The Beretta M9, also known as the Beretta 92fs, is the pistol that won the 1980s contest to supply the American armed forces with a new pistol. The Beretta outperformed every model except the SIG P226 which tied for first. The Beretta won by being a good bit cheaper and featured a manual safety.
The Beretta M9 also populated the holsters of police officers across the country as one of the most popular wonder 9s. The weapon quickly became famous after being used extensively in Die Hard and to a lesser extent the movie Cuffs.
The M9 or 92F has made its mark on the American arms market and is still quite popular with both civilian shooters and law enforcement. The military has fielded the weapon now for twenty years give or take and has remain generally satisfied with its performance.
The weapon has served extensively in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan and a common complaint is the ball ammo the weapon has to utilize under current military doctrine.
The M9 is a double action / single action design. The initial double action pull is somewhat long, but it not heavy or resistant. The single action is very crisp and lightweight. The Beretta M9 is a 9mm with a fifteen round magazine, but 17 and 20 rounders are also available. The Beretta 96 is a 40 S&W variant of the weapon and has been adopted for police use, but not military.