How to Buy a 9mm Pistol

Most popular self-defense round

In 1902, Austrian weapons designer Georg Luger changed the world of munitions when he introduced the Pistole Parabellum (AKA the Luger) and the 9x19mm Parabellum cartridge. The 9x19mm Parabellum, commonly referred to as 9mm, was designed as a service round. The weapon was revolutionary due to its compact size, accuracy, and its ability to hold more cartridges than other pistols of its day.


The 9mm had a meteoric rise in the world of ammunition, from use in the military to law enforcement and civilian self-defense. Its popularity has been based on several factors, including:

Ease of Use: The 9mm is easy to shoot, has low recoil and high accuracy.

More Rounds: Most 9mm pistols can hold up to 17 rounds; an extended magazine can house 20 rounds or more.

Reliability: A 9mm is considered the most reliable handgun. Military personnel and law enforcement use 9mm pistols as standard issue sidearms.

Ammo: 9mm ammo comes in many brands and styles, is economical, and easy to buy.

Buying a 9mm

You must consider many things when choosing the right 9mm pistol for you.

Style and Use

What is the reason you’re buying a 9mm? Will it be used for hunting, target practice or self-defense? Is there a particular style you like? Before you decide, test shoot a couple of different models to find which suits you best. Remember that there will be accessories and ammo to buy, so don’t spend all your money in one place.


9mm pistols are popular, which means that you can find one at a decent price. There are high end models, but don’t get carried away, especially if you’ve never owned one. Set a budget and stick to it.

Selecting Ammo

Your choice of ammo will depend on how you intend to use your new gun. Do your research to find the best places to buy ammo.

Choosing the Gun

After you’ve set your budget and chosen your style, there are still factors to consider including durability of the weapon, accuracy, availability (including ammo and parts), and ergonomics. With those things in mind, here are the top models on 9mm pistols on the market:

Beretta 92FS

The Beretta 92FS (M9) is the official service pistol of many law enforcement agencies as well as the US Armed Forces. It is one of the most affordable guns under $500. The Beretta has a longstanding reputation for accuracy and reliability.

Colt Defender

The Colt Defender is an iconic 1911 handgun featuring a compact design and low-mount carry sights. The size makes it ideal for concealed carry. Priced at under $1000, the Colt Defender will last a lifetime.

Smith & Wesson 1911 Pro Series

Like Colt, S&W has a longstanding reputation of producing quality weapons and ammo. The SW1911 is an upgrade of the standard 1911 model and features competition specs without any modification. It is a top choice for competition shooters. The only downside is that it can be pricey, starting at almost $1600.


You can’t go wrong with buying the right 9mm, regardless of the purpose. Take care of it and it will take care of you.