During World War II, handguns were usually carried by commissioned and non-commissioned officers and used in close quarters combat and as a last resort weapon. Although they were underpowered compared to a rifle, sidearms were light, ergonomic, and easily concealed. WW2 handguns included pistols and revolvers that fired different types of ammunition, ranging in calibers from 7.62 to 11.43mm (.45), with the 9mm being the most widely used. Being semi-automatic, pistols were preferred over revolvers as they were endowed with more firepower, having a magazine usually holding more cartridges than a revolver’s cylinder.

List of WWII Sidearms

Allied

Colt M1911

Browning GP (HP)

Browning M1910

Smith & Wesson M1917

– Smith & Wesson .38/200

Webley Mk IV

Enfield No 2 Mk I

Tokarev TT-33

Radom Wz35

Axis

Luger P 08

Walther P 38

Walther PP

Vz 38 (CZ 38)

Glisenti Modello 1910

Beretta Modello 1934

Type 94 Shiki Kenju

Type 14 Nambu

The Colt M1911 and the Luger P08 are the most famous pistols of WWII

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