NINE BEST NINES
HERE’S THE SKINNY ON THE TOP SINGLE-STACK 9MM PISTOLS FOR CONCEALED CARRY
Here’s the skinny on the top single-stack 9mm pistols for concealed carry.
So, what’s the best compromise? Finding the right carry gun is all about balance. Large guns handle better and help reduce recoil and muzzle rise, while small guns are easier to transport and simpler to conceal under light clothing. In the minds of many serious shooters—myself included—the single stack 9mm makes the most sense if you want a trim gun that won’t print yet offers the capacity and stopping power needed to neutralize a threat.
Sure, double-stack 9s offer more shots, but the tradeoff is extra width that sometimes makes these firearms all but impossible to hide. Plus, a 9mm offers more capacity than comparable .45s and .40s while generating less recoil.
Today’s selection of modern defensive ammo from Hornady, Federal, Nosler, Winchester, Browning and a host of other companies means that any argument against the 9’s ability to stop an attacker is pretty much null. If you do your part, your skinny 9 will work.
But which one is right for you? That depends on your tastes and your budget. The good news is that there are a lot of fans of single stack 9mms—and lots of guns from which to choose. Here’s a list of some of our favorite for daily carry.