As more Americans are choosing to carry a gun on a daily basis, sub-compact 9mm handguns have exploded with popularity. Many people like the slim and light single stack pistols but feel the six- to eight-round magazine capacity is not enough. Increasing the magazine capacity to 10 rounds or more gives the carrier an advantage when faced with multiple attackers. Plus, it’s more exciting at the range with guns that carry more ammo.
This review features what I consider the 15 best sub-compact handguns that have a double stack magazine. Although there are no industry standards for what differs a compact versus sub-compact handgun, I decided to keep this group of guns in the “under 4-inch barrel” class. Also, being there are a total of 15 sub-compact guns featured, I recruited my friend Graham Baates of GB Guns to share some of his favorites. Together, we came up with an incredible group of sub-compact 9mm handguns that have a double stack magazine.
This past year, there were several newly released models. The Sig Sauer P365, Walther PPQ SC, Bersa TPR9C and the Beretta APX Compact were introduced and released to the public in 2018. Couple that with several long-standing sub-compact 9mm pistols like the Glock 26, FNS 9C, HK VP9SK and the CZ RAMI, along with some other “not as popular” handguns in this class, one can understand how a list like this can grow to 15 total handguns.
Many online compilation reviews include stolen videos, pictures and cheesy music as the creator makes their list. In my opinion, the reviewer loses credibility when they personally have never handled and shot the gun they are reviewing. With this review, each gun is quickly discussed and range shooting is included by the reviewers. These are guns that GB Guns and I personally own and have experience with.
Check out the review below and let us know if you agree with our choices, or if you feel there is a gun out there that should have been on the list.