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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Hello, I am ex Military and former Police Officer. I love my Ruger LC9S Pro. Shot hundreds of rounds. Slow and rapid fire. Easy to disassemble. No problems at all. Very compact. Feels good in the hand. Easy to conceal. Does NOT have a safety switch ( I prefer no safety). Price is right!

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+1 to Ruger LC9s. The trigger is excellent making it much more comfortable and accurate to fire in my experience than the Shield, it has smooth rounded edges making it comfortable while concealing, and it’s LIGHTWEIGHT so you don’t even notice it’s there. The option of a safety means it’s legal behind enemy lines in MA.

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You left out the Walther PPQ M2. Best trigger and ergonomics of any handgun I’ve ever shot and they are laser accurate and run like a clock. They now make a compact version which is probably the best concealed carry gun on the market.

Also, though the M&P 2.0c is a nice pick but the Shield should also be on the list. Perfect concealed size, the 9mm is super controllable and accurate enough to make a head shot in competent hands. Put an Apex trigger in one and you’ll never need another CCW.