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
– Smith & Wesson .38/200
The Colt M1911 and the Luger P08 are the most famous pistols of WWII