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.
The 9mm compact is particularly popular due to its Goldilocks size that makes it perfect for both open carry AND concealed carry.
There are many different types of 9mm, but there’s five that I find the be the best.
5. Ruger SR9c
This compact 9mm handgun comes in four versions. This handgun is at the lower end of the price scale but performs well and gives you everything you need in a compact 9mm handgun.
There are four versions of the compact SR9c. You have an all black or two-tone version, then there are a couple of choices beyond color. They all come with at least a 10+1 round magazine, but one of the all black and one of the two-tone versions come with a 17+1 round magazine. That’s like having a double stack magazine amount of ammo in a single stack gun.
4. SIG 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.
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.
3. S&W M&P9 2.0
Highlights of the M&P M2.0 Compact pistol include an extended stainless-steel chassis and high grip to barrel bore axis ratio for reduced muzzle rise and faster aim recovery.
Almost all of the Smith & Wesson handguns I’ve held and shot are comfortable to hold. They shoot smoothly, the grip is a good angle, and the texture is great. I don’t know if they do something special to make it feel great in my hand, but I dig it.
2. Springfield XDS
My confidence in the XD-S has only grown over the years, especially with the number of defense contractors or personal protection professionals who’ve told me it’s their go-to firearm when duty calls. To me, it says a lot when someone who puts their life on the line every day, and who could quite frankly choose any gun they wanted.
The goal with the design of the XD-S was to provide the feel and control of a full-size handgun in a compact package, a shootable carry gun. With that purpose in mind, the XD-S is a polymer-framed pistol of the single-stack variety, giving you seven rounds, plus one in the chamber, with the flush-fitting magazine and 8+1 with the Mid-Mag X-Tension mag. The trigger is what you’d expect to find on a carry gun, which means relatively heavy, and has a crisp, audible reset and a grip safety for added security.
1. Glock 19
I have to give number one to the undisputed reigning champ. The King. The blocky design makes summer concealment more complex, but the blocky design makes handling reliable. Recoil is modest, and the 19 will eat up rounds, any rounds, without fail, and is very forgiving. You don’t have to baby the gun, or even clean it all that often.
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.