Beretta Introduces 92XI American Combat Series in Variety of Patterns

Today’s veterans can appreciate that military service involved no shortage of uniformity – yet that doesn’t mean everything should be exactly the same. In civilian life, firearms also don’t have to take a cue from Henry Ford’s Model T – which was available in any color, provided it was black.

For Beretta, uniformity and individuality can go hand-in-hand with the new 92XI American Combat Series that features custom hand-painted camouflage patterns.

Beretta 92XI Tiger Stripe
Though never an official U.S. military camouflage, Tiger stripe camouflage—named for its resemblance to the stripes on a tiger—was adopted by U.S. Special Forces during the Vietnam War, notably by MACV-SOG, and used as recently as 2019 by the 5th Special Forces Group.

Homage to Iconic Patterns And Honor Those Who Served

In partnership with Howe Arms, Beretta is introducing a new series that pays homage to the heritage of historic U.S. military camouflage patterns and recognizes the vital role those patterns play in enhancing soldier concealment and mission success.

As a two-tour Afghanistan combat veteran, Howe Arms founder Richard Howe certainly knows a thing or two about the importance of honoring America’s veterans, and his company continues to serve as a support system for disabled combat veterans and their families, offering purpose and assistance.

The Beretta handgun certainly serves as a fitting platform for this limited edition partnership, as the U.S. military selected the Beretta 92 in 1985 to replace the .45 ACP M1911A1 pistol. The 92XI features the X-Tremes S single action flat face trigger, performance DLC coated trigger components, and a lightweight skeletonized hammer. In addition, the pistol offers a fiber optic front sight with MRDS mounting capability, an ambidextrous frame mounted safety, a checkered frame with enhanced grip panel texturing, a three-slot Picatinny rail, Vertect M9A4 style frame, and notably a custom Cerakote finish.

Each pistol in this exclusive collection is meticulously hand-painted by a disabled veteran artist, and no two will be exactly the same. These feature iconic American combat camouflage patterns, with the Vietnam Tiger Stripe now arriving and the Chocolate Chip and Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) to follow this summer. In October, the Desert Camouflage Uniform (DCU) will arrive at retail, followed by MultiCam in December. Each piece is meant to represent a story of sacrifice and service and will be limited to 1,000 handguns per pattern.

Beretta 92XI Chocolate Chip
The Desert Battle Dress Uniform (DBDU) was developed by the U.S. military for use in arid-environment environments. It was used in the 1991 Gulf War, where it earned the nickname “Chocolate Chip” due to its resemblance to cookie dough.
Beretta 92XI BDU
The Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) camouflage was used by the U.S. Armed Forces from the early 1980s to the mid-2000s. It was developed for use in Europe during the Cold War.
Beretta 92XI DCU
Sometimes known as “Coffee Stain,” the Desert Camouflage Uniform (DCU) was used by the U.S. Armed Forces from the mid-1990s to early 2010s.
Beretta 92XI Multicam
Designed for varied environments, MultiCam was officially adopted by the U.S. Army in 2010, replacing the Universal Camouflage Pattern for units in Afghanistan under the name Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern (OEF-CP).


Beretta 92XI Specs:

  • Action: Single Action Only
  • Fire Control: Hammer-Fired
  • Caliber: 9x19mm
  • Barrel Length: 4.7 inches
  • Overall Length: 8.5 inches
  • Overall Height: 5.4 inches
  • Grip Width: 1.5 inches at Grip Radius
  • Overall Width: 1.5 inches
  • Sight Radius: 6.1 inches/155 mm

The 92XI Vietnam Tiger Stripe is now available with 10-round, 15-round, and 18-round magazine capacity. MSRP is $969. Subsequent models will follow this year, pending demand for the individual patterns.

Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based freelance writer who regularly covers firearms related topics and military history. As a reporter, his work has appeared in dozens of magazines, newspapers, and websites. Among those are The National Interest, Forbes, and many others. He has collected military small arms and military helmets most of his life, and just recently navigated his first NFA transfer to buy his first machine gun. He is co-author of the book A Gallery of Military Headdress, which was published in February 2019. It is his third book on the topic of military hats and helmets.

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