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Mod. 92FS : 15 years of evolution and success

From 1975 to 1981 | From 1982 to 1987 | From 1988 to 1991

1988 During this period, work was proceeding to develop the 92F in stainless steel, and new target versions were being unveiled. The 98F Target, cal. .9mm X21 IMI, for large caliber shooters, and the competition conversion kit for the 92K In the United States, Beretta U.S.A. in Accokeek, Maryland, began production of the M9 pistol. Smith & Wesson succeeded in delaying a second contract award for a continuation of the initial M9 contract by convincing the U.S. Congress to order yet another new competition, called the XM10, to take place in the spring of 1988. The Sturm Ruger P85 and the Tanfoglio C75 participated in this competition, but were soon disqualified. Beretta and SIG Sauer, finalists in the XM9 competition, were not requested to submit samples to the new test Surprisingly, Smith & Wesson did not participate, claiming that if the Beretta M9 should not be retested, neither should Smith & Wesson. Smith & Wesson's protests of Beretta and SIG Sauer exemption from the XM10 competition resulted in a second XMIO competition which started in September, 1988.

1989 Sturm Ruger and Smith & Wesson participated in the second XM10 Competition. Determined to remove any doubt about the Beretta pistols, the U.S. Army selected 30 M9 pistols at random from a recent shipment received from Beretta U.S.A. and submitted them for testing.  Again, as in the preceding competitions, the Beretta 92F was the winner and a new contract was awarded bat the U.S. Army on May 22, 1989, for approximately 57,000 M9 pistols with a value of approximately $ 9.9 million U.S. dollars. The award of this contract may lead to other successive contracts to complete the comprehensive requirements of the DOD (approximately 500,000 pistols for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard). Beretta decided to make production of the 92F uniform by adding to all 92F pistols the modifications ordered by the U.S. Army. The new version was called the 92FS.

1990 In order to satisfy increasing demand from American police forces that had decided to replace the revolver with high capacity automatic pistols, Beretta U.S.A. introduced new special versions of the 92 for law enforcement. These included the 92C (the CI of the French National Gendarmerie), the 921), double action only without manual safety, and the 92DS, double action only with manual safety. 

1991 Under development and test in Gardone V.T. is a new version of the 92 pistol (Model 96), chambered for the new .40 S&W cal. Beretta U.S.A. has received numerous letters of appreciation from American Military personnel who took part in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm regarding their official sidearm, the Beretta M9. The following excerpts are typical of the letters we have received: «... I just want to commend you on the fabulous model 92F. I have had mine for about a year now adjust love it. It feels like that pistol was made especially for me. The design Is so smooth and comfortable, it seems like an integral part of my body. I just can’t shot it enough. Uncle Sam made an excellent choice in the Beretta M‑9. Well, I just though that I would drop you a line to let you know what a great weapon you have given us. Keep up the great work!»

Sgt. Donald Reagan - USA

Mod. 98F cal. 9x21 IMI


Mod. 92FS Type M

Mod. 92FS with Laser Grips

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