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Old 08-17-2011, 01:08 AM   #1
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Default Where did the name parabellum come from?

Just wondering where the term parabellum for 9mm ammo came from? Any info. Will be helpful.
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Old 08-17-2011, 01:20 AM   #2
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The German arms maker Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken coined the word used to name cartridges. Roughly it is "prepare for war" from the Latin para bellum.
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This came from Wikipedia:

The 919mm Parabellum (abbreviated 9mm, 919mm or 919) cartridge was designed by Georg Luger and introduced in 1902 by the German weapons manufacturer Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM) for their Luger semi-automatic pistol.[6] For this reason, it is commonly called the 9 mm Luger cartridge, differentiating it from the also-popular 9mm Makarov and 9mm Browning (.380 ACP) cartridges.

The book Cartridges of the World stated in 2006 that the 919mm Parabellum is "the world's most popular and widely used military handgun cartridge."[7]

The name Parabellum is derived from the Latin: Si vis pacem, para bellum ("If you seek peace, prepare for war"), which was the motto of DWM.
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I believe "Parabellum" was also DWM's cable address.

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Thanks for all the info. Very helpful.
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+1 wjkuleck, I heard this also. Have not heard the Latin thing till now, but that sounds good, too.
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The German arms maker Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken coined the word used to name cartridges. Roughly it is "prepare for war" from the Latin para bellum.
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The German arms maker Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken coined the word used to name cartridges. Roughly it is "prepare for war" from the Latin para bellum.
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pardon if my spelling is somewhat off,
se vis pacem, parabellum, means, to have peace, prepare for war. Therefore, parabellum means prepare for war.
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