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The 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.


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.

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 P365

The Sig Sauer P365 has been built to be as streamlined and snag free as possible. This model retains what we liked in prior models such as the flush-fit, 10-round magazine, reinforced polymer frame and stainless-steel slide.
Sig Sauer P365

Unique modular design

Can be customized to your needs, even the caliber can be changed.
$780 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 P365 review

Ruger review


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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  1. I carry a SCCY CPX-2 everyday and I’ve put thousands of rounds down range and I couldn’t be happier with it. And you can buy one of them for less than $250 brand new with a second clip included along with the only fully transferable lifetime of the firearm warranty in the business.

    1. Hi Point carries a No Question warranty on all of it’s products, unless you use Pro-mag mags in them. They’ll more than likely replace than fix according to comments that I’ve seen.

  2. The Springfield xdm xd and xd. Sub compact is what I carry also have a 1911 Springfield too 40000 rounds and. No jams check it out on the net

  3. You obviously know absolutely nothing about the Ruger SR9C. I carry one. You can carry it with a 10 round magazine but it will also accept the 17 round magazine from the full-size SR9.
    Please don’t write about guns that you know nothing about.

    1. what are you a clinton ass licker .. who gives a shut about this crap

    2. Hatter served ice cream and other supplies as a clerk. The miniature golf war only had/has <1% combat MOSs, so shooters and heroes are very scarce. Nobody on here is going to save the day with a high capacity pistol, unless they plan on spending time serving ice cream in prison.

    3. Hatter served ice cream if he did even serve in the “miniature Golf war” theater. A lot of Navy people thought they were heroes for serving in Vietnam (sea jungles??), and they run the VA hospitals, so get used to boys bragging and flaming on gun sights. I am surprised he is not claiming to be a Navy Seal, who do not perform much on land either, and must have 6 years into the Navy to be a Seal = Mostly propaganda and misinformation is their mission level = No Shootouts or Bin Laden stuff. Period.

    4. Have you spoken to your therapist lately about your hate issue? You are most likely a little boy, trying to sound like a man (without effect) with a face full of pimples, who cannot understand why none of the girls at your school won’t have anything to do with you. It’s your attitude and your hatred for others. Then on top of that, you hate Jesus and Christians. I really feel sorry for you.

    5. Don’t much like 9mm. Just bought a SR40C. If you want ANY Ruger SR’s, you had better hurry. They are discontinued and are getting hard to find

    1. I’ve got to say that my Taurus has performed well and have never experienced a jam with it.

    2. Since it is small and light does it “travel” on you when shooting multiple rounds??

  4. As a newbie to the handgun field I was wondering how the Canik TP9 FS-Elite fell into your review? I was leaning in that direction as my first purchase for home defense/cc/target shooting. Comments appreciated!

    1. The Tp9 line is a leader in value. Great pricing along with utter reliability and durability make for a tough to beat pistol. The only knock on them, is that they are made in Turkey. If you’re looking something made in the United States, definitely not the pistol for you. Other than that it’s an all-around winner

      1. I just bought mine last Thursday. I paid extra the black slide. I am a proud owner and fan of the Canik SF Elite. Feels good in the hands and the trigger is said to rival that of the PPQ. I haven’t tried the Walther but I can speak for the TP9SF Elite when I say its the best trigger I’ve tried to date. Same size as a Glock 19 Gen 4, so if you can cc it then you can conceal carry the Elite as well.

    2. If you haven’t yet shot one, I’d highly recommend the Canick. One of the BEST shooters I own.

    1. Kimber is in my opinion the best 1911 platform. I love the old slabside. Carried a Springfield model . 45 during my military service. The Baretta was introduced as the replacement . I liked the extra round capaciy but still missed my 45.

  5. I love the hk p30l and p30 as well asthe cz p07. I also never turn away from my hk usp 9mm. Ive owned 2 in my life and put close to 20,000 rounds down range without a single malfunction of any kind. Amazing reliability.

  6. Surely you meant to include the Fn FNS-C 9mm. Magazine capacity+chamber comes in 10+1, 12+1, and 17+1. The grip can be adjusted by the inclusion of 3 rear grip panels. Included are the 3 dot night sights. Also, a bottom rail to the barrel allows for the mounting of a light, laser, or other features.
    These features make it a top candidate for one of the best 9mm compacts

    1. My shooting instructor handed me his FN to try and I fell in love with it. I have a Ruger EC9s but may have to add the FN to my profolio. The Ruger was more in my price line at $259

      1. Price may not be very helpful, but if you get a chance at an FN 509 or 509 Tactical I highly recommend it. 509T is now my carry gun as it comes with two 24 round mags and a 17 round mag. I prefer a full-size gun and I believe a well aimed shot is almost as good as two well aimed shots, so I carry the largest amount of ammo I comfortably can.

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