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9mm Military Ammo

The Cartridge, 9mm, Ball, M882 is approved for service use with the M9 9mm and M11 9mm pistols, both for training and for combat. The ammunition complies with NATO STANAG 4090 test requirements.

The M882 ball 9mm cartridge consists of a brass case, a copper alloy jacketed lead core bullet, a two-piece boxer-type primer, and a double-base propellant. The M882 has a plain bullet tip.

Brass case from M882 9mm Ball round ejects from Beretta 9mm Pistol
Brass case from M882 9mm Ball round ejects from M9 Beretta 9mm pistol.

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9mm Cartridge History

9mm round

The 9mm Luger/Parabellum (9x19mm) has been one of the most popular pistol and submachine gun cartridges in the world, originally developed in 1902 for what became the German Army P-08 9mm Luger. Although over a century old, its recent popularity makes it seem like a newer cartridge than the .45 ACP.

The 1985 decision by the United States military to adopt the 9mm Luger cartridge (M882) and M9 Beretta 9mm pistol for service use, caused a major shift in thinking among US law enforcement agencies and private shooters. Previously the .38 Special was dominant with autoloaders focused on the U.S. M1911A1 .45 ACP pistol. Stimulated by the M9 decision, as well as the apprearance of a new generation of pistols typified by Glock, there has been an unprecedented surge of interest in the 9mm Parabellum.

M882 9mm Ball Ammunition Characteristics

M882 9mm Ball Cartridge Dimensions
M882 9mm Ball Dimensions.

M882 9mm Ball cartridges in M2A1 Ammo Can (20 cartons of 50 inside)
M882 9mm Ball cartridges in M2A1 Ammo Can (20 cartons of 50 inside).

The M882 ball cartridge consists of a brass case, a copper alloy jacketed lead core bullet, a two-piece boxer-type primer, and a double-base propellant. M882 NATO ammunition manufactured under U.S. Government contracts by Winchester-Western (Olin Corp.) and Federal has a 112 grain FMJ bullet and provides 385 meters/sec. (1263 fps) muzzle velocity as determined by official military test standards measured at 15 feet from the muzzle. The cartridge weighs 179 gr. in total and is 1.165 inches (29.591 mm) in length. M882 NATO 9mm ammunition carries a headstamp with the maker and year of production--example: WCC 88 stamped on a lot made in 1988 by Western Cartridge Company (Olin's Winchester-Western ammunition division) or FC 86, a 1986 lot by Federal Cartridge. The ammunition also carries the NATO stamp of a circle around a plus sign. M882 has been made with and without a cannelure (groove) around the midsection of the brass case.

A second cartridge has been procured, also called "9mm Ball". It is about 0.1mm longer than the M882, but is not authorized for use in service pistols.

Types of U.S. Military 9mm Ammunition

  • Cartridge, 9mm, Ball
  • Cartridge, 9mm, Ball, NATO, M882
  • Cartridge, 9mm, High Pressure Test, M905
  • Cartridge, 9mm, Dummy, M917

M882 9mm Ball Round and M917 Dummy Round
M882 9mm Ball Round and M917 Dummy Round.

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