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Beretta M9A1

Beretta introduced the M9A1 handgun at the end of 2012 as an upgraded version of the standard Beretta M9 for the United States Marine Corps.

Beretta M9A1 Holster Options

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The M9A1 has several enhancements and improvements over the standard M9, including the following:

  • Accessory Rail – The M9A1 is equipped with a Mil-Spec 1913 Picatinny rail for mounting a pistol light or laser versus the M9, which has no rail.
  • The M9A1 comes equipped with a polymer trigger action, polymer guide rod, and polymer decocking lever, whereas the M9 is fitted with metal versions of these parts.
  • Weighing in at 2.1 pounds, the M9A1 weighs less than the M9 (which weighs 2.2 pounds). The polymer parts mentioned above play a role in the reduced weight.
  • The trigger guard on the M9A1 is slightly different from the trigger guard on the M9, and the front of the trigger guard on the M9A1 is not serrated like the M9.
  • The M9A1 features a factory-installed 3 dot sight system, while the standard M9 features a standard U-shaped rear with a bladed front sight.
  • The M9A1 comes equipped with magazines treated with a PVD coating to reduce friction and increase reliability.

The M9A1 features identical operational controls to the standard M9 and the A1 variant functions identically to the M9 with the same DA/SA operation.

The M9A1 is available in two versions:

  • One with two 15 round magazines
  • A lower capacity version with 10 round magazines for states that have magazine capacity restrictions.

Holsters for the Beretta M9A1

There are a number of leather and kydex holster options on the market made specifically to fit the M9A1 pistol.

OWB Holsters

The overall size and weight of the M9A1 make it better suited for outside the waistband carry, so outside the waistband holster styles (commonly called OWB holsters) are probably a better option.

Outside the waistband holsters typically mount to the belt via one of two ways:

  • Belt loops
  • Belt snaps

Both methods will work for the A1 pistol, although the belt slots offer more stability than belt snaps.

IWB Holsters

As mentioned previously, the overall size of the M9A1 makes it a bit big for concealment, but it can be done. If you are leaning towards an inside the waistband holster (commonly called an IWB holster), look for a model with two attachment points to help manage the overall weight and add stability.

Our IWB suggestions for the A1 are these models:

MTR Custom Dual Carry

MTR Custom Slimline Tuckable Holster

Paddle Holsters

A paddle holster is another popular option for the M9A1 as the paddle offers an easier method for putting the holster on or taking it off.

The paddle rides down inside the waistband while the holster rides outside the waistband.

M9A1 Paddle Holster

Beretta M9A1 holster with light

Since the M9A1 is equipped with a 1913 accessory rail, it’s a popular host for tactical pistol lights or weapon-mounted tactical lights.

Popular light choices for the M9A1 include brands such as Surefire, Streamlight, and Olight.

Most any of the holster models listed below are available in a version to fit the M9A1 with a light mounted.


Here are some commonly asked questions that we see about holsters for the Beretta 92A1:

Will the M9A1 fit in a holster made for the Beretta M9 or a standard Beretta 92?

Unfortunately, the M9A1 will NOT fit in a holster made for the M9 or standard Model 92 for two reasons:

  1. The M9A1 has a Picatinny rail, whereas the Beretta M9 and Model 92 do not.
  2. The trigger guard on the M9A1 is slightly different shaped compared to the M9 trigger guard.

Your best bet is to purchase a holster specifically made to fit the M9A1 handgun.

Do you have any Beretta m9a1 with rail holster options?

To clarify, all the Beretta M9A1 models are built with a rail in the frame. To date, Beretta has not offered an M9A1 model without a rail.

Any of the holster models listed below are available in a configuration to fit a Beretta M9A1.

Do you offer a Beretta M9A1 Compact holster?

Yes, we do, and those M9A1 Compact holsters can be seen here.

Do you have any holsters to fit a Beretta M9A3?

We do and all the Beretta M9A3 holsters we carry can be seen on this page.

Any of the holsters displayed below are available in a version to fit the Beretta M9A1 handgun.