The Beretta 93R is a selective-fire machine pistol, designed and manufactured by Italian firearms manufacturer Beretta in the 1970s for police and military use, that is derived from their semi-automatic Beretta 92. The "R" stands for Raffica, which is Italian for "volley", "flurry", or "burst" (sometimes spoken "R" as "Rapid" in English).
|Place of origin||Italy|
|Used by||See Users|
|Mass||1170 g (empty)|
|Barrel length||125 mm (156 mm with compensator)|
|Rate of fire||1100 round/min (3-round burst)|
|Muzzle velocity||380 m/s|
|Effective firing range||50 m|
|Feed system||15- or 20-round box magazine|
The Beretta 93R was designed to be used by the Italian counter-terrorism forces of Nucleo Operativo Centrale di Sicurezza and Gruppo di Intervento Speciale but was also adopted by other police and military forces who required a concealable weapon with rapid fire capabilities. The pistol is a development of the Beretta 92 design.
The Beretta 93R is mechanically similar to the Beretta 92. It can be selected to fire either a three round burst or single fire. A selector switch enables the operator to alternate between the two firing modes. The pistol is fitted with a vertical foregrip at the front end of the trigger guard to provide better stability when firing. A folding steel buttstock can be attached at the heel of the grip. The 93R is considered difficult to control when being repeatedly fired in burst mode because of the 1,100-round-per-minute firing rate.
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