The 9mm is the most popular and prolific handgun cartridge in the world and has been practically since its first introduction. Pretty much every firearm manufacturer has a 9mm handgun which makes narrowing down your selection almost impossible.
Too often you can become lost in the sea of possible 9mm pistols without ever knowing whether the one you picked is one of the best.
Our list will help you narrow down your selection. We’ll provide you with only the best of the best in the 9mm caliber and let you vote for which is best.
The Browning Hi Power was one of the first wonder nine handguns in the world and was used by over 90 countries. It was the inspiration for a number of different features on other 9mm guns over the years. This pistol is still one of the most popular firearms in the world and it’s pretty obvious why.
It has a throwback 1911 design single action only trigger that is light, smooth, and breaks evenly. That, coupled with its strong yet light steel frame makes the weapon thinner while also delivering in accuracy and efficiency.
The CZ 75B combines function and form to create a dependable and eye-pleasing handgun for 9mm rounds. It is commonly used through Europe by police and military forces and is also a favorite among competition shooters. With its heavier metal frame the eats recoil and its side rails that are inside the frame, increasing accuracy, it’s easy to see why they love it.
On top of everything else, this pistol is ergonomic and comfortable in the hand. While it is a bit heavy for concealed carry, the CZ 75B is perfect for home defense and even competition shooting.
This is probably the most legendary 9mm pistol on our list. It was just barely beat out by the Beretta M9 as the sidearm of the U.S. military, it became the chosen handgun for the Navy SEALs instead. With an all metal frame, double or single action, and semi-automatic firing, you can see why they might like it.
It makes for an excellent combat gun with its accurate fire, almost guaranteed reliability, and Pitcanniny rail for adaptability. You can be sure that it will serve you well for your home defense needs as well.
By far the most popular pistol in their line-up, the Glock 19 is versatile and powerful 9mm handgun. It functions well as either a home defense firearm or a concealed carry as a compact and effective pistol. With a large capacity of 15 rounds you can always count on it in nearly any situation.
The Glock 19 pistol is a striker fired weapon that doesn’t feature an external hammer, but provides a consistent and clean 5.5 pound trigger pull. All of this, along with its intuitive and simple firing system, makes the Glock 19 a accurate and extremely versatile firearm.
Speaking of the Beretta, this is the handgun that became the accepted sidearm of the U.S. military since 1985. The Beretta 92FS is the most common model of the 92 and is a heavy duty firearm that absorbs recoil effectively. It has a reduced slide weight that reduces recoil even more and decreases muzzle rise.
This emphasis on accuracy is coupled with the Beretta’s capacity of 15 to 17 rounds for reliable and rapid firing in combat or defense situations. You can’t go wrong getting this time-tested and widely popular 9mm handgun.
Made famous from its use in the James Bond films, the Walther P99 AS still holds its own outside of the movies. It is a unique striker fired weapon with a double and single action design, which is uncommon outside of hammer fired pistols.
One of its main features though is the Anti-Stress trigger, which is where the AS in its name comes from, which is a single action, two stage trigger that reduces accidental fire. All of its features make the Walther P99 AS an interesting and effective designed handgun.
The Heckler and Koch VP9 is a sleek and efficiently designed handgun that fits easily and comfortably in your hand. It has a unique handle safety that must be squeezed before the weapon can fire, improving its safety for concealed carry. If you’re looking for accuracy then you can’t go wrong with this model either, as its by far one of the most accurate handguns on the market.
Overall, the Heckler and Koch VP9 is a dependable and simple handgun with many fans around the world. The low price is part of what makes it great too!
Part of the versatile Springfield XD handgun line, the Springfield XD(M) Competition Series offers a swathe of features that make it part of the top ten 9mm handguns. It comes in a variety of different sizes, but the 5.25 in version is by far the best. It provides an excellent sight radius and makes longer shooting easier.
Every version comes with a reduced weight slide that allows for faster cycling and reduced recoil. For a full-sized polymer frame firearm, this pistol is hard to beat.
An extension of the S&W Military and Police line of guns, the S&W Shield is a unique single stack handgun designed for concealed carry. It is small and lightweight, which makes it easy to conceal while the 3.1 in barrel provides excellent sight radius for a compact pistol. Even with its size, it comes with a capacity of 8+1 for maximum firing capability.
The S&W Shield also has a comfortable recoil that makes follow-up shots simple and quick. Overall it is a light, easy-to-handle and fire, and comfortable conceal carry pistol for just about everyone.
To round out our list is a relative newcomer to the 9mm market; the Ruger SR9. It is an excellent option for concealed carry with its lightweight, polymer frame and is well-balanced for comfortable and easy shooting. The two safeties, manual and trigger, make it a secure option with reduced misfires for carrying.
Manufactured in the U.S., this model is a cheap and effective handgun purchase for just about anyone, whether used for concealed carry or home defense. Don’t let is novelty fool you, the Ruger SR9 deserves to be in the top ten best 9mm handguns.