Survive with a M9 Pistol

M9-2Small Arms Weapon System (M9)

The M9 (Beretta 9mm) is the preferred standard sidearm of the US Navy.  The M9 is a lightweight, semiautomatic pistol manufactured by Beretta and designed to replace the M1911A1 .45 caliber pistol and .38 caliber

revolvers. The M9 has redundant automatic safety features to help prevent unintentional discharges. It is magazine fed, recoil operated, semiautomatic hand-held pistol and chambered for the 9mm ball, NATO M882 round.  It can be fired in both the double and single action mode.  It has a thumb safety mounted on the slide which acts as a decocking lever.

M9 in Single action requires 4 to 6 lbs. of pressure, in double action requires 9.9 to 16.1 lbs. of pressure to activate the hammer.  After fired in double action it will remain in single action unless decocked.

The magazine has a capacity of 15 rounds. The maximum range is 1800 meters and the maximum effective range is 50 meters.

M9 components:  M9-1

The receiver assembly serves as the support for all major components and controls the action of the pistol through major components functions.  The major components are:

  1. Trigger guard
  2. Pistol grip
  3. Trigger
  4. Magazine well
  5. Hammer
  6. Disassembly Button
  7. Magazine Release Button
  8. Slide Stop
  9. Disassembly Lever
  10. Ejector


Slide Barrel Assembly – The slide and barrel houses the firing pin and extractor.  Rearward movement of the slide cocks the hammer during the recoil cycle.  The barrel houses the cartridge for firing and directs the projectile.  The major components are:

  1. Slide assembly
  2. Firing Pin Block
  3. Extractor
  4. Upper surface of the extractor protrudes from the right side of the receiver indicating a round is chambered
  5. Decocking/Safety lever
  6. Fixed Sights
  7. Firing Pin
  8. Barrel
  9. Recoil Spring
  10. Recoil Spring guide
  11. Locking Block & Locking Block Plunger


As a Small Arms Instructor, I have had the privilege of working with this weapons system for a long time.  It is very reliable and light weight.  I have used it on ships, in the field and for room clearing and I do give it two thumbs up. You can buy the M9 anywhere from $500.00 to $700.00.  This is one weapon you will see me with.  What about you?  What do you prefer? Please leave a comment and let us know?


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