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Cartridge Specifications for Caliber: 9 mm
9 mm Luger (9 mm Parabellum)
9 mm Luger
Specifications
Case Type: Rimless, straight
Introduced: 1902 Made For:Semi-Auto
Cart Len:1.169-in Case Len:0.754-in
Case Dia:0.391-in Bul Dia:0.356-in
Ballistics measured with:
4-inch pistol barrel
Cartridge Variants
WeightVelocityEnergy
From:95 gr1300 ft/sec356 ft-lbs
To158 gr950 ft/sec317 ft-lbs
Cartridge Used in Database
WeightVelocityEnergy
124 gr1150 ft/sec364 ft-lbs
Rankings for
Cartridge Used in Database
PF: 142600 TKO: 7.242
Description:

This cartridge was introduced along with the Luger semi-automatic pistol. The pistol and cartridge was first adopted by the German Navy in 1904 and then by the German Army in 1908. This cartridge has since been adopted by the military of practically every non-Communist power. It has become the most popular and widely-used handgun cartridge in the world. Performance wise, the 9 mm cartridge has somewhat more power than the .38 Special but falls well short of the .357 Magnum.