Beretta pistols had garnered interest in law enforcement, sports shooting circles, and Armed Forces. When the US Air Force began the Joint Service Small Arms Program, Berretta entered the competition. The Beretta 92S-1 won, but the Army contested the Air Force's methods. There would be several more competitions, and Beretta refined the design of the Beretta 92SB into the Beretta 92SB-F and in slightly modified form the Beretta 92G. These designs were ultimately selected in the United States (Beretta 92F, U.S. Military designation of "M9") and now France (Beretta 92G, French military designation of "PAMAS"). The M9 was intended to replace the M1911A1 and .38 caliber revolvers and pistols. Over 500,000 M9 pistols were made and adopted; the switch-over was largely achieved. However, some branches and groups (for example, FBI) continued to use the former pistols or adopted different designs, but they were not a part of the program in the first place. (See M11 pistol, MK23 Mod 0)
The USAF has scheduled switching over from the early model M9 (92F) to the 92FS standard, according to planning documents. In May 2005, the USMC posted its intent to award a sole-source contract to Beretta for 3,480 "M9A1" pistols, which is basically an M9 with an accessory rail (available June 2006 to the public). In the U.S. Army, selected M9s were scheduled to be replaced by XM8 compact carbine variants. However, XM8 and the entire OICW Increment 1 program were suddenly suspended in July of 2005. Current model M9s are scheduled for replacement under the Future Handgun System, which was merged with USSOCOM's SOF Combat Pistol program to create the Joint Combat Pistol (JCP) program. The JCP winner is specified as having a number of new features; chambered for .45 ACP, an integrated rail, Day/Night sights, and capable of accepting a sound suppressor. In early 2006, the JCP program was renamed Combat Pistol and seemingly split from the Army program.
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