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    I have been advised not to use 9mm ammo marked "luger" in my pistol because they can cause a groove from catching my pistol when ejecting. Any thoughts on this?

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    Well I would guess that would depend if you gun is a 9x19. If it is, Then there is no difference between a 9mm Parabellum and a 9mm Luger. They are the exact same bullet.

    They do make a 9x18 Makarov which is not to be used in a 9x19 Luger/ Parabellum.
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    Whether you call it the 9x19mm, 9mm Luger, 9mm Parabellum, or 9mm NATO, it's the same cartridge. Same size, that is. Some military ammo is loaded hotter, and/or with harder primers, for use in submachineguns. Such ammo should be avoided for use in your average 9mm pistol.

    A warning to all users of 9 mm pistols. The higher pressure of the Nato round can be punishing. Used 9 mm Nato rounds. After two shots my pistol jammed, because the extractor broke off. Now there was some explanation to do the next day in order to get my service gun back in working order. So get the message: Never use military ammo in non-military firearms. So, any surplus army ammo: use it in the Browning High-Power or the Glock, but not in “civilian” pistols.

    This cartridge undeniably lacks the knockdown power of the delightful old 45 ACP military pistol round, but you can sling more of them downrange between reloads, and carry more of them with you while you're fighting your way through the crud.

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    While the 9x19 cartridge carries numerous monikers, they are all the same caliber. That said, if you're actually shooting a Luger, and not just any old garden variety 9mm, it is recommended that you use +P ammunition. The Luger's toggle action is immensely strong and very fast - cycling in 1/30 of a second, and function more reliably with higher pressure loads.

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    Thanks forthe feedback, guys. I realize that 9mm luger is the same size but that's not really what i was asking. What i was told is that any 9mm round marked luger is cheaply made and inferior and that's why it can damage your gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruger314 View Post
    Thanks forthe feedback, guys. I realize that 9mm luger is the same size but that's not really what i was asking. What i was told is that any 9mm round marked luger is cheaply made and inferior and that's why it can damage your gun.

    You have been misinformed. There is no stigma attached to any name any ammunition manufacturer attaches to the 9mmx19 cartridge. Whether they call it Parabellum, Luger, NATO, or just 9x19, no level of quality, or lack of it, can be inferred.
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    That's exactly what i suspected. It didn't sound right to me at all.

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    What made & model is your pistol, and who advised you?

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    Ruger lc9. Ex army sniper told me this. I looked this up but couldn't find anything. Could have just been talking out of his a**

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