The M9A3 Semi-Auto Pistol evolved from the M9 service pistol to become a highly adaptive tactical pistol, with features for advanced reliability, pointability, and user control. The grip of the M9A3 has a vertical configuration, making the pistol point instinctively for rapid target engagement. The grip is also thinner than the original M9 but still has a high-capacity magazine(pinned to 10). The new grip design comes with front and back strap checkering and removable, wrap-around grip panels. The M9A3 uses a universal slide, which easily converts from safety-decocker or decocker only. The front sight on the M9A3 is dovetailed to the slide for easy replacement. The barrel is threaded and comes with an installed thread protector. A beveled magazine-well speeds in reloading. The Beretta M9A3 Semi-Auto Pistol has a MIL-STD-1913 rail on the frame, for the attachment of aftermarket tactical sights and lights. The 3-dot sight system provides rapid sight acquisition, and enhances the sight picture in low light conditions. The M9A3 utilizes the same short recoil, delayed blowback system as does the battle proven Beretta M9. Built on extremely strong, lightweight, forged aircraft-quality aluminum alloy frames, these semi-automatic pistols feature an open top slide that virtually eliminates jamming and stove piping.