PM 9 mm pistol is designed as an individual means of attack and defense weapon to eliminate enemy personnel at short distances.

The operational range of pistol is 1700m. The bullet retains its ability to destroy at a distance of up to 350 m. Single shot firing is enabled in the pistol.

The pistol uses ordinary (PST) pistol cartridges of 9x18 mm.

During firing, the cartridges are transferred from the magazine with the capacity of 8 cartridges to the cartridge slot of the barrel.

The lower pressures of the cartridge allowed practical straight blowback operation