Mami in Action #10 - Am Nine

Hello everyone and welcome to another addition of Mami in Action! As previewed earlier this week, we will be taking a look at the Beretta 92F in today's edition of the series. A 9 mm semi-automatic pistol designed and manufactured by Beretta of Italy, the 92F was the designated version which served as the official service pistol of the United States Armed Forces.

Known within the United States army as the M9, this Italian designed pistol was put into service in 1985 replacing the aging M1911. Over the next three decades, the 92F/M9 would serve faithfully before eventually being replaced in early 2017 by the more modern SIG Sauer P320. This reliable semi-automatic pistol fires 9 mm Prabellum rounds from a 15-round detachable box magazine just like the rest of its counterparts. But unlike its counterparts developed around the same time (and later), the 92F was built out of metal rather than the polymer that we see in most sidearms today. It is important to note that the 92F narrowly beat out the SIG P226 when competing for selection as the United States Armed Forces service pistol.

Unlike the ordinary Beretta 92, the version used by the United States army, the 92F/M9, has several design changes to make the firearm more reliable while being easier to maintain and operate. Several changes were made to the 92F over the years including the inclusion of a Picatinny slot (M9A1) and upgraded materials, grips, sights and an enlarged magazine (M9A3). The version we see here is the original 92F with none of the updates applied. As such, for the rest of the article, the pistol will be referred to as the 92F to avoid confusion.

With that history lesson aside, let us take a look at the pistol itself. The eagle-eyed among you might have noticed that there is indeed no silver version of the 92F as all military designated firearms tend to be black in color and that is true. Instead, this is a special Silver Coating version made by Platz so, just think of this as the Beretta 92F Mami Custom!

Aside from the silver coating, there are no changes made to the pistol itself with the 217 mm total length making it very manageable especially when scaled down to Figma size. No laser sights, suppressors or extended magazines here. What we have is just a good old 9 mm semi-automatic pistol. 

But, that does not mean Mami herself is going to take things easy as she puts this proven workhorse through its paces to see if it lives up to her standards. By modern standards, the 92F is not a small pistol despite its relatively low caliber and that is immediately apparent when held in Mami's hands. Observe how large the grip and slide looks in comparison to Mami's hands!

Nevertheless, the 92F is still very manageable either in single or two-handed operation. It is a real pity the pistol did not come with a detachable magazine as it would have made for some really cool reload poses. 

Mami, taking aim.

Freeze, or I will shoot!

Yes, the silver 92F does look really good especially when contrasted against Mami's black tactical gloves.

Alright, I yield!

Just kidding.

Quick to the draw!
Mami is normally used to firing a percussion-locked musket with one hand so, a low caliber pistol should be no issue either. 

I repeat, she will kill your waifu.
While I do like Mami holding the pistol with both her hands and following a textbook grip and aim, it is when she wield it with one hand where she looks really intimidating!

Line up the sights, straighten Mami's hands and back, and you have the perfect single-handed firing stance. These figma joints may not be easy to work with but, once you get the pose right, it is absolutely worth it!

A little gun-kata perhaps? Mami is a proficient practitioner in the firearms martial arts as we all know.

Placing the 92F back in neutral position, what does Mami think of it?

She approves!

Platz's 92F may have a few drawbacks such as the lack of a detachable magazine but, the single-cast construction (yes, it is just a single piece) with great detailing really capture the look of the iconic service pistol. 

Admittedly, I have never been a big fan of the Beretta 92F as I always thought it looked rather dull and lacking many of the features we now see in modern pistols. But, in silver, the design really pops out and harks back to the good old days of the M1911 and Browning Hi-Power with its distinct rounded edges. 

We have featured a number of iconic weapons on Mami in Action so far and the Beretta 92F is yet another added to the list. This may be its final year of official service but, I am certain we will be seeing a lot of more of this pistol in the near future still.

Speaking of future appearances, this is most certainly not the last time we will be seeing the 92F featured on Tiro Finale either as we have something special planned for the coming weeks. Until then, thank you so much for reading and have yourself a wonderful day ahead!


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