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9mm pistols are the most popular handguns today. It is due to the extraordinary performance and specs of the 9mm Luger cartridge that “wonder nines” are standard-issue sidearms in U.S. law enforcement agencies. Many civilians also love and respect 9mm pistols for the numerous advantages they provide.

Such popularity prompted the creation of 9mm Luger handguns of all kinds, so no doubt you’ll find what suits you best no matter the intended use.

Most shooters buy a handgun for either concealed carry or home defense. These two kinds have to comply with different requirements to show the most effective performance in a particular situation. Let’s enlarge on this matter.

Concealed carry

EDC handguns need to be small and lightweight to ensure comfortable carrying for several hours. Thanks to technological advancement, today shooters can choose from a broad variety of compact 9mm pistols.

Pistols with a single-stack frame do a better job at concealment. Double-stack designs, on the other hand, aren’t slim enough which makes them print through clothing.

With a single-stack frame, you won’t be able to feed many rounds and the grip in such a design can be too short for some people. So for better handling and higher capacity, consider an extended base plate for the magazine.

When buying a subcompact handgun, you shouldn’t forget that as the dimensions and weight of a handgun decrease, so does the recoil control. Thankfully, compared to .45 ACP and .40 S&W, the 9mm cartridge generally offers lower recoil while meeting them in terminal performance. This is why it was chosen over other cartridges used by law enforcement agencies before.

Home defense

A handgun intended for home defense can be as big as you’d like it to be. Actually, the bigger the better.

Double-stack design allows for higher magazine capacity. For example, a standard Glock 17 9mm handgun holds 17+1 rounds. As the grip is big enough, people with big hands won’t be uncomfortable handling a 9mm. Still, it won’t go amiss if you try a pistol at a range before the purchase.

With a heavyweight handgun, recoil comes lighter and softer ensuring more accurate follow-up shots because of the shorter sight recovery time.

As you see, the powerful capabilities of the modern 9mm cartridge have contributed to the diversity of 9mm pistol designs. Now, “wonder nines” can meet your special requirements and needs in the best possible way. On GritrSports.com, you’ll find a whole world of 9mm semi-automatic pistols produced by such industry-leading firearm brands as Glock, FN America, CZ, Shadow Systems, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson, Springfield Armory, and many others.