21 Best 9mm Compact Handguns For EDC – 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. This is your EDC, if you like a bit more real estate on your EDC.

Compact carry is the volume seller, the big money 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 compact guns chambered in 9mm in 2020?

The Top Compacts For Sale in 2020 – 9mm Luger

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1. Glock 19 9mm

  • Price: $539.99
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Overall Length: 7.28 inch
  • Barrel Length: 4.02 inch
  • Width: 1.34 inch
  • Weight: 1.8lb
  • Capacity: 17+1/10+1

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

The trigger is light years better on the Glock 19 Gen 5, the stippling works well and yet the Glock 19 still conceals as well as it ever did. The ability to slip unnoticed into a waistband was always a Glock 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 Glocks right now, and they were just the Toyota Camry of the 9mm pistols world right up to and including the Gen 4.

Glock Comes to Life With Gen 5

Suddenly, Glock has woken up and gone to work on its best-selling handguns. 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 carry handgun, personal defense 9mm, the lot…

This is an accurate gun with a crisp trigger, excellent internal safety mechanisms that Glock has doggedly perfected over decades, and it’s famously reliable. The capacity is stellar, the operation is instinctive, the trigger reset feels right and the whole gun sits better in the hand than the Gen 4.

This is the new benchmark for the United States handgun industry and compact 9mm pistols sector. You know it and so do we. This could easily be the best compact handgun for sale in 2020, and it will definitely be the best seller.

Glock Gen 5 is Better, Much Better

Glock has worked on the details. The trigger is better on this gun, the beavertail is more pronounced, the slide comes with proper serrations up front and even the stippling feels a touch stronger. This is a Glock you don’t need to modify. It’s a Glock you can just buy and shoot.

All the small issues with the Glock 19 Gen 4 have been dealt with and this is a super sharp, super reliable and super accurate 9mm carry gun with a 17-round mag capacity.

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 For a Long Time?

This is a very solid 9mm that goes above and beyond recent efforts. This and the Glock 43x are the best Glocks for years. Maybe decades.

Sexier guns won’t kill Glock, ever. It’s a machine that survives on government contracts. And people that simply follow the crowd. Law Enforcement Agencies and Officers buy Glocks in bulk at a subsidy. Then the general public buys them because the cops have them.

It’s a wonderful circular marketing technique and Glock really doesn’t have to worry about the consumer driven firearms fashion show going on elsewhere. But it did

The Gen 5 Glock 19 is a great gun and even though we like to be edgy, we have to name this our compact handgun champion of the world.

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: $699.99
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Overall Length: 7.2 inch
  • Barrel: 3.9 inch
  • Height: 5.5 inch
  • Width: 1.3 inch
  • Weight: 1.6lb
  • Capacity: 17+1

Update: The only gun 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 for the best compact 9mm handguns in the CCW market 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 is the only gun we think can take the fight to the Glock right now. Or possibly the Sig Sauer P365 XL. We’ll get to that…

And it does so with an entirely different ethos. The Sig gives up the concealment war completely in exchange for a feature rich handgun. Minimalists will opt for the Glock, but if you’re a gadget guy then check out the details on the Sig.

Sig Prints More, Handles Better Than Glock

I think the Sig Sauer P320 Compact is a great pistol that 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-inch barrel version is one of our favorite 9mms for sale in 2020.

Competition Spec Gun at a Bargain Price

The stippling is perfect, the gun carries 17+1 rounds, the slide is ported and the gun is the competition spec version 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 on this carry gun.

It’s expensive, but it might just be the best concealed carry on this list. Buy your Sig X-Carry here.

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Sig X-Carry vs Sig P365 XL

It faces competition from the Sig P365 XL, which is a great gun too. That’s a slightly bigger version of the best-selling micro-compact P365 that only works as a carry gun.

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…

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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: $618.00+
  • 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 an awesome start for a handgun.

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 firearms.

Browning Hi-Power, Refined

You can run the ReX Zero 1CP like a SAO gun, 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 is the gun you want. 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 and that makes it one of the best concealed carry 9mm you can buy.

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

This is next level shiz and a great personal defense option. And then you’ve got the different colors that are reminiscent, in their own unique gun oil way, of mix and match jewelry.

Simple Sights, Ready to Upgrade

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The 3-dot sights aren’t really the best in this company, but you can pick up a upgraded sights pretty easy.

In fact there is a pretty 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 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 could be a popular carry gun soon.

We’re happy to have this compact 9mm pistol here. This is an excellent shooting metal handgun that takes Single Action or Double Action inputs. It’s as light as a polymer handgun, it shoots tighter and it should be much more durable.

Over-Engineered Handguns at Discount Prices

The engineering is way beyond this price range and if it was made on these shores then this gun would probably run into the thousands.

The closest comparison I can offer is a cut down Colt 1911 Defender Lightweight. It’s a great gun and that’s coming up next so you can compare and contrast for yourself.

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 gun 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 thanks to the double stack, 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 configuring this 9mm pistol. The magazine release and manual safety could be more elegant, as could those screw on grips, but they could also be a lot worse.

If you’re about to buy a new compact handgun right now and you want something different, this could be the one.

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 in best compact 9mm pistol form.

Take a closer look and prepare to be impressed by this great pistol.

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, the old school of compact 9mm pistols, and some people simply won’t carry anything else.

And while purists might opt for the 45 ACP version of this 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 9+1 is a more than respectable 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 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 concealing your handgun.

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 Colt 1911 Commander.

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

Also, the Colt Combat Elite line is there if you want a more aggressive design.

Either one will cost you just North of $1,300, but there’s no doubt you get a much prettier gun.

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
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • 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 gunporn 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 gun is badged as an RIA MAPP Series and is cheaper.

A Gun Made For Concealment

You can literally see how this gun 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 this short barrel compact handgun 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 Beautiful Gun

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 gun a lot. It’s thoughtful. There are design cues we love and functional tricks that give this gun 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
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • 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 and the resulting handgun is a personal defense icon.

The Ed Brown Evo KC9 for sale is another one that accidentally highlights the ridiculous value on offer from the ReX Zero, because this gun costs three times as much. The fit and finish is clearly better, but that’s an almighty price difference.

So what do you get for your money? Is this a great value 9mm 1911? Yes, it might just be.

Bobtail 9mm 1911 is a Work of Art

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

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

The crown cut barrel is match-grade and all the details are perfect. For a 1911, the capacity isn’t half bad either. There are higher capacity guns out there. But if you want a 1911 and you’re happy with 10 rounds I a single burst, then this could be your new gun.

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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 pistol that still stars on pretty much every CCW, EDC and budget firearms list we have.

It’s just that good and the Taurus G3 continues where it left off with a slightly longer barrel and more 9mm ammo.

This is everything you want 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 buy two G3s for the price of a Glock and possibly have enough for 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 a superbly engineered gun that has swiftly attained a reputation as a reliable, accurate gun.

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 gun is so cheap it’s worth trying one just to see what you’re missing out on.

Affordable guns like this can change the way you think about home security. With a few hidden gun safes in your home, you can ensure that you’re never more than a few steps from one of your compact 9mms.

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 1911

  • Price: $1,537.99
  • 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, as a gun that will just make you happy, the Dan Wesson Eco is pretty awesome.

Here, though, the carry 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 guns above it in this list, but it’s a 1911 with just 7 rounds of magazine capacity. That basically is where it loses. Well, that and the price.

Custom Gun Touches, at a Price

The Dan Wesson 1911 is a thing of beauty and I’d love to own one of these 9mm semi-automatic handguns. It’s beautifully finished, the trigger pull is a delight, you get a proper thumb safety on this hammer fired 9mm pistol, and there’s a lot to love about this compact in isolation.

But it’s the perfect comparison for the ReX, which is aimed at a slightly more accommodating audience in terms of fit and finish. Technically, that pistol is another level.

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 a gun to go with your outfit, or a gun that will go to war. As always, it’s a case of personal priorities.

A Special Occasion Gun? 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 gun, like a great watch that you always wear with a certain suit. It’s a slim dress gun, which would look just as good in a woman’s purse, and 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 all perfect.

Technically it might not be amongst the best carry pistols in the world, and that single stack mag 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
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Barrel: 4.125 inch
  • Total Length: 8 inch
  • Capacity: 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. But there are more guns, madcap guns, that the American public is starting to wake up to.

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

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

Novelty Handgun? 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…

21 Best 9mm Compact Handguns For EDC – 2020

10. Springfield 1911 EMP

  • Price: $1,099.99
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Barrel: 4 inch
  • Total: 7.5 inch
  • Weight: 1.9lb
  • Capacity: 9+1

The Springfield EMP (Enhanced Micro Pistol) is a modern, lightweight and just beautifully crafted concealed carry 1911. You could make a case that this is a better gun 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 this gun feel just different in the hand and holster.

That’s a 4″ barrel, not the typical Commander 4.25″ longer barrel. In a concealed carry, that compact size does make a difference.

These are beautiful compact 9mm 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
  • Capacity: 17+1

On a purely technical level, the ReX Delta might just be the best gun 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…

The ReX Delta is like the Glock 19 you always wanted to build, but never quite could. It’s a pre-tuned Glock 19, for less money, and it’s a better striker-fired pistol with a nice low bore axis.

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 this semi auto pistol comes straight from the factory modded up like a custom gun. Gun enthusiasts love this stuff.

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 Glock 19 too.

ReX Winning Friends And Influencing People

ReX has won us over with a series of interesting guns that combine engineering excellence, 9mm ammo and design flair. We know this little semi auto 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. Cops and soldiers in Eastern Europe already carry this gun. This little polymer frame special could be the dark horse this year.

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: $519.99
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Overall Length: 7.4 inch
  • Barrel: 4.25 inch
  • Weight: 1.48lb
  • Capacity: 17+1 Rounds

The second generation Smith & Wesson M&P9 probably doesn’t get its dues around here as much as it should. In its own way, this is a near perfect EDC compact carry gun that is just as easy to conceal as the Glock, well close…

Lightweight Semi Auto Pistol

It’s one of the lighter semi-automatic pistols here, in part thanks to the single stack layout. Even though the Smith and Wesson 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 for a stellar grip, without going for the blocks that can and will print. The Smith & Wesson M&P9 was designed not to stand out, which can actually cost it in terms of PR value and visual impact in the photos of this 9mm.

Accurate and Reliable, Important Features in a Carry Pistol

The best-selling Smith & Wesson M&P9 already had the slide work at the front that has taken Glock an age to implement.

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 a Glock or Sig, that you and the M&P9 2.0 are a perfect match and it 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: $609.99
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Total Length: 7.3 inch
  • Barrel Length: 3.9 inch
  • Weight: 2.05lb
  • Capacity: 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. We love this semi auto 9mm pistol and always will.

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. It’s simply a better carry gun.

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 carry guns and this, the CZ 75 Compact. It’s an iconic gun that I personally think has left the traditional 1911 long behind.

Double Stack Mag and Browning Hi-Power Action

The double-stack magazine 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 Legend in the Handgun World

The CZ 75 Compact is 5 inches tall, it doesn’t print and it is basically awesome. It loses out to the very best guns here these days in terms of weight and capacity, but then it’s an elder statesman of the 9mm compact handguns world.

This is a gun that 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 a very capable handgun. 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
  • Capacity: 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 and there are far more illustrious 9mm pistols on this list for that money. 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, 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 aftermarket Glock parts and 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 is its first proper ground-up handgun. In essence, it’s a refined version of a tuned Glock 19 built around a metal frame.

The Metal Framed Glock. Finally…

A metal frame allowed ZEV to build a more balanced gun on a 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 the whole gun looks like a tuner firearm and that is probably so the company can keep selling slides and parts & accessories to the Glock faithful.

This is a step forward for ZEV Technologies. It’s not a custom Glock anymore, it’s potentially the best carry pistol money can buy.

It should be, anyway, and you will find you feel the difference in 9mm ammo with this gun. That alone, is a clear sign of quality.

21 Best 9mm Compact Handguns For EDC – 2020

16. Nighthawk Tri Cut Carry 1911 Pistol

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

This is a custom version of the 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 a batshit insane expensive gun 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 Guns

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 around the gun 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 the gun has a unique pneumatically achieved stippling pattern in strips on the grip and the top of the gun. It’s practical, as well as beautiful and underneath the finishing touched it’s a hell of a carry pistol.

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 buy more understated pistols 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 guns have taken the world by storm and they now have 40 models on sale that range from double-stack 9mm 1911s through to competitive shooting and hunting revolvers and CCW handguns.

Nighthawk Custom guns for sale are basically awesome, pure gunporn you can spend a whole day looking at. But where do you buy Nighthawk Custom guns? Of course we can help!

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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 Length: 7.4 inch
  • Barrel: 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 handgun 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 world right now. 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 Than a Glock?

At the range, this is just an epic gun and it might just have the measure of the Glock. In terms of quality, there’s nothing to choose between the Sig P320 vs FN 509.

The barrel is cold hammer forged stainless steel, the gun can be stripped in minutes 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 gun 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? Not for me. Many others have said this is a better all-round 9mm Luger handgun than a Glock 19. I’m inclined to agree.

Springfield Armory XD MOd 2 Compact 9mm handgun for sale. BUy your gun here at the best price.

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 any other gun will do, 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 to accidentally discharge this handgun.

You have to hold this pistol with a proper grip, and point it in a roughly threatening manner, or you just can’t fire it.

Firearms training is essential with any new gun. 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 Over Glock

The slimline Springfield handgun for sale is a real winner when it comes to carrying concealed and it comes with just enough detail so you can grip the slide from any angle. It’s a full-length, heavy futy 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 an absolutely brilliant compact carry gun that serves as an EDC for people right across this land.

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 gun is much more than a grip safety.

With a 16-round mag, this pocket pistol packs alot of punches, too. It’s a cut above a CCW, but it will slip away invisibly just as well as the Glock. Look closely and that’s what you see, a tuned Glock for less money.

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

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

That’s a gun you can order with a red dot ready plate, which we like. 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 handgun is actually damned elegant and 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 world….

Here there are two. The Sig P229 is a significantly heavier semi-automatic pistol than the other guns here and that does matter if it lives on your hip. This 9mm pistol 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.

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

20. 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.

The Kimber Aegis Elite Pro gets a decent magazine capacity and this semi-automatic pistol 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 your gun is literally a functional tool then no. Technically, this isn’t even the best concealed carry gun here, or the best home defense handgun.

Custom 1911 For the Designer Gunporn Crowd

If style counts, though… If you like to love your gun and you believe in functional art and jewelry in firearms form, maybe this semi-automatic pistol is actually is worth the extra money.

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.

21. 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 the Glock 45 or Sig P320 Compact pistols. Better even. But it isn’t that much better, and it is normally significantly more expensive.

The Heckler & Koch VP9 really is one of the best compact 9mm handguns on sale in the United States. But is it worth a 50% bump over the Sig or Glock carry handguns? 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 bang on the money…

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

Personal Preference Plays a Part

It’s a plastic semi-automatic pistol at the end of the day, and the HK vs Sig vs Glock debate comes down to personal striker fired 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 buy your H&K SP5 now.

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 buy one at the RRP. It’s undoubtedly one of the best compact 9mm handguns, but you need a discount.

Walther PPQ M2 for sale - a great compact 9mm semi auto pistol. Buy guns online now at the USA Gun Shop.

22 Walther PPQ M2

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

The Walther PPQ M2 might be getting a raw deal here. The truth is that if you gel with the gun then it’s probably better than a Glock or a Sig from where you’re sitting. And you might be right.

The Walther OEM trigger set is the stuff of legend and the brand has a hardcore following of gun owners. They swear the ergonomics and trigger are better than anything on offer in the best compact 9mm handgun and the stippling and undercut trigger guard already look like custom shop work.

Walther Fanatics Like Hardcore Glock Fanboys

The relatively small number of Walther PPQ evangelists points to another explanation. It suggests that this gun fits some people perfectly, but just isn’t quite as good for the masses as the Sigs and Glocks that outsell it by an order of magnitude.

Of course, a few people could be right and the rest of us could be wrong. It happens, even with the best handguns…

Did We Miss Any Out?

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

Things like the striker fire Beretta APX 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 where’s the fun in giving the samer guns every crown?

So we could have included the likes of the sub-compact Taurus G2S and G2C, and the Ruger EC9S. And the P365, but we have covered those in depth elsewhere…

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