In 1985 the military chose to go with the Beretta 92F as the new service pistol, going away from the 1911 in .45 ACP. The high capacity Beretta mag holds 15 (plus one in the chamber), which is good. The only time too much ammo is bad is when your swimming or on fire. However, some say that the 9mm isn’t strong enough and opt for a .45 ACP. Caliber aside, let’s talk strictly function and tactics.
1. The Size
I loved carrying the Beretta because of it’s size and the amount of ammo I could carry, but that’s about all. I have pretty big hands, so the gun seemed to be a part of me—a natural extension of my arm. That was years ago, of course.
2. The Safety
The safety/decock lever on the Beretta causes serious problems for the gunfighter. Many military unit supervisors like their troops to keep the weapon on safe, but drawing and manipulating an external safety under stress takes a lot of practice. That is, if they can even do it with their dominant hand.
3. The Decocking Lever
The DA/SA feature is okay, but not ideal. The first round is a longer trigger pull, which has a tendency to make shooters miss because of early anticipation.
4. The Sig
It should be noted that the military purchased several Sig Sauer P229s and P228s as well in 1985. They called it the M11, and it’s a great gun. The DA/SA Sig is robust and operates great. The nice thing about the Sig is it doesn’t have any external safety to manipulate or get in the way. Bravo! That’s great. When it comes to tactics and winning gunfights, the less cognitive functioning that has to be done, the better because under stress, cognitive function fails.