What is a 9mm handgun?


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A 9mm handgun, also known as a "pistol" or "semiautomatic," is a 9x19mm pistol that was adopted by the United States Armed Forces in 1985. As one of the most popular handguns on the market, the 9mm handgun is both light and accurate.

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Due to its light weight, the 9mm is a favorite among gun enthusiasts who choose to carry or keep guns on hand in the home. The recoil on 9mms is far less than on .40 or .45 handguns. Despite its size, advancement in ammo technology enable the 9mm to perform just as well, if not better, than larger caliber handguns.

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