Since pistols were first introduced in 1902 by Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken, a German gun designer, they have become a very popular weapon of choice. There are several reasons why the 9mm pistol is a favorite of many gun enthusiasts.

For starters, a 9mm costs less than most traditional automatic weapons. It is easy to carry around due to its small size and light weight. With modern technological advancements, 9mm pistols have more accuracy and can be able to deliver on-target shots with incapacitating force.

However, due to the wide variety of 9mms now available in the market, the performance of each gun may vary. Here is a list of the best 9mm pistols in the market today. The weapons are in no particular order.

1. The Walther PPQ

The Walther PPQ

This is a semi-automatic weapon that originated from German. It was initially made for the German police by the Carl Walther GmbH Sportwaffen. It is also known as Police Pistol Quick Defense.

The key features in this gun include its comfortable ergonomics that makes handling the weapon easy. It is also light, weighing less than 25 ounces.The gun can shoot in a very soft way and it has a smooth trigger to facilitate this.


2. Glock 17

Glock 17

This 9mm gun is special in that it was the first weapon made with the knowledge of synthetic polymers. These have the capability of protecting its metal from corrosion.

In fact, Gaston Glock, the gun maker, did not have any prior gun making knowledge when he developed this weapon.

It is a semi-automatic weapon that originated from Austria. It has a shooting range of 50m and it is still a very popular weapon.


3. Sig Sauer P226

Sig Sauer P226

When a gun’s design is copied by multiple companies even without permission that says something about its quality.

This gun was originally designed and manufactured by SIG Sauer in Germany and Switzerland. However, after noticing its impressive performance, gun makers in China, Myanmar, and Iran made copies for use by their national armies.

It still stands among some of the best handguns ever built. It has a length of 8.1” a height of 5.5” and a load capacity of 15 rounds.


4. Smith & Wesson M&P

Smith & Wesson M&P

The key feature about this gun is the detachable box magazine for the feed system. Its manufacture by Smith & Wesson – the M&P started in 2005 and it is still ongoing.

It has been a success in the market since then and it is used by both law enforcement agents and civilians. It also has a polymer frame and it’s a semi-automatic handgun.

This gun has a short operated recoil system and it also has an external thumb as safety features.


5. Walther P38

Walther P38

It is easy to notice this 9mm gun since it has an exterior hammer. The external hammer came about as an addition to the original design after users complained about it.

At the time, the hammer was hidden in the barrel. The gun was later adopted by the German army in 1938 thus gaining the name Model Army Pistol.

The gun became so popular during those years that it still has the Nazi Germany Trademark. The gun cartridge is a 9 x 19 Parabellum.


6. EAA Witness Elite Match

EAA Witness Elite Match

This gun has an interesting history because the design is a copy of the CZ-75 pistol. The original design was made by the Soviet Union who wanted to keep it a secret.

They therefore failed to get a patent, opening a door for cloning. EAA Witness Elite Match is made by the Israeli Military Industries has a magazine capacity of 17+1. The handgun is a semi-automatic and single action gun. Those who own this gun are full of praises for its numerous likeable features.

It has a smooth feel when shooting and offers high accuracy on targets. It has very minimal cases of jamming scoring zero occurrences after firing over 100 rounds.


7. Magnum Research Baby Desert Eagle III

Magnum Research Baby Desert Eagle III

Like the EAA Witness, this gun was also developed from the CZ-75 design. The 9mm gun was originally manufactured by the Israel Weapon Industries and designed by the Magnum Research Inc.

This gun has been sold in many varying designs and this is the latest one in the market. This is a semi-automatic gun with DA/SA (Double action/single action capability.

It is also short-recoil-operated. It has a length of 8” and a height of 5.375”. It has a capacity of 15 rounds. It comes in both polymer and steel frames.


8. Heckler & Koch P30sk

Heckler & Koch P30sk

This is a gun that works for the military, civilians, and law enforcement officers alike. The latest design is especially useful for undercover police or plain clothes officers.

It comes with a tritium combat night sight that can be used in any type of lighting conditions. It is easy to see why this 9mm pistol is considered highly reliable and it offers very good service.

Due to the many uses that the pistol has currently been put to, it comes in several variants depending on the end user.

For example, Variant 1 (the Law Enforcement Modification – LEM) has a smooth double action trigger. The gun has a length of 6.42”, a height of 4.57 and a load capacity of 10 rounds.

9. Lionheart LH9

Lionheart LH9

This is a pistol that is produced by the Lionheart Industries in the US. The gun’s design is based on the Daewoo K5 pistol, a standard issue sidearm of the South Korean army.

The Lionheart LH9 has many added improvements on the original weapon, giving it a better design and more functionalities.

The gun has a double/single action trigger that can be activated by pushing the hammer to rest in the right position. The gun has a height of 4.9”, and a length of 7.5” and a capacity of 13 rounds.

10. Browning Hi-Power

Browning Hi-Power

The name of this pistol comes from its original designer’s name, John Browning. The Browning Hi-Power has been built upon and developed from this original design.

The gun is currently designed and developed by Dieudonné Saive at Fabrique Nationale (FN) of Herstal, Belgium. It is a single-action pistol and a semi-automatic weapon.

This pistol has the reputation of being the most used military handguns in history.


11. CZ 75 SP-01

CZ 75 SP-01

This is a semi-automatic weapon that can fire a distance of 50m or 55 yards. The gun has a reputation of being extensively copied in making many other popular variations.

This gun originated in Czechoslovakia and it first came into the market in 1975. This 9mm pistol is mostly used by law enforcement officers and the military since it’s a non-conceal gun.

It is ideal for shooting since it has high controllability and has no recoil. The gun can shoot with a wide range of bullet types without showing any malfunction.

12. Grand Power X-Calibur

Grand Power X-Calibur

This 9mm pistol comes with a rotating barrel for a better management of the recoil system. It is a DA/SA weapon with a steel slide, a steel frame and a polymer grip.

It also comes with a frame mounted safety thumb. Its length is 8.7”, and it has a height of 5.3”. The gun has a light trigger and its shooting accuracy is quite high.

The gun is ideal for both amateur and professional users and it is ideal as a competition pistol.


13. Glock 19

Glock 19

This gun is used by both law enforcement officers and civilians. It has a polymer frame and it’s quite popular in comparison to other polymer framed pistols.

The gun is highly reliable considering it’s near zero malfunction incidences according to many users. 

It has a length of 7.28”, a height of 4.99” and it weighs 23.65 ounces with an empty barrel. While the gun’s appearance is not as good as most other 9mm pistols (Its Blocky), this gives it the advantage of being lighter and less bulky.


14. FNS 9C


This a 9mm pistol that has a length of 6.7” and height of 4.5”. This makes it a perfect conceal weapon for undercover officers and civilians.

The gun is also light since it weights a mere 23.4 oz. The FNS 9C’s grip is both comfortable and aggressive. It is also a gun with proven durability that one can carry with confidence.


15. Springfield XDm 4.5

Springfield XDm 4.5

This gun comes with three interchangeable backs traps, making it usable by every hand. The gun is made with a polymer frame for corrosion resistance.

Its superior ergonomics and consistency in performance makes it one of the best 9mm pistols in the market. This is a full-sized handgun and carrying it around requires a strong holster and belt.

The gun that is made in Croatia has a 1911 style safety grip. It can accommodate 13 rounds of ammunition.