9 mm Winchester Magnum

posted on July 1, 2009

One of the more interesting of modern handgun cartridges that just never made it, is the almost forgotten 9 mm Winchester Magnum. Designed for the exotic gas-operated Wildey pistol, the 9 mm Win Mag was basically a lengthened 9 mm Luger.

With its cartridge overall length out there at 1.575 inches, the round is way too long for any pistol other than something in the size class of the massive Desert Eagle. However, it was a real speed freak, delivering a 115-grain 9 mm bullet at almost 1500 fps. The Wildey guns never materialized in quantity and the round just died for want of a shooting platform.

My buddy, the late Chuck Karwan, told me that he had seen an MI Carbine chambered for this round. It is a little shorter than the .30 Carbine cartridge, but seems to work through the magazine very easily. That makes me wonder if one of the handy little "War Babies" might be made to work with the hot 9 mm.

Hmmmm. I have brass......


Winchester Model 62A
Winchester Model 62A

Favorite Firearms: Granddad’s Winchester Model 62A

Once his grandfather's gun, a pump-action Winchester Model 62A became a personal favorite for NRA member Mike Shoemake.

Preview: Breek Arms Warhammer Micro Mod2 Charging Handle

Breek Arms recently introduced a Micro version of its Warhammer Mod2 AR-15 charging handle, with shortened bilateral latches that measure 2.4" across both handles.

Post-Black Friday 2022 Industry Deals

There is no shortage of post-Black Friday deals. Judging by the ongoing deals, gun and gear makers have no intention of losing that momentum for the 2022 holiday season.

The Armed Citizen® Dec. 5, 2022

Read today's "The Armed Citizen" entry for real stories of law-abiding citizens, past and present, who used their firearms to save lives.

Original & New: 100 Years Of FN CCW

In 1922, Fabrique Nationale unveiled the result of efforts to modernize its Model 1910, providing a cutting-edge handgun that, at the time, was expected to attract military and police contracts across Europe.

LC Carbine: Ruger Doubles Down On The 5.7x28

Ruger refers to the LC Carbine as a pistol-caliber carbine (PCC), and from the company’s very specific perspective—the LC being a derivative of and companion to its Ruger-5.7 pistol—it is.


Get the best of American Rifleman delivered to your inbox.