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Why the Navy SEALs chose the SIG Sauer P226 over the M9

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In 1985, the U.S. military adopted the Beretta 92FS as the M9. Replacing the M1911A1 as the standard sidearm of America’s armed forces, the M9 was issued to all service branches. However, not all of the nation’s warfighters carried the Beretta. Army Special Forces preferred the greater stopping power of the M1911A1’s .45 ACP and continued issuing the pistol. Meanwhile, the Navy SEALs adopted the Beretta’s competitor.

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