Whether it was a secret deal to place NATO missile batteries on Italian soil, a lowest bidder choice or simply fate, in 1986 the US Army placed its first orders for the then-new Beretta M9 pistols. For 20-plus years the M9 has provided faithful service.

spartan2.gifFor those of you with short memories, back in the 1980s we were still involved in the Cold War, the unofficial conflict between the free peoples of the world represented by NATO against the Soviet Communist Bloc. Despite advice to the contrary, we (the US military) decided that we needed to have a common pistol caliber and the 9mm NATO was the choice.

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