The history of this round dates all the way back to 1898, when Georg Luger designed the Luger P08 – also known as the Parabellum pistol. If you’ve ever wondered why the 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge is commonly known as the 9mm Luger, it’s because Georg Luger also developed the cartridge for use in his pistol. Finally, if you’ve ever wondered where the name Parabellum comes from (I know I have), it is derived from the Latin phrase “Si vis pacem, para bellum” – if you seek peace, prepare for war. It was the motto used by Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken, the original manufacturer of both the pistol and the cartridge. But, I am sure you’ve heard enough about the interesting history behind the 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge. Let’s get into the logistics of these hulks.
As mentioned, each box of Silver Bear 9mm Luger contains 50 rounds and is manufactured in Russia at the Barnaul Cartridge Plant. Typically, a full metal jacket 9mm cartridges weighs approximately 115 gr. These cartridges feature hollow point bullets that weigh in at a hefty 145 gr. Rest assured, they have the stopping power you seek in a self-defense round. They also utilize a non-corrosive Berdan primer, which provides for a lengthy shelf life and practically ensures ignition.
Now, here is where I have to play the part of a salesman. Don’t leave; it will be worth your time to continue reading. You’re probably browsing our site pondering the difference between the Brown Bear 9mm Luger and the Silver Bear 9mm Luger. Is the Silver Bear really worth 75 cents more? Read on and make the call for yourself. The Brown Bear ammunition is housed in a lacquered steel case whereas the Silver Bear is housed in a zinc-plated steel case. Though the Brown Bear ammunition functions perfectly well, Silver Bear is sought after by those seeking reliability, as the zinc-plated cases are known to feed better. It’s not an earth-shattering difference, but neither is the price.
A hollow point is a bullet with a hollowed out tip and is designed to expand upon impact in order to maximize tissue damage. Because hollow points are designed for controlled penetration, they are a common choice for police and civilians looking to decrease the chance of bystanders being harmed.