In designing their M Beretta demonstrate their ability to not only make a pistol work well, but to make it visually attractive at the same time. Beretta design engineer Tullio Marengoni is credited with the design. With the emergence of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the need to standardize on small arms calibers and ammunition Italy had more reasons to create a new pistol than just simply to upgrade the sturdy and reliable Beretta Models M Army, chambered for the ACP known to Italians as the 9mm Corto and M Navy, chambered for the 32ACP. NATO was to standardize on the German 9mm Parabellum chambering and so Beretta created a 9mm Parabellum pistol that used a Browning style locked breech design. With the slide locked back the characteristic angle of the John M. Browning can be seen, This particular pistol is an Israeli model of the M
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Large and heavy Introduction The M is a pistol of Italian origin. The name is derived from the year it was designed. It has been produced under license in Egypt and Iraq. The M was replaced by the successful M92, which is an improved M with larger magazine size. The M has been named after its year of development, with the full name being Modello Design The M is a short recoil operated pistol.
The pistol is fully made out of metal but the grip plates are plastic. The barrel is visible through the open slide and a single stack magazine is used. A locking mechanism similar to the Walther P38 is used. The later M92 is an updated double stack version of the M Firepower The M fires the 9x19mm round from an 8 round single stack magazine.
The M is semi-automatic, but the MR is a fully automatic model produced in small quantities. The MR uses a 10 round magazine and fires at 1.
Users The M has been adopted by various nations for law enforcement and military use. Additionally it has been widely sold on the civilian market.
Italy was the major user and many have been exported to nations in North Africa. Nowadays the M is considered old and many have been replaced by newer designs. Variants M The M is the standard production model. It is semi-automatic, has an 8 round magazine and fires the 9x19mm round.
M Standard production model. The M is called the M Brigadier when sold on the civilian market. M Civilian model chambered in 7. Also Target and Special model were developed.
The steel-framed version was nearly grams heavier than the alloy version, but the balance was improved. A special version of this second series the "Egyptian Contract" model was modified according to the wishes of the military of the Egyptian Arab Republic. Approximately 50, Egyptian Contract s were produced. Its particular modifications included larger sights, a simplified, narrower grip and external "thumb-spring" magazine release, rather than the push-button release in the lower-right grip of all other versions. Beretta was in competition with Tokarev to become the primary supplier of sidearms to the new Egyptian republic. The "third series" of the model was the definitive production version. The relatively large sights of the Egyptian Contract version were replaced - even on the Maadi-made Helwan - by the original smaller, unobtrusive sights which were less likely to snag on a holster.
The initial production batch featured a lightweight alloy frame, which proved to be unable to withstand the shock of the relatively high-powered 9mm Parabellum round in the long run. The steel-framed version was nearly grams heavier than the alloy version, but the balance was improved. A special version of this second series the "Egyptian Contract" model was modified according to the wishes of the military of the Egyptian Arab Republic. Approximately 50, Egyptian Contract s were produced.