9mm handgun

Best 9mm Handgun (2018)

Due to its size a 9mm handgun is now one of the most popular self-defense calibers for concealed and open carry. In this review we will look at a range of 9mm caliber handguns across all price ranges.

If you would like to skip the review and just go to the best compact 9mm handguns then here is a quick list.

The 9mm is a weapon that provides a good balance between ease of firing and stopping power. It is a lightweight pistol that has moderate recoil with less chance of over penetration.

Ammunition can be found nearly everywhere and comes in a variety of configurations, FMJ, hollow point and frangible.

So let’s take a closer look at the handguns in our list.

Smith & Wesson M&P9 2.0

There have been some changes made to Smith & Wessons M&P pistol hence the new model number 2.0 tacked onto the name. The changes are added frame strength, additional stippling around the grip with a heavy texture, beaver tail has been removed, small front serrations have been added and they slimmed down the top of the slide.
Smith & Wesson M&P9 2.0

Fully upgraded

Shoots smoothly and solid performer.
$484 at Brownells
Prices accurate at time of writing
This gun is comfortable and has a good feel in the hand. They shoot smoothly and once again this is a reliable compact 9mm worth every dollar.

Springfield Armory 9mm XD(M)

Priced less than the HK but similar to a Glock it's a great first gun to buy and a solid performing compact.
Springfield Armory 9mm XD(M)

Best value for the money

Solid performer packed with features.
$549 at Brownells
Prices accurate at time of writing
This handgun will give you the most value for you money. It is packed with features and shoots flawlessly. Great fun to shoot with.

Glock 19

Known for its reliability, the G19 is by far the most popular handgun in the United States. It is a striker fired polymer frame pistol that other handguns in the same class are compared to and sets the standard for this class of handgun.
Glock 19 9mm G5

The most popular 9mm handgun

A favorite with government and law enforcement agencies.
$559 at Brownells
Prices accurate at time of writing
The gen 5 Glock 19 can be configured with upgrades to the slide, barrel and grip. It also has a rail that allows a flashlight or other accessories to be attached.

HK VP9

The Heckler & Koch VP is an excellent choice for a striker fired weapon. It offers interchangeable backstraps and grip panels and has to be one of the more comfortable and smoothest 9mm pistols on the market.
HK VP9

Another favorite with the military.

Rivals Glock for features and reliability.
$633 at Brownells
Prices accurate at time of writing
Some of the features are a striker fired indicator, ambi controls, luminescent 3 - dot sights and a 5.4 pound trigger. There is also a VP9SK model that has the same features but in a smaller package. The Glock and HK feel different when fired but I cannot say one is better than the other.

Sig Sauer P320

The Sig Sauer P320 has been chosen by the army as it’s new sidearm. It has a lot of variants so finding something that fits your requirements is made easier. The trigger breaks around 6.5 pounds allowing for precise and quick follow up shots.
Sig Sauer P320

Unique modular design

Can be customized to your needs, even the caliber can be changed.
$499 at Brownells
Prices accurate at time of writing
This is an excellent shooting pistol that is known for its ease of use, reliability, modularity and accuracy. It is a compact that can be quickly changed to meet your requirements and give you a custom handgun.

Ruger SR9c 9mm

This compact 9mm handgun comes in four versions. The versions differ in color and magazine size with one having a 17+1 round magazine.
Ruger SR9c

Has a 17+1 round magazine

Becoming a favorite with government and law enforcement agencies.
$433 at Brownells
Prices accurate at time of writing
This handgun is at the lower end of the price scale but performs well and gives you every thing you need in a compact 9mm handgun. Only one version has the 17+1 round magazine, the other versions have a 10+1 round magazine.

Video Reviews

Sig Sauer P320 review

Ruger review

Conclusion

Anyone looking for a compact defensive gun will be okay with any of the handguns mentioned in this article. These are some of the best guns in their class on the market. These compacts are about as big as you want for concealed carry, any larger and will need to start making some adjustments to your clothing, such as an oversize shirt or untucked shirt.
If we have left out your favorite compact 9mm handgun let us know in the comments below.

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BBQShark
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BBQShark

Walther PPQ M2 is as good or better than every model mentioned here. Few if any have a better trigger than the Walther.

Steve
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Steve

The Glock is comparable to the VP9 as far as features? Glock has plastic sights and no replaceable grips. It does not compare to a HK.

Steve
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Steve

How is the VP9 and a couple others considered compact? VP9sk gets closer to that but everyone knows the vp9 is a full size handgun.

Jack Bobeck
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Jack Bobeck

All of the handguns you mentioned are striker fired. I’m not sure how many are double stack for 12 to 15 rounds, I’d have to research it. Why didn’t you mention any of the hammer fired pistols? Like the sig 2022, HK P30, Beretta PX4 Storm.

Mitch Slot
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Mitch Slot

Loving my Sig P938. Surprised it didn’t get a mention. Full power chambering, 1″ wide and at 17 oz loaded, it’s very light in the pocket or on the belt. It’s night sights alone are worth bringing this S/A Sig work of art to the top of your list. Oh….and did I mention it is a Micro-Compact!?

Bigred
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Bigred

Awful field strip, muzzle flip excessive, trigger poor, hand gets sore after 100 + range rounds and pricey to say the least.

Norman
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Norman

What about the Smith & Wesson 9mm Shield

Jason David
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Jason David

Pistols are firearms that are kept by lots of gun enthusiasts. Nowadays, many people buy cheap pistolsmainly to have some backyard fun but they are known as airsoft pistols.

West Texas T
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West Texas T

I love my Glocks, I have a 17G4, 19G4, 22, and a 43. My wife has a 19G4 and 43. I am a 1911 convert.

Guns Area
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Guns Area

Great article man, actually I was planning to buy a gun for my sister and I have got a tight budget due to my pocket money, I need to give him gift and that’s why i am thinking to buy Smith and Wesson handgun her. And what about if i gave him a gift on his birthday. She’s 21 now. As you have mentioned above its the best and compact handgun.
Check out this informative article: https://www.virginiaccwonline.com/most-selling-6-best-hand-guns-for-ladies/ticel also

dingwall
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dingwall

is your sister a boy or a girl?

Tcbby
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Tcbby

Both

Robert Maletta
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Robert Maletta

Got a Walther p99c 9mm for carry bought it at shoot straight in Tampa costed 330 dollars 366 dollars out the door new on sale great trigger short reset love this gun

Bob
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Bob

Being a ccdw instructor and a range safety officer I have a lot of contact with different makes and models, and my own personal weapon of choice are Glocks. My grab and go favorite is the 43, its light weight, reliable and easily concealed with minimal imprint. Having moderate arthritis in my hands i find the 43 has minimal recoil and a very comfortable ergonomical design, which makes it easy to rapid fire without readjusting grip. This goes for almost any Glock.

MIKE OKELLY
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MIKE OKELLY

what is wrong with a taurus G2C

Glen Hatter
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Glen Hatter

nothing ..if you’re a poor white trash trump supporter 😫

Glen Hatter is a JackAss
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Glen Hatter is a JackAss

Try saying something nice or dont say anything at all…..SMH

Larry Dieter
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Larry Dieter

I was looking at and listening to what people had to say about. The bersa— they sound like they are good to me

West Texas T
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West Texas T

Nothing, if you like it and are proficient with it.

Roger Miller
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Roger Miller

We need to mention . 45 caliber. My personal choice is Springfield XDS in . 45.. hollow point ammo is best to reduce unintended GSW of people near by the target. Great website btw. I’m glad I found you

Glen Hatter
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Glen Hatter

blah blah blah ..you probably couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn ..just praise jesus trump supporter 😫

David L Colegrove
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David L Colegrove

Jerk off

David L Colegrove
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David L Colegrove

Your just mad that you got tea bagged by odumbass for 8 years

Jason
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Jason

Didnt read the title, huh?

Scott Mitchell
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Scott Mitchell

I love my Gen 4 Glock 26

nadir cure
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nadir cure

The S.S. p320 is the best, the Walther PPQ is also a good parnert.
http://www.complicidadesparaelamor.com

JCanada
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JCanada

My money goes on my TriStar C-100. When I am not toting my Ruger SR9C.

Devin
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Devin

I carry a SCCY CPX-2 everyday and I’ve put thousands of rounds down range and I couldn’t be happier with it. And you can buy one of them for less than $250 brand new with a second clip included along with the only fully transferable lifetime of the firearm warranty in the business.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Waltham 9mm

Michael
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Michael

GREAT HANDGUNS! LIKE THEM ALL!
http://WWW.SKYARMS.NET

Anthony
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Anthony

The Springfield xdm xd and xd. Sub compact is what I carry also have a 1911 Springfield too 40000 rounds and. No jams check it out on the net

Nate
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Nate

I would be interested in your review of the CZ P 10 C

Nate
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Nate

I would be interested in your review of the CZP 10 C

Joe
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Joe

lady Smith 3913

James Bryant
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James Bryant

You obviously know absolutely nothing about the Ruger SR9C. I carry one. You can carry it with a 10 round magazine but it will also accept the 17 round magazine from the full-size SR9.
Please don’t write about guns that you know nothing about.

Glen Hatter
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Glen Hatter

blah blah blah ..you obviously never served ..the only tactic you know is your nose up traitor clown trumps ass ..praise jesus 😫

Glen Hatter is a JackAss
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Glen Hatter is a JackAss

How About Shutting Your Mouth……Grow Up.

Glen Hatter is a JackAss
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Glen Hatter is a JackAss

Because you served gives you the right to be rude as hell and spread your dumb ass political views on everyone? This is a thread on 9mm handguns. Why Don’t you try searching for a “I love making myself look like a dumbass and being rude to others for no reason” Thread? It fits you better.

steven jarrells
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steven jarrells

what are you a clinton ass licker .. who gives a shut about this crap

ROBERT SCHRIVER
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ROBERT SCHRIVER

Taurus G2c is amazing at $209.00. its the 9mm of choice for me. I bought 2.

Dale
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Dale

Just got the G2S. Small and easy to conceal.

Van
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Van

I’ve got to say that my Taurus has performed well and have never experienced a jam with it.

Bob Meiner
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Bob Meiner

Since it is small and light does it “travel” on you when shooting multiple rounds??

Glen Hatter
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Glen Hatter

another poor white trash traitor clown trump retard ..praise jesus 😫

Glen Hatter is Total Jackass
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Glen Hatter is Total Jackass

Glen Your a Jerkoff. Karma is a bitch.

Jim Karlson
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Jim Karlson

Maybe, but unlike you, he is a winner

Randall Hatley
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Randall Hatley

I sure like my FNS 9c.
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K.Kola
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K.Kola

Kahr CM9. Best trigger, best price.

Doug
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Doug

The S&W M&P9 image is not a 2.0 version, but the first version M&P9c.

Doug
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Doug

The S&W M&P9 image not a 2.0 version, it is a first version M&P9c.

Tim Bland
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Tim Bland

As a newbie to the handgun field I was wondering how the Canik TP9 FS-Elite fell into your review? I was leaning in that direction as my first purchase for home defense/cc/target shooting. Comments appreciated!

Adam W
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Adam W

The Tp9 line is a leader in value. Great pricing along with utter reliability and durability make for a tough to beat pistol. The only knock on them, is that they are made in Turkey. If you’re looking something made in the United States, definitely not the pistol for you. Other than that it’s an all-around winner

cal75
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cal75

I just bought mine last Thursday. I paid extra the black slide. I am a proud owner and fan of the Canik SF Elite. Feels good in the hands and the trigger is said to rival that of the PPQ. I haven’t tried the Walther but I can speak for the TP9SF Elite when I say its the best trigger I’ve tried to date. Same size as a Glock 19 Gen 4, so if you can cc it then you can conceal carry the Elite as well.

John J
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John J

Springfield 1911 Range Officer

Mike Karras
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Mike Karras

Kimber makes a great 9mm as well

Roger Miller
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Roger Miller

Kimber is in my opinion the best 1911 platform. I love the old slabside. Carried a Springfield model . 45 during my military service. The Baretta was introduced as the replacement . I liked the extra round capaciy but still missed my 45.

Mike Karras
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Mike Karras

I love the hk p30l and p30 as well asthe cz p07. I also never turn away from my hk usp 9mm. Ive owned 2 in my life and put close to 20,000 rounds down range without a single malfunction of any kind. Amazing reliability.

damian
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damian

wheres cz p07,,you guys are not that bright

Jim Hilbun
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Jim Hilbun

Surely you meant to include the Fn FNS-C 9mm. Magazine capacity+chamber comes in 10+1, 12+1, and 17+1. The grip can be adjusted by the inclusion of 3 rear grip panels. Included are the 3 dot night sights. Also, a bottom rail to the barrel allows for the mounting of a light, laser, or other features.
These features make it a top candidate for one of the best 9mm compacts

Iris
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Iris

My shooting instructor handed me his FN to try and I fell in love with it. I have a Ruger EC9s but may have to add the FN to my profolio. The Ruger was more in my price line at $259

Don
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Don

Price may not be very helpful, but if you get a chance at an FN 509 or 509 Tactical I highly recommend it. 509T is now my carry gun as it comes with two 24 round mags and a 17 round mag. I prefer a full-size gun and I believe a well aimed shot is almost as good as two well aimed shots, so I carry the largest amount of ammo I comfortably can.

Russ
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Russ

He he….. but alas this article as of July 2018 is out of date. Fine weapons here indeed, but the new king is now here, the Sig Sauer P365!! 9mm 10+1 18 ozs, night sights! 🙂

Russ
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Russ

for compact carry that is! The ultimate combination of size, power, capacity and quality!

George
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George

The Sig Sauer 365 is a fine gun very accurate right out of the box, mine was made and delivered in may of 2018 night sights right size and weight.

Papi
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Papi

Considered the 365, especially after my 320 was so good. But didn’t like the size — a bit Too small. Didn’t feel comfortable.

JCanada
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JCanada

My money goes on my TriStar C-100 for conceal carry, when I’m not toting my Ruger SR9C.

Ken Daley
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Ken Daley

I got the Sig Sauer p290rs a few months back comes with 2 mags a 6 and 7 round just love it using +p+ ammo haven’t had one issue

Jason Kinard
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Jason Kinard

The SIG 365 is my EDC – smaller than Glock 43 and 10+1 capacity. I’ve torture tested my gun and it passed with honors. Also very accurate and awesome sights.

edward Reed
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edward Reed

I have a Remengton R-51 9mm 7 round magazine. It has a safety like the 1911 ( on the grip) My Ruger LCP does not have a safety and I have to be careful with it. The R-51 has the three dot sight and like the Glock will fire without the magazine. I carry it with an inside the belt holster. I carry under a suit and no one sees it. good trigger pull.

Papi
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Papi

Really wanted an R51 when I first handled one. But then came the recall and another year or so. Finally got a chance to shoot one and soon decided I’d pass. Had a bit too much bite to. Maybe if it were slightly heavier, it wouldn’t have so much bark. Also don’t care for the plastic trigger.

Mitch Slot
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Mitch Slot

As far as 9mm goes; there’s definitely been an evolution for me and my preferences over the years. I started with an S&W model 469. It’s considered a compact pistol but I didn’t need to worry about concealed carry back in 1986 when I bought that piece. After all, I was born and raised in Bklyn, NY and simply getting that “target” license was an onerous and very long procedure. But I was right out of the Marine Corps after my 4 year hitch; felt that I could do anything (ah youth, lol) and that gun felt so good in… Read more »

Berb
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Berb

What do you think of the Walther’s Creed 9mm?

Rob
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Rob

I love mine. Great gun. I’ve had no problems and being a Walther I expect none. It’s easy to handle and shoot. It is a large gun and a bit heavy, but that’s what I like about it. Not as easily concealed carried as other smaller frame 9 mm’s, but it works for me. I like that it came with two 16 round mags. Plus extra mags are reasonably priced. Great gun for the price. I got mine for under $300 on sale.

Papi
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Papi

Terrific gun. Creed is so easy to shoot and deadly accurate. Feels molded to your hand. So easy, almost like shooting a .22. And a really nice price. No FTEs, FTFs through more than 500 rounds.

Rich
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Rich

Got my Glock 19 in 1994. 24 years, thousands of +p rounds later, the gun still looks and feels new. It is accurate, never failed to fire or eject a round, never had any issue other than the night sights dimming. Have several handguns, fired many pistols, this is my number one choice. With 15 round magazines, and 1 in the chamber, it is hard to beat. Sits flush against the body. No rusting or pitting. Have to say this is close to a perfect weapon.

Scott
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Scott

For the same reasons, I like my Glock17 G4. Never had a jam after thousands of rounds, not one. Confidence is priceless.

Nav
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Nav

Vp9sk, great summer carry and it takes the full size magazines. Best trigger and sights out the box

Camoguy78
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Camoguy78

Sig p226 any model

Papi
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Papi

Sig P226 is fabulous gun. Accurate and smooth trigger. Little big for carry though.

Guest
Guest
Guest

Browning HiPower Mod III

CZ USA
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CZ USA

CZ P-01 or CZ P-07

buck lawson
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buck lawson

I cant believe they left off the P07! Easily the sweetest shooting stock pistol I’ve fired. All the ones they picked were striker fired though so I’d imagine that’s why. Never fired a P10c

Hal
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Hal

If you are comfortable with no external safeties, then the Glock 19 is the way to go. I love mine. Light weight simple and clean, thin 1″ profile. When carrying mine concealed I hardly know its there. And accurate? Wow! If you have not seen it, go to the Hickock 45 You Tube and watch him do a review on the 19. He absolutely loves the gun and shoots it at his farthest targets and hits consistently like he was shooting a rifle. For those that feel more comfortable with an external safety, there is now an aftermarket replacement trigger… Read more »

Brum
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Brum

The best 9mm hand gun I have ever shot is the Canik TP9 SF Elite made in Turkey. It is very accurate and will shoot any type of ammo without jamming. I have fired it very fast and the recoil is very low. It is concealable and comfortable to carry. Also it has a magazine capacity of 15 rounds.

Tim Bland
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Tim Bland

I’m really leaning to this one, but am comparing other 9mm right now. My plans are home defense/CC/ target shooting.

James Poleto
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James Poleto

Beretta Nano is my favorite. Fits very well in my hand and in a waistband holster. Have fired several hundred rounds without a stoppage.

T Ozzy
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T Ozzy

I like the TP9V2, I think it’s a VERY manageable 9mm, I also like the 18+1 so I know at any emergency I would have 37 rounds available.. then 3 seconds another 18 rounds.

Mike
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Mike

You’ve left out the finest handgun I’ve ever had the opportunity to fire. Love the Walther Q5 Match and prefer it over any other firearm I own.

T Ozzy
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T Ozzy

I wish I had access to most of the 9’s on here, ONE DAY..I guess.. one day. I have held a TP9V2 and it felt good (my hands aren’t very large), and if & when I can afford, it comes with 2 18 round mags & I would hope to have 4 extra mags… that would give me 109 rounds!

Papi
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Papi

You should try Walther Creed. Great gun, extremely accurate and easy shooter. Also 16+1. You can get it for around $300. Also love my Sig P320. Super gun. Accurate, great shooter, great for carry. Really smooth trigger. Only thing is, it’s a bit pricey? Around $500, $550. But worth the money. Another economical gun is the Ruger Security 9. Great shooter and Ruger has terrific customer service, if ever needed. Never a hiccup in mine after about 600 rounds. Compared with Glock 19 by lot of folks, at half the price — less than $300.