If you are new to the idea of gun ownership, particularly pistols, then you’ve probably at least heard of the 9mm cartridge. Even if you haven’t, the 9mm pistol permeates pop culture. From movies to television to crime novels, often when a character has a pistol, it’s chambered in 9mm. Depending on where you are, “9” can be slang for a pistol. But is the 9mm pistol really all it’s cracked up to be? Keep reading to decide if the 9mm pistol is right for you!


Lots of Choices

The 9mm pistol is probably the most popular choice for a pistol in the world. As such, no matter what part of the country your looking for a pistol in, you can find one chambered in 9mm. Want a concealed carry pistol? You can easily procure one chambered in 9mm. Want a tricked-out competition shooter? You can find one in 9mm. The diversity of options also gives you a diversity of price points. You can spend as little as $300 or upwards of $2000 for a custom piece.

On the flip side, try not to be overwhelmed with choices. If you are a first time gun-buyer, reach out to a reputable dealer who can answer your questions. And shoot! Get to a range and try things out so you can find a model you like.

Plenty of Ammunition

With the popularity of the cartridge, 9mm pistol ammunition has a widespread availability. You can find it almost anywhere (barring, of course, an ammunition shortage). Widespread availability and popularity means there are plenty of options no matter what your desired purpose is. Similar to the point above regarding choices, you have a type of ammunition for nearly everything. This availability also means 9mm ammunition is generally less expensive than other chamberings.


Decent Ballistics

It’s true; the 9mm is not as big as a 45. Still, with modern ballistics, the 9mm is a more than adequate performer when it comes to wound generation. Modern ballistics have increased the penetrative and stopping power abilities of the cartridge significantly. If carrying a pistol for self-defense, be sure to utilize a proven self-defense cartridge!



As a smaller, lighter round, the 9mm is very easy to control. This is critical when attempting rapid follow-up shots. The easier a pistol is to manage, the more precise control you have over the weapon. If you have to (and with a little practice) you can speed shoot a 9mm pistol quite easily. This control gives you options in a life-or-death situation. And, if all you’re interested in is competition shooting, pistol control is great there, too!


Magazine Capacity

Due to the round size, you can generally fit more rounds in a 9mm pistol than another pistol of the same size but with a different cartridge. More rounds is never a bad thing; just as anyone who’s faced the unpleasant reality of a gun fight. This is especially helpful if you are looking for a pocket pistol. It may be the difference between carrying a pistol with eight rounds or four.


For all your firearms needs, don’t hesitate to reach out to Liberty Shooting Sports. Whether you are a first-time gun-buyer or an experienced firearms owner, our team is ready and willing to help you!