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.
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Trailblazer is known for their folding Lifecard .22LR pistol, at least for now
The North Carolina company that brought the world a “fifth pocket-sized” folding .22 pistol now plans to bring a 9mm rifle to the market.
Trailblazer Firearms last week announced the planned Pack 9 rifle, a 9mm blowback-action carbine with an innovative folding design that compacts the gun down to 20.9-inches in its smallest format.
Pack 9 folded. Note that the barrel is oriented over the end of the stock! Also note that it cannot be fired in such format.
Using Glock compatible double-stack magazines, the Pack 9 has a 16-inch threaded barrel, weighs a very light 5-pounds, and expands to 29.7-inches overall with the stock extended.
The Pack 9 unfolded. Note the barrel orientation now.
And here is the kicker, the action and barrel swing into place 180-degrees on a horizontal axis.
Mmm, look at that sweet, sweet bore alignment from the breechface to the suppressor end cap.
Regardless of whether you call them silencers, suppressors or mufflers, these Class III sound moderators have never been more popular but come with their own host of special considerations to keep them plugging along.
In addition to regular care and maintenance, you want to make sure you have a good bore alignment with your can– because a baffle strike can ruin your whole day.
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With suppressor sales in the United States up some 37 percent in 2013, it seems that Glock has finally jumped on the threaded barrel bandwagon and will be releasing a line of their own right from the factory.
During the 143rd Annual NRA Meeting and Exhibits show in Indianapolis in April, the Glock table had a sign and a few demo guns on hand that advised, ‘for a limited time’ Glock would be marketing factory threaded barrels for the 9mm Glock 17 and 19, as well as the .45ACP chambered Glock 21 and 23. These would be available starting in June of this year and sold both with guns and as single-barrels on the Armorer Parts List.
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