Wonder Nine

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The Beretta 92 FS, an example of a "wonder nine".

Wonder Nine refers to any semi-automatic pistol that is chambered in 9×19mm Parabellum and has a staggered column magazine, as well as a double-action trigger for at least the first shot.

The term was coined by firearms author Robert Shimek, and became popular in American firearm-related magazines during the 1980s and the 1990s by those advocating their use by police forces.[citation needed] At the time most American police departments were still using revolvers, the vast majority chambered in cartridges such as .38 Special, and a few for .357 Magnum.

The simplicity of being able to fire the first shot just by pulling the trigger (a prominent feature of double-action revolvers), larger ammunition capacity, and faster reloading of ammunition with the use of box magazines are the "wonderful" features of a semi-automatic pistol.

Examples include the Heckler & Koch VP70 (1970), Smith & Wesson Model 59 (1971[1][2]), CZ-75 (1975), Beretta 92 (1976), Steyr GB (1981), SIG Sauer P226 (1984), Walther P88 (1988), IWI Jericho 941 (1990), Heckler & Koch USP (1993), Bersa Thunder 9 (1994), and Walther P99 (1997)


  1. ^ Trzoniec, Stanley W. (1981). Modern American Centerfire Handguns. Tulsa, Okla.: Winchester Press. p. 49. ISBN 0876913419. OCLC 7572377.
  2. ^ Hartink, A. E. (2002). The Complete Encyclopedia of Pistols and Revolvers (first ed.). Edison, N.J.: Chartwell Books. p. 279. ISBN 9780785815198. OCLC 51024327.