The 9x19mm Parabellum has been one of the most widely and massively used ammunition in modern military history. It was specially designed by Georg Luger for the German Luger P 08 pistol and produced since 1902 by the Deutsche Waffen und Munitionfabriken. It was also manufactured in the 1930s and 1940s for the German MP 38 and MP 40 “Schmeisser” submachine guns and the Belgian Browning GP 35 pistol; these firearms would see combat action during World War II. Today the 9×19 mm Parabellum is made world-wide by different arms factories for both pistols and submachine guns. Other famous and match grade firearms chambered for this cartridge are: Walther P38, Walther P99, HK MP5, HK USP, Beretta 92SF, and the SIG P210. The 7N21 variant of this cartridge is fitted with an armor-piercing projectile which can pierce a body armor at a distance of up to 45 m; it consists of a hardened steel penetrator core, wrapped up in a bimetal jacket.
Type: pistol and submachine gun cartridge
Projectile diameter: 9.01 mm
Case diameter: 9.93 mm
Case base: rimless
Cartridge length: 29.69 mm
Case length: 19 mm
Projectile type: full metal jacket, hollow point, unjacketed lead