Pile of Army M-9's and M-11's
From the Soldier side: I just picked up a new old friend the other day. This will be the third M9 I’ve owned…for some reason I parted with the other two over the years... thinking: “I’ll get another one”. Then there was the one I was issued in 2003 for Bosnia, then re-issued the same weapon in 2004 for Iraq.
My work clothes for Bosnia - SFOR 14
In Fallujah, Iraq Dec 04
For you gun folks, I don’t want to hear: “a 9mm is crap” because there are several reasons it is not crap. #1 reason- it works every time I press the go button. #2 in the civilian world, I’m not limited to the Full Metal Jacket NATO ammo- in my case, I have 19 147grain Winchester SXTs round in the first magazine and 15 round spares. Find me a .40 or .45 that can easily carry that many rounds from the start. #3, the M9 empty makes a hell of an impact weapon.
In Bosnia I carried my M9 every day of the week- all day long whenever we left our hootch. In Iraq, it was my back up weapon, but when I was on a camp or FOB, I’d stick my M4 in my locker and walk about with my M9- it was less cumbersome and easier to eat and stuff like that.
Since I've retired, one of my part time jobs has me training citizens and others how to shoot. I usually go to work about an hour early and practice shooting. You can’t practice too much.
Yesterday’s drill was the “failure drill” or what we used to call the Mozambique drill. For this drill you assume your target has body armor or is just a tough bastard. So you fire 2 rounds center mass, then one to the brain housing group. This will stop anybody. I do this starting at 5 yards, then send the target out to 15 yards. I do this until a box of ammo is gone.
When I started in police work, we were forced to carry 6 shot revolvers. We usually carried an extra 12 rounds- for a total of 18 rounds. Now I can carry more than that in my first magazine…and put the all the rounds where they need to go.
When the zombies come, 6 shots may not be enough!
Yes, I still have my .45’s, and with the same amount of rounds, the .45 is better…but if you miss with a .45 it’s not as effective as hits with a 9mm.
And here's a good manual on the M9 Beretta: M-9 manual on Kindle