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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AdelineCarrington

nuruin1989_>>>Earn +195 usd/day, it’s here >> http://money24h.icu/#63I8JEA

Mick
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Mick

any thoughts on the baretta px4 storm subcompact 9mm

Krizia
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Krizia

It is a great firearm but very bulky to carry. It does not however have the rotating barrel such as the compact and full size version.

Kipower1024
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Kipower1024

Wow! An xdm and Ruger but no CZ P07 Omega, P10 c or P01 compact?

Robert
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Robert

I have to throw the CZ p-10c. Into the mix. This is definitely the equal or better then any gun on your list.

Phil
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Phil

What about the Baretta Nano??

Dave Mantelli
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Dave Mantelli

Sig P-365 fitts my needs
10+1 and Night sights right out of the box🤗🤠🇺🇸🇺🇸

Daniel Hamilton
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Daniel Hamilton

I too have the Sig P365 which came with the XRAY3 Day/Night Sights, but mine came with (2) 10 round mags and (1) 12 round mag. We’re allowed to use the 12 round mags. I found and ordered 5 more of the 12 round mags. I put well over 200 rounds through mine the first time I took it to the range, after I had received the additional 12 round mags, so all of the mags were tested. I had zero problems.

bubba bikpothanshamska
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bubba bikpothanshamska

5 mags????????????? Are the Chinese invading????

michael richardson
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michael richardson

I just bought a Ruger Security 9. So far, I have no complaints with it. I bought on a black friday sale for $300 bucks. It’s accurate, compact, holds 16 +1 magizines, and has a quality build. I’ve put over 1000 rounds through it with no problems. So, if your looking for a “cheaper” gun that performs like it’s more expensive counterparts you can’t go wrong with the Security 9.

michael richardson
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michael richardson

oops, i meant 15 +1

Nobody
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Nobody

For concealed accuracy, cz75 p-01. 15 rds. Aluminum frame. NSN serialed. Although a bit on heavy side, reliability is ridiculous (NATO and independant certs have knocked out a lot of big companies from contention). Also, bear in mind that higher velocity ammo with lower weight have similar impact compared to heavy grain…and contribute to lower the carry weight. Polycase arx will cut 30% off your mag weight and it has nasty ballistics…. walther ppq m2 is a great lightweight firearm with fantastic trigger and slim carry as well.

Tom
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Tom

Join The CC 75 or its clones have always been my favorite for the 9 and the 1911 for the 45. Strictly steel and no plastic with external hammer and safety. Very excellent choice nobody.
I’m now considering moving to the Knoxville area.

Daniel
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Daniel

The Walther PPQ M2 has a recall. They discovered they can fire if dropped. It’s posted at the Walther website. Mine goes back Monday.

Stan Robertson
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Stan Robertson

Didn’t see anything about a drop test malfunction on the Walther site.

Lankford
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Lankford

Steyr C9-A1! Absolute best 9mm, hands down! The very best! Feels like it is custom made to fit your hand. 17+1 capacity. Sweet trigger pull with crisp break. Very accurate. Triangle sights are unique to the Steyr. I cannot say enough good things about my Steyr C!! A must own!

Daniel
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Daniel

What’s wrong with handguns made of metal? I suggest the Kimber Ultra and the CZ 2075 Rami for CC.

Daniel
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Daniel

There’s nothing wrong with metal framed handguns, but they tend to cost more and they do weigh more than polymer framed handguns. Polymer framed handguns are better suited for concealed carry, because they weigh less.

Al-Khoumad Ali Abkhari
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Al-Khoumad Ali Abkhari

not if you wear big boy pants, lil one.

IdahoJOAT
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IdahoJOAT

I don’t know much, definitely not as much as others, but here’s the reasons I love my Taurus 9mm (PT111 G2, but it’s almost the same as a G2C): It’s smaller framed. I have normal palms, short fingers, so finding something that I can grip is a chore, and the Taurus does. It has support. There are makers that like it and have made things for it such as the Alien Gear holster kit, that I was gifted for Xmas last year. The plate is mounted in my truck, the paddle gets switched to the current pants I’m wearing, and… Read more »

Daniel
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Daniel

I too have the Taurus PT111 G2. It’s a reliable, yet inexpensive handgun. There are many snobs who turn their noses up at the PT111 G2, but for the person on a budget, it’s a good bet. Mine has had many rounds put through it without any malfunctions. However, they do not have the accuracy that a Glock, S&W or Walther are capable of delivering. If I have to enter some place where I cannot legally carry, I bring the PT111 G2, so I can leave it in the car.

LJG19
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LJG19

Just bought a Glock 19 and 26 Gen 5s. They are the best!!!

Stan Robertson
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Stan Robertson

Actually, H&K VP9 is the best

John
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John

Yeah,
Why isn’t {(( Kimber))}…mentioned on here..>>> Micro 9???

Pamela Marie Markusson
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Pamela Marie Markusson

What about the Walther PPS M2?

Daniel
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Daniel

The Walther PPS M2 Compact would make an excellent concealed carry gun.

Daniel
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Daniel

I meant the Walther PPS M2. It already is a compact. It is being recalled by Walther.

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.

Leo
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Leo

I have the PPS M2 which has two features that are now my ‘must haves’; no magazine disconnect and an exposed striker that I can feel if it is has cycled and if the trigger is being pulled while being inserted into a holster.

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.

Daniel
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Daniel

All of those pistols have double stack magazines. They posted an incorrect picture for the Smith & Wesson M&P9 2.0. The picture they posted was the Smith & Wesson M&P9C with a 12 round mag (S&W makes mag sleeves for the 17 round mags). The Smith & Wesson M&P9C shown preceded the 2.0. The 2.0 has a longer barrel/slide and comes with 2/15 round mags and two magazine sleeves for the full sized 17 round mags. The Smith & Wesson M&P9 2.0 has a much better trigger than the previous models.

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.

Bill
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Bill

Then you are doing it wrong. My 100lb wife carries and trains with this gun. If your hands are too big OR you haven’t trained with it, I can understand most of your worries.

Norman
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Norman

What about the Smith & Wesson 9mm Shield

Krizia
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Krizia

That’s what I have carried for the last 6 years and I love it!

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.

Daniel
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Daniel

Go back to your comrades at the Social Democratic Party and tell them their subversion plot was foiled. The article is about 9mm handguns, which are real handguns. Airsoft pistols are toys.