The Para 9 is the elite standard handgun in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. It replaced the 92FS 9MM pistol from Uncharted 1 and 2. The weapon has a fast rate of fire. It is only found in Chapter 5 when the first skull enemies appeared, the agent at the left have the weapon, it later appear in chapter 8 and through the whole campaign.
In early demonstrations (as well as the official Uncharted 3 multiplayer beta) it re-used the firing sound of the 92FS-9mm from Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. It had it's own sound by the Eurogamer 2011 demo.
When you pre-order the game from Best Buy or Amazon, the gun gets an increased magazine size mod.
The "Para 9" is based upon the Walther P99. Although the Para 9 is modeled after a Walther P99, you'll notice that it has an external hammer. The Walther P99 utilizes an internal striker rather than an external hammer so the model is a combination of the Walther P99 and the Walther P22. The P22 has an external hammer and the P99 is larger in size and fires a 9x19mm Parabellum bullet.
"Para" is short for Parabellum. The word "Parabellum" is a noun coined by German arms maker Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken and is derived from the Latin saying; "si vis pacem, para bellum", meaning; "if you wish for peace, prepare for war". The term has been used in the naming of a number of cartridges.
Drake's Para appears smaller in cutscences than in gameplay.
It is one of the three weapons to be specially found and used at Chapter 5, the others are the M9 and the Mag-5 (commonly found on the skull enemies with red eyes).