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  • Beretta Model 93R Machine Pistol (MP)

    The Beretta Model 93R was categorized as a machine pistol and was based on the successful Beretta Model 92 semi-automatic handgun.

     Updated: 3/7/2017; Authored By Dan Alex; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    The Beretta Model 93R (or simply "93R") was produced by the Italian firm of Pietro Beretta SpA out of Gardone Val Trompia. Beretta produced his first locked-breech, semi-automatic pistol in 1951 as the M1951/M951. A side development of the M951 became the Model 951R, a "machine pistol" with selective-fire qualities of an automatic weapon - making use of an optional shoulder stock, a fixed ergonomic wooden foregrip and extended magazine. Machine pistols fall in line somewhere between traditional self-loading pistols and conventional submachine guns. Thusly, the 951R was brought up to a more modern standard in the 1970s to become the Beretta 93R series machine pistol by 1986. Production of the 93R series ran into the 1990s and has since ended. The base M951 was also brought up to standard to become the well-known Model 92 (the Model 92F is the "M9" in US Army service).

    The 93R retained the 951R's selective-fire mode which allowed the operator the freedom to switch his pistol from semi-automatic fire to a three-round burst capability, giving it the qualities of a true automatic weapon within the body of a handy pistol. At its core, the 93R is nearly identical to the Model 92, distinguished only by a few major characteristics.

    The automatic burst fire mode is capable of delivering up to 1,100 rounds per minute. To aid in this mode of fire (as muzzle climb for such a small weapon is readily apparent during burst fire) there is a serviceable hinged, fold-down forward grip ahead of the trigger guard allowing the operator to keep two well-spaced grips on the weapon. A muzzle compensator has also been integrated into the design. A spring-loaded 15-round detachable box magazine is inserted into the base of the pistol grip, adding stability through weight and creating a firmer hand grip. The 93R is chambered for the 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge. The pistol grip is slightly angled rearwards to receive the magazine and magazines are noteworthy for they extend out of the pistol grip bottom (as in the 951R) - this, coupled with the fold-down foregrip and extended barrel, easily identify this Beretta model family.

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    Beretta Model 93R Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1986
    Type: Machine Pistol (MP)
    National Origin: Italy
    Manufacturer(s): Pietro Beretta SpA - Italy

    Design (Internal, Dimensions and Weights)

    Firing Action: Semi-Automatic
    Available Caliber(s): 9x19mm Parabellum
    Ammunition Count / Feed: 15- or 20-round detachable box magazine
    Overall Length: 240 mm (9.45 inches)
    Barrel Length: 156 mm (6.14 inches)
    Weight (Empty): 2.58 lb (1.17 kg)
    Sighting Assist: Rear Notch; Front Post


    Muzzle Velocity: 1,230 feet/sec (375 m/sec)
    Rate-of-Fire (RoF): 1,100 rounds-per-minute (rpm)

    Global Operators / Customers

    Honduras; Italy

    Model Variants

    Model 951R - Original machine pistol developed from the semi-automatic M1951 (M951); fixed wooden foregrip; optional shoulder stock; extended magazine.

    Model 93R - Base Series Designation; modernized 951R; based on the Beretta Model 92 semi-automatic pistol; foldable foregrip; oblong trigger ring; 15- or 20-round magazine capacity; extended barrel with compensator.