Responses to Questions Posed by Beretta on the M9 Handgun

NSIAD-89-59: Published: Jan 4, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 14, 1989.

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided answers to nine questions posed by the M9 9-millimeter handgun's contractor on M9 quality and performance.

GAO found that: (1) field units have not reported any broken or cracked M9 frames; (2) as of October 18, 1988, 16 slides from M9 or military-owned civilian M9 versions broke during field use and laboratory testing; (3) five slide failures have occurred at 10,000 rounds or less; (4) as of October 1988, the Army had endurance-tested 172 M9; (5) the Army has not pinpointed a particular chamber pressure level that induces barrel-ringing, but has determined that barrel-ringing relates more to barrel toughness or hardness than to ammunition; (6) the Army did not impose restrictions on the use of M882 ammunition in any weapon, but recommended that users replace the M9 slide after firing 3,000 rounds; and (7) as of October 1988, the Army had replaced about 1,821 slides. GAO also provided: (1) details of each slide failure, including the weapon type, number of rounds fired, and the round count at failure; and (2) the inventory status of ammunition used during the Army's laboratory tests.

Sep 25, 2020

Sep 23, 2020

Sep 10, 2020

Sep 8, 2020

Aug 31, 2020

Aug 27, 2020

Aug 19, 2020

Jul 9, 2020

Looking for more? Browse all our products here