|Place of origin||Italy|
|Used by||See Users|
|Weight||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, 20-round box magazine|
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".
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.
Legal status in USA
There are a few transferable Beretta 93Rs, but can be cost prohibitive due to their rarity. The Gun Control Act of 1968 stopped the importation of machine guns except for guns imported for sale to government agencies.
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