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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Eddie
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Eddie

Uh, Sig P365? Number one selling handgun today.

Ken
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Ken

How about the Sig P250? A little larger but makes up for the size with accurracy!

Robert D.
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Robert D.

All striker fired? I prefer something with a hammer. Thank you.

Fulltime Sheepdog
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Fulltime Sheepdog

CZ75 Compact and CZ 2075 Rami Decockers are as good or better than anything in this list. Very safe, rugged and accurate. Why do you think they’re so hard to find?

I carry both. Fulltime.

SherryG Silver
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SherryG Silver

I’m new to Oregon and am interested in Target shooting.
I’m not sure I need such a professional gun. Can I go to a gun range and borrow a gun to practice?
Any ideas?
Thanks,
SherryG

Ben
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Ben

Most Ranges offer Rental Pistols. This allows you a chance to shoot several pistols without having to purchase one. We all have different size hands and body types. Get comfortable with shooting first. After that allow the gun to come to you naturally. You will become a better shooter and more comfortable with shooting the gun that best fits you. Don’t get caught up in all the Brand Wars. All manufacturers make nice guns depending on how much you want to spend. My suggestion is to find what best fits you not someone else. Take the time to choose a… Read more »

Kerry
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Kerry

Cz p10 and p09 and cz75 sp01 all better than most guns on list. There are some good guns on your list I have most of them and for me Sig barrel heavy not as accurate as CZ or HK

JOSE .A. SANCHEZ JR.
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JOSE .A. SANCHEZ JR.

I would like too know more of this weapon(9mm), because I want too buy one…! Thank you!

Stan
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Stan

The CZ P10c was not mentioned, as were the Taurus G3, or the Canick TP9SF Elite.

Steve
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Steve

They must not be as good as the recommended models

R3dle4der
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R3dle4der

P230 is not good. I traded mine for a nano and some extra and have never looked back.

Steve
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Steve

That model wasn’t reviewed

Philt223
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Philt223

How about the cz p10 f and c?

Gert M.
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Gert M.

A voice from Europe (Germany) : You forgot the CZ P07. If you don’t like the “modern” striker fired handguns, the CZ P07 is one of the best (maybe even the most best) “old-fashioned” DA/SA handguns. To my mind the CZ P07 is equivalent to the Glock 19 in every respect (explaining that would become too verbosely here) except the price – it’s much cheaper. That’s also valid here on the other side of the pond, where handguns are generally more expensive. To my knowledge, the CZ P07 is easily available in the USA. Therefore my advice: Add the CZ… Read more »

jim
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jim

CZ’s have been Quality Guns forever.

Paul
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Paul

I love my performance shield s&w 9mm very accurate and great conceal pistol

Ron Walters
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Ron Walters

I prefer the Glock 17, and the Glock 43 for a back up Pistol.

Ron Walters
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Ron Walters

I like the Glock 17 and the Glock 43 for a back up weapon and for a concealed and carry.

Ron Thomas
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Ron Thomas

Walther pps. Just a newbie but I like it.

Mike
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Mike

yes, Walther makes fine CCW- ppq compact and cap

Jonathan Random
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Jonathan Random

Walther PPQ has the best trigger system in the mid range price market. Shooting a Walther, a gun made and designed in Germany, is a far superior firearm to the HK VP9. (Designed in Germany) It’s quite light weight, shoots very accurately out of the box (though sights are adjustable) and the crisp break and lack of over travel of the trigger system give HK a spanking in the 4″ barrel 9mm category. The HK trigger system has way too much pre- travel and the reset is surprisingly long. Everyone is on the Glock bandwagon & they’re reliable pistols but… Read more »

Steve
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Steve

You’re obviously upset that the PPQ didn’t make the list. Unfortunately we don’t take feelings into account in our reviews. The VP9 is an excellent, if not groundbreaking firearm.

Steve
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Steve

The CZ P10c is objectively better than most if not all of these handguns. No one who has shot both would put a glock 19 on the list without its cheaper, better, cousin – the P10c. Not to some of these other handguns that are inferior to both of them.

Jonathan Random
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Jonathan Random

Lol!!!! Atleast get the P07.

Loyd
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Loyd

Sig P365. It has been my EDC since the 2nd trip to the range. I traded for the 365. First trip to the range, I had light primer strikes and some other problems. Cleaning it at home, I discovered the previous owner had oiled the striker, soaked it actually. After a through cleaning, I have had zero problems with well over 1500 rounds down the barrel. Before the 365, I used Glock 19, Glock 26, Ruger LC9s and one of my two Ruger 1911s in 9mm, a commander and an officer model. All are good for CCW, but the 365… Read more »

Norman Bell
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Norman Bell

CZ P`10 C is a outstanding well made hand gun.

justin
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justin

M&P shield .45 with TLR6 & RMR

Todd M Lund
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Todd M Lund

glock 48 and beretta 9mm are my faves, tho am interested in swiss/german/american pistols too✌🇨🇦

Thomas Grimes
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Thomas Grimes

Just got the Glock 48. Have carried my M&P Shield for years but the 48 offer a little more barrel and the single stack 9mm makes for a comfortable carry. #1 in my book.

Alan Beard
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Alan Beard

I carry a Glock 19 Gen 5. Lately I purchased a less exspensive Tarus G2C 9mm. This Pistol is very under rated. It will be my new CC.

Stan
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Stan

I had the G2C. Good firearm, but a little small for my hand. The Taurus G3 is perfect!

Mike Humphries
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Mike Humphries

Keltec pf9 is my edc and performs great