Just picked up a civilian M9 yesterday, and had a couple questions. First, what's the best way to lighten/smooth out the DA trigger pull? I figure it'll smooth out as it gets used, just don't know if there's a faster way. Second, it came with the torx/hex screws in the grips, Beretta offers slotted screws on their website. Are those a drop in replacement? I figure they are, but it doesn't explicitly say either way. Are there any other modifications that may be a good idea? I will probably pick up a chromed guide rod to replace the stock one, but other than that, I don't know.
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February 23, 2013, 05:08 PM
My best advice is to just shoot it. Things tend to smooth out over time. Grip screws should just swap out.
Don't worry about the guide rod. Go buy some ammo instead and head to the range.
February 23, 2013, 05:13 PM
"First, what's the best way to lighten/smooth out the DA trigger pull?"
Shoot it. Then shoot it some more.
Same with all the other "mods". It seems people are more interested in modifying things these days than using whatever it is they have bought. I frequent a watch forum and a fountain pen forum, and it's the same thing on those sites.
Quit reading the internet until you can use your item enough to know which posters have a clue what they are talking about, and have enough experience to know what suits you.
I better take a nap, I seem cranky today. :)
Nice gun, by the way, hope you enjoy it.
February 23, 2013, 05:22 PM
I have used the M9 plenty, carried it for a year in the sandbox, sat through PMI classes, put countless rounds down range. Just don't know if I could polish any of the internals, or if dry firing would help.
February 23, 2013, 06:04 PM
First, what's the best way to lighten/smooth out the DA trigger pull?
Install the reduced power hammer spring from the "D" version.
February 23, 2013, 06:25 PM
This. The "D" spring mod is very common, and works great. I've done it to mine right after I bought it. I also then quickly added the Elite II hammer which is a bit lighter. However, the D spring mod by itself works wonders, and the hammer is more aesthetics than anything, but may reduce lock time a bit. Do the spring mod, then go from there.
You don't need to waste a lot of ammo to get a better trigger pull.
February 23, 2013, 06:28 PM
The two screw styles can be used interchangably with the factory grips. I've seen military M9s with both styles (the only ones I've seen with Torx screws were issued to USAF officers). I've never had the standard screws back out on me (but then again, I pulled them off pretty regularly myself when I was cleaning the Afghan sand that managed to get all inside the pistol and mags!) I've also seen mostly metal, but some plastic (newer USAF issue M9s) guide rods. Either variant works fine.
February 23, 2013, 08:37 PM
Yeah, the older M9s came with slotted grip screws. The newer ones I see have the hex hed screws and plastic guide rod. The reason for the hex hed screws isn't to prevent them from backing out but to keep non-armorers from taking it apart. That being said though, I have hunted high and low in the tool box at many a CATM shop looking for the right size hex wrench and cussing the damn fool that got rid of a simple slot screw!!!:cuss:
February 23, 2013, 08:58 PM
I would also agree to switch over to the D spring. It's a noticeable difference.
Other than that, you don't really need to do any more mods unless you want it to fill a certain niche such as long rang or for HD I'd add a light.
February 23, 2013, 09:45 PM
How hard is it to install the D spring? I am by no means a gunsmith, so keep that in mind
February 23, 2013, 10:57 PM
Do everything he does up until 2:23. Then put in the new spring and reassemble.
February 23, 2013, 11:44 PM
I suspect I am even less of a gunsmith than you are, and the D spring really is a 2 minute fix, and should be well under $10. It really makes a tremendous difference.
I bought a D spring for my Cougar from Dave Olhasso, and then ended up getting a Competition spring for my 92FS from him as well. The Competition spring is even a smidgen lighter than the D spring.
February 23, 2013, 11:53 PM
Thanks a lot for the help! Looks like I need to order the D spring and pull out my hex wrench collection