Top 5 9mms

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by sweeper22, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

    This has probably been done already...but, so what? Most of us have 9mms and many of us have shot a multitude of models in the ultimate "vanilla" auto caliber. What are your favorites and why?

    Here's mine:

    5) Beretta 92/M9- Not a great ergonomic fit for me personally, but a stout, accurate, and battle tested gun. While it's bigger than necessary, I also think it's got a pretty sharp looking profile. It's mass production can also be an asset to the owner.

    4) Polymers/Glock 19- I consider the G19 to sort of be "the standard". A great utility 9mm. Reliable, concealable, big enough to handle well, great capacity, simple to maintain. I could find other polymers that fit my hand better (which is why I don't own a Glock), and I consider the XD, M&P, and FNP lines to be of equal quality. I've also been really impressed with the ergonomics of the H&K P30. But Glock gets some points for establishing market traction with their initial offerings. I will never enjoy shooting a polymer gun as much as alloy/steel, but these guns are exceptionally versatile.

    3) Sig Sauer P226- I love this gun's balance and it's as accurate as you could ask a sub $1000 gun to be. Excellent trigger. Like every other gun on this list, it boasts a strong service record. You can spend heavy for a prettied up version or go basic...and they're all tough as nails.

    2) Browning Hi-Power/P35- Like the P226, this gun is very well-balanced and accurate. I prefer the BHP's slim profile and pointability to the Sig's, but BHP triggers often aren't so great in my experience. This might be the most widely issued military (worldwide) service sidearm over the last century. Outstanding track record and enjoys an undeniable prestige. Oh yeah- and they're beautiful.

    1) CZ 75- On par with the P226 and BHP in my opinion, but costs hundreds less. I shoot all three regularly, and I like the CZ's trigger (mine has the Omega trigger) best. It's a heavy gun, and a little rougher finish and less nostalgic than the HP. But it's every bit as accurate and pointable. I essentially learned to shoot on this I shoot it better than any other and that no doubt has biased my opinion a bit. I also appreciate the variety of finishes available, to suit almost any taste.
  2. bontrager92fs

    bontrager92fs New Member

    berettas coming in @#5?!

  3. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

    Well almost all of the 9mms I own are dated but here they are in order of preference as a shooter:

    1) FM Hi Power (and some day will buy a Browning/FN)
    2) Luger (2, WWI and WWII) (my true favorites but not practical pistols today)
    3) FEG Hi Power DA knockoff (surprisingly good pistol, functions well but a little clunky compared to the true SA HP. Much like a S&W 59)
    4) Walther P1/P38 (very much like the Beretta 92/M9, but dated. Very good DA and SA trigger)
    5) Taurus Millennium Pro PT-111 DAO (adequate gun, nothing to brag about but works every time and fairly small. Heavy DOA trigger)

    Like them all but my Argentine Hi Power is clearly my favorite. Perfect fit, nice function. Fully a Hi Power and licensed by FN.

    If I were buying a modern 9mm I'd have to give it some thought. The Taurus I have is ok for CCW but it's likely I'd get a Glock 26 if buying a 9mm for CCW. I like the Glock 19 but went with its twin in 40S&W, the 23.

    ETA:I am very tempted to buy a S&W 59 or equivalent. And very much want a real BHP.
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2011
  4. TGReaper

    TGReaper New Member

    STI Ranger 11

    Sig 226 E2

    Ruger NM BlackHawk .357 W a 9 mm Cyl.

    I have owned Browning HP, CZ 75, and Glock but I prefer the trio listed above
    they cover any thing I want to do with a 9 mm.

  5. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

    1. Browning Hi Power (There's a reason it's called "King of the Nines")

    2. CZ 75

    3. Sig P226

    4. Walther P1/P38

    5. Luger
  6. ZombieKiller83

    ZombieKiller83 New Member

    Ones that i've personally shot:
    1. Ruger SR9c as this gun is the most solid 9mm i own. The trigger is beautiful, for a smaller gun it fits my hands great, the 1911 style safety is a plus, it's ambi, versatility of the compact and full size grip(sorry Cali) and it's even easy enough to tear apart so i could remove the lame magazine disconnect!

    2. E.A.A Witness as it's a CZ-75 clone, what's not to like! And everyone knows the CZ has alot of traits borrowed from the Browning High Power. This gun has been a solid performer for me, not the prettiest or lightest gun but it's damn accurate and reliable

    3. Springfield XD I myself do not own one but i love getting trigger time with my buddies. The trigger is great and it's very accurate. Not the prettiest damn thing but it works and it works great!

    4. Taurus PT92 as mine was my very first gun purchase and it's been nothing but accurate and reliable for me. The PT series from Taurus seems to be a ton less hit or miss compared to their other firearms. I chose it over a Beretta because i'm not a fan of the slide mounted safety on the Beretta's.

    5. Magnum Research Baby Eagle First 9mm handgun i've ever fired and it's another firearm that is closely modelled to a CZ-75

    A list based on what i think would be the top 5
    1.Browning High Power like CA said, they don't call them "King of Nines" for no reason

    2.Glock 9mm's phew that was hard to say but no one can disprove their hell and back reliability

    3. M&P 9mm's it's a Glock with a little something called ergonomics! They don't have the publicised track record of Glocks but give it time as there is a reason more LE agencies are trading in their Glocks for M&P's

    4. P226 there's a reason elite agencies like the Navy SEALS adopted them, they are great guns. For those who don't know, the Sig 226 actually beat the Beretta in the military's pistol trials but Beretta offered a better price to the government :rolleyes:

    5. CZ-75 It's just a great all around performer:D with traits from the BHP
  7. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

    Suffice it to say, I like your style. Your top 3 mirrors my own...with the slightest of wrinkles.
  8. AznZOhAn

    AznZOhAn New Member

    1. Browning hi-power
    2. Glock 17&19
    3. Sig P226&P229
    4. Springfield Armory XD
    5. Beretta 92
  9. Thebiker

    Thebiker Member

    1. Browning Hi-Power
    2. Sig P226
    3. CZ 75

    That's only 3, but that would be my 9mm list anyway. If I were currently purchasing, it would be the Browning since I already have the Sig.

    Unfortunately, I don't own a Browning but I have put a lot of rounds through a buddy's. SWEET doesn't begin to do it justice.

    The P226 is my usual companion.

    The CZ 75 is a nice piece at a very attractive price.

    Last edited: Sep 10, 2011
  10. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

    Glock 17
    kahr cm9 and cw9
  11. eborden1122

    eborden1122 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    My list is based off what I have and what I want in no particular order.
    1) Glock 19: have
    2) Beretta 92fs: have
    3) Colt Defender: have
    4) Browning Hi Power: dont have, want
    5) Sig Sauer P226: dont have, want

    Come on CANE, give us your list.......
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2011
  12. group17

    group17 New Member

    Walther P99
    Walther PPS
    Glock 26
    CZ 75 PO1
    Beretta Px4
  13. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

    gotta throw my vote in! if money was not the issue:

    1) Browning Hi-Power, enough said! would love to have one!

    2) Sig Sauer P229, had one, great gun, similar to the P226.

    3) Glock 17 or 19, had the 19, again great gun.

    4) Walther P99, had one, again great gun.

    5) CZ 75, have shot a few, would buy one, again great gun.

    this is just my personal list!
  14. SgtSam

    SgtSam New Member

    OK, I'll play. My list, like others here, is based upon what I have, what I shoot, and what I like concerning them.

    1. Browning Hi-Power. Have two of them, a Standard with adjustable sights and a Practical. Love them both. Great feel, very good accuracy, totally reliable, my #1 go to gun, in 9mm.

    2. S&W 1911 Pro-Series. Based upon the 1911, tricked out with a lot of nice work from the Pro-Shop, this is a real nice shooter. And, it's very accurate.

    3. S&W 908S. Based upon the 3913, this value based Smith is a very nice, easy to use, accurate, easy to carry, little 9mm. I've not had it long, but it's sure won a place in my heart for a good, versatile 9mm.

    4. S&W CS9. An excellent 3rd Generation S&W that's very concealable, light enough for IWB carry, and heavy enough to take the sting out of +P's. It's reliable, accurate, and nice to shoot.

    5. Kahr CW9. An excellent, simple to operate, reliable, accurate little 9mm. My wife loves this one and has taken it for her personal firearm.

    I have others that I find are nice as well, but, 5 seems to be the limit here. If I don't like a gun, I sell it. I can't see any sense in keeping one's that I don't care for, especially since I'm not a collector. I shoot all that I buy and keep.

    I've had SIGs, and I can't fault them. I just don't like the way they feel in my hand. I'm not a big fan of poly guns, even though there are some really top-knotch models on the market. I'm a little old fashioned, and I guess some would say "old". But I like my guns in steel, or at least alloy.
  15. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

    Very interesting to see that the "King of the Nines" is dominating here. And Cane hasn't even voted yet! :p

    It's hard not to gush over the Hi Power. It's still "just right".
  16. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

    i would love to have a browning hi power, but have seen very few in years past. usually the seller knows what he has, and wants an arm and a leg for it. they are hands down one of the better pistols out there. look at how long this design has been around and copied. you just don't this long unless you are really good!
  17. scubapro48

    scubapro48 New Member

    Top 1 for me is...

    Sig P250 9mm compact with laser/light combo. Summer I carry a Beretta Tomcat Inox 32 acp (fits in shorts pocket perfect)
  18. n8sigguy

    n8sigguy New Member

    Yea, not impressed with the Beretta 92's - shot - not impressed. I'd rather have a baseball bat than a Walther - Sig p226 is untouchable - love it, but can't afford one for myself...I've shot the CZ 75 though that a relative brought to a reunion - it fit my hand great and for never shooting one before I could hit a lot with it from around 20 yards out. Something I can't do well with my own Sig SP2022 9mm that I brought to the reunion to share.
  19. scubapro48

    scubapro48 New Member

    Yes SIG P226

    SIG P226 Tacops with 20 round mags! Like you say, they are about 1K!!! My SIG P250 was only $370!
  20. dks7895

    dks7895 New Member

    +1 on the Ruger SR9c

    This is the only 9mm I own, and I love it.