I think I know what you mean. At one point, I thought that the main reason to own a 9mm was round count. These days, I think the best reason to own a 9mm is to own a small carry pistol with a decent cartridge.
After owning a bunch of 9mm pistols, the only one I own currently is the PM9 that has been with me for about six years. These days you can get a CM9, which is 90% of the gun for 60% of the price.
If I had more money than I knew what do do with, I would buy another P7M13.
If I had unlimited patience, I would buy another EMP.
I have neither. But I do have my PM9, which isn't going anywhere.