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Greatest 9mm Ever

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by JaxNovice, May 20, 2008.

  1. JaxNovice

    JaxNovice member

    With too much time on my hands I was wondering about what would be the criteria to establish what is greatest 9mm ever produced. Here is my criteria and I would like to hear responses from the peanut gallery.

    1) Length of service and production

    2) Military and LEA adoption

    3) Commercial units sold

    Based on those three, what are the contenders?
  2. jgo296

    jgo296 member

    well browning high power
    glock 17
    beratta 92
    sig sauer
  3. steveracer

    steveracer Well-Known Member

  4. OFT

    OFT Well-Known Member

    High Power. What else?
  5. MarcusWendt

    MarcusWendt Well-Known Member

    Sig P226
  6. Thernlund

    Thernlund Well-Known Member

    I think for most people (non-gunnies), the Beretta 92 is instantly what comes to mind when thinking "9mm". Credit Hollywood for that.

    Although, in that same vein, the Glock 17 is catching up fast (or already has maybe?).

    I'm a history buff as well as a gunnie. So I say the Walther P38 followed closely by the Luger.

  7. ColinthePilot

    ColinthePilot Well-Known Member

    My favorite 9mm is definitely the Hi-Power.
  8. freakshow10mm

    freakshow10mm member

    The greatest 9mm of all time is the HK P7 series.
  9. Darthbauer

    Darthbauer Well-Known Member

    I dont think that the G17 will ever be as recognizable/popular as the 92.

    Im not talking smack on the Glock, thats just what I think.
  10. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    The P7 doesn't even begin to meet any of the three criteria set forth in the first post.

    Lets not forget the S&W 39/59 series guns.
    39 = First DA 9mm made in the U.S.
    39 = First commercial DA 9mm.
    39 = First alloy frame commercial DA 9mm.
    39 = First 9mm adopted by a U.S. police agency.
    59 = Basis of the "Hush Puppy" used in Vietnam.
    59 = Started the 9mm high-cap DA "Wonder-Gun" war that is still going strong.
    39/59 = About a gazillion sold to police, military, and civilians between 1953 & 2007? when they were finally discontinued.

  11. jocko

    jocko Well-Known Member

    If I can recall

    ur right rc, and if my mind servesme well I think the state of Illinois were the first to issue the model 39 Smith..

    Just pretty hard to not go with the G17, IMO
  12. freakshow10mm

    freakshow10mm member

    I don't care, the P7 rocks!

    It does fit in all three categories just not as big of numbers as others.
  13. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Well, using that set of rules, "just not as big of numbers", we have to include the Star's & Astra's too! :D

  14. ARTiger

    ARTiger Well-Known Member

    Lugers, P38's and BHP's I feel are the guns that "made" the caliber. Of those, the Browning HiPower would be my choice as a timeless classic in the same vein as a 1911 is to .45 ACP.
  15. shdwfx

    shdwfx Well-Known Member

    In terms of production, wouldn't the BHP and CZ75 eclipse all other contenders?

    Add longevity, and the BHP has no equal (1935).
  16. Northalius

    Northalius Well-Known Member

    If the U.S. military had the Glock 17 for over 15-20 years, it'd be the most widely known 9mm. Even more than today, with many police agencies carrying Glocks.

    I had someone tell me (when my nickname was Glock-29-10mm on another forum) that "Glock only comes in 9mm." I laughed... and hard! But it showed even the most clueless of facts have at least heard of Glocks. :D

    For military service: Glock > Beretta... by far. :D
  17. gcrookston

    gcrookston member

    Long lived major military service 9mm, massively produced.

    Browning HP 1935-Present
    Luger 1900-1945
    Sig 210 1937-1965
    Walther P.38 1939-1945, 1957-1993
    Swiss Sig P220 (9mm) 1974-Present
    Sig 226 1984-Present
    Beretta 92FS 1984-Present
  18. JaxNovice

    JaxNovice member

    Does anyone know commercial sales numbers? I assumed that the G17 has outsold the Beretta commercially.
  19. Guillermo

    Guillermo member

    I disagree as to your criteria for what is the "greatest". After all, the "best" might have just been made a year ago or not adopted by the military or LE due to cost factors.

    Still, while not my personal favorite I too have to say that based on your criteria the Browning High Power has to be number one.

    Manufactured for a long time and often copied. Lots of military and LE (albeit Euro) use.
  20. searcher451

    searcher451 Well-Known Member

    The Walther P38 and its variants -- the P1, P4, and P5 -- would have to be a top consideration. Tens upon tens of thousands of these models were produced during and after the war and remain in use to this day.

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