A word of explanation for the light posts: I’ve been invited to be part of the crew over at American Partisan , so if you have a mind to, check it out. We’ve got a team of folks who, when combining what we know, cover just about all the bases survival, prepper, and liberty minded folks would like to see. I’ll continue to post here as well, but on a less frequent basis.
See this post for background on my M9.
So, after yet another range session and very good results with the M9, this time out to 50 meters, I was doing some reading to see if there were any internal parts upgrades available. Apparently, not having a M9 for several decades, and therefore not really paying attention to product improvements, I’m about the only person in the free world that didn’t know they were out there. <insert eye roll here>.
First thing I did was get a ‘D Hammer Spring’, which is basically about 4 links shorter than the standard. You can see the difference in the image below. The idea behind it is to lower the double action trigger pull from somewhere around 13 pounds or so down to 6 to 8 while still providing the force necessary for the hammer and firing pin to penetrate hard primers. It also lowers the single action trigger pull down to something near 4 to 5 pounds. Ok, I spent $11.
Man, does that make a difference!
Second upgrade: Wolff black steel op rod & 15 pound recoil spring (fits over the op rod if you’re not familiar with it) Factory is 13 pounds. The factory plastic (and fluted) op rod just did not provide the confidence I want for a SHTF pistol. When it comes to the recoil spring, personally, I like just a bit more power, especially when I’m shooting rounds like Federal’s HST +P. Cost: $8.50 for the spring and $24 for the op rod.
After that, I picked up a Wilson Combat Recoil Buffer. Another $10. This fits over the recoil spring and sits up near the face of the slide. It doesn’t change or interfere with operations; it simply acts as a pad between the violent rearward movement of the slide and the front of the slide when it hits the face of the locking block. These are worthwhile; I put them in every pistol I own. Makes the pistol keep operating as new for a long, long, long time. And I like that.
At this point I’ve got $53.50 invested.
Then I’m seeing this Wolff Trigger Conversion Unit also sold by Wilson Combat under the same name. I chose the Wolff version for two reasons: I’m very comfortable with Wolff’s quality and customer support (should it be necessary). The Wilson Combat version was $7 less expensive, but they’re out of stock, a LOT, and Wolff has a good supply.
Sooooo, I purchased the ‘Extra Power’ model. It’s simply a pound or so more than the standard, and it’s designed to eliminate trigger return spring breakage and ‘spring stacking.’ It’s Np3 coated, and is drop in both design and application. $25.
Now I’m up to just about $79. Last, but certainly not least, was getting some more aggressive grip panels. My hands are average, and I can handle the M9 very well, but I wanted just a tad more purchase on the pistol when holding it. So, I found a pair of ERGO hard rubber grips with medium abrasion (meaning you can hold it well when your hands are slippery) for $20 shipped.
$99 to put everything I want on the M9 to have it continue to look like a service grade and shoot like it’s almost match grade.
I’m toying with putting on the adjustable rear sight; back in the day in the Air Force, we were always provided adjustable sights until the M9, and then, after I retired, I assumed there would be that upfit. I don’t know, but the sight itself looks a lot like the old S&W M15 adjustable that I was weaned on. No decision yet; I’m not sure if I want to pay between $75 and $100 for this upgrade when the issue sights and my eyes still seem to work pretty good. 80% hits in vital areas at 50 meters ain’t too bad, so for now, this is on the shelf.
All the improvements above have countless YouTube videos available to demonstrate, from the home grown to official Beretta versions. I was able to do each operation without too much trouble (meaning it was me and not the pistol or the instruction) and get everything done in minutes.
If you’re a Beretta 92 or M9 owner, check the upgrades out; it might be worth your while. It certain was mine – this M9 SINGS on the range!!