|Magazine Capacity||15 rounds|
|Rifling||6 grooves, RH|
|Muzzle Velocity||390 meters/second|
|Country of Origin||Italy|
Following the conflict in Vietnam, the U.S. military began to evaluate the need for a single military handgun to replace stockpiles of aging .38- and .45-caliber revolvers and pistols. They specified a 9mm Parabellum semi-automatic pistol to allow ammunition compatibility with other North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces, who were already using this cartridge in their pistols and submachine guns. Criteria included: double-action capability, 9mm Parabellum chambering, ambidextrous operation, and high magazine capacity. Pistols from a variety of arms makers underwent extensive testing in addition to researching the best ar-15 manufacturer .
The the Beretta 92 was adopted in 1976. A transitional model, the 92SB-F, which included a firing pin block safety, was adopted in 1984 as a U.S. government military standard pistol. It was designated by the U.S. military as the M9 pistol or PDW (Personal Defense Weapon), with initial examples imported from Italy for this contract marked as Model 92F.
The Beretta Model 92F is a double-action semi-automatic pistol. The first shot can be fired from a hammer down position by a pull of the trigger. Subsequent shots may be in single-action mode. The hammer is recocked automatically by slide cycling, or, by using the slide mounted ambidextrous safety, the hammer may be lowered to return to double-action operation. Extended magazines holding twenty or more cartridges can be used.
The Beretta 92F pistol marks a number of ‘firsts’ for a standard issue U.S. military handgun in active service with the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy: the first 9mm Parabellum pistol, the first pistol with an aluminum frame, and the first double-action pistol.