It’s a beaut.
* Beretta M9, 9mm (so it’ll take NATO, Russian and Chinese 9mm ammunition)
* Single or double-action
* Handle up to 15 rounds
* 1,200 feet per second muzzle velocity
* List price = $263 each
It’s very similar to the 9mm Browning Hi-Power I carried around with me for four years, but with a loaded weight ofÂ 2.55 Lbs it’s significantlyÂ lighter.
And terribly (sic) accurate.
We might be able to get you up to 80,000.
That’s the number that the US troops have misplacedÂ in Iraq.
A couple of hundred weapons AWOL fromÂ the armoury might beÂ fair enough given the scope and duration of the conflict inÂ Iraq.
But… eighty thousand?
Given the proximity of Turkey to Iraq, I wonder how easy it would be for an enterprising European to do a little shopping in the region?
SmugglingÂ automatic pistols in to the UK would be ridiculously easy.
Hell, if I can smuggle a person in to the UK, getting in a bunch of Berettas would be child’s play.
And 9mm ammunition almost grows on trees – if you know where the picking’s good.
But that’s only the UK.
Suppose these 80,000 beautifully engineered weapons of individual destruction turned up somewhere else?
In the hands of the enemies of the US-led coalition?
Do you think we should addÂ to the arsenal of the enemies of democracy the 110,000 AK47s that have also been misplaced?
Which are, boringly enough, weapons of 7.62mm calibre (and after BosniaÂ there’s enough 7.62mm ammunition swashing around the planet to keep us all happily killing each other for decades to come).
We’re all doomed, Captain Mainwaring, doomed!