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Old 03-23-2011, 03:09 AM   #1
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I might be a dumb question, but what is the difference???

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Old 03-23-2011, 03:45 AM   #2
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The 9x19 = 9mm Luger = 9mm Parabellum = 9mm NATO.
then there is the 9x17 (.380 or 9mm Kurtz), the 9x21, the 9x18 (9mm Makarov), 9x23, 9mm Ultra, and many more.
Any one who says they are shooting a 9mm has no idea what they are shooting.

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Generally when some says 9mm, they mean 9mm Luger (9x19/Parabellum/Nato) but here is a not complete list of 9mm calibers: 9 mm caliber - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The 9x19 = 9mm Luger = 9mm Parabellum = 9mm NATO.
then there is the 9x17 (.380 or 9mm Kurtz), the 9x21, the 9x18 (9mm Makarov), 9x23, 9mm Ultra, and many more.
Any one who says they are shooting a 9mm has no idea what they are shooting.
Very presumptuous of you.

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Generally when some says 9mm, they mean 9mm Luger (Parabellum/Nato) but here is a not complete list of 9mm calibers: 9 mm caliber - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I agree.
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Well, I ask this cause, i went to the store to pick up practice rounds, and got 9mm Luger......can i shoot them out of a G26??

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Well, I ask this cause, i went to the store to pick up practice rounds, and got 9mm Luger......can i shoot them out of a G26??
Absolutely. That's the caliber the G26 was make around. I forgot to include 9x19 in my previous post.

So, 9x19 (should be stamped on your slide) = 9mm Luger = 9mm Nato = 9mm Parabellum

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9x19mm_Parabellum

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OK thank you for your help!!!!

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It originally called the 9mm Parabellum (for war). It was used in the famous P-08 "Parabellum" pistol designed by Georg Luger, hence the association with the name. The Europeans developed the metric naming system where (generally) the first number is the bullet diameter and the second number is the case length. Hence 9X19. It was adopted by the NATO nations so it is often called 9mm NATO, but that is not always correct. The NATO load is more or less a +P FMJ load.

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I may be presumptuous, but I answered the question, I thought.
Sorry, but if you tell my you're shooting a .30 caliber, I will not be impressed with your ability to communicate clearly.
We all "know" what someone means when they say they are shooting a 9mm, until we or they make an error because of it. Someone looks at their barrel and sees 9mm and they buy a box of 9mm Kurtz.
I shoot a .38 a lot. Guess what, it's a .38 Super...

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I may be presumptuous, but I answered the question, I thought.
Sorry, but if you tell my you're shooting a .30 caliber, I will not be impressed with your ability to communicate clearly.
We all "know" what someone means when they say they are shooting a 9mm, until we or they make an error because of it. Someone looks at their barrel and sees 9mm and they buy a box of 9mm Kurtz.
I shoot a .38 a lot. Guess what, it's a .38 Super...
Two things.

First, saying 9mm is mostly understood being the "generic" for 9x19/Nato/parabellum now. Big difference between saying .30 cal or .38.

Second and most importantly, the person might not be understood but that doesn't mean he doesn't know what he is shooting. HUGE difference.
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