Baretta is a private Italian arms manufacturing company whose firearms are widely used among Civilians, LEAs, and Military personnel. It produces semi-automatic pistols, revolvers, shotguns, carbines, assault rifles, SMGs, and grenade launchers.
Baretta 92 is a series of semi-automatic pistols produced in 1976 and is still used to date. Baretta 92FS is a variant of Baretta 92 which is used by the Pakistani Military and LEAs. Baretta signed a Letter of Understanding (LoU) with POF at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi for the sales of pistols, shotguns, and apparel in Pakistan.
It has many variants which include 92D, 92G, 92X, 92FS, 92A1, M9A1 & M9A3. POF produces Baretta knockoffs namely PK-09 and POF-X which work remarkably in different terrains.
POF-X is a modern self-defense weapon that chambers 9x19mm Parabellum. It’s been produced by POF and sold by WIL. The characteristics of flawless reliability, complete handling safety, great fire capacity, and high accuracy make pistol POFX the ideal firearm for law enforcement use, as well as for personal defense.
Its mag chambers 18+1 rounds which can be released ambidextrous bears fixed front sight but removable rear sights. Another important and classy feature is that it comes with Picatinny rails which can be used for tactical lights or lasers.
Barrel life for this handgun is manufactured with high-quality material which can be used for 10,000 rounds. “We offer complete sales and support for its barrel. You can fire 10,000 rounds and come back. We can have the barrel, locking, blockage, anything that needs to be changed, re-change and you can fire another 10,000 rounds” said Salman Ali (manager of Weapons Design – POF).
POF-X was tested rigorously at -40C, in mud, and was fired about 500 rounds in a go and still, its barrel didn’t bend or swollen like the other unlicensed variants by different countries. It is being sold at one-third price of the other imported weapons currently being used in Pakistan.
Ismail Mir is a researcher and small arms expert. He tweets @cruelassassins