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Most accurate 9mm for target/range shooting?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by mick53, Jan 11, 2004.

  1. mick53

    mick53 Well-Known Member


    looking for your opinions on which 9mm pistol is the most accurate or has the potential for the best accuracy for target and range shooting given a first class trigger job and or an aftermarket barrel?

    what i mean is which of the 9mm pistols is basically the most accurate that can be made more accurate with a little work?

    aw hell, you know what i mean.


  2. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Greeting's Mike-

    Boy, that is a loaded question; as there are a lot
    of VERY ACCURATE 9m/m self-loaders out there. Some
    that I tend to favor, or have experience with are; but
    not limited to the following:

    Quite honestly, three SIG-SAUER/SIGARMS occupy the
    top three slot's; and they are in order: P210, P226,
    and P228. Followed very closely by the Browning
    Hi-Power, Ruger P-series, H&K USP-F, Glock 17 & 19,
    Colt Combat Commander, CZ-75 & 75B, Smith & Wesson
    39-2, and believe it or not a very old MAB!

    Really just depends on the user's defintion of most
    accurate? As an example, I can consistently get
    better groups with MY SIG P228, than I could with MY
    P226. That is just how accurate some of today's 9's
    really are.

    Best Wishes,
    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
  3. bigjim

    bigjim Well-Known Member

    Sig 210
  4. Frenchy

    Frenchy Well-Known Member

    Well!...Seeings that we're being subjective here, I would suggest a Smith & Wesson 945! :)

    WHOOPS!!...We're talking about 9mm.'s. I guess I should read the subject line a little closer!! :D

    The most accurate 9mm. that I'm personally familiar with would be the Smith 5906 TSW. Subjective of course. ;)
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2004
  5. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    Sig 210 has the reputation for extreme accuracy...for a price.

  6. critter

    critter Well-Known Member

    HK P7M8
  7. Swamprabbit

    Swamprabbit Well-Known Member

    I don't really know much about 9mms since the only ones I have had were two Browning HPs and a Glock 19 but if money isn't the object, you may want to check into Smith & Wesson's 952. This is supposed to be a very accurate pistol. Many years ago, I had a Model 52 which is their 38 Special version and it was extremely accurate.
  8. Jeff OTMG

    Jeff OTMG Well-Known Member

    I would love to get my hands on a S&W 952, but only because I don't have one. For accuracy in 9mm out of the box a SIG P210 is the only way to go.
  9. incursion

    incursion Well-Known Member

    The Walther P88 is supposed to be very accurate as well.
  10. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Greeting's incursion-

    Dad blasted, you are exactly right, I forgot all about
    the very fine Walther P88. :uhoh: Great firearm with
    real good accuracy! :D Thanks for mentioning it.

    Best Wishes,
    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
  11. gbelleh

    gbelleh Well-Known Member

    I agree with the others who have said the Sig P210 and the HK P7. Those are 2 of the most accurate 9mms out there, but they'll cost you (especially the Sig).
  12. albanian

    albanian member

    I don't know which is the most accurate but there are several that seem to be better than others. It will depend on the particular gun even among models that have a good rep.

    BHP is often pretty accurate but it will certainly need a trigger job or at least the mag safety removed.

    The SIG line are often above average in terms of accuracy but I feel they are harder to shoot than many others.

    The 1911 type 9mms are often tack drivers because of a good SA trigger and good feel (for many people). Star made some that were very accurate for the money. Colt and SA make 9mm 1911s now I think.

    The CZ-75 is supposed to be good but I have heard mixed reviews concerning the accuracy, some find it great while others think it is only O.K. I think it depends on if you get a good one. The SA trigger is bad on CZs and will need work.

    Benelli and Bernadelli (spelling?) made a couple of respected 9mms that might be worth a look.

    If it were me and I was looking to do some serious target shooting, I would find a good 1911 or BHP 9mm and go from there. You will be able to find plenty of aftermarket parts and gunsmiths that can do work on them. Some of the oddballs that I listed would be hard to find spare parts for.
  13. artherd

    artherd member

    My new Glock 34 is outstanding! I have no doubts it could place them all through one hole if I were good enough.

    It's as light as a G17, slightly smaller than a 1911, and much lighter than the same.

    Shoots like a .22 target pistol, and hits like a .357 (with +p+ 9mm) and feels like a cary pistol (weight.) What's not to like?

    If you wanted a range-only gun, the compensated G17L should be even more outstanding, though I haven't had the pleasure yet.
  14. Berg01

    Berg01 Well-Known Member

    Absolutely no bad choices to be made between the Sig P210, S&W 952, CZ Champion, a 9mm STI Trojan, and a Tuned & Accurized BHP. Most accurate out of the box is the P210; the one with the most potential would be the BHP in the hands of a good smith. The highest fun factor goes to the 9mm STI Trojan.
  15. Sean Smith

    Sean Smith Well-Known Member

    This is one of the few gun questions out there that has an objectively correct answer: The Sig P210. No modifications needed, except to your bank account. :D


    Actually, I know of no 'smith that can guarantee that they'll make a more accurate BHP at 50 meters than a P210 is guaranteed to be out of the box. And I know of no modified BHP trigger that is as good as an out-of-box P210 trigger.

    Lots of guns are better at lots of things than the P210 is. My next gun is more apt to be a modified BHP than a P210. But for accuracy and trigger pull in a 9x19 gun the P210 is in a class of 1.
  16. Walt Sherrill

    Walt Sherrill Well-Known Member

    SIG P-210(-6)
    Browning Hi-Power
    Glock 34

    I had all of the above, and still have them all except the P-210-6. They all shot about as same out to 20 yards for me, but the P-210-6 seemed far easier to shoot well with beyond 20 yards. Closer than that, it was more the shooter than the gun. (My P-210-6 came with a proof target from the factory showing a 1.75" [approx] five shot group at 50 meters.)

    As someone else noted, some CZs are super accurate, some are just OK. I've got several of the "super accurate" ones, but think it was -- at least three of the cases -- just luck. (A used one I bought from another forum member has had a lot of work done to it, and it shoots well 'cause a good gunsmith made it to shoot that way.)

    The S&W 952 is also very accurate; I have a S&W 52-2, and the 952s seem to shoot nearly as well -- and do it with nine 9x19s, rather than five .38 special wadcutters.
  17. rauchman

    rauchman Well-Known Member


    I've never shot one, but the Sig P210 has a legendary following as one of, if not the, most accurate 9mm's out of the box. I've heard great things about the HK P9S and P7 series as well. I would think the HK USP Experts/Elites would be excellent choices for accuracy too. The Walther P88 is supposed to be a tack driver as well. Also, the Steyr GB was supposed to be very accurate. I think the Sig P226 and P228 are accurate as well, but not in the same league as the previously mentioned. A 9mm 1911 would certainly be an interesting choice. I'm looking to get a CZ75SA 9mm. I have one in .40, and it is incredibly accurate. For the budget minded, this is the way to go. It is too bad, that some of the most interesting pics here are no longer manufactured......Walther P88, HK P9S, Steyr GB. Oh well.
  18. Berg01

    Berg01 Well-Known Member

    I agree with this statement, but what I meant to say is that a gunsmith can greatly improve a stock BHP, particularly the trigger, since most of the newer ones seem to have triggers that are a bit heavy. Amoung target 9mms, the P210 is still the state of the art.

    But when it comes to Bullseye accuracy, the .38 spl. and .45 ACP. are better caliber choices than 9mm.
  19. TODD3465

    TODD3465 Well-Known Member

    Glock 17L if you can find one. The've been imported off and on lately.
  20. ss

    ss Active Member

    From what I've been reading.

    1) SIG P210-8
    2) S&W 952-1
    3) Walther P88

    Others in no particular order:
    S&W PC5906
    S&W PPC9
    CZ 75s

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