Very first pistol I ever held, at the ripe old age of 9 or 10, was a Browning Hi-Power so I've always had a soft spot for them.
P-38 was my favourite for many years - it just looks and feels great and was a real ground-breaker in its day.
The P-38 was bumped from my "top spot" by the P99 - it fits my hand so well and points so naturally that I frequently joke that Walther's engineers must have sneaked into my house while I was sleeping and taken detailed measurements of my hands.
CZ-75 is one I've recently "discovered". A great feel and point and it was made by the same crowd that made my favourite .22 rifle.
Other than those, there are many I like the look and/or reputation of - some of which I know don't point well for me or fit my hand comfortably - that I'd classify as "great 9mms".
For my 5th choice, I'd go with a Taurus PT99 or PT92 - I got a chance to borrow a friend's one and I found it to be a very nice pistol to hold, point and shoot. Taurus took a great firearm and improved upon it.
I like the SIG P226 a lot but I don't find it as comfortable to hold as the others.
As to my order of preference:
P-38 and CZ-75 (second equal)
Originally Posted by RainmanK
Now since everyone is pretty much of the same mind on at least the top three... Someone needs to start a "worst 5 9mm" list.....
It's indeed interesting to see how many times the CZ-75, P-38, SIG P226 and Browning Hi-Power have turned up in these lists.
A "Worst 5" list would no doubt be very subjective and dependent on personal ergonomics.
The Glock 17 is a fine firearm, but it'd be on my "worst 5" list as it's not a natural point for me. Likewise the venerable Luger P.08 would have to go there, too - for the very same reason.
Nothing "wrong" with either of them, but they don't suit me - and that's a complaint I've heard about the Glock from others who find the 1911 a comfortable and natural point.