The 96A1 is an evolution of the legendary 92FS (M9), one of the world’s most successful pistols for military, law-enforcement and self-defense use. Chambered in the powerful yet manageable .40 S&W cartridge, it is safe, accurate and reliable while offering easy operation, accessorization, and disassembly. Durability is further enhanced by a recoil buffer that greatly diminishes component stress. A pistol that bears the unmistakeable Beretta looks, the 96A1 is an excellent choice for shooters wanting a professional-grade personal- or home-defense pistol that can also be easily adapted for concealed carry. The 96A1's cold-hammer forged barrel delivers great accuracy out of the box, while the dovetail-mounted front sight is easy to adjust to always keep you on target. The barrel is encased in an open slide typical of Beretta’s 90-series pistols that, besides reducing weight and backward-momentum during firing, maximizes reliability and virtually eliminates “stove-piping” of ejected shells. Bertta worked in conjunction with law-enforcement experts to make this pistol shrug off tens of thousands of full-power rounds with Beretta-style durability. The recoil buffer that is machined right into the action of the 96A1 essentially acts as a cushion against the stress between moving parts, greatly boosting the service life of this powerful pistol. Also, the matte black Bruniton finish on the metal is corrosion resistant to give worry-free maintenance even after all-day concealed carry in scorching-hot conditions. The 96A1 comes with an integral Picatinny rail on which users can easily mount a variety of tactical accessories--such as tactical lights, aiming devices or even both. Additionally, the front sight is dovetail-mounted, meaning that it is adjustable for windage and can be easily replaced with an accessory front sight of the user’s choice. If you love the unmatched performance of the Beretta 92FS or M9 and want a few extra tactical features as well as the extra power of the .40 S&W, the Beretta 96A1 is an excellent choice.