (which is in a really sweet Coyote scheme), but now there may be something a little neater out there. Featuring Truglo TFX night sights and an FDE finish, Smith & Wesson’s newest .45ACP M2.0 pistol has a lot to offer right out of the box, and looks good doing it.

The M&P45 M2.0 in FDE completes the hat-trick started by the M&P9 and M&P40 (Photos: S&W)

Announced earlier this week, the newest variant of the M&P45 joins the company’s previous 9mm and .40-caliber offerings in the FDE stable of second generation Military & Police series semi-auto handguns. Besides the obvious finish characteristics, the factory-standard Truglos offer encapsulated tritium and fiber optics for use in either day or nighttime conditions.

More on the new Smith in my column at Guns.com