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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Jim
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Full size 1911 in a shoulder for me

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HK P7M8

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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 »

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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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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 ???

Rich
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Rich

PPQ ????

Jimmie Fender
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Jimmie Fender

I carry a Kahr PM9 An excellent pistol for carrying and one of the best firing pistol I have ever fired!! Chose the Kahr over the MP 9 Shield or Glock 19…After firing these three and several others!!

Doug
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I have an H&K VP9 and love it. Traded in a Sig P229 and never looked back. Have Walther CCP for my wife.

Tim Hauck
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Tim Hauck

My wife and I both carry Kimber micro 9 they shoot great low recoil very accurate and the lasers are dead on right out of the box nice shooting in any light conditions

Robert J Purro
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Robert J Purro

Good Info, what about a Ruger P85 MK11

John
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The P85 is a full size service pistol and while a great gun, most of these in the article are “compact” size pistols.

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Several good choices outlined above. I personally love the HK VP9 with 15+1 standard capacity and a very good trigger for a striker fired gun. (Walther’s trigger is a bit better, but the HK VP9 is a close second.) I also often carry the Sig P320 X-Carry with its 17+1 standard capacity, great sites (x-ray setup great for daytime and night target acquisition), and a very crisp trigger break and short reset. Love the flat trigger on the X-Carry, modeled after the same flat very short reset found on my Sig P226 Legion SAO. In fact, during the Fall and… Read more »

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Beretta APX Centurion. Smooth shooter and deadly accurate.

Craig Andrew
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Craig Andrew

FN509. One of the nicest shooting pistols I have used. Beats the heck out of my MP9

Shannon Scott Stamps
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Walther PPS

Stan Robertson
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Stan Robertson

FN 509, Walther PPQ, Canick TP9SF Elite…..

Carl Cinardo
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Carl Cinardo

If you are going to review a S&W M&P 2.0, you can at least show a picture of the correct gun. The picture depicts a S&W Compact.

DKR
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DKR

WHAT ABOUT BERETTA 92FS? I OWN 2. THIS IN MY OPINION IS THE BEST HANDGUN OF ALL TIME! CONCEALED OR NOT.

JCP
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JCP

I also have one, great pistol but grip is a little fat for me. I also have a Wilson Combat EDCX9. While it is a little pricey, has very narrow 1911 stile grip and is a very nice shooter.

Odinson
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Odinson

What about the HK-USP. I have had one for 20 years and it has never jammed once.

Dennis
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Dennis

What about the CZ 75 D PCR ?

Robert Borne
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Robert Borne

Great option as I too have one!

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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.