Beretta wants to be the Army’s new gun, again

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The Italian gunmaker Beretta wants to be the U.S. Army’s standard-issue handgun one more time.

Beretta has been supplying the Army with its M9 handgun for the last 30 years.

But the Army is now looking for a new gun and is holding a contest of sorts for gun makers.

However, Beretta is not going to step aside without a fight. It is entering the competition with a new design — the M9A3.

The new gun can hold two more rounds than the M9, and has more modular features for adding accessories, like scopes and lights, according to Gabriele de Plano, vice president of military marketing and sales at Beretta, a gunmaker with a long history that has been around since 1526.

Beretta's new M9A3 comes in a desert tone, while the M9 is black. The new gun has a "sand resistant" magazine with a capacity for 17 rounds. The company said the new guns would cost less than the current models, but did not provide details of the price differential. In the civilian market, the M9 retails for about $550. Beretta’s new M9A3 comes in a desert tone, while the M9 is black. The new gun has a “sand resistant” magazine with a capacity…

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