10 Best Compact 9mm Pistols – 2024

The best 9mm compact pistols for CCW. Get yours here.

Last Updated May 1st 2024

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Winners at a Glance

The Glock 19 is still the best compact 9mm pistol. But there are others to consider these days.

Glock 19

Glock 19

  • Overall Winner
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Sig Sauer P365 XL

Sig P365 XL

  • A Close Second
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Smith & Wesson M&P

Smith & Wesson M&P

  • Solid & Cheap Compact
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Springfield Hellcat Pro. A brilliant compact pistol

Springfield Hellcat Pro

  • Potential Glock Killer
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Palmetto State Armory Dagger

Palmetto State Armory Dagger

  • Best Cheap Compact
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This is it, the battle for the best compact 9mm pistol for sale in 2024. We’re not focused on tiny micro-compact handguns here, although you can stow them. These are slightly bigger and comfier.

9mm handguns are the volume sellers. They’re the big business for the likes of Glock, Sig, HK, Walther and more. It’s a battleground for a reason and it just got more intense.

Glock rested on its laurels, but those times are over. The new entry is sharper and slicker than ever, but this is a cut-throat market and the opposition has some seriously innovative alternatives.

So what are the leading lights?

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1. Glock 19

  • RRP: $539.99
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Capacity: 17+1
  • Overall: 7.28
  • Barrel Length: 4.02
  • Width: 1.34
  • Weight: 1.8lb

Overall Winner



  • ✓ Reliable as death & taxes
  • ✓ Gen 5 is better in every way
  • ✓ Massive range of accessories


  • ✗ Grip angle doesn’t suit everybody
  • ✗ Not the sexiest looking gun
  • ✗ A PITA for concealed carry

We used to pride ourselves on basically having no Glock as outright winners. The Gen 4 wasn’t good enough, but the Gen 5 Glock 19 really is a near perfect pistol.

The Glock 19 Gen 5 is light years better than the outgoing Gen4. It’s a great trigger pull, the grip texture works well and it still goes bang every single time. You either love or hate the grip angle and I do have to ding it on its concealed carry skills, too. It’s just that little bit too big for simple concealed carry and you have to accommodate the gun. Or go for the smaller Glock G43x or single stack G48, but they all come with their own inherent compromises.

Overall, I think this is the new benchmark for the United States handgun industry. They are approved duty pistols for just about every law enforcement agency and are still the standard bearers for the plastic pistol market.

Others can claim the odd class victory, but it is just too hard to beat as a package. Especially the Glock 19 MOS that is ready for micro red dots, but does cost a little more.

There is an insane variety of accessories, too, from extended magazines through to custom slides and drop in threaded barrels for this striker fired 9mm pistol.

Personally, I don’t love the Glock 19. I don’t think anybody does. It’s the Toyota Camry of the firearms world. But sometimes that’s exactly what you need.

Sig P365 XL for $599.99. Buy your gun now.

2. Sig Sauer P365XL

  • RRP: $599.99
  • Overall Length: 7.2
  • Barrel length: 3.7
  • Weight: 1.3lb
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Capacity: 12+1

A Close Second



  • ✓ Brilliant contoured grip
  • ✓ Compact enough for a concealed carry pistol
  • ✓ Supreme accuracy


  • ✗ Expensive
  • ✗ Limited range of accessories
  • ✗ Magazine release positioning sucks

The new battle really is coming down to Sig vs Glock, but the simple Sig Sauer P320 Compact was looking a little long in the tooth. No problem, the Sig P365XL and X Macro are here to fight for honors and this is very close to taking the crown as the best compact 9mm pistol.

The grown up version of the groundbreaking Sig P365 Nitron fits bigger hands. It is less snappy and is generally a more complete pistol. It’s still easy to conceal, with the only snag being the mag release button position that slows down my reloads. Apart from that, it’s all good.

Night sights and an optics ready stainless steel slide are all options. You do get fewer accessories, although you can find everything from grip modules

The longer Sig P365XL is a real viable alternative to the modern 9mm Glock 19 polymer striker fired trigger action pistols as the best concealed carry pistol.

If you want to spend more then the Sig P365 XMACRO is a great option for your next best concealed carry handguns. But then the P365 XMACRO will cost a lot more.

People still love the Sig Sauer P320 compact by the way. It used to be the only mainstream Glock alternative, but now there’s a lot of competition for the Sig Sauer P320. And now Sig is even competing with itself. Personally, we think this is the one for EDC and home dfense combined. I struggled with the P365 because of hamhock hands, but this slightly larger gun just fits better for us, and could work for you too.

Smith & Wesson M&P9  Compact for sale. A great rival for the Glock 19 and a different type of pistol. Buy guns online now.

3. Smith & Wesson M&P9

  • RRP: $494.99
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Overall Length: 7.4
  • Barrel Length: 4.25
  • Weight: 1.48lb
  • Rounds: 15+1 Rounds

Iconic Old Favorite


The second generation smaller Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm handgun is easily a match for more any more celebrated gun on this list.

Now the Smith and Wesson M&P9 Shield is one of the best semi-automatic pistols on the market.

The grip module is just stippled enough, without going for the blocks that can and will print. Basically, we like the full size 9mm Smith & Wesson M&P Series for home defense and the smaller S&W M&P Shield Plus for CCW.

The S&W was designed not to stand out.

Of course that can actually cost it in terms of PR value and visual impact in the photos, even though the S&W M&P Compact works for a carry gun and the gun reviews love it. And the full sized M&P & compact and the Co increasingly common service pistol & duty gun.

For a full review of S&W M&P Shield handgun and other pistols, go here.

Springfield Hellcat Pro. A brilliant compact pistol

4. Springfield Hellcat Pro

  • RRP: $549.99
  • Overall Length: 6.6 inch
  • Barrel length: 3.7 inch
  • Weight: 1.3lb
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Magazine Capacity: 17+1 Rounds

The New Potential Glock Killer


This is the bigger version of the Springfield Hellcat for larger hands, and this polymer framed handgun might just be the perfect carry pistol.

It is like the Glock that has just got back from the custom shop, off the peg. The barrel is match grade, it is optics ready with heavy slide serrations and there’s an accessory rail too. Also, it’s pretty comfortable to shoot with reduced felt recoil and the grip angle is just, well, better.

The compact size 9mm is a great gun and could tempt you to holster that Glock permanently., especially with micro red dots up top

HK VP9 handgun. A great 9mm handgun for EDC. Get yours here.

5. Heckler & Koch HK VP9

  • RRP: $499.99
  • Barrel length: 4.09 inch
  • Total Length: 7.34 inch
  • Weight: 1.6lb

High End Compact Pistol That’s Worth The Extra


The HK VP9 doesn’t get much love on these pages and it’s down the list here once again. And yet it’s a fantastic semi-automatic pistol. So what gives?

It’s purely a pricing issue. I think the H&K VP9 is every bit as good as anything here. Better than most even. But it isn’t that much better, and the H&K VP9 is normally significantly more cash.

Sometimes we find deals, though, so then the Heckler & Koch VP9 becomes a hidden bargain and arguably the best 9mm pistol here. It all comes down to timing.

Look at the VPL with the longer slide and compensator, too, if you want the next gen John Wick special for home defense.

Lots of serious enthusiasts also love the HK USP Compact handgun, which is a rare find on the open market. But if you spot a HK USP Compact then by all means buy it, you won’t regret that purchase for a second.

The Taurus GX4XL. Get yours today.

6. Taurus GX4XL

  • RRP: $369.99
  • Barrel length: 3.7
  • Total: 6.43
  • Weight: 1lb

The Taurus GX4XL has stormed past the PSA Dagger to take the honors in the budget 9mm handguns class.

It is about the same price, better and more fun to shoot. So the Taurus GX4XL has made quite an impression, then.

We still love the G2C, but this full size Taurus GX4XL is a great handgun and the best 9mm pistol in the price range. As long as you get a good one, Taurus quality control is a crapshoot, although it is getting better with the polymer pistols.

Palmetto State Armory Dagger. A great 9mm handgun on sale now.

7. Palmetto State Armory Dagger

  • RRP: $349.99
  • Barrel length: 3.9
  • Total: 7.15
  • Weight: 1.4lb

Top Tier Cheap Handgun


Palmetto State Armory has made its name with budget rifles and AR pistols. Now, with the Palmetto State Armory Dagger, the company has gone after the polymer framed pistol market. And with pricing this aggressive, it’s almost certain to be a smash hit.

The Palmetto State armory Dagger does look like a budget DIY Glock to be honest, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Lots of people build their own Glocks to a price point.

Here, Palmetto State Armory has just done the work for you and you can order your perfect spec with night sights, a ported slide, new front sight and contrasting colors on your double stack magazine baseplates.

Walther PDP is ready to go to war with the big names in the 9mm compact sector. By one today.

8. Walther PDP Compact

  • RRP: $599.99
  • Barrel: 3.5
  • Total: 7 inch
  • Weight: 1.38lb
  • Capacity: 15+1

Top Target Shooter


The Walther PDP has put Walther right back in the conversation. It is a competition spec pistol, that sits in an IWB holster, and has by far the best trigger here.

The Walther OEM trigger pull is the stuff of legend and the brand has a hardcore following because of the best triggers. Always remember, though, that is a vocal minority saying the Walther PDP is better than a Glock 19 and is the best 9mm pistol on this list…

Walther’s devotion to match pistols pays off at long range, too. Because underneath the carry handgun exterior is a target shooting pistol and range star of a compact pistol just trying to get out.

Beretta APX A1 handgun.

9. Beretta APX A1

  • RRP: $449.99
  • Barrel: 4.25
  • Weight: 1.8lb
  • Capacity: 17+1 Rounds

The first Beretta APX just sucked. It was an ugly mess, but this A1 is a mid-life refresh that has totally transformed it into a gun you might genuinely consider.

Now the slide is leagues better and the frame is has better grips, an accessory rail, a flush fit magazine with 17 rounds, just about everything.

The Beretta PX4 Storm Compact is another great option if you find the right gun deals. But honestly the APX is taking over from the Beretta PX4 Storm full size compact now. If you want to go Italian, the new gun is the right choice.

The Beretta APX Centurion micro compact striker fired pistol is also an option if you want to a small gun.

SubCompact Pistol Taking Over

We basically had to shoo the subcompact handguns and the pistol offerings to one side, or they would take over everything.

The best subcompact 9mm pistols have turned into gun store favorites and hit the sales of the traditional Glock 19 hard.

Get a full review here, but here are our top picks for the best subcompact pistols.

Glock 43x, the best concealed carry pistol on the market, in many people's eyes.

1. Glock 43x

  • RRP: $448.99

This one could have sneaked in to the main event, but it would probably have won again. The Glock G43x is that good that we’re holding it back to give the G19 a chance.

With the 3.4 inch barrel, this fills a sub-niche and bridges the gap between high capacity micro 9mm sub-compact and the longer barrel G19.

For home defense, look at the full size Glock 17 with a longer slide, or more Glock pistols for sale. And for deep concealment the single stack Glock 43 could be a winner and the best 9mm pistol here.

You can get an extended magazine release and slide stop pretty easily, too, as well as an extended magazine with 20, 30 or 100 rounds if you really want higher capacity than the standard capacity flush fit magazines. Even without this, the Glock G43x is a beast. Especially the optics ready MOS version that accommodates all the major red dot sights.

The Sig Sauer P365x is on sale now. It's ready for a red dot and comes with a number of X-carry touches for the P365 Nitron. Get yours today.

2. Sig P365

  • RRP: $499.99

The Sig P365 became the best micro-compact handgun benchmark and still is arguably the best 9mm handgun on the market.

Shorter than the Glock, this is about as compact as CCW gets without resorting to gimmicks. The x is an evolution with an extended beavertail to help stop slide bite, an optics ready stainless steel slide and flat faced trigger for these prolific and popular pistols.

Optics really do help at long range, with the high front sight as a co-witness, and are great for rapid target acquisition in low light. Muzzle flip is an issue with these, but you can upgrade the captive recoil spring, full length guide rod assembly and firing pin with these P365 accessories. That new recoil spring helps contain the snappy littl gun and helps your grouping.

S&W M&P Shield Plus. A fantastic concealed carry pistol with a high capacity magazine

3. S&W Shield Plus

  • RRP: $399.99+

The smaller S&W Shield Plus with a double stack magazine is a firm favorite for many of us as a CCW and there are plenty of reasons to choose one over a Glock or Sig.

It all comes down to personal preference, of course. But the Smith and Wesson M&P Shield can come with a thumb safety, plenty of you prefer the grip angle.

This is a complete CCW for less money than the big names if you find the right gun deals. That’s what we’re here for.

Taurus G2C, a great low budget pistol and a CCW legend

4. Taurus G2C

  • Price: $225.99

The G2C rewrote the rules when it comes to cheap subcompact handguns with a high capacity. This one is actually good.

There is a proper manual safety and lots of other things to like. But the price tag is obviously the USP. If you’re on a budget, these are the best micro compact 9mm pistol choices here. Especially with the extended mag with the pinky extension for a firmer grip.

The Taurus GX4 is better with a great trigger, something you cannot say bout this gun. So I’d spend my own money on the Taurus GX4 9mm handgun, for our mone they’re the best 9mm micro compacts in the line up.

Springfield Armory Hellcat 9mm pistol for sale. A new 9mm Micro compact 9mm and a Sig P365 rival

5. Springfield Armory Hellcat

  • RRP: $529.99

The polymer frame Springfield Hellcat micro compact 9mm pistol has emerged as a true contender in the best micro compact pistols class.

It is optic ready for micro red dot sights and is high price, high quality all the way. It could well be the best gun in its class and it’s easily one of the best concealed carry guns.. At one time this was the highest capacity micro compact handgun, too.

We like the Hellcat RDP Rapid Defense Package with custom features like a compensator for a reduced recoil system and Hex Wasp micro red dot.

The standard firearm is fine, though. Especially when you have to be State Compliant and you’re limited to about 10 rounds inside that flush mag. There is a 12 round mag as well, if you live in friendly states and don’t need to worry about flush fitting magazines and restrictive laws with your striker fired pistol.

The small size makes it a solid choice for appendix carry and the molded beavertail helps control this snappy carry pistol for more accurate follow-up shots.

Ruger Max 9 on sale now. A new micro-compact and a family member for the Ruger American pistol.

6. Ruger Max 9

  • RRP: $299.99

The polymer frame Ruger Max is the new sub-compact from the best-selling company of value products.

Normally Ruger offers simplified pistols on a budget. But the modern striker-fired Ruger is a serious contender in the best micro compact 9mm handguns sector.

The fiber optic sights are top class, the slide comes ready for optics like a red dot sight, there’s a cold hammer forged barrel and this is a comfortable grip.

The Ruger isn’t picking fights with the off-brand stuff. It is set to take on the standard P365 and Hellcat for a place in your IWB holster.

Is the super reliable Ruger Max 9 the premier concealed handgun in Ruger’s arsenal now? Yes it really is a great gun with a slightly longer sight radius.

We could have included the likes of the Ruger EC9s 9mm handguns. And the LCP Max, but then we’d have a never ending list and these are the best 9mm micro compacts they sell anyway…

Kimber Micro 9 handgun. A subcompact pistol with a personality.

7. Kimber Micro 9

  • RRP: $655.99
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The Kimber Micro 9 used to be an oddity, but its reputation for reliability is slowly improving. So this mini 1911 chambered in 9mm is an increasingly popular EDC.

If you want a hammer fired single action trigger mechanism and an aluminum frame metal handgun with more traditional controls, then you might want to try this single stack pistol that is surprisingly light, comfortable to carry and easy to shoot with a crisp single action trigger.

You get lots of design choices and these are great choices these days for daily carry handguns. The best budget option with white dot sights goes right through to $1000 designer handguns with all the bells and whistles. There are pros and cons to these unique and arguably the best 9mm micro compacts…

Taurus G3C. A great subcompact handgun. Buy yours today.

8. Taurus G3C

  • RRP: $245.99
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The Taurus G3C is a shorter, smaller version of the G3 and it does look suspiciously like the G2C, there’s no getting round it.

But, trust us, the budget option Taurus G3C is slightly different. So different that the miniscule differences in frame size and profile mean they don’t even share holsters.

The compact pistols also get a durable Tenifer finish on the slide and an adjustable rear sight. Big stuff, huh?

But the Taurus G3C et al are popular pistols and gun reviews all approve. So here we are.

What Else Can We Help You With?

Do you need bolt-action hunting rifles to go with your hammer fired pistol? Maybe a 9mm AR pistol might be more logical, but you know, you do you.

A bolt action rifle firing rounds of 9mm ammo is even an option, with exceptional ballistic performance, but we would still recommend the modern Pistol Caliber Carbine.

Then get sights, lights, parts & accessories or a Crimson Trace with us too. Optics, scopes, iron sights, red dot sigts, we got em all for your full size 9mm and compact handguns.

We even have a list of the best air rifles and airsoft accessories somewhere, but not too many, and gun safes and things.


  • Nick Hall

    Nick is a lifelong gun enthusiast who has a simple mission. He wants to find the best deals for guns online and help you make the best choices with weapons your life may depend on one day.Nick won a minor league shooting competition at the age of 11 and it all went from there. Now he runs one of the biggest firearms websites on the net and his work has featured in Playboy US, Tatler Asia, Forbes and a whole host of national magazines and websites.

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