"What is Parabellum ammunition?"
Parabellum is a contraction of two Latin words: Para = "for" and Bellum = "war". Thus, any ammunition designed for war is, by definition, parabellum. The British designed the .303 and we designed the 30-06, .308. .30 Carbine and .223 for war but they didn't get the parabellum tag.
So far as I know, only the Germans have used that designation for military cartridges and even that appears to be somewhat inconsistant. The 9mm Lugar is a parabellum only in that it was designed specifcally as a military round but so was the 7x57, etc.
I clearly remember my confusion of cartridge designations some 45 years ago. Cartridges specified by bore diameter, .300, and groove diameter, .308, and both shooting the same bullet. A .357 mag and .38 Special shooting the same bullet. A .44 mag and .444 Marlin shoots a .429. A 38/40 is actually a .40 cal. The .32 Special shoots a .311 bullet. The .218 Bee, .219 Zipper, 220 Swift, 22-250, 221 Fireball, 222 and 223 Rem, 224 Wea., .225 Win. all shoot .224 bullets at different speeds. Arrrghh!
Don't expect any of it it to make sense!
Last edited by 1hole; 10-12-2007 at 02:05 AM.