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| 9x21mm IMI Type Pistol Place of origin Flag of Israel Israel
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| Specifications Parent case 9x19mm Parabellum Case type Rimless, straight Bullet diameter 9.02 mm (Expression error: Unexpected < operator.
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Neck diameter 9.63 mm (Expression error: Unexpected < operator.
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Base diameter 9.93 mm (Expression error: Unexpected < operator.
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Rim diameter 9.96 mm (Expression error: Unexpected < operator.
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Case length 21.15 mm (Expression error: Unexpected < operator.
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Overall length 29.69 mm (Expression error: Unexpected < operator.
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The 9x21mm IMI pistol cartridge was designed by Israel Military Industries for those markets where the 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge cannot be purchased by civilian users, notably Italy.

DesignEdit

Based on the 9 mm Para cartridge, the casing was lengthened from 19 mm to 21 mm. The bullet sits slightly deeper, which results in the same overall length as the 9 mm Para cartridge.

PerformanceEdit

Performance is similar to the 9x19 catridge, in terms of velocity and energy.

9x21 IMI


115 gr (7.45 g) FMJ 390 m/s (1,300 ft/s) 570 J (420 ft·lbf)

124 gr (8.04 g) FMJ 360 m/s (1,200 ft/s) 520 J (384 ft·lbf)

9x19 Parabellum


115 gr (7.45 g) FMJ 351 m/s (1,150 ft/s) 458 J (338 ft·lbf)

124 gr (8.04 g) FMJ 335 m/s (1,100 ft/s) 452 J (333 ft·lbf)

147 gr (9.54 g) FMJ 302 m/s (990 ft/s) 434 J (320 ft·lbf)

NotesEdit

As it is a rimless round, the 9x21mm is used in USPSA/IPSC competition in Open class firearms. The reasoning is that the semi-rimmed case will not lock together in a double-column magazine, causing a malfunction, whereas an improperly built .38 Super firearm can, as the rimmed cases can lock together in the magazine, causing a jam. As other .38 Super based rimless cases became available, the 9x21 decreased in popularity in the US for competition use, but it is still widely used in the rest of the world. These competition rounds are handloaded and not available commercially.

SynonymsEdit

  • 9x21mm
  • 9 mm IMI

CategoriesEdit

Cartridge:handguns

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