23 Best 9mm Carry Pistols – Sep 2020

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This is it, the battle of the best compact 9mm handguns for sale in 2020. We’re not focused on tiny micro-compact handguns here, although you can stow them. These are slightly bigger and comfier.

The compact 9mm pistol is the volume seller, 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 best in 2020?

The Top Compacts For Sale in 2020 – Best 9mm Luger

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1. Glock 19/ Glock 45

  • Price: $639.99 (Covid Pricing)
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Overall: 7.28 inch
  • Barrel Length: 4.02 inch
  • Width: 1.34 inch
  • Weight: 1.8lb
  • Capacity: 17+1/10+1

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

The trigger is light years better on the Glock 19 Gen 5, the stippling works well and yet the G19 still conceals as well as it ever did. The ability to slip unnoticed into a waistband was always strength, as was the zero maintenance and insane reliability.

But now it’s so much better when it’s in your hand. Actual enthusiasts like them right now, and they were just the Toyota Camry of the firearms industry right up to and including the Gen 4.

The Hills Are Alive With Gen 5

Suddenly, it has woken up and gone to work. The new Glock 19 follows in the footsteps of the brilliant Glock 43x in that it does everything right, rather than nothing really wrong. This is a great concealed carry handgun, personal defense 9mm, the lot…

This is accurate, with a crisp trigger and excellent internal safety mechanisms that the firm has doggedly refined over decades. It is famously reliable. The operation is instinctive, the trigger reset feels right and the Gen 5 just sits better in the hand.

This striker fired 9mm is the new benchmark for the United States handgun industry. You know it and so do we.

Glock Gen 5 is Better, Much Better

Glock has worked on the details. The trigger is better, the beavertail is more pronounced, the slide comes with proper serrations up front. Even the stippling feels a touch stronger and the grip angle feels just different. You don’t need to modify it. Like at all.

All the small issues have been dealt with and this is a super sharp, super reliable and super accurate 9mm concealed carry gun with 17 rounds.

The Glock MOS (Modular Optic System) is more expensive and that is ready for a number of different red dots and optics, too. So you can run a Trijicon red dot up top. If you miss with that, it’s on you.

The Best Glock Ever?

This and the Glock 43x might just be faultless. Even the legendary Glock grip angle feels better.

The Gen 5 Glock 19 is basically perfect. So even though we like to be edgy, we have to name this our compact champion.

Sig Sauer X-Carry, a great concealed carry handgun that has dropped in price just enough to win the whole compact 9mm class. Buy yours here.

2. Sig Sauer P320 X Carry + Romeo1 Reflex Sight

  • Price: $899.99
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Overall Length: 7.2 inch
  • Barrel: 3.9 inch
  • Height: 5.5 inch
  • Width: 1.3 inch
  • Weight: 1.6lb
  • Rounds: 17+1

Update: The only one we can find has a free reflex sight in with the deal. We don’t normally do this, but the price isn’t actually bad even with the optic. So go for it.

The new battle really is coming down to Sig vs Glock, but the simple Sig Sauer P320 Compact is looking a little long in the tooth.

The Sig P320 X-Carry, or possibly the Sig Sauer P365 XL, are the flagbearers right now. And we had to pick between two of the best 9mm pistols here…

Sig Prints More, Handles Better

The Sig Sauer P320 Compact is showing its age. But if you want to level up and get arguably the best EDC for sale at any price, look at the Sig X-Carry line-up. The five-incher is one of our favorite pistols for sale in 2020.

Competition Spec at a Bargain Price

The stippling is grippy, it carries 17+1 rounds, the slide is ported and this is the competition spec of the Sig Sauer P320 Compact.

You also get a better shooting angle and a pronounced beavertail that protects your hand at the range and gives you a better grip.

They’re expensive, but might just be the best concealed carry guns on this list.

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Sig X-Carry vs Sig P365 XL

It faces competition from the Sig P365 XL. That’s a slightly bigger edition of the best-selling micro-compact Sig Sauer P365.

Bear it in mind if you’re looking at the Sig and ease of concealment is a bigger priority. Yes the micro-compact is better in your IWB holster, but it’s too small for some of you…

ReX Zero 1CP - A new compact 9mm handgun from SLovenia. A metal handgun to ISO standards for polymer pistol money. Yes please...

3. ReX Zero 1CP

  • Price: $599.00+
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Overall Length: 7.1 inch
  • Barrel: 3.85 inch
  • Height: 5.1 inch
  • Width: 1.1 inch
  • Weight: 1.56lb
  • Capacity: 15+1 Rounds

This is the next generation CZ 75 with a designer look. That’s not a backhanded compliment by the way. We think that’s awesome.

It’s high-tech, Swiss watch style firearms engineering from a small firm in Slovenia. FIME Group is actually the Las Vegas importer of the ReX Zero 1CP, 1s and the outrageous ReX Alpha that you can find on our list of the best full-size 9mm pistols.

Browning Hi-Power, Refined

You can run the ReX Zero 1CP like a SAO, cocked and locked, or you can go DA/SA, much like the CZ 75 Compact. Using that long double action as its own safety is a great option with a suitable Kydex holster.

If you’re a touch paranoid about safety, this should help. You get a separate frame-mounted thumb safety that is fully ambidextrous, along with the mag release. The slide stop doubles as a decocker too.

Machined Billet Frame, For This Money?

The frame is machined from aircraft-grade billet 7075 T6 aluminum. The carbon steel slide is produced to the same exacting standard and is then Nitrocarburized to protect the hard work that went into this semi automatic handgun.

The business end is cold hammer forged from solid barstock. This compact handgun gets full-length slide rails and a steel locking block insert to keep things tight and vibration free. It’s another double stack magazine, too.

Simple Sights, Ready to Upgrade

The 3-dot sights aren’t really the best, but you can always upgrade.

In fact there is a decent selection of grips and other Rex Zero parts and accessories out there. So if you don’t like the grips, and I could see that, there’s an easy fix here.

The whole line are over-engineered 9mm pistols from Arex in Slovenia. They have been a military supplier for long enough. They know the score, and the ReX brand in the USA is one we’re going to watch with interest.

This is an excellent shooting metal handgun with a hammer. It’s as light as plastic, it shoots tighter and it should be much more durable. All this matters with your everyday carry and home defense.

Over-Engineered at Discount Prices

The engineering is way beyond this price range and if it was made on these shores then this would cost thousands.

The closest comparison I can offer is a cut down Colt 1911 Defender Lightweight. Compare and contrast for yourself, but technically this is more for less.

ReX vs Colt: ReX Wins

Spoiler Alert: The ReX Ares 1 CP vs Dan Wesson 1911 is a walkover. Technically at least. Emotionally, yes, we understand, it can be a different thing. But by the numbers, this slaps the Colt around for fun.

The ReX Ares 1 CP for sale is stunning to look at, it feels like real engineering, magazine capacity is awesome, the trigger set is crisp and it’s a pleasure to shoot.

Chunky Metal Frame Feels Solid

The chunky metal frame feels solid and the Picatinny rail gives you options when it comes to tactical gear. The magazine release and manual safety could be more elegant, as could those screw on grips, but they could also be a lot worse.

Parts & Accessories Will Give Unique Looks

There are a vast number of aftermarket grips available and you can dress your ReX Zero 1 CP to match your outfit.

That’s the other thing, this is modular jewelry that just needs a big enough market to breed a spectacular parts & accessories industry.

Colt Combat Commander. A great compact handgun for concealed carry, although it does weigh more than the polymer Colt rivals.

4. Colt Combat Commander

  • Price: $999.99
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Barrel: 4.25 inch
  • Total Length: 7.75 inch
  • Weight: 2.06lb
  • Capacity: 9+1

The single action 1911 is an institution, and some people simply won’t carry anything else.

And while purists might opt for the 45 ACP classic, the relatively new Colt 9mm does pack in more ammo. It’s a tentative step towards the future, if nothing else.

It’s not much, but this single stack 9mm 9+1 is a more than respectable magazine capacity and it’s close to the legal limit in some states. So suddenly the Colt 1911 looks a solid option, even in this sea of quality modern opposition.

Colt is a Purist’s Choice

Now the modern alternatives are lighter and do offer serious tactical advantages over this simple, SAO, single stack handgun design. But Colt offers rock-solid reliability and peace of mind if you’re the kind of person that just doesn’t gel with these modern plastic pistols.

You’re out there, and it’s your life on the line. So no judgement here. A well engineered and maintained 1911 is a battle proven pistol with World Wars behind it. That matters.

At more than 2lb, there is a weight penalty with the single stack Colt Combat Commander. Is it worth paying? Lots of people think so.

Many of them prefer the more famous Colt Rail Gun with an accessory rail, but it’s an unnecessary distraction when it comes to concealment.

Colt LW Commander Wiley Clapp. A great carry 1911

Spend More on a Custom Colt 1911

There are plenty of ways to spend much more on a single stack handgun, especially a Colt 1911 Commander.

You can opt for either the Colt Wiley Clapp LW Commander, which is an elegant concealed carry pistol.

Also, the Colt Combat Elite line is there if you want a more aggressive design. They’re all basically single stack 9mm with different window dressing.

Either one will cost you just North of $1,300, but there’s no doubt it is prettier.

Check out more of the best Colt 1911s in this post.

EAA Witness Compact Polymer for sale, a great 9mm concealed carry handgun.

5. EAA Tanfoglio Witness Polymer/RIA MAPP Series

  • Price: $529.99
  • Barrel: 3.6 inch
  • Total: 7.3 inch
  • Capacity: 12+1
  • Weight: 1.75lb

Tanfoglio has proven itself in the white heat of competition shooting and has some truly awesome gun porn for sale in 2020. In its own way, this stubby black compact pistol is our favorite.

It is so good that Rock Island Armory has bought the rights to reproduce it en masse in the Philippines. That is badged as an RIA MAPP Series and is cheaper.

Made For Concealment

You can literally see how it was sculpted for concealment. That stubby front is designed for a clean, snag-free draw. The tapered slide, low profile front sight and rear sight and that chunky grip holds a lot of 9mm ammunition. That makes it a solid choice for home defense and nightstand pistol duties too.

Tanfoglio has built its reputation on accuracy, so you can expect it to deliver at anything like defensive distances. A dot front sight and adjustable rear sights sit up top. But the most important part are the ergonomics.

Function Over Form Creates Stunner

The slide is sculpted for easy manipulation, the grip forces your hand into the right place and there is a chunky safety. Yet that square cut front end on the 3.6″ barrel, skeletonized hammer and chunky accessory rail just don’t get in the way during every day use.

We like this hammer fired 9mm a lot. It’s thoughtful. There are design cues we love and functional tricks that give it a competitive edge over some very serious opposition. This might just be the best concealed carry handgun here.

Try the EAA Tanfoglio Witness Polymer. And like us, prepare to be amazed by this Glock killer.

Ed Brown KC9 For sale - an evolution of the legendary Ed Brown Kobra Carry. Buy your gun online right now.

6. Ed Brown Evo KC9

  • Price: $1,899
  • Barrel length: 4 inch
  • Total Length: 7.5 inch
  • Weight: 2.12lb
  • Capacity: 9+1

Ed Brown created one of the world’s most famous concealed carry 1911s with the Ed Brown Kobra Carry more than 20 years ago. Now the Ed Brown KC9 continues that legacy.

Bobtail 9mm 1911 is a Work of Art

The Bobtail frame has been an Ed Brown concealed carry touch for decades. The snakeskin texture on the grips and custom checkering is something to behold, too. It’s almost sexy enough to make you open carry.

We’re not designers, or even decent gunsmiths, but Ed Brown KC9 is a much more cohesive design than the immediate rivals. It’s prettier and that matters. For personal defense? Not so much.

The crown cut barrel is match-grade and all the details are peak engineering. For a 1911, the capacity isn’t half bad either. If you want a 1911 and you’re happy with 10 rounds in a single burst, then this could be the one.

Buy the new Taurus G3 here. The new 9mm compact for 2020 and the best cheap 9mm compact gun for sale.

7. Taurus G3

  • Price: $239.99
  • Barrel: 4 inch
  • Total: 7.28 inch
  • Weight: 1.55lb
  • Capacity: 15+1

If you want the best compact handgun for $250 or less, well the Taurus G3 is the standout winner of that particular competition.

The big brother of the 2019 smash hit Taurus G2C sub-compact 9mm pistols that still star on almost every CCW, EDC and budget firearms list we have.

This is everything you want in your concealed carry 9mm pistols and nothing you don’t. Get used to the slightly quirky trigger and you’ll find the Taurus can hold its own with almost anything here.

And you can have two G3s for the price of a HK and possibly have enough to buy ammo and a Taurus G2C as well. Food for thought…

Cheap Looks, Great Results

Get over the inevitable cheap sheen on the matte black polymer and you’ll find superb engineering that has swiftly attained a reputation as a reliable, accurate performer.

That’s a massive relief for Brazilian cops that have some of the world’s most violent criminals to deal with. Before now, the traditional Taurus 1911 was the best sidearm they could ask for.

It isn’t just the price that attracts people to these firearms. Taurus has produced a real winner and this is so cheap it’s worth trying one just to see what you’re missing out on.

Affordable firearms like this can change the way you think about home security. With a few hidden gun safes in your home, you can have one in every room.

Dan Wesson ECO 1911, a subcompact 9mm handgun with a sense of style for your CCW. Buy you handgun online now.

8. Dan Wesson Eco

  • Price: $1,550.99
  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Total Length: 7.25 inch
  • Barrel: 3.5 inch
  • Width: 1.45 inch
  • Weight: 1.7lb
  • Capacity: 7+1

As a piece of firearms sculpture, the Dan Wesson Eco is pretty awesome.

Here, though, the concealed carry 9mm 1911 is parked right next to the ReX Zero 1 CP so you can see just how good that Slovenian really is. This compact 1911 is the United State’s answer to the ReX, and it’s no answer at all.

The Dan Wesson Eco fits the same footprint as the others, but it’s a single stack pistol with just 7 rounds magazine capacity. That basically is where it loses. Well, that and the price.

Custom Touches, at a Price

The Dan Wesson 1911 is a thing of beauty. It’s beautifully finished, the trigger pull is a delight and you get a proper thumb safety. It’s also hammer fired. There’s a lot to love in isolation.

But it’s the ideal comparison for the ReX.

Aesthetically, the Dan Wesson Eco wins this one at a canter. Dan Wesson understands minimalist pistol designs. So it depends if you’re looking for something to go with your outfit, or one that will go to war. As always, it’s a case of personal priorities.

Like a Swiss Watch? A Bit…

The Dan Wesson Eco probably won’t be your constant EDC. It’s too pretty for that. It does come with Tritium night sights up front, the safety is nice and it really is well thought out. But there are more practical options for daily use.

Instead this will be your special occasion piece, like a great watch that you always wear with a certain suit. It’s basically jewelry that also happens to boast some of the finest engineering in the 1911 world.

The magazine release, thumb safety and the checkered front and back strap are every bit as good as you would hope.

Technically it might not be amongst the best carry pistols in the world, and that single stack pistol design really does count against it. But it’s certainly one of the prettiest.

EAA Tanfoglio Witness Commander 1911 Polymer. A plastic 1911, finally. Buy your gun here.

9. EAA Tanfoglio Witness Commander 1911 Polymer

  • Price: $555.99
  • Barrel: 4.125 inch
  • Total Length: 8 inch
  • Rounds: 10+1
  • Weight: 1.8lb

The EAA Tanfoglio Witness Commander 1911 Polymer could be the plastic 1911 that finally wins over the crowd.

We don’t bat an eyelid at polymer frame pistols, but plastic 1911s with a black polymer frame were an entirely different thing. Why though?

There’s no real reason. And while we might give another brand a healthy dose of side eye, we have learned to trust the EAA Tanfoglio combo.

EAA Tanfoglio Making a Name in the United States

European American Armory imports the Italian gunsmith’s finest wares and has watched them sweep the board in target shooting, 3-Gun Competition and more.

This is a single-stack polymer 1911 that weighs more than 0.5lb less than a steel-framed Commander. That is a lot and it turns this plastic 1911 into a viable concealed carry handgun. It’s also very cheap for all the same reasons.

Now you can get a cheap 45 1911, but the 9mm ammunition is a great option and it fits most Commander-sized 1911 parts & accessories.

Novelty? No, It’s More…

The EAA Tanfoglio Witness Commander Polymer is also a novelty. it’s new, and because it’s a Tanfoglio it’s almost certain to be amazing. Get one, and see just how cool it is to own a plastic 1911 handgun.

Are you looking for inspiration for a new EDC? You’re welcome…

23 Best 9mm Carry Pistols – Sep 2020

10. Springfield 1911 EMP

  • Price: $999.99
  • Barrel: 4 inch
  • Total: 7.5 inch
  • Weight: 1.9lb
  • Rounds: 9+1

The Springfield EMP (Enhanced Micro Pistol) is a modern, lightweight and just beautifully crafted concealed carry 9mm 1911. You could make a case that this is better than the Colt, and I would certainly hear you out.

You get a bobtail heel and mainspring housing with aggressive laser etched stippling, rather than traditional checkering.

It gives the Springfield EMP the look and feel of a custom gun that could cost way more money with the right name on the side. This is one of those 1911s you might just open carry to show it off.

There’s a match grade bull barrel without a bushing and a fully supported feed ramp. Every slide edge has been radiused for a smoother draw and it’s these kind of details that make it feel just different in the hand and holster.

That’s 4″, not the typical Commander 4.25″. In a concealed carry 9mm, that does make a difference.

These are beautiful handguns with a weight saving aluminum frame, bright night sights and a unique look.

We love Springfield’s Enhanced Micro Pistol, and we think you will love it too.

Rex Delta: A Glock 19 rival and one of the best compact 9mm handguns for sale.

11. ReX Delta

  • Price: $425.00
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Barrel: 4 inch
  • Total: 7 inch
  • Weight: 1.2lb
  • Rounds: 17+1

On a purely technical level, the ReX Delta might just be the best here. Beauty counts in this world, though, and the feature-heavy and shiny metal ReX Zero 1 CP stole the limelight from its more capable and diligent sibling.

Sorry about that…

Tuner Touches on an OEM Pistol

Look at the custom stippling, the advanced slide work on the nitrocarburized stainless steel frame and the flat blade trigger. The low drag rear sight too.

This is all good stuff and it comes straight from the factory modded up like a custom gun.

Inside, there’s a triple layer passive safety system that apparently provides additional protection against accidental discharges. The ReX Delta basically fits any holster that will accommodate a G19 too.

ReX Winning Friends And Influencing People

ReX has won us over with engineering excellence and design flair. We know this little Glock rival is going to make a lot of friends on these shores and you will see lots of these new polymer handguns.

This could be the new CZ P-10. A relative unknown with a massively devoted following. An underdog, that is actually better…

We like those kind of guns, we like the ReX Delta and we think it could be one of the surprise hits of 2020. Law enforcement and soldiers in Eastern Europe already carry this little polymer frame special.

Smith & Wesson M&P9 2.09 Compact for sale. A great rival for the Glock 19 and a different type of pistol. Buy guns online now.

12. Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 2.0 Compact

  • Price: $429.99
  • Overall Length: 7.4 inch
  • Barrel: 4.25 inch
  • Weight: 1.48lb
  • Rounds: 17+1 Rounds

The second generation Smith & Wesson M&P Shield probably doesn’t get its dues around here as much as it should.

Lightweight Pistol

It’s one of the lighter semi-automatic pistols here, in part thanks to the single stack pistol layout. Even though the m&p Shield is a fraction of an inch longer than more famous options, it is basically designed to disappear.

The grip is just stippled enough, without going for the blocks that can and will print. The Smith & Wesson M&P Shield was designed not to stand out among striker-fired pistols. That can actually cost it in terms of PR value and visual impact in the photos.

Accurate and Reliable, Important Features in a Carry Pistol

The best-selling Smith & Wesson M&P Shield already had the slide work at the front that took a certain rival five generations to accomplish.

The Smith & Wesson 2.0 also gets a better finish and an upgraded steel-chassis supporting the polymer frame, a better trigger and a brilliant grip that is set at 18 degrees for a natural shooting position.

Chances are if you don’t quite vibe with these other big names, that you and the single stack pistol, the M&P9 2.0 are a perfect match. Your new everyday carry just hasn’t met you yet.

CZ 75 P-01 Compact for sale. This evolution of the CZ 2075 Rami offers a rounded heel, extended beavertail and low profile sights. It's a better Rami for Concealed Carry.

13. CZ 75 P-01 Compact

  • Price: $599.99
  • Total: 7.3 inch
  • Barrel: 3.9 inch
  • Weight: 2.05lb
  • Rounds: 10+1/14+1

It says a lot that an Eastern European service pistol designed in 1976, in its basic form, has appeared on pretty much every one of our leading 9mm handgun lists.

The CZ 75 P-01 Compact is clearly an evolution of the much-loved CZ 75. The rounded heel and deep extended beavertail work together with a better slide.

The CZ 75 B is an icon and has given birth to the CZ 2075 Rami, the CZ Shadow that is our favorite of the full-size 9mm and this, the CZ 75 Compact. I personally think it has left the traditional 1911 long behind. It can also mix it with striker-fired pistols, easily.

Browning Hi-Power Action

The double-stack magazine capacity boost has become commonplace now, but it’s the action and the flexibility that really marks it apart. That’s because the CZ 75 in all its forms molds to your shooting technique.

If you want cocked and locked condition 1 then that’s no problem. If you want the safety off and a long double action trigger pull as your protection against an accidental discharge then you can go with the DA/SA approach. And if you want a proper safety as well, it’s there.

We love that and we think it’s an under-rated system. The ReX basically builds on this system and we think that’s going to be a smash hit because of it. But the CZ 75 Compact is the safe bet when it comes to reliability and parts supply.

A Handgun Legend

The CZ 75 Compact is 5 inches tall, it doesn’t print and it is basically awesome. It loses out these days in terms of weight and the number of hollow points, but then it’s an elder statesman.

This has collectively survived thousands of Siberian winters, desert storms and moldy swamps. It has travelled the world and come back firing and that kind of torture test means it has evolved into the near-perfect compact firearm.

It’s up the likes of the ReX Zero 1CP to carry the torch, but if you want the old guard then you’ll find this is still capable. It’s one of the great semi-automatic pistols for a reason and if you don’t own one, in some form, then fix that now.

Ruger Security-9 Pro for sale. A great compact 9mm pistol from Ruger that can mix it with much more expensive handguns.

14. Ruger Security-9 Pro

  • Price: $479.99
  • Barrel: 4 inch
  • Total: 7.24 inch
  • Weight: 1.49lb
  • Rounds: 15+1

The Ruger Security-9 is a serious contender in its basic form, thanks to the cheap entry point. But the Pro won’t have it quite so easy.

This is right in towards the $500 price point. So what do you get for your money? A high quality 9mm, but nothing too spectacular.

That’s the Ruger way. This is a dependable, solid pistol with some nice features that include that pinky extension on the extended magazine. But it also has fixed dot sights.

It isn’t going to win outright here with dot sights, but it will carve its own value for money based niche.

ZEV Tech OZ9 for sale, a metal Glock 19. Is it the perfect handgun? The online gun reviews seem to think so.

15. ZEV Technologies OZ9 Compact

  • Price: $1,595
  • Length: 7.32 inch
  • Barrel Length: 4.48 inch
  • Weight: 1.75lb
  • Capacity: 17+1

Technically, this should be the perfect EDC by design.

ZEV Technologies has carved out an exceptional reputation in the custom Glock world. The likes of the G34 Dragonfly are the stuff of legend, but ZEV has its eyes on a greater prize.

Recently it unveiled its own AR-15 line and this. In essence, it’s a refined and tuned G19 built around a metal frame.

The Metal Framed G19. Finally…

A metal frame allowed ZEV to build a more solid foundation that simply wouldn’t flex when fired. They could then go to work on integrating the locking block. A full length slide is another part of the design and the single piece channel is self-cleaning and lubricating.

It’s a slight surprise to see the magwell wasn’t integrated and still looks afterrmarket. In fact it looks like a tuner firearm and that is probably so it can sell slides and parts & accessories with this halo gun.

This is a step forward for ZEV. It’s not a tuner anymore, it has made potentially the best carry pistol out there.

23 Best 9mm Carry Pistols – Sep 2020

16. Nighthawk Tri Cut Carry 1911

  • Price: $4,495
  • Barrel Length: 4.25 inch
  • Total: 7.5 inch
  • Weight: 1.7lb
  • Capacity: 10+1

This is a custom Nighthawk Commander Carry 1911 that one of the company’s master craftsmen used as his personal application for the American Pistolsmiths Guild.

It goes without saying he is now a member. It also goes without saying this is batshit insane expensive and it’s here for fun really. We dig Nighthawk Custom. We like their work and their story, but this is pushing things….

Craftsmanship in Action on Nighthawk Custom

This was a labor of love that went well beyond any customer specification. This was a technical challenge and a demonstration of gunsmithing excellence.

The tri-cut angled design recurs with metronomic consistency and it is simply a cut above even Nighthawk’s usual wares.

It’s a jewel, a show piece, and now you get the chance to own this one-off handgun.

Bespoke Details Should be Impressive

The slide cuts help save weight and pneumatically achieved stippling is practical, as well as elegant.

The Nighthawk has a match-grade 4 inch bull barrel, a Nitride coated steel frame and one-piece magwell. The slide is engineered to perfection, the trigger is a flat and a low profile mag release complete the exotic look.

If you want something a little less flash, you can get a more understated compact pistol for just $3,000+ and up. That’s kind of a bargain, when you think about it…

Buy Nighthawk Custom pistols online from one of our favorite online gunbrokers now. Get the best deals and the sale here.

Where to buy Nighthawk Custom Handguns

Nighthawk Custom has taken the firearms industry by storm. Now they have 40 models on sale that range from double-stack 9mm 1911s through to competition 44 Magnum revolvers.

Find Nighthawk Custom pistols online here:

FN 509 9mm handgun for sale. This Glock 19 rival is a class act and was built to challenge the Sig P320 for the US military contract. Buy your gun.

17. FN 509

  • Price: $549.99
  • Overall: 7.4 inch
  • Barrel Length: 4 inch
  • Weight: 1.68lb
  • Capacity: 17+1 Rounds

Fabrique Nationale built the all-new FN 509 to challenge the Sig P320 for the US military service contract.

It lost. So now there is a service pistol without a home.

Of course the FN 509 is getting traction and undergoing testing with military units and Law Enforcement Officers around the globe. It will do well for itself.

That’s because this is an elite handgun. The ergonomics, too, are amazing when you’re shooting. It is designed for the hip, though, and there are a few sharp edges to contend with.

Is the FN More Accurate?

At the range, this is just epic. In terms of quality, there’s nothing to choose between the Sig P320 vs FN 509 vs Glock 19.

There is cold hammer forged stainless steel, you can field strip it in seconds and it’s easy to clean and maintain. It is also super accurate and the trigger is crisper than the tastiest bacon.

In short, this semi-automatic pistol can easily hang with the best of the best. And it’s only going to get better as the Tactical option shows. This will evolve, like the FNS did before it. It’s good now, it’s going to be great.

No External Safety on this Handgun

This is a Double Action handgun with no safety. So it really does go into a Battle Royale with the front two. It’s better in the hand than the Sig, but even worse when it comes to concealment thanks to that rugged patterned grip and heavily serrated slide.

Is that a deal breaker? That’s really a personal thing.

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18. Springfield Armory XD Mod 2 Compact

  • Price: $389.97
  • Overall Length: 7.3 inch
  • Barrel: 4 inch
  • Height: 5.5 inch
  • Weight: 1.72lb
  • Capacity: 16+1 Rounds

The Springfield Armory XD Mod.2 Compact is plenty of people’s go-to weapon. It does pretty much everything else will, and it has its own USP that is becoming increasingly important.

The grip safety and trigger safety combination mean it would take the mother of all slip-ups for an accidental discharge.

You have to hold point it in a roughly threatening manner, or you just can’t fire it.

Firearms training is essential. But spend some time with the Springfield XD Mod 2 and the safeties will become second nature. They never get in the way, but they could save you if the worst happens.

Ergonomic Improvements

The slimline Springfield is a real winner when it comes to concealed carry pistols and it comes with just enough detail so you can grip the slide from any angle. It’s a full-length, heavy duty guide road and just about every other premium touch you can think of.

A fiber optic night sight up top and a tack driver of a barrel all combine to produce absolutely brilliant concealed carry guns.

There’s a Picatinny rail for lazers, lights and other accessories if you want to go tacti-cool too. And there’s even a loaded chamber indicator. This is much more than a grip safety.

With a 16-round mag, this pocket pistol packs a lot of punches, too. It’s a cut above a CCW, but it will slip away invisibly.

This is one of the great semi auto pistols. It could even be better than the company’s much more vaunted 9mm caliber 1911s.

Now the more compact size Springfield Armory Hellcat is starting to get some seriously good press in the micro compact 9mm caliber too.

You can order one with a red dot sights ready plate, which we like. Indeed you can order them complete with the red dot sights screwed in place. But We’d still take the sub-compact version of the Springfield XD Mod 2 over the smaller package of the Springfield Armory Hellcat, just…

The Sig P229 is a compact handgun classic, an EDC that you can rely on for a lifetime. Buy guns at the USA Gun Shop now.

19. Sig Sauer P229

  • Price: $869.99+
  • Length: 7.4 inch
  • Barrel: 3.9 inch
  • Weight: 2.1lb
  • Capacity: 15+1 Rounds

This is one of the finest compacts in America and could easily have topped this list, if the P320 Compact pistols weren’t quite so good.

It is, so the all-metal P229 plays the support role here. That means we can go looking for the cheapest, no-frills, basic version of the Sig P229 that doesn’t come with any Legion coating or SAS colorscheme.

Check out Lucky Gunner’s review of the Sig P229 Legion here. It is pretty, we do have to say…

Custom Gun at a Discount Price

This grey and black finish is damned elegant. You can see the craftsmanship you just might think is missing from the modern crop of polymer handguns. You would have a point.

But nothing in life comes for free. There is always a bill in this life….

Here there are two. The Sig P229 is a significantly heavier semi-automatic pistol than the others here and that does matter if it lives on your hip. It also comes with a hefty sticker price, but this could easily be a gun for life if you take care of it.

If you just can’t get along with a plastic handgun, but you know the compact 1911 has had its day and you’re not quite ready for a ReX Zero 1, then the Sig Sauer P229 might be juuuuuuust right.

The Sig P226 is the full-size pistol, and you can find the Sig P226 TACOPS in our best large 9mm pistol collection. There isn’t much doubt that the Sig P226 is one of the finest guns on the market and the Sig P229 is every bit as good.

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20. Stoeger STR-9C

  • Price: $299.75
  • Total Length: 7 inch
  • Barrel: 3.8 inch
  • Weight: 1.5lb
  • Capacity: 10+1

Stoeger has made a name with budget firearms that punch above their weight and we have a soft spot for its 3-Gun shotgun that features in our semi-auto shotguns post. Now this compact pistol is ready to rock your world, or something.

It’s a familiar pattern with a feature rich handgun for bargain basement money. Front slide serrations aren’t really a big deal in this company, but the reversible magazine release and picatinny rail aren’t bad.

The Stoeger STR-9C is a solid performer and you can get two for the price of one Glock. So that’s something. Is it enough? That’s for you to decide.

Kimber Aegis Elite Pro, a great concealed carry 1911 9mm from the makers of some of the best 1911s on the market.

21. Kimber Aegis Elite Pro

  • Price: $879.75
  • Total Length: 7.7 inch
  • Barrel: 4 inch
  • Weight: 1.75lb
  • Capacity: 7+1

Kimber has a bigger reputation in the 45 ACP space, but the Yonkers, New York (really, look it up!) based firm has some badass carry 9mm 1911 pistols as well.

Now you’ normally have to suck up a weight penalty with a 1911 vs a striker-fired polymer pistol. But seemingly not here. The Kimber weighs in at 1.75lb. It isn’t a flyweight, but it’s not horrendous for a compact handgun. That heft can hold it stable and that makes it easy to shoot too.

The Kimber Aegis Elite Pro gets a decent magazine capacity and this also receives the rounded heel for a snag-free draw.

Add the grooves on the back-strap, the two-tone finish that includes a contrasting, polished ejector port and the grip safety. There are eye-catching details everywhere that turn the Aegis Pro into jewelry, or gun porn…

But, well, it costs a lot more than the cheapest 45 ACP pistols for sale. Is it worth it? It’s up to you. If you want a functional tool then no. Technically, they aren’t even the best concealed carry pistols here, or the best home defense handgun.

Custom 1911 For the Designer Crowd

If style counts, though… If you believe in functional art and jewelry in firearms form, maybe this is actually worth the premium. Is it the best pistol here? It’s one of them…

It’s a Single Action Only firearm, which means carrying it Condition 1, cocked and locked. But that’s something you get used to. In the end it’s part of the charm of this compact concealed carry 1911 that will put a smile on your face every time your hand touches proper cold steel.

HK VP9 handgun 9mm for sale. A great 9mm handgun for EDC. Get your compact 9mm handgun here.

22. Heckler & Koch HK VP9

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

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 HK VP9 is every bit as good as anything here. Better than most even. But it isn’t that much better, and it is normally significantly more cash.

The Heckler & Koch VP9 really is one of the big names here. But is it worth this much? Some people say yes, I am not so sure.

HK Handguns Are Expensive, But You Knew That…

Some people won’t carry anything other than a Heckler & Koch, but you need to find a discount HK. We sometimes do that here, which makes this pricing rant sound a bit nonsensical. But often we can’t and it’s plain right.

It is a nice striker fired polymer carry 9mm. There are even metal parts inside where you’ll find plastic in others. This is high-quality engineering. But the HK is heading toward custom gun pricing and other firearms manufacturers offer just as much bang for much less bucks.

Personal Preference Plays a Part

It is still a plastic pistol at the end of the day, and the HK vs Sig vs Glock best CCW debate comes down to personal striker fire pistol preference. With this premium pricing model, though, Heckler & Koch hasn’t really helped itself in the United States.

Heckler & Koch is one of the great firearms manufacturers and its other firearms are still some of our favorites. The new HK SP5K is awesome and that’s 9mm and a bit compact.

Stock levels are up and down at various dealers, but you can check here to find your H&K SP5 now. It’s easy to shoot, it’s kind of easy to conceal, too, if you want a hidden SMG.

H&K SP5 for sale, the iconic 9mm SMG is back for 2020. Stocks are limited, but you can get them here now! Buy guns online.

While we love the Heckler & Koch VP9, though, we don’t think we would purchase one at the RRP. This is undoubtedly one of the best compact 9mm handguns, but you need a discount.

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23 Walther PPQ M2

  • Price: $646.99
  • Barrel: 4 inch
  • Total Length: 7 inch
  • Weight: 1.38lb
  • Rounds: 15+1

The Walther PPQ M2 might be getting a raw deal here. The truth is that if you gel with it then it is probably better than all the others combined. For you anyway…

The Walther PPQ OEM trigger set is the stuff of legend and the brand has a hardcore following. Always remember, though, that is a vocal minority saying the Walther PPQ is better than a Glock 19…

The single stack Walther PPS is another perennial favorite. And we have to say we do like it. The Walther PPS is a basic, slimline sub compact handgun that you should grab if you see it at the right price. It’s real easy to conceal, too.

Did We Miss Any Out?

Yes, of course we did. There are hundreds and we had to get a little selective.

Things like the striker fire Beretta APX concealed carry pistol must sell in online gun stores, somewhere, but we couldn’t find a spot for it here. The micro-compact guns could easily have taken over too, but why?

So we could have included the likes of the sub-compact Taurus G2S and G2C, and the Ruger EC9S. And the Sig Sauer P365, but we have covered those in depth elsewhere. It would also mean the Walther PPS and others would take more space..

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