Recently there have been reports of magazine issues down range in Iraq and Afghanistan. While some of these may be the result of the overall condition of the issued M9, most of these problems can be traced back to the issue magazines from Checkmate Industries. I’m not going to place any blame on Checkmate at this point as I’ve had a few of their M9 magazines myself and never had issue but it seems that the parkerized finish collects fine sand particles and can result in stuck mags or stuck followers. This particular finish is done to military specification so the contract didn’t take into account the effect the Middle Eastern sand would have on the components. Live and learn. Hopefully. In 2006 the specs were changed to a dry film lubricating type for the Airtonic Services contract. While this finish doesn’t wear as well Parkerizing it doesn’t have the sand issues. Checkmates newer magazines have the current finish also.
The popularity of this pistol has spawned several variations. These include the 92D (double-action only), the 92 Inox (for inoxizable– Italian for not oxidized), the A1 variation (with accessory rail), the Compact series and the updated 90-TWO. Many police departments have adopted the polymer Px4 series of pistols that, according to Beretta, feature a unique rotating barrel and locking system dissipates recoil energy radially, reducing felt recoil and muzzle rise. All of the features and models shown above have also been integrated into the most popular police caliber (as of this writing), the .40 Smith & Wesson, breathing new life into a 30 + year old design. Like it or not the Beretta design has proven to be quite robust. While many in the military and law enforcement would prefer another caliber (.45 anyone?) it’s hard to argue with 15 rounds of anything.