|Full name||Pistol, Semiautomatic, 9mm, M9|
|Country of origin||Italy|
|Faction||Griffin & Kryuger|
|Voice actor||Suzaki Aya|
|Released on||CN, TW, KR, EN, JP|
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How to obtain
NORMALHEAVY Timer 0:40:00. See T-Doll Production for details.
DROP Can be obtained from many battle stages from Chapter 1-5 onward.
REWARD Not obtained as a reward
Stats / Data
For seven decades the M1911 had served the U.S. Military admirably. It was a hard hitting handgun, with it’s .45 ACP seen as a ‘manstopper’ in a pinch. However, the years took its toll on the handgun; no new M1911A1s had been produced since the end of World War II, instead replacing parts as needed. As handgun technology advanced, the advent of “Wonder Nines” came about and its advantages quickly became apparent. High capacity, reliable, semi automatic pistols in 9x19 Parabellum, such handguns quickly gained the interest of the military and police alike, and soon enough, there was pressure from many NATO states and Congress to adopt one of their own…
Enter the Beretta 92. Under the Beretta 92FS model, it'd be designated and adopted as the M9 under the U.S. Military. The M9 is a short recoil, semi-automatic, single-action / double-action pistol that uses a 15-round staggered box magazine with a reversible magazine release button that can be positioned for either right- or left-handed shooters. An evolution of prior Beretta models 1923 and 1951, the pistol takes the best aspects of the Walther P.38 and Browning Hi-Power into one platform. With P.38’s strong locking system, single/double action trigger, and external hammer combined with the Hi-Power’s double stack magazine, it brought together these innovations into a lovely pistol with high capacity, low recoil, crisp function, and reliability.
The Beretta 92 was a newcomer to an old game, and found trouble marketing itself with competition from CZ, SIG, and more. However, some were quick to take to the new design. When unveiled in 1975, the Model 92 was instantly adopted by CONSUBIN and the Brazilian Army. It wasn’t long before changes were made, following up with the 92S in 1977. The following year was the turning point for the handgun, with the USAF’s Joint Services Small Arms Program set about to replace their Model 15 .38 Revolvers. Up against opponents from HK, FN, and more, Beretta put forth the 92SB to meet the USAF’s prerequisites, and was successfully chosen as the USAF’s pistol of choice alongside a new 9x19 cartridge.
When discrepancies were found in the USAF’s testing protocols, the results were subsequently invalidated and new trials proceeded under U.S. Army jurisdiction. These culminated in the XM9 Program of 1984 that pitted the Beretta 92F against offerings from HK, Colt, Steyr, and SIG. With only the Beretta and SIG Sauer P226 left by the end, the Army finally made their decision: The 92F would be adopted as the “Pistol, Semiautomatic, 9mm, M9” in 1985, with 315,930 pistols contracted.
Such a choice stirred up controversy both within the military and civilian gun market, and critics wasted no time picking the gun apart for a number of reasons from lack of stopping power to reliability issues. In an attempt to settle issues with detractors, the XM10 trials came about. Submitting a final upgrade, the 92FS, the newest edition which installed a larger hammer pin to prevent the slide from flying off the frame should it crack. Although the plucky Italian pistol came out on top of the trials, it still faced stalwart opposition from its critics, including the USMC which opted to modernize the aging M1911A1 into the M45 instead.
Adopted just in time for Operation Just Cause, the pistol would see action in the 1989 Invasion of Panama and prove its reliability in the humid heat of the Central American jungle, followed by the sandy, gritty environment of Iraq during the Gulf War. America’s operations took the M9 to a variety of locations through the 1990s, all with their own challenges and problems, of which the M9 served with distinction. Times change of course, and following the September 11th Attacks and the US’s time in the Middle East, changes were of course needed for the M9. With the advent of picatinny rails and attachments, many soldiers lamented the M9’s lacking ability to mount such items that gave them a technological edge. Others complained about malfunctions, often due to the use of cheaper but less reliable magazines from Check-Mate, which were replaced with Airtronic M9 magazines. The issue of stopping power persisted, with a number of soldiers calling for a return to .45 ACP or even a new pistol.
Attempts would be made to remedy the infantry’s issues. In late 2006, the M9A1 variant was adopted, designed to update the gun by adding a 1-slot picatinny rail for attachments, further checkering for easier gripping, and a beveled magazine well for easier reloading. This variant also limited issue with units in the Marine Corps. Further criticism lead to the M9A3 variant, which introduced a new standard seventeen round magazine, 3-slot picatinny rail, new sights, and many more reliability and slice of life changes that improved the viability of the handgun. Beretta hoped that the new variant would instill new blood into the M9 and keep it in military service. However, the sun was beginning to set for the Italian pistol.
Hopes were dashed as the Army ignored the changes set by the M9A3 in favor of moving forward with the Modular Handgun System program in 2016. Beretta pushed forward with their brand new APX pistol, but would ultimately lose to SIG Sauer, with the US awarding the contract for their P320 pistol designated as the M17 (full size) and the M18 (compact).
Even as the M9 is slowly phased out, it and earlier variants of the Beretta 92 continue to live on in the civilian market. Numerous companies produce 92 style handguns, and a sizable aftermarket exists. Though not the most customizable handgun, it serves as a lovely workhorse for plinking, competition, and self-defence. At the end of the day, thirty years of service is no small feat for a sidearm. For most that used it, and those that continue to, the M9 remains a reliable choice of pistol in a variety of applications. No showing off, just showing up and getting the job done.
Gallery consisting of artworks used primarily in-game.
- The replacement for HG M1911M1911 as the standard service pistol for the US military, this is reflected in her character as M9 wants to prove herself among her team. Knowing that there are doubts about her performance, she seeks their approval. However, this ends badly for her in the Chapter 3's night missions as she needs to be rescued due to her poor decisions.\
- This may reflect to continuous debate about the M9's adoption, as well as the ongoing argument between stopping power between 9mm Parabellum and .45 ACP
- Aside from its popularity among law enforcer and police use, the M9 is also very popular in the Resident Evil/Biohazard franchise, which features the M9 as the main characters' primary sidearms, where it is known as the Samurai Edge.
- Tokyo Marui is prominent airsoft manufacturer which produced several licensed Biohazard M9.
- As of now. The M9 currently is the only handgun that possesses the stun grenade skill.
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