A custom model of an M&A 9mm pistol made by M&A Guns Manufacturers, this weapon has an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a well known Catholic figure and a representation of the biblical Woman of the Apocalypse, painted on the pearl grips of the firearm. The entire body of the pistol is engraved with ivy and floral details, with a polished nickel finish. It, along with Chance's knife, was responsible for a great amount of Fiend deaths in the the graphic novel All Roads. It is also the gun used by Benny to shoot the Courier in the Fallout: New Vegas introduction cutscene, and as such is owned by him.
Maria is a unique variant of the 9mm pistol, that has a higher rate of fire, more damage per shot, is more accurate, and has higher durability than the standard variant. Like most unique weapons, weapon modifications cannot be used on Maria. However, like the standard 9mm pistol, Maria is also a concealable holdout weapon so long as your Sneakskill is 50 or greater.
Can only be found in 100% condition on Benny if the Courier decides to kill him either during Ring-a-Ding-Ding! or Render Unto Caesar. It may also be pickpocketed from him. However, this weapon cannot be obtained if the Courier has Benny crucified.
Two can be obtained by first pickpocketing Maria from Benny while in The Tops when you first meet him, and then obtaining another from him by several means while he is inside The Fort.
In my opinion, the BHP is a timeless design and its form is quite distinctive when compared to Fallout's 10mm pistols. Also, since I knew we weren't going to implement an M1911-style .45, the BHP-based 9mm design gives an extremely similar aesthetic (so similar that a lot of people assume it IS an M1911) while fitting into the 9mm/10mm/12.7mm semi-auto handgun progression in F:NV.