9mm handgun

Best 9mm Handgun

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 you 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 and we may include it in our next update to this review.

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Wayne
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Wayne

Glock. Any Caliber. Period.

Roy
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Roy

I like my Taurus G2C

willis fath
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willis fath

Ok amith and wesson m&p shield was one of the top guns. But whats wrong with the smith and wesson sd9ve ? How is the m&p so mych better than the sd9ve? Both made by same company!

John
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John

SD9 have a bit of a heavier trigger pull than the m&p. Around 8 lbs. That what gets most ppl. M&p is around 5.5 lbs.

Brian
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Brian

The SD9VE, to me, is a great, reliable gun. I mostly like it, but the two I’ve shot have triggers that are crunchier than a box of corn flakes, are hard to pull with moderate grit. Accuracy (for me) was only fair due to that. Besides the trigger, the gun is super solid.

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Mugs

if money is a big concern. Then you cant go wrong with the sw M&P 9 ‘ , Or SW M&P shield 9 for single stack. they are the best best bang for the buck. If money is not a concern my overall pick. Sig Sauer P365. Another great compact double stack is the czP10c Awesome pistol. In my opinion better than the glock 19. Better smoother trigger. CZ reliability is awesome. There are some great pistols on the market. Dont get caught up in paying more, means better gun. Not always the case. M&P is a perfect example.

Greg S
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Greg S

Sig Sauer P225-A1, single row 9mm is an excellent hammer fired, sa/da option.

Bart Rice
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Bart Rice

You didn’t include the new SS P365 with 10+1 and 12+1 magazine capacity.

Jeff
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Jeff

Why no Walthers ? In my experience they are very accurate at the range and ergonomically they fit very well. The two models that come to mind are the PPQ and the CCP M2.

Listentoit
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Listentoit

PPQ is Almost the same gun as a H&K VP9, but with a better trigger. I agree it should have been on the list.

don baker
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don baker

I read all the comments. There were almost no comments on the xdm and it was reviewed as the best value for the money among these 5 guns. Do no understand why.

Guest
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Guest

I agree. I own am xdm , and I can tell you that what was raved about on the other guns, is on the xdm. I’m not sure about the trigger pull being compared, but I can tell you that my husband can nail his target at 100 feet regularly. How’s that for accuracy?

Dan
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Dan

I have the Sig P250 in 9mm which was the model before the P320. Still have it. Paid about $425 for it back in 2011. Great gun. Have probably put about 3000rnds through it and it is still holding strong. I even recommended it to my brother after his Taurus 9mm messed up and he was going to have to wait like 3months to get Taurus to fix it (since it wasn’t ammo related). He bought one for about $350 and it’s still going strong as well. I agree with some other posters: find a gun that fits your hand… Read more »

Dean
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Dean

Ruger SR’s are discontinued and are getting scarce. Suppliers and dealers are running prices up and down like a rollercoaster. Found some for just under $300 and others for over $430, but not as much as the 9mm American Pistol.

Paul
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Paul

I like the s&w sd9ve 9 mm hand gun. I have a larger hand and it fits much better than some of the others. Would like it added to the list, Paul

Michael
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Michael

Sig 365 is not mentioned.. Just bought one, shot 4 boxes ammo two white box and two remington 115gr. Sold Glock43
to buy this one. I like the feel and trigger better than the Glock. My wife can rack slide but had difficulty with Glock..

james
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james

Pt 111 G2

Bob
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Bob

What about the High-Point 9mm…?
It may not look like a designer hand gun
but once it’s broken in, you can abuse the
Hell out of it like a Glock and it will keep
firing.
Also, there is no way that you can beat its
price either…!

Laura
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Laura

Guys, this is confusing as hell for a female who doesn’t want to spend a lot for a gun used for protection. I live in AZ and guns everywhere. Maybe I should find a gun store? Stop laughing.

Jeremy C. Boydston
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Jeremy C. Boydston

Find a store and poke with some of your questions to the folks behind the counter. Take some time to hold some to see how they feel if your hand. If it doesnt feel good or worse than another, then it isnt the gun for you. One that feels nice in your hands is one you’ll practice with and correct practice is what will keep you safe. — There are some low priced ones I wouldnt purchase due to the low quality (Bersa, High Point, Zastava) If a gun is $350 or more the quality should be there. If you’re… Read more »

Aaron
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Aaron

Hey Laura, I’ve owned over 100 pistols and find the two best: SIG Sauer 365 for warm or any weather concealment or the Smith and Wesson 6906 for cool or cold weather. Both super reliable, affordable, and excellent capacities. Got them each for $400 – $450 new or like new. Hornady Critical Defense offers 3 or more 9mm cartridges of varying power levels. Stay safe, good luck.

Don Rockot
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Don Rockot

Smith n Wesson M&P I think is a good gun for a man or woman. It’s small, thin and weighs 20.8 ounces. It fires smooth and accurate and has a full size grip when using the 8 round magazine.

Nevin
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Nevin

Go to a range/gun club where you can rent pistols and shoot all the ones you want to shoot. Decide based on what feels best/ works best for you.

Daniel P Stegner
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Daniel P Stegner

Try the mossberg mc1sc inder $350 I have 2 love teen

Jamie
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Jamie

Go with glock 19x for starter.

Brian
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Brian

Pump shotguns are easy to use, cheap ($200 will get you there… Mossberg Maverick 88, Stevens 320, Pardner, etc.) and reliable for home defense. For personal protection, it’s hard to go simpler than a hammerless snub nosed revolver. Not sure what expensive means, but you’re probably looking at $400. If you want a semi-auto, some folks swear by the value of a Taurus ($220 for a G2S single stack 9mm). Palmetto State Armory had been selling G1 Shields in 9mm for $250. Hell of a deal.

Jeremy C. Boydston
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Jeremy C. Boydston

I wouldnt buy a High Point due to experience. My wife acquired one that was passed down to her with a couple hundred rounds through it. We put 700-800 more over a couple years and the High Point .45 started failing around 1000 total. Even with cleaning after every session the strike-fire mechanism started becoming loose, which affected the slide from operating properly. We started having more and more jams/misfeeds. The safety/slide lock started failing as it wouldnt stay, because it was so loose and worn. After 1200-1300 total I no longer felt safe having either of us shooting it… Read more »

Rob
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Rob

Hi piont has an unconditional life time satisfaction guaranty they will fix or replace their guns

Wes
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Wes

I own majority of all the guns above even the ones in the comments (Xd, sdve, Taurus, Glock 43, Etc). All good guns but I bought a hipoint as a joke but it is a beast. When I go hunting and don’t want to bring high priced guns I bring a hi point. Its a clunky bulky bad mama jamma. If we play poker too late and it gets left in rain Ooo well Shiste happens. I know first hand it shoots. And the day it breaks I’ll buy 2 more for the price of the of my hk and… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

Full size 1911 in a shoulder for me

rixx
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rixx

HK P7M8

Jake Flex
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Jake Flex

Half the descriptions on these guns are wrong. The P320 is more than just a “customizable gun” — the P320 M17 is now the primary sidearm for the U.S Army, which would’ve been a great selling point right there. I’ve yet to see a single police agency adopt the SR9 aside from some DMV security officers I also think it’s funny that the VP9 was “comparable to Glock” even though H&K is leaps and bounds ahead of Glock. Some people will say “oh, that’s just conjecture” but I would also like to remind everyone of the pre-bans H&K made that… Read more »

long
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long

I am very satisfied with the Taurus 617 compact 7 shot revolver in 357 mag or 38 special. It’s a very safe and reliable handgun and compact enough for concealed carry. With 38 +P rounds it has very reasonable recoil. The 357 mag has significant kick and you need to be well trained/practiced with this round, but stopping power is well proven.
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Hank
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Hank

Seems like a lot of great firearms, better than the best list you have compiled did not make your list. The Sig P229 (Legion), The Sig 938, the Colt Defender, the Wilson’s EDC9 compact…., are just a few that come to mind quickly. There are better compact 9mm firearms out there that deserve mention than the ones in this article. I think I would rename the article to something like, “5 good choice 9mm’s for concealed carry, not the best – but affordable”. 🙂

Rich
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Rich

PPQ anyone ???