The 9mm Fixed? The Straight-Walled 9mm Automatic


    If you ever want to get a shooter’s attention, start an article with the following statement: “The 9mm Luger cartridge is flawed.”

    At least, it sure had mine. Shooting Times has published a detailed dive and analysis by Brad Miller, Ph.D. on the 9mm Luger and the proposed modern solution, the 9mm Automatic cartridge. The good Dr. exhaustively reviews the history of the 9mm and focuses on what he contends is the major problem of the cartridge: its taper.


    The article goes in depth into why taper is an issue, especially in single-stack handguns. Backed up with empirical evidence and easy-to-read charts, Dr. Miller shows why the 9mm Auto could be a superior cartridge design. The reasoning at first glance is compelling.

    What do you think? A solution in search of a problem or the future of 9mm? Do you believe this could see widespread adoption? Why or why not?

    Nathan S

    One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

    The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.