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The PM is a 9 mm handgun featured in ArmA 3 and ARMA Reforger.

ArmA 3

« The PM is a Russian semi-automatic pistol, which became the Soviet Union's standard military and police side arm in 1951. Although its nominal caliber was 9.0 mm, the actual bullet was 9.22 mm in diameter, since caliber in Russia is measured between the grooves and not the lands of the rifling. Being shorter and wider, the 9 mm cartridge is thus incompatible with pistols chambered for 9×19 mm cartridges and vice-versa.
Field Manual

PM 9 mm
Faction Icon-side-greenfor.png Syndikat
Icon-side-greenfor.png L'Ensemble
Type Handgun
Calibre 9×21 mm
Dispersion 0.0058 rad
Mass 20
Variants None
The PM 9 mm handgun.

The PM is used by both the Syndikat and their L'Ensemble successors in ArmA 3. It was added with the release of the Apex DLC.


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The PM is a semi-automatic handgun chambered to fire the 9×21 mm round.

It loads from 10-round box magazines and can attain a fire rate of up to 400 rounds per minute with a muzzle velocity of 315 m/s. Unlike other handguns, the PM is unable to mount any accessories or muzzle attachments.

North African CSAT soldiers with PMs.

Relatively light to wield, the PM's user can carry additional magazines either for it or other weapons. It is also very compact, allowing for easy handling in tight interiors.

Its main drawbacks are its low accuracy and range, both of which are poor even by the standards of most sidearms. Its unergonomic design also lacks night sights, which makes it difficult to aim with when there is poor visibility from darkness or bad weather conditions.

Lastly, the 9 mm bullet's stopping power and penetration is quite lacklustre and will require many more rounds to put down enemy targets wearing plate carriers. Since the PM doesn't have the ability to load extended magazines, the user will most likely need to reload twice in a fight. Needless to say, the PM isn't feasible against opponents wielding the P07 or Rook-40.


Base damage value Aerodynamic friction Initial velocity (m/s) Penetration depth (mm)
5 -0.0016 410 7.38

PMs only support being loaded with one type of magazine. It weighs a total of 4 "mass" units:

9 mm 10Rnd Mag

Standard 10-round pistol magazine. Does not contain any visible tracers.


  • The PM is based on its real-world counterpart of the same name.
    • Specifically, it appears to be based on the improved "PMM" from the 1990s which was designed with a widened frame to accept double-stacked 10- and 12-round magazines of the same design. The latter can be seen being removed from and loaded into the weapon while reloading.
  • Contrary to the weapon's Field Manual entry, the in-game PM is chambered to fire the exact same 9×21 mm round shared by both the P07 and Rook-40. In spite of this, none of their magazines can be loaded into the PM.
  • It is one of the few weapons in ArmA 3 that retains its real-world manufacturer name.


ARMA Reforger

« 9×18mm semi-automatic pistol.
Weapon Description

PM 9 mm
Faction Icon-side-redfor.png Soviet Union
Type Handgun
Calibre 9×18 mm
Dispersion 0.400 m
Weight 0.7 kg (unloaded)
Variants None
The PM 9 mm handgun.

The PM is used exclusively by Soviet military forces in ARMA Reforger.


The PM returns in Reforger as the standard-issue service pistol of Soviet forces.

It now loads from 8-round magazines and its muzzle velocity has been reduced to 310 m/s. However, Reforger's PM has a greater rate of fire and can now attain a fire rate of up to 500 RPM.

Reforger's PM cannot mount optics or suppressors and does not support manual zeroing. Just like its ArmA 3 predecessor, it is limited to an effective firing range of just 50 metres.


Ammo parameters P
Base damage value 50
Classification FMJ
Aerodynamic friction 0.0000115
Initial velocity (m/s) 355
Penetration depth (mm) 23
Penetration density (g/cm3) 0.650
Penetration speed (m/s) 310

PMs can only load one type of magazine:

9×18 mm 8rnd PM Mag

8-round box magazine loaded with 9 mm ball ammunition. Does not contain visible tracers.

It weighs 0.03 kg, occupies 1x1 inventory slots, and has a volume of 50 cm3.


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See also

Weapons of comparable role and configuration

Weapons of ArmA 3
Handguns 4-five .45ACP-C2 .45P07 9 mmPM 9 mmRook-40 9 mmStarter Pistol 10 mmSpectrum DeviceZubr .45
Submachine guns ADR-97 5.7 mmPDW2000 9 mmProtector 9 mmSting 9 mmVermin .45
Shotguns Kozlice
Carbines AKU-12 7.62 mmAKS-74U 5.45 mmKatiba Carbine 6.5 mmMk20C 5.56 mmMXC 6.5 mmTRG-20 5.56 mm
Assault rifles AK-12 series (AK-12, AK-12 GL) • AKM 7.62 mmCAR-95 series (CAR-95, CAR-95 GL) • Katiba 6.5 mm (Katiba GL) • MX series (MX, MX 3GL) • Mk20 5.56 mm (Mk20 EGLM) • Promet series (Promet, Promet GL, Promet SG) • SDAR 5.56 mmSPAR-16 series (SPAR-16, SPAR-16 GL) • Type 115 6.5 mmTRG-21 5.56 mm (TRG-21 EGLM)
Designated marksman rifles ASP-1 Kir 12.7 mmCMR-76 6.5 mmCyrus 9.3 mmMk-I EMR 7.62 mmMk14 7.62 mm (Classic) • Mk18 ABR 7.62 mmMAR-10 .338MXM 6.5 mmPromet MR 6.5 mmRahim 7.62 mmSPAR-17 7.62 mm
Sniper rifles GM6 Lynx 12.7 mmM320 LRR .408
Squad automatic weapons CAR-95-1 5.8 mmLIM-85 5.56 mmMk200 6.5 mmMX SW 6.5 mmRPK-12 7.62 mmSPAR-16S 5.56 mmZafir 7.62 mm
Machine guns Navid 9.3 mmSPMG .338
Launchers 9M135 VoronaMAAWS Mk4PCMLRPG-7RPG-42Titan MPRLTitan MPRL Compact
Static M2Mk6 MortarMk30Mk32Remote DesignatorStatic Titan Launcher (AA, AT)
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Karts DLC | Marksmen DLC | Apex DLC | Tanks DLC | Contact DLC
Arma3-factionicon-syndikat.png Syndikat - Armoury (ArmA 3)
Handguns PM 9 mm
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mm
Assault rifles AK-12 series (AK-12, AK-12 GL) • AKM 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons LIM-85 5.56 mm
Launchers RPG-7
Static M2
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Apex DLC
Arma3-factionicon-syndikat.png L'Ensemble - Armoury (ArmA 3)
Handguns PM 9 mm
Submachine guns Sting 9 mmPDW2000 9 mmProtector 9 mm
Shotguns Kozlice
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mmAKU-12 7.62 mm
Assault rifles AK-12 series (AK-12, AK-12 GL) • AKM 7.62 mmSPAR-16 series (SPAR-16, SPAR-16 GL)
Designated marksmen rifles Mk14 Classic 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons LIM-85 5.56 mmRPK-12 7.62 mm
Launchers RPG-7RPG-42
Static M2
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Apex DLC | Contact DLC
Weapons of ARMA Reforger
Handguns M9 9 mmPM 9 mm
Assault rifles AK-74 5.45 mmM16A2 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles M21 SWS 7.62 mmSVD 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons M249 SAW 5.56 mmRPK-74 5.45 mm
Machine guns M60 7.62 mmPKM 7.62 mm
Launchers M72A3 LAWRPG-7V1
Static M2HB - TripodM60 - TripodPKM - Tripod
OFP-factionicon-sovietunion.png Soviet Union - Armoury (ARMA Reforger)
Handguns PM 9 mm
Assault rifles AK-74 5.45 mm
Sniper rifles SVD 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons RPK-74 5.45 mm
Machineguns PKM 7.62 mm
Launchers RPG-7V1
Static PKM - Tripod