A few weeks ago, I received a phone call from my photographer, Preston. “Man you’ll never believe the gun I just bough.” He said. “I got a Beretta M9!” I instantly face-palmed. Nothing against the Beretta—but the M9A1 solves a lot of the issues inherent to the M9, and there’s a new version on the way. But Preston was a Marine and had wanted one ever since he got out. The M9 was nostalgic.
The next week at the range, he broke out the M9 and began to slow fire. No jams. No hiccups—just the crisp sound of steel singing. I loaded a few magazines and ran it through its paces. I instantly fell in love. But how could I justify carrying a gun like this? After all, this would break my very own rules. After searching the web, I found a possible solution. Recover Grips for the Beretta 92/M9 series pistols.
Made in Israel, and designed to rejuvenate an old workhorse, Recover brought the old gun up to the 21st century. It added grip texture, rail space, and a gave the M9 a new revitalized look. That old M9 began to resemble Beretta’s newest entry into the tactical market, the M9A3.
These grips take the gun to a new level of comfort. The pistol begins to feel less and less metallic. The additional polymer at all contact points eats a bit of recoil, and makes shooting the pistol that much sweeter. The full length 1913 rail allows for the addition of lights and lasers in multiple positions.
The only negative of the system is a little too much material around the trigger guard; it doesn’t effect function, nor is it a hindrance to performance, but it feels foreign for the first 50 or so rounds.
Installation of the grips is easy with the simple instructions and supplied tools necessary for the conversion. You will need a flat head to remove the grip screws on the M9. The process takes a little more than a two minuets to complete.
If you own a M9 or one of its nearly identical brothers, this new offering from Recover is more than worth a second look. They sell for $50, ship for free, and are backed up by a lifetime warranty. And they make them for 1911s, too. I could train around the missing rail and work with the tools I’m given, I guess–but reverting to stone age tactics seems futile. Maybe I’m just a young dog that refuses to learn old tricks.