Is The Beretta 9000s The Perfect Carry Gun?
The frame of the 9000S is very compact and made from a reinforced polymer material to reduce the weight. Originally, Beretta had planned on using an even smaller frame, but later designed to move to a slightly larger model as initial testing demonstrated some grip complaints due the shortened frame. The 9000S was also the first Beretta handgun that featured a tilt down barrel locking mechanism based somewhat on the original John Browning design.
Beretta took a somewhat different approach in regards to caliber, and released the .40 caliber version to the market first in 2001. Apparently, they felt that the .40 caliber was becoming very popular and would surpass the 9mm as a concealed carry round. The 9mm version followed in 2002 and was equally as popular as the .40 cal version. The 9mm version will carry 12+1 rounds while the .40 cal. model will carry 10+1. As the 9000S frame is somewhat compact, Beretta added a feature to the magazine floor plate so it has a drop down tab that extends it's length. This feature is nice for shooters with larger hands, who may prefer the added length.
The 9000S was designed in two different configurations. The original 9000S was a model "D" and was double action only. Later, the 9000S-F model was released, which was double action or single action. The F model has a decocker which controls the hammer release. Interestingly enough, the F series was the first Beretta model that could be carried and fired from a "cocked and locked" or hammer down position like most all the Browning designs. Both the D and F models are equipped with a firing pin block so the weapon won't discharge without the trigger being pulled.
The 9000S features a simple take-down system so the weapon can be field stripped in a matter of minutes without the use of any tools. During field stripping, the handgun breaks down into 4 parts which are easily put back together.