When it comes to pistol calibers, 9mm is the most popular option for self-defense, concealed carry, and combat, while still being relatively affordable compared to other defensive rounds. In this guide, I’ll explain why a 9mm pistol is probably a great choice for your needs and give you our picks for the Best 9mm Pistols. Here’s our list of the best 9mm pistol manufacturers and the specific pistols we recommend from them, starting with striker-fired options It might seem like we’re just being lazy listing Glock as our first choice for the best 9mm pistols, but there’s a reason this is the most relied upon manufacturer among worldwide police forces, including up to 60-70% of American police officers. Created in the 1980s, Austria’s Glock was the first pistol manufacturer to see widespread commercial success with a polymer-framed, striker fired pistol. These design features of Glock pistols give it a number of key advantages over the competition: If you’ve decided on a Glock pistol after reading our Glock pros and cons, but you’re not sure which to choose, the Glock G19 is probably the best choice. While not necessarily perfect for all uses, this compact pistol is small enough th...