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As people, we always want to know what is the best of everything. The best car, the best mechanic, the best football player – and on it goes.
When we talk about the best pistols, eyebrows are raised because most gun enthusiasts have varying opinions as to what is important to them to qualify as what is best. If you ask 10 people what pistol is the “best,” you will most likely get 10 different answers. To top it off, handguns are typically categorized many different ways. We can look at the differences of sub-compact versus compact versus full-size pistols. Or the difference between double action versus single action, along with hammer fired versus striker fired. Of course there is also the steel versus aluminum versus polymer debate.
The first video offers a list that I felt are the best 9mm handguns that were available in December 2016. This is a general list that offers no specific group or type of functions. It is simply a list of quality-made guns from reputable companies that I felt were worthy of the “best 15” 9mm handguns during the last quarter of 2016.
I rated the pistols based on my personal preference. Rating guns is a risky task in the gun community. You will receive some approval and a whole bunch of hate. I decided to take my lumps in stride and rate the pistols anyway.
For this next list, I decided to categorize the handguns based on specific features.
In the beginning of 2017, there was a surge of new polymer pistols entering the civilian market. This was primarily because several companies bid for the military contract once they decided to choose a different handgun from the Beretta M9. We saw several new pistols enter the market, which made things very exciting in the firearm world.
I was fortunate to review the new models and add them to a specific list called “the best compact 9mm handguns for 2017.” The criteria for this list was: polymer frame, striker fire and compact size (around a four-inch barrel) with a double stack magazine that held a minimum of 15 rounds.
I purposely avoided ranking them; however, I am confident that these models qualify for the best pistols of their class.
Enjoy the video and let us know if you agree with my choices.