Agreed, but that's assuming that inspections of the locking block are regularly performed to catch a crack before it causes a catastrophic failure. At any rate I've seen locking blocks fail in front of me and I don't like that aspect of the design.Looks like the M9 but with minor cosmetic changes - not that there's anything wrong with minor changes.
The locking block on the M9 is a wear item. That way if it were to crack from wear or whatever, you don't have to throw away the whole barrel.
It still happens so it is still relevant.The locking block issue was solved in 1985 after a few (6) broke after the Seals had tested some with all types of hot Ammo etc.. there were a few minor injuries and the failures did happ after 20.000 + rounds.
Beretta strengthened the metal in these blocks etc.. and this has not been an issue since 30 yrs. ago! However people always bring it up!::0::
Remember the early Catastrophic M-16 failures early in Nam!