The 92FS, designated M9 by the U.S. Military, not only meets or exceeds all U.S. Military testing guidelines, it totally rewrites them. The Italian-made 92 series of semiautomatic pistols operates on a short recoil, delayed blowback system, which yields faster cycle times, exceptional accuracy and greater reliability. Chrome-lined barrels provide extreme corrosion resistance, as well as ease of cleaning and feature a deeply recessed combat muzzle crown to protect the rifling. The open top slide virtually eliminates jamming and stove piping and allows the user to load and chamber one cartridge at a time should the magazine be lost or damaged. A traditional feature of Beretta pistols, the 92 FS external hammer design provides the energy to the firing pin, virtually eliminating the possibility of misfires due to light primer and provides an immediate visual and tactile indicator as to the cocked/uncocked status of the pistol. Each pistol features a lightweight, forged frame made from extremely strong aircraft-quality aluminum alloy with Beretta's exclusive Bruniton non-reflective black coating, a superior corrosion and wear resistant finish. The ambidextrous safety lever, easily accessible by the thumb of a right or left handed shooter, is spring loaded so it's either positively on or off and also functions as the pistol's decocking lever. This handgun features a 10-round magazine that is New York and Maryland complaint.