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RANDOM SHOTS

Beretta USA Presents
M9A3 Pistol To U.S. Army

I

n accordance with the terms of its
current M9 pistol contract, Beretta
USA has presented the U.S. Army
with a modified version-the M9A3-
with new features the company says
will increase the firearm's effectiveness and operational suitability.
Beretta is classifying the enhancements as design and material
changes-a precendent used to
upgrade legacy systems, such as the
M16 and M240, without replacing
them. Improvements include: a removable, an optional modular wrap-around
grip panel; a Picatinny accessory rail;
removable tritium night sights; and an
extended and threaded barrel for suppressor compatibility. Minor improvements have also been made to many
of the gun's small components with

an eye toward providing modularity,
increasing durability and improving
ergonomics.
"The resulting M9A3 we are offering to the Department of Defense
will likely cost less than the current
M9, and will answer almost all of the
Services' enhanced handgun requirements," said Gabriele de Plano, vice
president of military marketing and
sales for Beretta USA.
At press time, the Army had preliminarily rejected the M9A3.
Manufactured in Accokeek, Md.,
the M9 has been the standard-issue
sidearm of the U.S. Armed Forces since
its adoption in 1985. To date, Beretta
has delivered 600,000 M9 pistols to
the Department of Defense, and was
recently awarded a new contract for

FN Wins U.S. Army M240 Contract

F

N America has received a new contract from the Department of the Army
to build M240B, M240C, M240D and M240H machine guns and spare
receivers for the U.S. Army. Awarded on Dec. 9, 2014, the indefinite
delivery/indefinite quantity contract (IDIQ), used when the precise number
of products needed during the contract period can't be determined by the
government beforehand, includes four, one-year ordering periods and a total
value not to exceed $84.6 million. Since 1989, FN America-the U.S. subsidiary of the Belgian Herstal Group-has produced more than 2 million firearms
for the U.S. military-including M4/M4A1 carbines, M16 rifles, MK19 grenade
machine guns, M249 SAWs and the MK46 and MK48 machine guns-at its
Columbia, S.C. facility. fnhusa.com

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up to 100,000 M9s. Beretta is also
producing a law enforcement and
commercial variant of the M9A3, and
current estimates have the civilian
version hitting dealer's shelves in the
second quarter of 2015. Per a July,
2014, release, mid-2015 is also the
time frame that the company plans to
relocate its manufacturing operations
to its new Gallatin, Tenn., facilities.
beretta.com

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