The M9 has served with the U.S. military for over 30 years in the world’s toughest and most extreme conditions, from the scorching deserts of Iraq to the frigid heights of the Afghan mountains. Simply put, you'll be hard-pressed to find a pistol that is as durable, reliable, dependable, easy to use, safe, and accurate as the Beretta M9, the handgun that has rightfully earned the nickname of "World Defender".When we talk about U.S. military standards, we talk hard numbers, not opinions. The M9 has been put through impossibly-rigorous durability and reliability tests that greatly exceed any kind of real-life situation--and it has passed them all with flying colors. For instance, it will keep functioning in temperatures as low as -40 deg. F and as high as +140 deg. F, and it consistently fires over 35,000 rounds of commercial ammunition before a failure. It will keep functioning reliably even after being buried in the sand or snow, or being repeatedly dropped on hard surfaces like asphalt or concrete. Beretta’s engineering experience and the quality of the steels used enable this kind of reliability, on which America’s servicemen and women depend every day.Another official test that the M9 had to pass was at the firing range. Even here, the demands of the U.S/ military far exceed most conditions in which a handgun is used - and even here, the M9 delivers. As per government testing guidelines, this pistol is capable of firing 10-shot groups of 3" or less at a distance of 50 meters (approximately 55 yards), with consistency and reliability. And the M9 offers a variety of tactical features that make it equally safe, easy to use and dependable for home/personal defense as it is the holsters of military personnel. Its reversible magazine release enables the use of either hand for tactical magazine changes, while its ambidextrous safety-decocker makes the pistol flexible for right- or left-handed persons or for shooters trying out different gripping or shooting styles. Its Bruniton finish with military-style markings is highly resistant to sweat and corrosion, and after shooting, a tool-free disassembly latch makes it simple and quick to take the pistol apart for cleaning. These and countless other useful features make the M9 the choice of the U.S. military, as well as individuals wanting the absolute best for sport or self-protection.