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Omani Army selects Beretta 92FS pistol

23 May 2017

The Royal Army of Oman (RAO) has ordered the 9x19 mm Beretta 92FS as its future handgun, a Beretta source has told Jane's.

The RAO began looking for a replacement for its current pistols, which are mostly Browning Hi-Powers, in 2016.

The 92FS and four other European pistols were downselected in October 2016. An Omani team visited all five bidders in January, carrying out tests at company ranges, which led to the selection of the 92FS the following month.

A quotation was provided in April, leading to the signing of an initial contract for 4,000 pistols to be delivered for the RAO's special forces in early May, with the delivery of another 6,000 pistols planned for September.

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