The M&A 9mm pistol is a semi-automatic handgun manufactured by M&A Guns Manufacturers. It is a recoil operated, locked breech pistol with a linkless barrel-to-slide locking system and an external hammer. It is a single action pistol, meaning the slide must be pulled manually to cock the weapon and make it ready to fire. The most common wasteland variant of the weapon has a dark grey finish and checkered wooden grip panels, with staggered magazines offering a tremendous 13 round capacity.
A heavily customized model owned by Benny, head of the Chairmen, Maria is a true work of art. The entire body of the weapon is damascened with decorative floral patterns and a polished nickel finish. The normal checkered grips were replaced by pearl panels, with the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, considered as a representation of the Woman of the Apocalypse. The weapon has also been reassembled with the use of improved internal parts, giving it improved performance and durability.
Maria is the unique variant of the 9mm pistol. Apart from the unique appearance, it offers greater accuracy, a higher rate of fire, improved damage per shot, and, of course, it is more durable. The downside is that it cannot mount any weapon modifications.
The Tops: Benny carries it. The weapon can be pickpocketed from him in the Casino or the presidential suite. Alternatively, killing works just as well.
The Fort: If Benny survives the encounter at the Tops, he will be captured by Caesar. If the player kills him while he is bound in the tent or in the arena, Maria will be present on his corpse. However, crucifying Benny will preclude gaining the weapon.
Note that it is possible to obtain two copies of Maria in both of the above encounters.