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Updated September 30, 2016
Who Makes The Best 9mm Handguns For 2016?
 Welcome to BestNines, the best 9mm pistols site. Hopefully the information provided is useful. The difference between #1 and the last handgun is so minor, we are really splitting hairs. You can shuffle the 40 best 9mm handguns list and still have good results. Your input is always welcome.

The rules: The guns must be great shooters, good quality, and cost less than $650 USD new from a gun dealer. Note: The haggle price is the best deal you should get from your local store.

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  • 1. CZ 75 SP-01: Haggle Price $590-$620
  • Steel frame. Weight: 39.0 oz., Barrrel: 4.61", Magazine: 18
    My CZ 75b has over 10,000 rounds through it and is still going strong. I say this because the SP-01 is an improved verson of the CZ 75b. No other handgun has shocked the combat shooting world like the SP-01. World Champions Adam Tyc and Angus Hobdell showed us what this gun could do. As a range champion or tearing up a combat course, the SP-01 has no peers. If you are just an average shooter, the SP-01 could change your game. I showed up at a regional police combat meet that was open to trainers too. All those cops with their plastic duty pistols started screaming foul after I won the first round. There is also an Tactical version with a decocker saftey. There are tuning parts available for the SP-01 if you want to build a hot-rod. Allow about 500 rounds for break-in. The straight shooting CZ 75b and CZ 85B rank here too.
    Tactical Video Review CZ SP-01 in Combat
    CZ SP-01

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  • 2. Grand Power K100 MK12: Haggle Price $510-$540
  • Polymer frame. Wt: 26.1 oz. w/o mag, Barrel: 4.25", Mag: 15 (16)
    I am in love folks! What makes the Grand Power so great? Accuracy? The Grand Power K100 is the most accurate production service pistol you can buy. The rotating barrel, low recoil, tight fit, and competition quality trigger are the reasons why. Ergonomics? The K100 MK12 feels so good in the hand. It point and grips like the CZ 75b, only better. Four backstraps are included. Quality? The materials, machining, and fit is custom shop grade. The slide and metal parts are nitride impregnated. Very beefy slide rails. The steel inner chassis is very rigid. The Grand Power K100 exceeded the brutal 30,000 round test required by the European powers. Factory magazine specs say 15 rounds, but I can get 16 rounds loaded easy. If you snip the center post on the follower bottom, you can load 17 rounds. Cheaper Mec-gar CZ75b mags can also be modified to work. Also see the Grand Power P1 duty carry size pistol on the compacts page.
    K100 Mk12 Video Review K100 in Pakistan

    Grand Power K100

  • 3. Walther PPQ: Haggle Price $530-$560
  • Polymer frame. Weight: 24.0 oz., Barrel: 4.00", Magazine: 15 rounds
    This German made Walther has the best 9mm striker fired trigger of any duty carry handgun. Use care as the only saftey is the trigger, just like the Glock. The ergonomics are just like the Walther p99, which is perfect. Choice of three backstraps for hand fitment. When Walther decided to make a new striker fired pistol, they pulled out all the stops. Before you buy any new pistol, you must try the Walther PPQ first. It handles and shoots so good, it is like you are in a dream where every shot goes where you want it. Another plus is the PPQ is priced right with the Glock and Beretta pistols. It is a Walther, so quality is right up there with Heckler & Koch. The new M2 version has a button magazine release. The new 5 inch barrel PPQ models are kicking butt in matches! Tip: Mec-Gar Canik TP9 18 round mags work perfect for combat.
    PPQ Video Review PPQ In Combat

    Walther PPQ

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  • 4. Heckler & Koch VP9: Haggle Price $560-$590
  • Polymer frame. Weight: 25.6 oz., Barrel: 4.09", Magazine: 15 rounds
    Can you believe a premium quality HK pistol made our list? I have always had great love for HK handguns. One of my favorites was an 45 USP Compact I could not wear out. The new VP9 striker fired pistol is priced just low enough to make our list. Even though the Heckler & Koch VP9 is primary for the LE market, it is an awesome shooter for us weekend guys too. The test VP9 belongs to a deputy buddy, so I only spent 30 minutes with it at the range. It is a good shooter and feeds everything. The H&K VP9 has a great trigger with little takeup and clean break. It is almost as good as the Walther PPQ trigger. When you consider the price of other HK handguns, the VP9 is a bargain. The prices should drop more once the pipeline is full. Update: I just bought one for myself. I know I paid too much, but could not wait. I am loving it more with each trip to the range.
    H&K VP9 Review video

    HK VP9


  • 5. Springfield XDm 4.5": Haggle Price $510-$540
  • Polymer frame. Weight: 29.0 oz., Barrel: 4.50", Magazine: 19 rounds
    Spending only $100 extra for the XDm over the standard XD is one heck of a bargain! The XDm I tested was brand spanking new and the trigger has very little take-up with a short reset. So nice! I could not believe I was shooting a DAO striker fired pistol! It should be classified as a single action! The match grade barrel, two 19 round mags, plus all the extra goodies that come with the XDm are another plus. You can swap out the rear grips to fit your hand better too. Don't get me wrong here, as the standard Springfield XD is a very fine pistol. Springfield pulled out all the stops with the XDm and built close to the perfect handgun. It just shoots so good! I was having so much fun, I went through $50 worth of ammo in minutes. The XDm is excellent for combat. The handy dandy XDm 3.8" model is a popular choice for police duty. Also available in 40 S&W.
    XDm Review Video Combat video Springfield Trigger Kits

    Springfield XDM


  • 6. Glock 17 Gen 4: Haggle Price $536-$560
  • Polymer frame. Weight: 25.06 oz., Barrel: 4.48", Magazine: 17 rounds
    The Gen 4 pistols are the best shooting Glocks ever! A nice feature with the Gen 4 series is the 3 backstrap choices to fit different hand sizes. This feature is the biggest selling point for me. Older Glocks feel like you are holding a block of wood, while the Gen 4 series molds right into your hand. Glock 17 range performance is very good and the trigger is almost accetable for combat. The Gen 4 feels like it has less recoil than the old model. Glock has a proven durability history and is one of the most popular police carry guns. Glock does have a cult following, and ranking it here will upset many. If you want a Glock range champion, spend the extra cash for the awesome G34; or make your Glock 17 shoot like a G34 with the inexpensive Ghost 3.5lb Trigger Bar. Also check out the 22 ounce Gen 4 G19 with a 4" barrel. It is the same gun as the G17, but shorter on both ends. The cheaper G3 models would rank right here too.
    Glock Gen 4 Review Shooting Glock Gen4 IDPA Glock Trigger Kits

    Glock 17

  • 7. CZ P09 Duty: Haggle Price $460-$490
  • Polymer frame. Weight: 29 oz., Barrel: 4.53", Magazine: 19 rounds
    Having owned six CZ pistols, I was expecting something special. The P09 I tested was a brand new gun that belongs to a buddy. Compared to other CZ pistols, the P09 trigger sucks. It feels stiff and spongy. I read other reviews, and they say the trigger is 250% better using the included safety lever instead of the decocker. I will ask my buddy to switch it out, then test again. It is a CZ, so it gobbles cheap ammo all day long. With 19 round magazines, you can really go through 50 count boxes fast. Nice feature is you can swap out backstraps. I have medium hands and the small backstrap feels the best. Update: The P09 converted to safety is just awesome folks. This fixed it. 3.5 pound S/A trigger! Long range accuracy is amazing. Premium shooter! CZ is gunning for US Army contracts with the P09. See the smaller duty size CZ P07 on the compacts page.
    Good CZ P09 Review CZ P09 in Combat

  • 8. Sig Sauer P320 Full Size: Haggle Price $500-$530
  • Polymer frame. Weight: 29.4 oz.(W/Mag), Barrel: 4.70", Magazine: 17
    The prices have been falling fast. Sig got it right with their first striker fired pistol. Can you say modular, man! The P320 can be converted from a full size to a carry pistol using a kit. Slide-barrel conversion kit allows the P320 to change between calibers and barrel lengths. Want a different gun? The conversion kits cost from $300 to $399. You can swap out grip frames for hand fitment too. They cost about $46. Glock snobs will hate the high bore axis. Everyone else will love the way it shoots. The trigger feels good and compares well to the Glock and XDm. The P320 is a little heavy for a polymer framed handgun. This is just the Sig way to insure quality and accuracy. Street cops will want the smaller Carry version with the 3.9" barrel. If you liked the P250, you will love the P320. Nitron sights and two mags included.
    Sig P320 Press Video Sig P320 Review Sig Trigger Kits
    Sig P230


  • 9. S&W M&P 9mm: Haggle Price $460-$490
  • Polymer frame. Weight: 24.0 oz., Barrel: 4.25", Magazine: 17 rounds
    This is no Sigma! If you like poly framed guns, this Smith is one of the best shooting 9mm pistols. It is accurate as a steel framed pistol. The balance is perfect considering it weighs only 24oz. You can tell it will be a good shooter just by holding it in your hand. The M&P trigger pull is about 6.5 pounds. The M&P uses a trigger safety. You have a choice of 3 backstraps so you can tune it to fit your hand just right. Follow-up shots are so quick. The fit and finish is excellent. The M&P would be a top choice as a competition or police carry gun. It looks mean too. The M&P replaced all the premium 59 series steel pistols in the Smith and Wesson line, so you know it is good! Spend the extra $80 for the M&P Pro Series with the good trigger and better sights. There are Trigger Kits that will make the standard M&P shoot better than the pro model.
    M&P Review Video Lady Competition Shooter
    Smith and Wesson

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  • 10. Walther P99 AS: Haggle Price $510-$540
  • Polymer frame. Weight: 24.0 oz., Barrel: 4.00", Magazine: 15 rounds
    The Walther P99 grips so good. It feels like it belongs in your hand. The P99 trigger is great for a striker fired gun and would get an 9 out of 10 rating. The trigger in SA mode is short and crisp like an 1911 combat pistol! My favorite feature is the decocker button on the slide. You can decock the pistol so the first trigger pull is long and heavy. Rare safety feature on striker fired pistol. You have 3 backstrap choices for hand fitment too. The P99 is the perfect police carry hangun, and shoots better than most 4" barrel pistol on the market. At less than 24 ounces empty, the P99 could work well for concealed carry too. You get 2 mags, plus some extra front sights. The Magnum Research MR9 Eagle is close to the same gun, but cost less. I love the MR9 stainless slide. There is a new MR9 with a 4.5" barrel and fancy slide that is very high on my wish list.
    P99 Combat Video MRI MR9 Eagle

    P99

    11. FN Herstal FNX-9, FNS-9: Haggle Price $490-$590
    FNX - Polymer frame. Weight: 21.9 oz., Barrel: 4.00", Mag: 17 rounds
    Made in USA! The FNX 9mm still has the old school DA/SA trigger with a decocker saftey, and this is good. There is just something about a crisp single action trigger that a stiker fired pistol cant match. The FNX feels very good in the hand and you can change grip fitment with extra backstraps provided. Magazines are tight and take some time to break-in. Keep the mags completely loaded for a week and all will be fine. The FNX is so lighweight, it feels kind of cheap. However nothing ever breaks.
    The FNS 9mm is almost the same gun, but is striker fired. You would swear the sweet trigger action came from the M&P Pro. The FNS shoots about as good as the FNX. The FNS model has been selling like crazy. If I was a cop that carried all day long, I would want the FNS on my hip. You can get the FNS-9 with or without safety levers. FNX or FNS? Tough decision. At this time the FNS models are cheaper to buy. Note: When price shopping, you have to figure that FNH pistols come with THREE magazines! Long slide FNS combat pistol with 5" barrel is now available!
    FNX-9 Video Review New FNS Striker Action
    FN FNX
    FNH FNX

    FNH FNS


    12. Springfield XD Mod.2 Tactical: Haggle Price $480-$510
    Polymer frame. Weight: 29.0 oz., Barrel: 5.00", Magazine: 16 rounds
    This is the 2nd Springfield on the best 9mm pistols list. One of my range brothers loaned me a XD Tactical Mod-2 for 4 days. The tactical version has a longer slide with an 5 inch barrel. This is a very thin pistol. Almost as skinny as the XDs single stack. The Mod.2 Tactical is a smaller gun than the XDm. This gun feels very good in the hand. It points a lot like an 1911, and this is good. You can conceal carry in a belly band or IWB holster. It is a combat pistol, so making plate runs are easy. The fiber optic front sight is nice. The trigger is Glock average. If this was my pistol, I would install a drop-in trigger kit and have a bad ass shooter. With the grip safety, no worry about a light trigger. The new Mod-2 makeover makes the old XD feel stone age. I am sure the words "Grip Zone" on the grip is a turn-off for many cops. I plan to buy a new Mod 2. I can't make up my mind to get myself the 4 inch Service model or the Tactical model. I know the Mod.2 Tactical is sweet! Tip: Mec-Gar makes flush 18 round magazines that will fit.
    Mod 2 Tactical Video Good 4" review XD Trigger Kits

    13. MRI Baby Eagle III Steel: Haggle Price $570-$600
    Steel frame. Weight: 38 oz., Barrel: 4.43", Magazine: 16 rounds
    The MRI Baby Desert Eagle is all steel with a 4.43" barrel. Handles just like the CZ 75, but more solid. Very good shooter with a strong heavy feel to it. Allow about 200 rounds for break-in. I love shooting this baby. Accurate as heck. The good trigger and solid feel makes this the ultimate double-tap pistol. It is as close to the perfect shooter as you can get. The MRI Baby Eagle is a good choice for combat competition. The finish is much better than past Baby Eagle pistols. Overall quality is great. The Baby Eagle is built to last a lifetime. The Isralies sure know how to make fine firearms. Also known as the IWI Jericho 941. There is also a less expensive Baby Eagle III version with polymer frame that weighs 10 ounces less. We have not had a chance to test the poly framed Baby Eagle III pistol. It sure looks mean. I would bet it is a good shooter too.
    New Baby Eagle III Video

    Steel Frame

    Polymer Version

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    14. Beretta 92FS (Commercial): Haggle Price $550-$570
    Alloy frame. Weight: 33.3 oz., Barrel: 4.90", Magazine: 15 rounds
    Great performance on the range. This is a man's pistol. A true warrior that replaced the 45 ACP 1911 service pistol. The Beretta M9 (or 92FS) is the most tested pistol since the M1911-A1. Used by the U.S. Military and thousands of poilce officers. Beretta 92 pistols with over 75,000 rounds have been reported. This solid designed pistol is what replaced so many police revolvers. Nothing shoots better than a well used Beretta 92FS. Allow about 300 rounds for break-in. Good long range pistol. I can hit the 50 yard gong over and over again. Easy to find magazines and holsters for this popular gun. The Italian made ones are tight! See the new 92-A1 with 1913 Picatinny rail.
    Beretta 92 Torture Test 92FS In Combat. WOW!

    15. Taurus PT 92: Haggle Price $390-$420
    Alloy frame. Weight: 34.0 oz., Barrel: 5.00", Magazine: 17 rounds
    The PT92 is what happens when Beretta sells their Brazil factory to Taurus. The stainless steel model is awesome ($25 more). This Beretta 92 copy is just as good as the Beretta in about every way. Taurus made some changes to the Beretta design; like putting the safety lever on the frame. Reliably feeds every brand of 9mm ammo including Wolf and Blazers. With the 5" barrel, it is a tack-driver. Allow a few hundred rounds for break-in. Don't pay attention to all the disinformation from Beretta snobs. The PT 92 must be one of the best 9mm pistol bargains in the industry, and an economical way to get into combat shooting. Sure is pretty. The PT92 is the best gun Taurus makes. The newer PT92 models have the 1913 accessory rail. Cool.
    PT92 Video

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    16. Sig Sauer Pro SP2022: Haggle Price $470-$500
    Polymer frame. Weight: 29.0 oz., Barrel: 3.90", Magazine: 15 rounds
    Sig Pro SP2022 prices have come down to the bargin bin zone! For a little more than the price of a Taurus, you can own a Sig! Buy the integral fire control unit ($45) and change the pistol from DA/SA mode to DAO if you want. No break-in needed, as the single action trigger pull is very smooth and just over 4 pounds. Sweet shooter. Recoil is very light, plus you can tune the SP2022 to fit your hand by swapping out the grip frame ($45). Accuracy is excellent and on par with metal framed handguns. At 29 ounces, the Sig Pro SP2022 is a little heavy for a polymer framed pistol this size. In fact it weighs more than the CZ P-01 metal framed pistol. It must have the beef in the right places because the US military uses the SP2022. With a decocker and 15 round magazine, it is an excellent cop gun. Also available in 40 S&W.
    Sig Arms Sp2022 Review Sig Pro SP2022 Video

    17. Beretta PX4: Haggle Price $480-$510
    Polymer frame. Weight: 27.7 oz., Barrel: 4.00", Magazine: 17 rounds
    The PX4 Storm wins the award for the most pretty pistol. Design, fit and finish is excellent. You can swap out backstraps to make it fit your hand better. It the hand, it points and feels like the perfect pistol. The bigger 92FS is a better long range shooter, but the PX4 is better for carry. Allow about 300 rounds before the trigger smoothes out. I like the common DA/SA as found on most steel guns. With the rotating barrel and poly frame, recoil is almost nothing. It kicks like a .380! My wife just loves this gun. I also had the chance to shoot a PX4 in .40 S&W, and the recoil was only a little bit more. The PX4 Storm is gaining popularity as a cop gun. Good choice for combat too. Have you noticed the best combat shooters have dish-pan hands. Dish washing may be the trick. Update: Soon Beretta will release their new APX striker fired pistol. The APX is ultra slim, but holds 17 rounds. Hahaha, you thought the Nano was ugly?
    PX4 Combat Video New Beretta APX


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    18. Lionheart LH9N-MKII: Haggle Price $590-$620
    Alloy frame. Weight: 26.4 oz., Barrel: 4.10", Magazine: 15 rounds
    It has been a long time since a new gun created this much excitement. The Lionheart pistols are not really that new. Remember the Korean Daewoo pistols from 25 years ago? The Daewoo was a good knockoff of the awesome S&W 5903. The Smith & Wesson 59 series were some of the best cop guns ever made. In fact the new Lionheart LH9N-MKII accepts the S&W 59 series pistol magazines! The Double Action Plus+ Action is unique to Lionheart. it can function as a single action, long travel single action, or standard DA/SA. Love the trigger! The Lionheart LH9N-MKII has an alloy frame and is lighter than many polymer handguns. The Novak sights are cool. I love how it feels in the holster, and I love the way it shoots. Just awesome!
    Lionheart Pistol Review video


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    19. Ruger SR9: Haggle Price $400-$430
    Polymer frame. Weight: 26.5 oz., Barrel: 4.14", Magazine: 17 rounds
    I just spent some time with the new SR9 with the "D" shaped mag release button, and wow! The third release of the SR9 is a winner! I like the trigger better than the Glock! It shoots worlds better and is very accurate. Zero malfunctions in 300 rounds! The grip is slimmer than a 1911 single stack, even though the magazine holds 17 rounds. It has a thumb safety and tactical rail. The SR9 points like a Hi-Power and the sights are first rate. You can tune it to point like a Glock by flipping the backstrap. Police chiefs that buy weapons in mass should take a hard look at the SR9, as it is a darn good gun. Plus the price is right. It made the first page of the best 9mm pistols site by golly! For under $24, you can install the Ghost Rocket 3.5lb Trigger Connector and end up with a competition shooter! With the Ghost Trigger Bar, you get a tight trigger pull under 4 pounds and ready for combat. Do you miss the P95? Ruger just introduced a budget version of the SR9 called the 9E. The Ruger 9E sells for about $60 less than the SR9.
    SR9 Review Video SR9 USPSA Meet Budget 9E Video SR9 Trigger Kits


    20. Bersa Thunder Pro HC: Haggle Price $410-$440
    Alloy frame. Weight: 30.0 oz., Barrel: 4.20", Magazine: 17 rounds
    Don't pay attention to all the FUD from people that have never owned a Bersa. Bersa makes darn good guns! I can't believe you can buy such a nice handgun for so little money. The Thunder Pro HC model holds 18 rounds. The Bersa Thunder Pro has that expensive pistol feel to it. Very tight gun! It reminds me so much of the S&W 5903. The 4.2" barrel, DA/SA, and good trigger, provides excellent accuracy. Good for combat! This metal framed pistol weighs only 30 ounces, and is a fine carry gun. The Bersa Thunder Pro HC is a proven military and police sidearm in South America. Reliability? This Bersa functions 100% of the time and I hear they never wear out. Backed with a Lifetime warranty. What more can you ask for?
    Bersa Pro Review

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    Some Interesting 9mm pistols we have not tested:
    Beretta APX pistol. Better than the PX4 Storm or 92fs? I doubt it. The APX looks funky though.
    Grisan Turkish made knockoff of the Beretta 92 for about $400. I got to find one!
    Caracal CP660 9mm. Sweet shooter. The huge recall really hurt. New Caracal F available soon?
    BUL Full-Sized Cherokee. The BUL looks like the Witness Polymer, but made in Israel. Rare.
    Tisas Pistols. Tisas makes a full line of quality pistols from Turkey. The CS-9 looks promising.
    New Order NO9 Duty Pistol. Looks awesome! Made in the great state of Pennsylvania.
    Sarsilmaz SAR B6. Imported from Turkey by E.A.A. Prices are good. Quality & performance?
    Stryk-B pistol. From Las Vegas. My guess is, this is what a future Glock Gen-5 would look like.
    Arex Rex Zero alloy frame pistol. It looks more like a Sig than a real Sig. I got to get one.
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