It’s possible that there are better cartridges for specific situations, but when it comes down to power, economy and accuracy, there is no substitute for the 9mm Luger.
Sales prices for handguns and ammunition have gone up over the years and fans still keep coming back to the 9mm as a hands-down crowd favorite.
The 9mm beats the .40 and .45. The .40 S&W is comparable but mainly used within police work. As for the .40, the snappy recoil makes some gun owners choose another option, especially when a 9mm is on the table. In addition, while the 9mm packs a punch, it doesn’t take a giant to control that power.
Because both male and female shooters can control the 9mm with ease, the caliber is so popular that it’s now beating the .45 in sales. Specifically, Ruger’s SR1911 has been met with major applause and anticipation as it has a small kick and a lightweight aluminum frame for those with concealed carry licenses.
Ever since its initial introduction as a German service cartridge in 1902, the German Luger has grown in popularity, when the first sub-machine guns were also chambered with a 9mm Luger cartridge.
Years later in 1935, the Browning Hi-Power became the most service pistol in the entire world, as more than 100 nations chose it for battle. Then, after World War II, the 9mm SMGs from Sten and Sterling were developed. When Poland decided to use the 9mm Luger over their own Radom pistol, it was the first time in history a nation chose a service cartridge over their own, based on pure performance.
The Walther P38 came along to further push the 9mm handgun, and soon the United States chose to adopt the modified P38 pistol in the form of a Beretta 92.