It is quite challenging to help a woman find a handgun perfect for her needs. With a lot of things to consider, here at Gun Carrier, we listed our top picks of the best 9mm handguns for women.
Through the years, 9mm handguns have increased in popularity with women consumers. Having an excellent performance and the compatibility for smaller-framed gun users, a 9mm handgun is one of women’s top choices for self-defense. I think this is because of the lesser recoil and the size of the 9mm handgun.
If you’re one of those ladies out there looking for a 9mm handgun, Gun Carrier presents to you 40 of the best 9mm handguns for women. Scroll on to browse through our list.
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Selling at a price of $350, the AMT Backup is a subcompact, semi-automatic 9mm handgun. It has a 6+1 capacity with an overall length of 5.75 in. The frame, slide, and finish are all made of stainless steel. So don’t expect this handgun to be that light but then again, this handgun’s build is solid.
The Beretta BU9 Nano is one of the best 9mm handguns for women designed for personal defense and concealed carry. This handgun is lightweight, giving you the comfort to carry it all throughout the day. Sold at $400 to $500, this 9mm is easy to conceal and easy to maintain. While Beretta is more widely known for their .45 ACP pistols, the BU9 Nano is one of their best forays into the concealed carry handgun.
Offering both double and single action, the Beretta PX4 Storm is one of your go-to 9mm handguns for women. This pistol has a 17-round capacity and features a rotary barrel to reduce recoil and muzzle jump. This baby packs a lot of stopping power. For a price of $530, the PX4 shoots pleasantly. In addition, you can easily assemble and disassemble this 9mm handgun.
A polymer-framed 9mm handgun having a single stack magazine, the Bersa BP9 CC is available in black and OD green colors. This is quite a handy pistol as it is only 0.94″ thick, meaning you can conveniently tuck it into a waistband holster without being bulky. Sold at an affordable price of $300 to $350, you can get a hold of one of the best 9mm handguns for women with the BP9 CC.
Another 9mm handgun for women to consider is the Colt Defender. This handgun is basically the smaller version of the Colt 1911. Perfect as a concealed weapon and for your home defense, the Colt Defender can be bought at the price of $950. It provides excellent stopping power coupled with simple design and portability.
A steel-framed handgun having a polycoat finish, the CZ 75 B is popular not only to women but also with military, government, and security agencies. It has both double and single action with a 16+1 capacity. The ‘B’ designation indicates this carry handgun has a firing pin block safety. This 9mm is sold at $550 to $600.
The CZ P-01 is an aluminum-framed 9mm handgun built for military duty. Moreover, due to its aluminum frame, this handgun has a reduced weight and a compact size, perfect for a concealed firearm. In addition, this 9mm has minimal recoil and easy to shoot. Sold at $630, this handgun will never disappoint.
Made in the USA, the Diamondback DB9 is a lightweight, micro-compact 9mm handgun with a polymer frame. Easy to conceal, the DB9 can be conveniently placed in your ankle or pocket. It has coated internal parts as well as the slide and barrel to keep the gun from corrosion. For its modest price of $435, the Diamondback DB9 is an affordable and reliable 9mm handgun for women.
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Designed by John Browning and Dieudonne Saive, the FN Browning HP is an accurate and quite impressive 9mm handgun. Packed with features to suit your needs, this pistol has an overall length of 7.75 in and a 13-round ammo capacity. Priced at $1000 to $1250, this reliable 9mm handgun will fit you like a glove.
Another reliable and solid 9mm handgun for women is the Glock 17, specifically the Gen 4. With a 17-round magazine capacity, this handgun features a “Safe Action” trigger system and is very lightweight, making it easier and safer for shooters to use. Glock seems to be the world leader in 9mm ammo pistols, and the Glock 17 is proof of that. The Glock 17 is sold for $550 to $650.
If you’re opting for a concealed carry 9mm, the Glock 19 would be one of your best options. It has reduced dimensions, adding up to the handgun’s versatility. The Glock 19 is a popular service pistol as well as a backup weapon due to its superb features. Priced at $600 to $650, this compact handgun has a 15-round magazine capacity.
Another go-to concealed carry 9mm handgun for women is the Glock 26. Since its release in the market back in 1994, this handgun has been a popular choice for women. With a ten-round magazine capacity, the Glock 26 has a shooting accuracy to benefit the shooter. Also known as the “baby glock,” the Glock 26 is sold at $500 to $550.
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Single stack concealed carry 9mm handgun, the G43 is yet another pistol that is durable and can withstand an everyday torture like any other Glock handguns. This handgun is designed for comfort and accuracy, featuring a grip with a built-in beaver tail to help the shooter get a higher and tighter grip. The trigger pull is light and can allow you to send multiple rounds out in the span of seconds. Priced at $450 to $500, the Glock 43 has a 6-round magazine capacity.
Combining safety and functionality, the Heckler & Koch P30 has ergonomic features to suit a woman’s needs when it comes to a 9mm ammo handgun. This handgun has a special grip frame, making shooters easily adapt when handling it. Having ambidextrous controls including release levers of magazines and dual slide releases, this handgun sells for $900 to $1000.
Heckler & Koch P7
The Heckler & Koch P7 is a single stack, eight-round ammo capacity 9mm handgun. It is popular for its low barrel axis and slim built, making the handgun accurate and concealable. Classy and elegant, this handgun is sold at around $1500. A bit pricey compared to other handguns but the P7 is definitely a reliable and accurate 9mm handgun perfect for women.
Hi Point C9 Compact
An American-made, polymer framed 9mm handgun, the Hi Point C9 Compact is one of the most economical and lightweight pistols there is. It has an eight round magazine capacity with three-dot sights. Sold at a very affordable price of $180 to $200, this handgun is reliable and easy to use.
Slim and compact, the Kahr Arms CM9 is one of the best 9mm handguns for women. This handgun is packed with features, making it accurate, and reliable. The stainless steel frame also ensures the durability of this gun. The Kahr CM9 is a polymer-framed handgun sold at around $400 to $450.
The Kahr Arms CW9 is a polymer framed 9mm handgun with a slim profile, making it easier to carry with you anywhere. It’s no snubnose revolver, but it certainly feels like it. This handgun has a double action only (DAO) trigger which helps with the smoothness in shooting. For $450 to $500, you can get a hold of this excellent performing handgun.
With its compact design, the Kahr Arms PM9 is a reliable concealed carry you can conveniently bring with you daily. Additionally, its slim profile makes it easier to carry and hide. This semi-auto handgun has a seven-round ammo capacity and is sold at $800 to $900.
A semi-automatic 9mm handgun, the Kel-Tec PF-9 is built for concealability. This is a polymer pistol with a really good form factor. It has a single stack magazine, able to hold seven rounds. One of the slimmest and most lightweight handguns there is, the Kel-Tec PF-9 is another double action only having an automatic hammer safety. The Kel-Tec PF-9 is a locked breech pistol priced at $350 to $400.
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The Kimber Pro Carry II is an aluminum framed 9mm handgun. With its rubber double diamond grip, it makes it easy for the shooter to handle this gun well. Sold at an affordable price of $850 to $900, the Kimber Pro Carry II is a satisfying handgun especially with less recoil and more accuracy.
Featuring an ambidextrous slide safety and magazine release, the Kimber Solo is one of the 9mm handguns for women to consider. This aluminum framed handgun has a six-round magazine capacity. You can avail this handgun at an affordable price of $800 to $900.
Featuring an optimized grip angle to help lessen recoil, the Remington R51 could be a woman’s go-to 9mm handgun. It has a consistent trigger system and its round edges make the gun easy to conceal. Priced at a modest price of $400 to $450, the Remington R51 has a 7+1 round magazine capacity.
Rock Island Armory TAC Ultra FS HC
The Rock Island Armory TAC Ultra FS HC has a seventeen-round magazine capacity, with a double stack magwell. For accuracy, this handgun is built with an adjustable rear sight (with an option for night sights if you prefer), as well as a fiber optic front sight. Priced at around $900 to $950, this handgun comes with 4 to 6 lbs trigger, just like any other Rock Island 1911s.
The Ruger LC9 is one of the best 9mm handguns for women featuring a crisp trigger to help the shooter make a faster pull and accurate shooting. Compact and lightweight, this could be a woman’s self-defense firearm. With its slim profile, you can conveniently conceal the LC9. Having a seven-round magazine capacity, the Ruger LC9 is priced at $450 to $500.
A small frame revolver with a smooth trigger, the Ruger LCR or the Lightweight Compact Revolver is another 9mm handgun a lady can rely on. It is a small frame handgun with reduced recoil due to its superb components. Sold at $570 to $670, this handgun can be any woman’s self-defense firearm.
Weighing 23.4 oz and has an overall length of 6.85″, the Ruger SR9c is one of the best 9mm handguns for women. It has a 3-dot, high visibility sight system, helping the shooter improve accuracy. This compact handgun is sold at a very modest price of $570.
Sig Sauer P225-A1
The Sig Sauer P225-A1 has the same stunning look and feel of the P225 but has an improved trigger and quality. This compact handgun is a single-stack 9mm having a DA-SA trigger system. With a price ranging from $1000 to $1500, you’ll definitely get what you expect from this 9mm handgun.
Lightweight and subcompact, the P290 is one of the most innovative 9mm handguns by Sig Sauer. This polymer-framed pistol is designed as a concealed carry for shooters and for government, military, and security agencies. You can get this double-action trigger with 6+1 rounds magazine capacity handgun for an affordable price of $450 to $500.
Perfect as a concealed carry with its compact size, the Sig Sauer P938 is an all-metal 9mm handgun with a single-action trigger. It has an ambidextrous thumb safety, making this handgun suitable for right- and left-handed shooters alike. For a price ranging from $750 to $800, this handgun delivers a smooth shooting with accuracy.
With its slim profile, the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield can be your best concealed carry 9mm handgun. Easy to operate and conceal, the M&P Shield will meet a woman’s expectations in finding the best 9mm handgun. Sold at $450, this lightweight handgun is comfortable to carry day and night.
Featuring a dual spring recoil system for a manageable recoil, the Springfield 1911 EMP is an aluminum-framed 9mm handgun you can rely on for your safety. This is a subcompact handgun having only a 3-inch barrel. For those who want a concealed carry in a 1911 platform, you can get this 9mm handgun at the price of $900 to $1200.
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The Springfield XDM is a polymer framed 9mm handgun, tailored to fit perfectly in your hands. This handgun points quite naturally and is packed with features to suit the shooter’s needs. With its price ranging from $600 to $700, this accurate and reliable handgun can be availed.
A multi-purpose concealed carry 9mm handgun, the Springfield XDS 4.0 is offering a small yet powerful pistol. It is in single stack platform and has a sub-compact frame which can be converted into a full-size length once you add an X-Tension magazine. For a very modest price of $650 to $700, this polymer-framed 9mm handgun can be your reliable self-defense weapon.
The Stoeger Cougar Compact is one of the best 9mm handguns for women with its double-action trigger. This is a semi-automatic handgun offering you an accurate performance. Priced at $400 to $450, this pistol also features an ergonomic grip to help shooters with control.
Taurus PT709 Slim
The Taurus PT709 Slim is a semi-automatic 9mm handgun, featuring a compact design. It is a polymer framed handgun with polymer grips and blue steel slide. This single action/double action handgun has a seven-round magazine capacity. For a very affordable price of $280 to $300, this handgun also has fixed rear and front sights.
Combining ergonomics and accuracy, the Walther CCP is a stylish concealed carry pistol with a manageable recoil. This polymer-framed handgun is designed ergonomically to help user shoot with accuracy. The Walther CCP is highly affordable with its price of $450 to $500.
Walther PPQ M2
The Walther PPQ M2 is a self-defense 9mm handgun built ergonomically for your needs. It has a sculpted grip that feels smooth in the shooter’s hand. Priced at $600 to $650, the Walther PPQ M2 is an elegantly styled 9mm handgun.
Slim and lightweight, the Walther PPS is another 9mm concealed carry you can count on for self defense. Fast and easy to use, this handgun is pleasant to shoot with accuracy. While it is small, performance-wise it will never disappoint. At a modest price of $600 to $650, this 9mm handgun can be your go-to pistol for your safety needs.
A reliable single-action, the Zastava M88 is a semi-automatic 9mm handgun built with preciseness. It has an eight-round magazine capacity and a safe locking and triggering system. Easy to maintain and use, the Zastava M88 can be bought at the price of $300 to $400.
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With the 9mm handgun becoming popular and popular over the years, it’s a bit hard to choose which one is the best. I personally like the Heckler & Koch P7 even if it’s a little pricey because of its awesome features. I hope this list of 40 of the best 9mm handguns for women can help lady shooters out there as well as men trying to find the perfect self-defense weapon for their mother, wife, or daughter.
Which of these 9mm handguns for women is your favorite? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This article was first published in April 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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