There is no denying the fact that 9mm handguns are the most popular nowadays and it’s easy to understand why. Most 9mm pistols are lightweight, which means they are easy to carry, yet powerful enough to provide a respectable stopping power if needed. Although you don’t buy a firearm with the intention to use it against a living target, you want something capable of keeping you safe if the need arises.
In this regard, 9mm caliber pistols are perhaps the most widespread and easy to acquire pistols, which explains why they’re the number one most popular and widely used handguns not only in the United States but all over the world. With this in mind, let us find out what are the best 9mm pistols in the world and what are the characteristics that make them so popular to begin with.
Glock 17 Gen 4
To this day, the Glock Model 17 is one of the most widespread handguns in the world, a popularity that drove Glock Ges.m.b.H to release an updated version of the pistol, one that enjoys not only a better magazine release but a much better overall construction as well. Along with the improved magazine release, the Gen 4 Glock 17 also benefits from a larger magazine capacity, a dual recoil spring assembly, and three adjustable back straps to further its maneuverability.
FN Herstal FNX-9
Lightweight yet highly durable, FN Herstal FNX-9 is perhaps one of the most reliable handguns in the world today. It owes its reliability not only to its sturdy construction but to its reduced recoil at the same time. Behind its reduced recoil stands a low frame bore axis, which when combined with the pistol’s rugged polymer construction, makes it a lot easier to handle, even when fired quickly.
Taurus PT 92
What makes the Taurus PT 92 stand out among most 9mm pistols is the fact that it uses a double action autoloading design, a design that its manufacturer Beretta is well-known for. It also features a remarkably strong slide made from hammer forged steel along with a frame that is equally strong. Interestingly enough, this pistol has an ambidextrous 3-position safety mounted on its frame, one that can also be used as a dual action decocking lever if needed.
For those of you who don’t know, Beretta 92FS is the official service pistol of the United States Military and police officers. It replaced the 45 ACP 1911 that both the military and the police force were using before, a transition that proved rather beneficial. The reason we say this is because the Beretta 92FS is known for being much more maneuverable than the 45 ACP 1911, thanks mainly to its delayed, open-slide, short-recoil locking block system which makes it much faster to shoot.
Baby Eagle II BE9915R
The Baby Eagle II BE9915R is the service pistol of the Israeli Military at this point in time, a testament to its efficiency and reliability. Behind this pistol’s reliability stands an ergonomic grip frame which resembles that of the legendary CZ 75, a model this particular pistol is based on. Worth mentioning is the fact that this pistol is a traditional automatic double action pistol by design, which means that it has a 4.5-inch barrel. Not only that but it also has a rugged frame with a clear black-oxide finish and a metallic 3-dot combat sight.
Walther P99 AS
Like a few other pistols on our list, the Walther P99 AS is also used by law enforcement agencies around the world, and for good reasons as well. For instance, this handgun is designed to perform in any weather conditions with maximum accuracy, a durability that definitely makes it stand out from standard 9mm pistols. At the same time, it has low profile 3-dot polymer combat sights, a custom accessory rail, an ergonomic grip, and an anti-stress trigger to top it off.
Springfield XDM 4.5”
This particular pistol is known for its performance and reliability on top of being one of the most maneuverable 9mm pistols out there. We say this because it is designed to be more accurate than standard 9mm pistols, an accuracy it owes to its match grade barrel, a polymer frame, and molded back straps for good measure. Furthermore, if you could ever use the word ‘ergonomic’ to describe a handgun then this would be it.
Unlike some of the pistols we talked about, the Walther PPQ isn’t designed to be used by trained professionals but regular gun owners instead. As such, it is generally viewed as one of the most reliable self-defense pistols out there. Thanks to a sculpted grip, this pistol molds to its user’s hand to ensure an almost perfect grip at all times. Not only that but it also features a polymer trigger while the most recent versions of the PPQ also come equipped with a reversible mag release button.
EAA Witness Elite Match
It isn’t strength or handling that makes this particular pistol stand out but accuracy. You see, EAA Witness Elite Match is perhaps one of the most accurate 9mm pistols in the world nowadays, which may explain its popularity. As a result of its smooth recoil, this pistol can be fired by almost anyone with minimum effort and with a minimum understanding of how handguns work. Given its user-friendly nature, it comes as no surprise that it is one of the best-selling 9mm pistols in the world.
CZ 75 SP-01
There is perhaps no better 9mm pistol than the CZ 75 SP-01, a pistol that is lightweight, easy to operate, and extraordinarily accurate at the same time. This unique pistol enjoys quite a popularity, one it owes to its decent recoil, long sight radius, and to the fact that its magazine can accommodate almost three times the number of rounds a traditional revolver would for that matter. Last but not least, the CZ 75 SP-01 benefits greatly from an ergonomic design which involves a low-riding slide within its frame, a construction that also involves an outstanding rail engagement.