NINE BEST NINES

HERE’S THE SKINNY ON THE TOP SIN­GLE-STACK 9MM PIS­TOLS FOR CON­CEALED CARRY

Concealed Carry Hand Guns - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - By Brad Fitz­patrick

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.

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