The Pros and Cons of 9mm Handguns


9mm handguns are some of the most-popular, and arguably-effective, on the market today.  However, they’re not necessarily the perfect option for everyone.  If you’re considering getting a 9mm handgun for personal protection, it’s important to be mindful of some of their drawbacks as well as their benefits.  Here are a few things to think about as you weigh your options.


Large Magazine

9mm handguns have larger magazines than many of their counterparts, and this means that you won’t have to stop and reload as often during a shootout.  This can mean the difference between life and death, and this is one of the reasons that these guns are so popular.  Remember, than even expert shooters don’t always hit their target on the first try, so it’s quite possible that average or beginner shooters may end up unloading an entire magazine in order to score one hit.


Quick Reload

Because 9mm guns have cartridges, loading and reloading is fast and easy as long as you have cartridges that are pre-filled.  They are also compact which makes storing and transporting cartridges easy as well.  In a fire-fight, the few seconds saved by swapping out cartridges instead of reloading bullets one by one can give you an advantage against a less-equipped assailant.


Easy to Conceal

9mm guns are small, and this makes them easy to conceal, particularly if you’re mobile.  They can fit just as easily in pockets as they do with holsters, and they’re pretty comfortable to walk around with.  You can also easily hide them in places that are within easy reach, such as in your backpack or door pocket in your vehicle.


Plenty of Accessories

9mm guns are very popular, and this translates into having more shopping choices both for weapons and accessories.  Prices are also kept in check due to the enormous competition out there, and parts and accessories are also easy to obtain.



The main drawback associated with 9mm guns are that they are complex compared to rifles and revolvers.  This makes them more-likely to jam in the field, and there is also a little bit of a learning curve associated with becoming familiar with how to maintain the weapon as well.  While it’s not that difficult to overcome these limitations, users need to take time to train on the weapon before relying on it in the field.



9mm guns are powerful, durable and accurate weapons, but this can be a double-edged sword, particularly if you’re not familiar with handling it.  Consequently, most people will benefit from some lessons and proficiency-training before making it their go-to weapon for defense.


9mm guns are an attractive option due to their reputation, design, price and availability.  However, it’s important to consider these and other factors that may influence whether or not they are the best weapons for you.  Take some time to shop around, ask questions, and consider test-firing a couple before making any decisions.  At the end of the day, comfort and proficiency are just as important, and sometimes smaller or larger weapons may be a better alternative.




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