Service pistol

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A United States Army soldier in 2009 demonstrates the usage of his Beretta M9 sidearm.

A service pistol is any handgun issued to military personnel.

Typically service pistols are revolvers or semi-automatic pistols issued to officers, non-commissioned officers, and rear-echelon support personnel for self defense, though service pistols may also be issued to special forces as a backup for their primary weapons. Pistols are not typically issued to front-line infantry.

Before firearms were commonplace, officers typically carried swords instead.

History[edit]

Prior to the introduction of cartridge-loading firearms, there was little standardisation with regards to the handguns carried by military personnel, although it had been important for officers, artillerymen, and other auxiliary troops to have a means of defending themselves, especially as it was not always practical for them to have a full-length rifle or carbine.

Traditionally, soldiers (infantry and cavalry alike) and officers had carried swords for both personal protection and use in combat. The development of firearms in the mid-14th century changed the way battles were fought, and by the late-15th century it was no longer especially practical to close to hand-to-hand combat range to engage one's opponents, owing to the prevalence of pikes and musket-fire (pike and shot) on the battlefield.

Training was also a factor—it took a very long time to train new recruits in the use of longbows and swords—whereas the basic operation of an arquebus could be taught in a comparatively short time. As a result, swords were retained only by officers (who were less likely to be at the front of the pike-and-musket hedge) and by cavalry, for whom early single-shot handguns were of limited use.

The invention of the revolver in 1836 finally made a service pistol practical, as prior to this pistols had largely been single-shot weapons usually of no particular standardized pattern.

Although officers traditionally had been obligated to buy their own weapons, non-commissioned officers (NCOs) and other enlisted personnel were generally issued their weapons (which they were then expected to either pay for or return to the quartermaster if they were promoted). Service pistols, on the other hand, were generally issued to officers, NCO, and others who needed to carry personal weapons as part of their duties. Hence, it was quite common for officers to carry government-issued service pistols in combat.

The first service handguns were revolvers, but the development of Semi-automatic pistols (the first practical example being the Mauser C96 "Broomhandle") gradually led to their replacement by Semi-automatic handguns, such as the well-known German P08 Luger, the first Semi-automatic service pistol to be widely adopted by an industrialised nation. Nowadays, service pistols are almost exclusively self-loading.

The British Army was the last major military service to adopt a Semi-automatic service pistol as a standard sidearm, phasing out their Webley Mk IV, Enfield No 2 Mk I, and Smith & Wesson Victory revolvers in 1969,[1] after which the Browning Hi-Power became the Army's official service pistol.

Modern issue[edit]

A rear echelon US Marine with an issued M9 Beretta.

Special operations soldiers often carry a handgun as a secondary weapon to serve in a supplementary capacity to their primary weapon (a rifle, carbine, submachine gun, or shotgun); this practice is not as prevalent among conventional soldiers. Soldiers who do not serve in a direct combat role are often issued a pistol (such as officers, artillery crews, and other rear-echelon personnel), but conventional riflemen are not generally issued a pistol as part of their standard kit. However, drivers are often issued a handgun since while driving, their rifle will be stowed on a rack and thus difficult to make ready quickly in an emergency whereas a handgun is more easily accessible.

The tradition of issuing pistols to officers as a primary weapon is being phased out by many nations. The United States Marine Corps, for example, recently began requiring all enlisted personnel and all officers below the rank of Lieutenant Colonel to carry the M4 Carbine as their primary weapon. British officers on combat duty are also normally issued with the standard rifle but are not required to carry it with them at all times, for example while operating as support staff the rifle would be stored in the base armory though this is the same for most support staff.

Issue by nation[edit]

Angola[edit]

Firearm Type Calibre Service
Browning Hi-Power Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1972–present

Argentina[edit]

Ballester-Molina
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Steyr Mannlicher M1901 Semi-automatic 7.65mm Mannlicher 1905–1916
M1916/M1927 Semi-automatic .45 ACP 1916–1980
Ballester-Molina Semi-automatic .45 ACP 1938–1985
Browning Hi-Power Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1960–1998
Bersa Thunder 9 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1998–present

Austria[edit]

Glock 17
Firearm Type Calibre Service
M1870/M1870-74/M1882 Gasser Revolver 11.25x36R, 11.2×29.5 mm (Montenegrin) 1870–1898
Gasser-Kropatschek M1876 Revolver 9×26R 1876–1898
M1878 Gasser Revolver 9×26R 1878–1898
Rast-Gasser M1898 Revolver 8mm Gasser 1898–1945
Roth Steyr M1907 Semi-automatic 8mm Roth-Steyr 1907–1945
Steyr M1912 Semi-automatic 9mm Steyr, 9×19mm Parabellum 1912–1945
Dienstpistole 11,43mm (M1911 pistol) Semi-automatic 11,43mm Dienstpistole (.45 ACP) 1950-?
Walther P38 / Walther P1 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1938–1995
Pistole 80 (Glock 17) Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1980–present

Bangladesh[edit]

Type 54 pistol
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Browning Hi-Power Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1935–present
Type 54 pistol Semi-automatic 7.62×25mm Tokarev 1970–present[2]
Bangladesh Ordnance Factories Type 92 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 2008–present[3]

Belgium[edit]

Browning Hi-Power
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Nagant M1895 Double-action revolver 7.62x38mmR 1895–1945
Browning Hi-Power Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1935–present
FN Five-seveN Semi-automatic 5.7×28mm 2000–present

Bermuda[edit]

Firearm Type Calibre Service
Browning Hi-Power Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1935–present

Brazil[edit]

Taurus PT92
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Pistola Parabellum Semi-automatic 7.65×21mm Parabellum 1908–1937
M1911 Semi-automatic .45 ACP 1937–1984
S&W M1917 Double-action revolver .45 ACP 1937–1984
Taurus PT92 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1984–present

Cambodia[edit]

Firearm Type Calibre Service
TT-33 Semi-automatic 7.62×25mm Tokarev 1950s-Present
Type 54 Semi-automatic 7.62×25mm Tokarev 1967–Present
Makarov pistol Semi-automatic 9×18mm Makarov 1967–Present
Colt M1911 Semi-automatic .45 ACP 1950s-1975
Browning Hi-Power Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1967–Present
QSZ-92 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 2005–Present

Canada[edit]

Inglis Hi-Power
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Colt Model 1878 Revolver .45 Colt 1885–1902
Colt New Service Revolver .455 Webley 1900–1928
Colt Model 1911 Semi-automatic .45 ACP 1914–1945
Smith & Wesson 2nd Model "Hand Ejector" Revolver .455 Webley 1915–1951
Enfield No. 2 Mk I Revolver .38/200 1937-1964
Smith & Wesson "Military & Police" Revolver .38/200 1939–1964
Inglis Hi-Power Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1944–present
SIG Sauer P225 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1991–present

Chile[edit]

SIG P226
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Steyr M1912 Semi-automatic 9×23mm Steyr 1912–1948
Walther P38 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1938-1980s
SIG Sauer P226 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1980s-Present

Croatia[edit]

HS2000
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Zastava M57 Semi-automatic 7.62×25mm Tokarev 1957–92
HS2000 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum
.40 S&W
.45 ACP
1999–present
Springfield XDM Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 2006–present

People's Republic of China[edit]

Type 92
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Semi-automatic 7.63×25mm Mauser
.45 ACP
1927–1953
TT pistol Semi-automatic 7.62×25mm Tokarev 1930s–present
Type 51/54 Semi-automatic 7.62×25 Tokarev 1951–present
Type 77 Semi-automatic 7.65×17mm 1981–present
QSZ92-9 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1996–present
QSZ92-5.8 Semi-automatic 5.8×21mm DAP92 1996–present
QSW-06 Semi-automatic 5.8×21mm DCV05 2006–present
CF07 Semi-automatic 9x19mm 2008-present
CS/LP5 Semi-automatic 9x19mm 2011-present
QSZ-11 Semi-automatic 5.8x21mm 2013-present
QX-04 Semi-automatic 0.40 S&W
9x19mm Parabellum
7.62x25mm
0.45 ACP
2013-present

Republic of China (Taiwan)[edit]

Firearm Type Calibre Service
Mauser C96 Semi-automatic 7.63×25mm Mauser
.45 ACP
1911-1950s
Luger P08 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1911-1950s
Browning Hi-Power Semi automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1935–Present
M1911 pistol Semi-automatic .45 ACP 1941–Present
T75 pistol Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum  ???–Present

Czech Republic[edit]

CZ 75
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Vz. 24 Semi-automatic .380 ACP 1924-1952
Vz. 52 Semi-automatic 7.62×25mm Tokarev 1952-1982
Vz. 82 Semi-automatic 9×18mm Makarov 1983-1993
CZ 75 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1989-Present

Denmark[edit]

Pistol M/49
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Omdrejningspistol M1861 Pinfire revolver 11mm Lefaucheux 1861-1881
Omdrejningspistol M1865 Pinfire revolver 11mm Lefaucheux 1865-1940
Omdrejningspistol M1880 Double-action revolver 9mm Danish Army 1880-1945
Pistol M1910 Semi-automatic 9×23mm Largo 1910-1945
Pistol P.08 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1945-1975
Pistol M/46 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1946-2000
Pistol M/49 Neuhausen Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1949–present

Egypt[edit]

Firearm Type Calibre Service
Helwan Brigadier Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1955–Present
Maadi 920 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum ~1990–Present

Estonia[edit]

Heckler & Koch USP
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Browning Hi-Power Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1935–1940
Makarov pistol Semi-automatic 9×18mm Makarov 1991–Present
Heckler & Koch USP Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 2007–Present

Finland[edit]

Browning BDA
Firearm Type Calibre Service
7.65 PIST 19 Semi-automatic .32 ACP 1919–1971
7.65 PIST 23 Semi-automatic 7.65mm Parabellum 1922–1980s
9.00 PIST 35 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1935–1980s
9.00 PIST FN Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1940-1980s
9.00 PIST 80-91 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1980–present
9.00 PIST 2003 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 2003–present
9.00 PIST 2008 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 2008–present

France[edit]

PAMAS G1
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Lefaucheux M1858 Revolver 12mm pinfire cartridge 1858 - 1873?
Chamelot Delvigne French 1873 Revolver 11mm 1873–1892
Lebel M1892 Revolver 8mm Lebel 1892–1945
MAB D Semi-automatic .32 ACP 1923–1984
Modele 1935 Semi-automatic 7.65×20mm Longue 1935–1950
MAC 50 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1950–1988
Manurhin MR 73 Revolver .357 Magnum 1973–present
PAMAS G1s Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1984–present
Glock 17 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1992–present
SIG Sauer SP-2022 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 2003–present

Germany[edit]

Heckler & Koch P8
Firearm Type Calibre Service
M1879 Reichsrevolver Revolver 10,6 dt. Ordonnanz (10,6×25) 1879–1918
Luger P08 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1904–1945
Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Semi-automatic 7.63×25mm Mauser
9×19mm Parabellum
1914–1945
Mauser 1914/1934 Semi-automatic .32 ACP 1914–1945
Walther PP/PPK Semi-automatic .32 ACP, .380 ACP, 9×19mm Parabellum 1929–1970s
Walther P38 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1938–1960s
Mauser HSc Semi-automatic .32 ACP 1939–1945
Walther P1 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1957–1993
Heckler & Koch P7 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum  ?-present (Used by Military Police)
Makarov pistol (East Germany) Semi-automatic 9×18mm Makarov 1951–1991
Heckler & Koch P8 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1993–present

Hungary[edit]

FEG PA-63
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Frommer Stop Semi-automatic .32 ACP 1919–1948
M48 Tokarev Semi-automatic 7.62×25mm Tokarev 1948–1963
FEG PA-63 Semi-automatic 9mm Makarov 1963–1996
FÉG Model P9RC Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1996–present
Heckler & Koch USP Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 2004–present

India[edit]

Pistol Auto 9mm 1A manufactured in RFI, India.
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Pistol Auto 9mm 1A Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1981–present
Glock 17 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum  ?–present


Iran[edit]

Firearm Type Calibre Service
SIG P226 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1990s-Present

Iraq[edit]

CZ 99
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Browning Hi-Power Semi-automatic 9x19mm Parabellum 1947-2003
Tariq pistol Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1979-2003
CZ 99 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 2008–present
M9 pistol Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 2003–present
Glock 19 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 2003–present

Israel[edit]

Firearm Type Calibre Service
Browning Hi-Power Semi-automatic 9x19mm Parabellum 1948-1990s
Jericho 941 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1990s-Present

Italy[edit]

Beretta 92FS
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Bodeo M1889 Revolver 10.35mm 1889-1945
Glisenti M1910 Semi-automatic 9mm Glisenti 1910-1935
Beretta M1923 Semi-automatic 9mm Glisenti 1923-1945
Beretta M1934 Semi-automatic .380 ACP 1935–1981
Beretta 92FS Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1981–present
Beretta 90two Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 2011–present (limited)[4]

Japan[edit]

Nambu Type 94 pistol
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Meiji Type 26 Revolver 9mm Meiji 1893–1945
Nambu Type 14 Semi-automatic 8mm Nambu 1915–1945
Nambu Type 94 Semi-automatic 8mm Nambu 1934–1961
Nambu Model 60 Revolver .38 Special 1961–Present
Minebea P9 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1985–present

Jordan[edit]

Firearm Type Calibre Service
Helwan Brigadier Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 19??-
Beretta 92 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 19??-present
Viper Jaws pistol Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 2005–present

Democratic People's Republic of Korea[edit]

Firearm Type Calibre Service
Type 68 Semi-automatic 7.62×25mm Tokarev 1960s-present

Republic of Korea[edit]

Firearm Type Calibre Service
M1911A1 Semi-automatic .45 ACP 1945–1989
Daewoo Precision Industries K5 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1989–Present

Kuwait[edit]

Firearm Type Calibre Service
Helwan Brigadier Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 19??-

Lebanon[edit]

Firearm Type Calibre Service
Helwan Brigadier Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 19??-

Libya[edit]

TT-33
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Helwan Brigadier Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 19??-
TT pistol Semi-automatic 7.62×25mm Tokarev 19??-

Netherlands[edit]

Firearm Type Calibre Service
Beaumont-Adams NM.73 Revolver .450 Adams 1873–1940
Browning M25 no.1 Semi-automatic .32 ACP 1925-1946
Browning M25 no.2 Semi-automatic .380 ACP 1933-1946
Browning M46 Semi.automatic 9x19mm Parabellum 1946-1994
Glock 17 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1994–present

Norway[edit]

Kongsberg Colt
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Lefaucheux M1864 Revolver 11mm Lefaucheux 1864–1931
Nagant M1883 Revolver 9mm Nagant 1883–1931
Nagant M1893 Revolver 7.5mm Swedish Nagant 1893–1940
Kongsberg M1914 Semi-automatic .45 ACP 1914–1993
Luger P08 Semi-automatic 9x19mm Parabellum 1945-1987
Walther P38 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1945–1987
Glock P80 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1985–present

Panama[edit]

Firearm Type Calibre Service
Browning Hi-Power Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1935–present

Peru[edit]

JO.LO.AR.
Firearm Type Calibre Service
JO.LO.AR. Semi-automatic .45 ACP 1924–1935
Browning Hi-Power Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1935–Present

Poland[edit]

WIST-94
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Pistolet Vis wz. 35 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1935-1947
Pw wz. 33 Semi-automatic 7.62×25mm Tokarev 1947-1964
P-64 Semi-automatic 9×18mm Makarov 1964–1983
P-83 Wanad Semi-automatic 9×18mm Makarov 1983–2000
WIST-94 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1999–Present

Portugal[edit]

SIG P228
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Pistola m/1908 Semi-automatic 7.65×21mm Parabellum 1908–1961
FN P35 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1935–present
Pistola m/943 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1941–1961
Walther P38 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1961–present
SIG P228 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 199?-present
HK USP Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 200?-present
Glock 19 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 2009–present

Russia / Soviet Union[edit]

MP-443 Grach
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Smith & Wesson Model 3 Revolver .44 Russian 1873–1895
Nagant M1895 Revolver 7.62×38mmR 1895–1950
Mauser C96 Semi-automatic 7.63×25mm Mauser 1917-19??
TT pistol Semi-automatic 7.62×25mm Tokarev 1933–present
Makarov pistol Semi-automatic 9×18mm Makarov 1951–present
Stechkin automatic pistol Selective-fire 9×18mm Makarov 1951–present
Yarygin pistol Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 2003–present

South Africa[edit]

Vektor SP1
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Browning Hi-Power Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 19??
Star Model BM Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 19??-1988
Vektor Z88 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1988–present
Vektor SP1/SP2 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1992–Present

Spain[edit]

Llama M82
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Lefaucheux M1858 Double-Action Revolver 12mm 1858-??
Smith & Wesson Model 3 Revolver .44 Russian 1874-??
Merwin Hulbert Model 1888 Revolver 11mm 1888-??
Bergmann 1903 Semi-automatic 9×23mm Largo 1905–1914
Campogiro 1913/1916 Semi-automatic 9×23mm Largo 1916–1921
Astra 400 Model 1921 Semi-automatic 9×23mm Largo 1921–1946
Star Super A Semi-automatic 9×23mm Largo 1946–1986
Star B Super Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1970–1986
Llama M82 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1984–present
Heckler & Koch USP Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 2004–present

Sweden[edit]

Pistole 88B
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Revolver m/1863 Revolver 11mm Lefaucheux 1863-1880
Revolver m/1871 Revolver 11x17mm Centerfire 1871-1887
Revolver m/1863-79 Revolver 11x17mm Centerfire 1879-1887
Revolver m/1887 Revolver 7.5mm Swedish Nagant 1887–1945
Pistol m/07 Semi-automatic 9mm Browning Long 1916–1988
Pistol m/39 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1939-19??
Pistol m/40 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1940–1993
Pistol 88 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1988–present
Pistol 88B Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1988–present

Switzerland[edit]

SIG P220
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Ordonnanzrevolver 1872 Revolver 10.4mm Swiss rimfire 1872–1878
Ordonnanzrevolver 1878 Revolver 10.4mm Swiss centrefire 1878–1882
Schmidt M1882 Revolver 7.5mm Swiss 1882–1946
Luger pistol Semi-automatic 7.65×21mm Parabellum 1900–1949
SIG P210 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1949–present
Walther PPK Semi-automatic .32 ACP 1965-19??
SIG P220 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1975–present
SIG Pistole 03 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 2003–present

Thailand[edit]

Firearm Type Calibre Service
FN M1900 Semi-automatic .32 ACP 1901–1945
Nambu Type A Semi-automatic 8×22mm Nambu 1920s–?
M1911 pistol Semi-automatic .45 ACP 1943–present
HK USP Semi-automatic .45 ACP 2003–present

Turkey[edit]

Walther PP
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Mauser C96 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1896–1945
Smith & Wesson Model 10 Revolver .38 Special 1950-1995
FN Model 1903 Semi-automatic 7.65×17mm SR Browning 1912–1955
Walther PP Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum, .32 ACP 1945–2000
ZIGANA T, C45 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum, .45 ACP 2000–Present

Tuvalu[edit]

Firearm Type Calibre Service
Browning Hi-Power Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1935–present

Ukraine[edit]

Fort-12
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Makarov pistol Semi-automatic 9×18mm Makarov 1951–present
Fort-12 Semi-automatic 9×18mm Makarov 1999–present

United Arab Emirates[edit]

Caracal F
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Browning Hi-Power Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1971–2007
Caracal F Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 2007–present

United Kingdom[edit]

Enfield No.2 Mk I*
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Beaumont-Adams Revolver .450 Adams 1853–1880
Enfield Mk I & Mk II Revolver .476 Enfield 1880–1887
Webley Mk I-VI Revolver .455 Webley 1887–1947
Webley Self-Loading .455
Royal Navy and RFC
Self-loading pistol .455 Webley 1912-
S&W .44 Hand Ejector Revolver .455 Webley 1914-1918
Colt Government Model Semi-automatic .455 Webley 1914-1918
Enfield No 2 Mk I Revolver .38/200 1932–1963
Webley Mk IV Revolver .38/200 1932–1963
Smith & Wesson M&P or Victory Model Revolver .38/200 1940–1963
Browning Hi-Power Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1944–2014
Colt M1911A1 Semi-automatic .45 ACP 1942-1945
SIG P226 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1995–present
Glock 17 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 2013–present

United States[edit]

Colt Single Action Army, serial No 5773 7th Cavalry issued
Colt M1911A1 (left) and Beretta M9 (right) service pistols
SIG P229
Heckler & Koch Mark 23
Firearm Type Caliber Service
Harpers Ferry Model 1805 Flintlock .54 1805-?
Model 1816 Flintlock Pistol Flintlock .54 1816-?
Model 1836 Flintlock Pistol Flintlock .54 1836-1842
Model 1842 Percussion Pistol Percussion Cap .54 1842-1860
Colt M1847 Walker Cap and ball revolver, single-action .44 1847–1848
Colt M1848 Dragoon Cap and ball revolver, single-action .44 1848–1860
Colt M1851 Navy Cap and ball revolver, single-action .36 1851–1873
Colt Army Model 1860 Cap and ball revolver, single-action .44 1860–1873
Remington Model 1858 Cap and ball revolver, single-action .36, .44 1862–1875
Smith & Wesson Model No. 3 Single-action cartridge revolver .45 Schofield 1870–1898
Colt Single Action Army Single-action cartridge revolver .45 Colt 1873–1898
Colt M1892 Double-action revolver .38 Long Colt 1892–1911
M1909 Double-action revolver .45 Colt 1898-1946
M1911 Semi-automatic .45 ACP 1911–present
M1917 Revolver .45 ACP 1917–1953
Smith & Wesson Model 10 Revolver .38 Special 1935–1976
Beretta M9 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1985–present
Sig Sauer M11 Semi-automatic 9×19mm Parabellum 1988–present
Heckler & Koch Mark 23 Mod 0 Semi-Automatic .45 ACP 1996–present (Used by United States Special Operations Command)
SIG P229 DAK Semi-automatic .40 S&W 2006–present (Used by United States Coast Guard)
Heckler & Koch HK45C Semi-automatic .45 ACP 2010–present (Select use by United States Naval Special Warfare Command)

Vietnam[edit]

Makarov pistol
Firearm Type Calibre Service
Makarov pistol Semi-automatic 9×18mm Makarov 1951–present

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Stamps, Mark, and Ian Skennerton, .380 Enfield Revolver No. 2, page 118
  2. ^ Type 54 pistol on Bangladesh Military Forces website. Retrieved on April 16, 2010.
  3. ^ Type 92 pistol on Bangladesh Military Forces website. Retrieved on April 16, 2010.
  4. ^ Italian Air Force official website. First batch of Beretta 90TWO pistols delivered to the "16° Stormo Protezione delle Forze" air riflemen platoon on 05/12/2011. Retrieved on December 9, 2011.

References[edit]

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  • Small Arms Identification Series No. 9: .455 Pistol, Revolver No 1 Mk VI (1997) Skennerton, Ian, Arms & Militaria Press, Gold Coast QLD (Australia), ISBN 0-949749-30-3
  • .380 Enfield Revolver No 2 (1993) Stamps, Mark and Skennerton, Ian, Greenhill Books, London (UK) ISBN 1-85367-139-8
  • 1942 Basic Manual of Military Small Arms (Facsimile Edition), Smith, W.H.B, Stackpole Books, Harrisburg PA (USA), ISBN 0-8117-1699-6