5 must have 9mm


November 25, 2013, 03:25 AM
I love list and they are fun to do on these forums. So here is another.

Lets say you have you have your tools out of the way. Home defense, conceal carry, ect. What five 9mm should everyone own for a complete collection. Just to own in your collection and to shoot on range.

I own 3 that I would in include

1) CZ 72

2) Glock 19

3) S&W 5906 ( or at least one 3rd Gen)

This is where it gets hard. What should be the last 2? I think 1 is an easy choice.

4) Browning Hi Power

Now what. A few options come to mind

5) Sig 226

5) Walther P1/P38

5) Beretta 92

Also it seems I am missing a sub compact and need another polymer gun since the caliber is so well suited for polymer.

Anyway what is your list?

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November 25, 2013, 04:11 AM
I have R9 and S&W 940 and plan no further additions. Went with 10mm for full size handgun.

F-111 John
November 25, 2013, 04:20 AM
My list of five, of which I only have one:

1) Any Glock 9mm (I have a G26)
2) Browning Hi-Power
3) CZ-75
4) Beretta M9/92FS
And of course any 9mm Luger collection wouldn't be complete without the cartridge's namesake pistol:
5) Luger P08

November 25, 2013, 06:36 AM
My Top 5 9mm. list:

1) Browning Hi-Power
2) CZ P-01
3) Glock 17
4) Kahr PM9
5) SIG P229

November 25, 2013, 07:26 AM
For a "Collection" standpoint, not practicality standpoint???

In no particular order:

1.) P-38

2.) Luger

3.) CZ 75

4.) Browning Hi Power

5.) S&W 3913

November 25, 2013, 08:24 AM
Browning Hi Power
CZ-75 Variant
Beretta 92FS
P-08 Luger

November 25, 2013, 09:33 AM
1. My Hard Chromed Browning Hi-Power
2. I want to replace the Sig P228 that I was stupid to sell off, with EITHER a Sig M11-A1, an H&K P30 LEM trigger variant, or a Dan Wesson Guardian 9mm
3. My Gen 3 Glock 17
4. My Sig P225
5. My Springfield 1911 9mm will be traded for whatever I wind up with in "2"

November 25, 2013, 09:39 AM
Hi Power (for looks, value, open carry)
CZ 75 (for reliability, accuracy, and hunting paper targets)
Kimber Solo (for deep concealed carry)
Springfield EMP (for IWB/OWB concealed carry)
Kel-Tec Sub-2000 (because why not?)

November 25, 2013, 09:45 AM
SIG P228, CZ 75, S&W 5906, S&W 3913, Kahr PM9

November 25, 2013, 09:46 AM
1. Browning Hi-Power - the classic single action 9MM
2. Glock 17 - the classic striker fired 9MM
3. Beretta 92FS - it may not be the classic TDA 9MM, but it's one of the few still made, so you wouldn't have to worry about it if it ever broke or wore out. You could get another.
4. SIG P226 - the classic decocker only 9MM
5. CZ75B - the classic DA/SA with the option for cocked & locked carry 9MM

November 25, 2013, 10:18 AM
In no particular order, and best application:

SIG 226R - HD and range
SIG 228 - collect
Glock 26 - car and CC
Glock 17 or 19 - project range gun, replace everything, completely trick out just for fun and interest
XDs or Kimber Solo - CC

November 25, 2013, 10:54 AM
My "Top 5" 9mm list (in no particular order):

1. Walther P99AS (easily the best striker-fired polymer 9mm ever made)
2. SIG-Sauer P226
3. CZ-75
4. Browning High-Power
5. Glock 17 (not the best, but so prolific it's hard not to include)

Special Mention: SIG P210

Please note I only included full-size pistols for the sake of this list. There are so many great 9mm pistols out there, it would be easy to make a whole series of "Top 5" lists.

November 25, 2013, 11:32 AM
No order, some I have & some are on the bucket list:

Gs; 19, 34

SIG 226, Walther PPQ M2, Beretta 92 Italian, STI Tactical 2011-4", BHP, ummmm....yeah. :D

November 25, 2013, 11:44 AM
1) HK P7M8
2) HK P7M13
3) HK P9s
4) Sig-Sauer P210
5) Steyr GB

6) Luger
7) Broom handle Mauser
8) S&W 547
9) Walther P5
10 Browning Hi-Power

November 25, 2013, 01:05 PM

Either P228 or CZ75

November 25, 2013, 01:56 PM
9mm that have made history:
1)Luger P08;
2)Browning HP35;
3)Walther P38;
4)Beretta 92;
5)SIG-Sauer P226.

Innovative 9mm:
1)HK P9S;
2)HK VP70;
3)Steyr GB;
4)HK P7;
5)Glock 17.

Polymer 9mm:
1)HK VP70;
2)Glock 17;
3)Walther P99 AS;
4)HK P2000;
5)S&W M&P.

Best classic 9mm:
1)Luger P08;
2)Mauser C96 Red Nine;
3)Lahti L35;
4)Browning HP35;
5)Walther P38.

Classic of tomorrow:
1)Beretta 92;
2)SIG-Sauer P226;
3)CZ 75;
4)Glock 17;

Finest 9mm:
1)Luger P-08;
2)SIG P210;
3)Korth Pistole;
4)HK P7;
5)S&W 952 Performance Center.

1)Browning HP35;
2)Beretta 92;
3)SIG-Sauer P226;
4)Glock 17;
5)CZ 75.

Old Dog
November 25, 2013, 02:00 PM
Beretta 92FS (old-style without the tapered dust cover and radiused backstrap),
S&W 5906
Yep, no H&K, no Glock, no Browning HP for me ...

November 25, 2013, 02:20 PM
1) Luger P08
2) Luger carbine
3) Walther P38
4) Mauser C96 / Broomhandle Mauser
5) Walther P5

el Godfather
November 25, 2013, 02:50 PM
1. Glock 18C
2. CZ 75 Automatic
3. Beretta 93r
4. H&K P30
5. Dan Wesson Havok

Have all but one. Need nothing else, really.

November 25, 2013, 03:24 PM
9mm's I've had:

Browning Hi-Power
Beretta 92FS
S&W 5946, 5906, 3913, M&P 9, Shield 9
Glock 19C
Glock 34
Sig P-226, P-228
Kahr PM9
Kahr T9

9mm's I still have

Glock 17, 19, 26
Shield 9
Dan Wesson PM9

9mm's I'd still like to try

CZ P-09
Walther PPQ M2 Navy

9mm's I'd love to have:

Wilson Railed CQB LW Bobtail or Dan Wesson Guardian 9mm
S&W Performance Center 5906 PPC 6"
Sig P-210
Luger P-08 (preferrably an artillery model)

November 25, 2013, 03:55 PM
List are interesting...and you did say "What five 9mm should everyone own for a complete collection. Just to own in your collection and to shoot on range."

1. Luger P-08 - introduction of the 9x19mm
2. Walther P-38 - introduction of the DA/SA in the service gun
3. FN P-35 - first staggered magazine
4. H&K VP-70 - first polymer
5. H&K P7 - Gas delayed and Squeeze-cocker action

November 25, 2013, 04:29 PM
The top 5 9mm handguns I want to own before I die in no certain order are,
Glock 19
S&W 3919
Walther P99 AS
S&W 940(this list would not be complete with out a revolver).

November 25, 2013, 04:33 PM
I have
P1 Walther
2 Hi Powers
Sig 226
Sig 228
H&K P7
Glock 34
Glock 19
2 Glock 26
Beretta M9
Favorite for CCW is obviously Glock 26 and favorite belt gun is the USP

November 25, 2013, 04:35 PM
I currently own these:
Browning Hi Power
Walther P99
Beretta 92FS
SIG P210
I love them all for different reasons. Hard to put one first.

November 25, 2013, 04:45 PM
S&W 952
1911 in 9mm
Beretta 92 of some flavor or M9
9mm Revolver
Service 9mm of some type; M&P, Glock, Sig, XD, etc

November 25, 2013, 04:49 PM
Browning Hi Power
H&K P7M8
Sig 210
Kahr K9
Sig 226

November 25, 2013, 05:03 PM
With HD and CCW covered with other weapons my must have 9mm pistols list for just range fun would all be high end target pistols. Here goes:

1. SIG P210 Super Target
2. SIG Sauer P226 X-Five
3. S&W 952
4. CZ 75 Tactical Sport
5. Tanfoglio Elite Limited

November 25, 2013, 05:10 PM
well I have a P95 I would like to replace with a G19 or a CZ.
I really like my Kahr CW9
M&P but I got a 40 because 9 mm is harder to find now.
thats all I need in 9s

November 25, 2013, 05:32 PM
Browning P35
Walther P38
Sig P226

November 25, 2013, 05:51 PM
At one time, I had been a VERY avid shooter and gun owner for years and owned quite a few guns. However, I didn't, and never had owned a single handgun chambered for the 9mm Luger cartridge. I was a hard core 1911 guy. But there is one issue that you have to face: some of the coolest handguns ever made, are 9mms.
I eventually bought a 9mm, and then another, and another..................

The ones I would pick are the same ones that many others in this thread have already picked.

In order:
Glock 17: not a good looking gun, but IMO the best all around 9mm. I view this gun as a tool. I am not "into" it. It is my everyday carry gun and for that reason, every time I go to the range (at least once per week), I fire one magazine from one of my Glock 17s at a fairly rapid pace concentrating on concentrating on the front sight, rapid sight picture, and smooth consistent trigger control. I don't particularly enjoy doing this. I do it first to get it over with and then move onto guns I really enjoy owning and shooting. If I could only own one handgun, this would probably be it. If I could only own one 9mm handgun, this would definitely be it.

Browning Hi-Power: elegant. Enough said.

Beretta 92: I enjoy shooting this gun, but I bought it primarily just because I thought that a decent American gun collection should contain an example of the currently issued US Military sidearm. It is one of a few double action pistols I own which gives me something else to play with at the range.

CZ 75: I don't own a CZ 75 and probably never will. But it looks to me to be a very nice looking gun and from all accounts I have read; is one of the best.

I guess for number five I might pick a Sig. I don't own a Sig. I once owned a .45 ACP Sig and it was a fine handgun. Again, I will probably never buy another Sig, but it isn't because they arn't great handguns. Its just because I already have more guns than I can shoot as much as I would like and I don't need another one.

I suppose one of the historical guns would be appropriate. I own a couple Lugers, a couple P38s but they don't really do much for me. The fit into the catagory of some something I always wanted, then after I got them and played with them, the novelty quickly wore off. Compared to other 9mms, the single stack magazines are a serious limitation. I have a Walther P1 that is a good shooter and is cool to look at but I doubt I would go out looking for another one. My Lugers are not real nice examples: they are servicable but compared to the other 9mms I already listed, it is near the rear of the pack.

November 25, 2013, 06:17 PM
If one actually intends to use them with modern ammunition:

November 25, 2013, 07:07 PM
Ones I have:
Luger 1917 Artillery
Walther P38
Mauser 1896 (technically doesn't qualify due to 7.65 caliber)
Ruger Blackhawk 9mm/.357 convertible
KelTec PF 9
S&W 39
Browning Hi-Power

November 25, 2013, 09:16 PM
Mine would be

Glock 19
SIG P226

November 25, 2013, 10:46 PM
1) Any model Glock 9mm
2) Sig Sauer P22?
3) Beretta 92FS/M9
4) S&W 5906
5) 75 or a Hi-Power

David E
November 26, 2013, 02:57 AM
With the "tools" taken care of, focusing on a collection, I'd have to pick guns that were significant advancements in gun technology pertaining to the cartridge.

1) P-08 Luger (started it all)

2) Browning Hi-Power (1st successful double stack)

3) S&W Model 59, or 3rd Gen variant of it. (1st "Wondernine")

4) Glock 17 (totally changed what handguns are)

5) Kahr PM-9 (a 9mm smaller than many .380's)

5 1/2) Beretta 92 (current military handgun)


Lucky Derby
November 26, 2013, 08:00 AM
So they have to be 9mm

Browning High Power
Colt Commander 9mm
Browning High Power
Browning High Power

I think that covers it.
Oh one last one
Browning High Power


November 26, 2013, 08:42 AM
1) CZ 75 pre B, B, BD full sized or compact, or clone
2) S&W 39-2 (or the 4/5/639 which is essentially the same gun with the option for an ambi safety and more modern sights --- and a different sear and a firing pin block...but other than that, same gun.)
3) Glock 17 - any gen, but my personal preference is gen 3
4) Sig P225
5) can't think of a fifth...I'll come back later for this one.

November 26, 2013, 10:27 AM
My 9mm want list

Sig P210
Broomhandle Red Nine
S&W 9mm revolver
HK P7M13
HK P30
Early Browning High Power
Glock 17L

November 26, 2013, 11:22 AM
Of the five 9mm pistols allotted, I have made four choices: Beretta 92, SIG 226, S&W 6906 and CZ 85. I am missing a Browning Hi-Power to complete the five pistol limit ensemble.

November 26, 2013, 11:38 AM
sig P226, CZ 75, 92fs, Browning, Glock 19.
I know there are some other collectible items but these 5 would complete a collection of just 5

November 26, 2013, 04:20 PM
In no particular order:
Radom Vis35
Sig210 (maybe)

November 26, 2013, 04:36 PM
I have:
Glock 26 Gen4
Beretta M9

I want:
Glock 17 Gen4
Sig M11 A1
Sig P226

I could consider my 9mm collection complete with those 5

November 26, 2013, 10:04 PM
I've had a bunch of 9mms. Only 9mm I currently own is the Kahr PM9. It is a keeper.

If I had a bunch of money, I might add:

--HK P7M13 (had one, but sold it).
--Springfield EMP (had two; second was a factory replacement for the first. So many problems with each that I couldn't list them all. Finally gave up in frustration. I'm sure they are much better these days.)
--Maybe a Rohrbaugh or, more likely, a Kimber Solo.

November 26, 2013, 11:04 PM
Piece of cake.

1. Mauser P-08
2. Walther P-38
3. FN P35
4. Mauser C96 "Red 9"
5. Radom VIS 35

November 26, 2013, 11:21 PM
1) Browning Hi-Power
2) CZ 75 Family
3) S&W 59 Family


(I haven't owned the next two, but they are interesting)
4) FNS
5) Glock

November 27, 2013, 12:41 AM
With tools out of the way, to me it would be the classic service weapons.

1) Hi power


2) CZ-75


3) Glock 17


4) Sig 226


5) Beretta 92


Honorable mentions for cool 9x19s I'd like to own "just because" would include the sig p210, and HK P7.

red rick
November 27, 2013, 08:44 PM
Luger P-08
Sig 210
CZ 75 SP01 Shadow
CZ Pointman 9
S&W M&P Pro

rick melear
November 27, 2013, 10:02 PM
HP T series
Glock 17
Sig 226
Berretta 92
Kahr T9

Onward Allusion
November 28, 2013, 12:01 AM
- 3rd Gen Smith
- Sig 226 (older ones)
- Beretta 92FS
- Glock 17

December 6, 2013, 03:12 AM
Well, it would be more than five, but if I had to make the cut at 5..

S&W 5906
S&W 6906
Beretta 92FS older style
CZ75 full sized
CZ P01

If I didn't cut them off...

HK P7 variant of some kind.
Any and all CZ75 clones.
Astra A-75 (I've had three, all were great guns!)

December 6, 2013, 05:56 AM
Hi Power (although I have had zero luck with both that I have owned) and the Beretta 92/M9 should round out the collectors list.

December 6, 2013, 06:41 AM
List are interesting...and you did say "What five 9mm should everyone own for a complete collection. Just to own in your collection and to shoot on range."

1. Luger P-08 - introduction of the 9x19mm
2. Walther P-38 - introduction of the DA/SA in the service gun
3. FN P-35 - first staggered magazine
4. H&K VP-70 - first polymer
5. H&K P7 - Gas delayed and Squeeze-cocker action
The first plastic framed weapon was Pistolet Makarova not VP70. If one only considers what went into standard mass production then H&K was the one.

December 6, 2013, 07:14 AM
Lot of neat pistols on this list.

1. Practical defensive pistol : BHP remains my favorite 9mm design. All mine are FEG clones.
2. Luger: neat, impractical, finicky about ammo. Occasional range toy. Just an interesting piece.
3. HK P7 I have fired a few and have to admit it's one elegant design. Spendy when you start buying spare mags.
4. Sig 226 my fave of the DA/SA guns. Sig makes a good pistol. If I hadn't chose the BHP I may well have chose the Sig 226.
5. micro sized pistols. I'd pick the Colt pocket nine, as they are rare discontinued and sued to get them off the market. But there are a host of small pocket 9's by Kahr, Ruger and others.

Don't own any Glocks, limited experience with them. They work, that's for sure.

December 6, 2013, 07:18 AM
Just from a range use standpoint:

1911 in 9mm (not sure which)


Beretta M9

Sig M11

Walther P38

I find all metal guns more fun to shoot, polymer frames more fun to carry. ;)

December 6, 2013, 07:30 AM
The first plastic framed weapon was Pistolet Makarova not VP70. If one only considers what went into standard mass production then H&K was the one.
The Pistolet Makarova (PM) is an all steel pistol.

December 6, 2013, 12:34 PM
Glock 17L, 19, 26, 34
Sig P2022
S&W M&P 9c, Shield
CZ 75

All good values. Bolded are the five I'd keep if limited to five.

December 6, 2013, 12:43 PM
The collection is incomplete unless you have at least one of everything.

December 6, 2013, 03:16 PM

The going rate for a decent P228 is so high, you might as well get the M11-A1

December 6, 2013, 03:29 PM
The first plastic framed weapon was Pistolet Makarova not VP70. If one only considers what went into standard mass production then H&K was the one.
You must be talking about the experimental variant, the TKB-023 which passed Soviet military trials but was never fielded.

I'm sure there were other early polymer guns that we've never seen on the market...I'll bet H&K has some very interesting ones in a vault somewhere

December 6, 2013, 08:42 PM
Browning Hi-Power
Luger PO8
S&W 547

December 6, 2013, 08:52 PM
Well here is my take:

Steyr GB
Sig 210
Glock 19
Browning Hi Power

And a S&W 940 in your pocket.

rick melear
December 6, 2013, 09:46 PM
If we're saying "must haves " I can only come up with three. BHP, Glock 17, and a 1911 in 9mm. There are many great 9s in the market and I left out Sigs which make at least 3 that should meet your needs. 239, my favorite, 229 and 226

December 6, 2013, 10:12 PM
I couldn't justify owning 9mm pistols that serve no purpose other than to just have around for fun or collectible value, but there are the five I'd have for actual utility:

Browning HP or CZ-75 B SA for range work and possibly competition

CZ PCR for carry when deep concealment is not important and a 9mm is what I need to carry (though I prefer .40S&W or 357 Sig)

Glock 19 because it's the classic Glock, and I like a Glocks' ability to just plain work

Something of near pocket size, perhaps a Kahr K9 in all black or Sig P290

A carbine of some sort, say, a Sub2000

December 6, 2013, 10:54 PM
I can only answer based on what I have shot and like, and that's not necessarily reflective of popular or high end pistols. Here they are:

1. Springfield XD - My personal favorite and my choice for HD pistol
2. Ruger SR9 - My second favorite current gun
3. Ruger P85/89 - Ugly, big but dead reliable
4. Glock 26 - carried on for a while, liked it a bunch
5. Mauser broom handle - just cool and weird and awesome

Ignition Override
December 7, 2013, 01:36 AM
Although only an amateur with handguns, would suggest a Sig. as #1. Their triggers and decocking functions (for lefties) are often stated to be major advantages.

There are too few types with ambi functions. Frankly, if compactness were not a factor, any handgun reliable enough for the British SAS and/or Navy SEALS would be my choice if they can safely be 'carried' by lefties. The other four are academic.

December 7, 2013, 02:49 AM
For me:

Sig P228
Sig P226
Walther PPQ/P99AS
HK P30/P30L
Glock 19/17

December 7, 2013, 03:47 AM
2. Luger: neat, impractical, finicky about ammo. Occasional range toy. Just an interesting piece.

My 1941 Mauser P-08 Luger is 100% reliable with everything I shoot in it. Including factory hollow points, my flat point reloads, lead semi wad cutter reloads, fmj etc. It could easily be a carry gun, and good home defense gun.

December 7, 2013, 06:25 AM
P7 would make that list. Good suggestion.

December 7, 2013, 08:49 AM
#1. I want the #@%&^%#@ that stole my P7 PSP with pinch type mag release to appear with it on a red satin pillow at my door returning it perfectly preserved and begging for forgiveness.

#2. A prewar P35 GP with tangent sights

#3. A S&W Model 39, just because I liked them, of course if I was offered one with the ASP conversion that might bump the standard off my list

#4. A very clean Astra 600 to recall a bit of my misspent youth

#5. A SiG 210-2 because, well because.....

You said after tools so the CZ75 was not on there as it is a tool and a half.


December 7, 2013, 09:48 AM
sig 226
hk usp
M&P Shield
cz 75
hk p30l

December 7, 2013, 02:43 PM
It's nice to see the CZ75's so frequently mentioned, they're so freakin wonderful it's just wrong to not have one.Ruger

1) CZ 75b, or the SP-01 or P-01 variants. Sweet is an understatement.
2) A Glock, M&P, or XD (depending on which fits your hand the best)
3) Sig P226
4) Browning Hi-Power
5) Ruger LC9

You have all your 9mm bases covered this way.

December 7, 2013, 03:33 PM
CZ 75B
Beretta 92fs/M9
HK P-7
Sig P210

December 9, 2013, 11:56 AM
1911 commander 9 mm

Kahr P9

HK P7 M8

1911 full size

December 9, 2013, 06:57 PM
1. 92fs
2. P226
3. Usp
4. Bhp
5. P-38

December 9, 2013, 08:52 PM
I've mixed tools and classics because as a left-hander, there are few pistols that really work as well for a southpaw as for a right-hander. And since I've really begun to sour on DA/SA designs I changed the mix away from some classics because the striker design is now both key to a 'tool' but a timeless design-to-be. I did however add the USP because in V2 form, it's an excellent design for the left-hander. The MP5 is a bit of a cheat in that it really isn't a pistol in the sentiment of the OP's 'ask'. Or so I suspect. But it is such an outstanding design, smooth operation, large capacity, amazingly accurate, easily suppressed, reasonably well-hidden.

H&K P7M13: Perhaps the single best handgun design and surely as innovative as they come. Squeeze cocker improves reliability (you can re-cock and fire a failed cartridge) and ensures outstanding safety; delayed blowback and fixed barrel for accuracy; fluted chamber guarantees shell ejection; striker fired for a single trigger pull; easy to disassemble and service; great trigger and sight picture. It's only missing a rail and a threaded barrel to be a completely modern design. Oh, and I own a P7 M13 and three M8's. Yea, I'm pretty biased here.

Glock 19: Gaston changed the handgun world with this design. Low cost; indestructible and ultra-reliable; very accurate; ambidextrous; brilliantly marketed. I don't own one but plan to. Honestly I don't think there is a reason to own anything else, though I've conjured up a lot of excuses over the years. I realize now though that they are just that. Excuses.

H&K MP5: So as I said above, this is a bit of a cheat since it is typically not operated as a conventional pistol. But it gives me the excuse to rave about the design of this design. The roller-lock design is just brilliant. It feels soft in the hand and allows the shooter to remain on target when shooting in semi-auto mode. As much as Glock changed the pistol world, H&K changed the sub- world with the MP5. I own an ATI AT94 which is a perfect clone but in the rifle-size version (I should have also purchased the pistol design from ATI when I could have. Big dope slap).

H&K USP V2 (left hand with decocker). As a left-hander, the best DA/SA gun available. For everyone else it's either this or the Sig. I own one and a compact version as well. Yea, I have an H&K problem.

Sig Sauer P226: as I said, it's a close one between this model and the USP. But the P226 is purely for right-handers so it's on the bottom of this list for me.


December 9, 2013, 09:40 PM
1- Sig P226 Elite SAO
2- Nighthawk Heinie signature compact
3- Wilson Spec Ops 9
4 - STI Escort 9
5- STI Elektra 9

Now that my wish list is posted, hint to Santa, I'll post a more realistic list.

1 - Smith M&P 9c or full size. I carry a compact and swear by it.
2 - Springfield XD or XDm compact or full size
3 - CZ P-01 or 75 compact
4 - Ruger SR9 full or compact. Love my full size
5 - Browning HiPower

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