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The Para 9 is the elite standard handgun in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. It replaces the 92FS-9mm pistol from Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. It has a fast rate of fire. It is first found in Chapter 5, but begins to appear regularly in Chapter 8 and throughout the entire campaign.
One of the first pistols you unlock in Drake's Deception, this is an upgrade over the .45 Defender. With a higher damage and rate of fire, it remains dependable until the end. Much like the 92FS-9mm of Uncharted 2, it is actually more effective in later levels than the more powerful pistols (such as the Mag 5) due to its higher ammo count. This makes it more reliable, and less likely to leave you stranded ammoless in a gunfight. Despite this, it is not very powerful, but far better at scoring headshots than the various assault rifles.
The "Para 9" is based on the, and is incorrectly modeled with 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.
- Jade Para 9 (Mods: Reload Speed + Blindfire Accuracy)
- Drake's Para 9 (Mods: Clip Size + Reload Speed)
- Marlowe's Para 9 (Mods: Clip Size + Blindfire Accuracy)
- 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 its 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.
- "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 cutscenes than in gameplay.
- In the cutscene preceding Chapter 8, when Drake arrives in Syria he is shown with a Para 9 in his holster. However, during gameplay he begins the chapter with a .45 Defender.
- It is one of the three weapons to be specially found and used in Chapter 5, the others being M9 and the Mag-5 (commonly found on the skull enemies with red eyes).
- The Jade Para 9 is the most used Para 9, as it has two favored mods for close range (blindfire accuracy and reload speed) and can be unlock by anyone.