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Old March 2, 2011, 06:22 PM   #1
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10 best 9mm handguns made

This isn't exactly scientific since the data is pretty subjective, but...

I took the first 3 pages of votes from this thread: http://thefiringline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5950

Then I created a point system.
#1 = 5 points
#2 = 4 points
#3 = 3 points
#4 = 2 points
#5 = 1 point

For 48 voters, that amounted to 720 total points. Based upon that total, I calculated percentage of points per gun and here are the results:

#1 = Browning High Power (17.50%)
#2 = SIG P226 (10.94%)
#3 = Glock 19 (9.24%)
#4 = SIG P210 (8.61%)
#5 = Beretta B92 (8.06%)
#6 = Glock 17 (7.57%)
#7 = CZ-75 (7.08%)
#8 = SIG P228 (4.83%)
#9 = Luger P08 (4.03%)
#10 = HK P7M8 (3.19%)

Like I said, it's based on the subjective and not terribly scientific, but it helped me sort out the votes. If someone wants to take it further, I'd be happy to send the spreadsheet. However, I doubt the final results would be drastically different based on the trends I was seeing.
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Old March 2, 2011, 06:32 PM   #2
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Oh Crap!
I bought a Springfiled Armory XD(M) 9 mm 4.5" barrel and I didn't buy the top ten!

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Old March 2, 2011, 06:46 PM   #3
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Oh Crap!
I bought a Springfiled Armory XD(M) 9 mm 4.5" barrel
Why? A store salesman talked you into it?
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Old March 2, 2011, 06:55 PM   #4
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Wow you had a little time on your hand. Why not just create a poll?
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Old March 2, 2011, 08:22 PM   #5
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I have two out of the top ten.
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Old March 2, 2011, 08:27 PM   #6
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I have #2, the P226. It should have been number one
What's so great about a Browning hi power anyway? I read all the time how much guys like them and all that. I've never shot one, but if it's a better or more accurate gun than my 226, then I'll buy one. If i see one at the range we're going to Friday, I'm gonna rent it.
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Old March 2, 2011, 08:39 PM   #7
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Hell of a first post!
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Old March 2, 2011, 08:48 PM   #8
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The key word here is ' subjective'. I've shot many of those on that list and my S&W 3913 beats them out in my eyes. But that of course is just my subjective opinion.
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Old March 2, 2011, 10:26 PM   #9
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Wow you had a little time on your hand. Why not just create a poll?
I was just collating some data from an existing poll (with over 200 responses). If I created a new poll, I'd just have to do this all over again!
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Hell of a first post!
thanks.. I think. It probably should be entitled "most popular nines", instead of best nines, now that I think about it more.
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The key word here is ' subjective'. I've shot many of those on that list and my S&W 3913 beats them out in my eyes. But that of course is just my subjective opinion.
Absolutely subjective since respondents weren't asked to explain why they thought these were the best. Still, it's a starting point. BTW, the 3913 was on the list but didn't hit the top 10.
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Old March 2, 2011, 10:32 PM   #10
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Forget Paris; ASP 9x19mm custom, Walther P5/P88, SIG Sauer P225...

If by the "best" 9mm pistol any real list should include the S&W based ASP by gun wizard: Paris Theodore.
That compact 9x19mm rocked!
Other top 9s in my book include the SIG P225/P6 & P226, the Walther P5 & P88(even though it could not clear the US military M9 tests/eval).

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Old March 2, 2011, 11:02 PM   #11
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Left out a lot of players in that one..
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Old March 2, 2011, 11:15 PM   #12
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I already knew which would be #1...


Long live the Hi Power!!
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Old March 2, 2011, 11:38 PM   #13
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My list

Here's my list:
10. Browning Hi-Power
9. Taurus PT-92
8. Hi-Point C9
7. Sig P226
6. Ruger P-95
5. Kel-Tec P11
4. S&W 5906
3. Beretta 92FS
2. XD-9 SubCompact
1. GLOCK 26
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Old March 2, 2011, 11:50 PM   #14
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CZ
PT92
92f
SIG
G19
BHP
FN9
SR9
P95
P89
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Old March 2, 2011, 11:59 PM   #15
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Heres my list:

Kahr PM9
Kahr p9
Kahr k9
Kahr mk 9
Kahr cw 9
Kahr t9
Kahr tp9
Kahr cm9

There is only 8 good 9mms out there. LOL
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Old March 3, 2011, 12:09 AM   #16
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You are either and Engineer or a CPA. Too concise and decissive to be a Lawyer.
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Old March 3, 2011, 12:12 AM   #17
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Who me?

I have an AS of engineering but after a few years working in the field decided to do teaching like I wanted to before Engineering. What kinda fool takes all the weed out classes, aces them then switches their major.....


this guy. lol
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Old March 3, 2011, 12:29 AM   #18
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Sorry, I missed the grading papers syndrome. LOL

In my family, I have 2 Brothers that are CPAs (one of these is also an attorney) and I have a Bro who is an Engineer. So, I guess I was doing some comparrisons.
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Old March 3, 2011, 12:41 AM   #19
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LOL I cant say I blame ya. Engineering minds are not hard to spot. my mind works 3/4 engineer, 1/4 sanity. lol
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Old March 3, 2011, 01:16 AM   #20
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No 1911 in 9mm? Everyone knows that is the best.
If only a HP had a 1911 trigger.
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Old March 3, 2011, 03:24 AM   #21
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Tristar Viper,

For what it is, the Browning High Power ticks a lot of boxes for the serious collector/enthusiast. It is small and slim for a high cap 9mm. Very accurate, completely reliable, points like it was made for your hands, drop dead beautiful and has a manual safety. It also affords its owner the feeling of owning a classic, something special but yet completely reliable.

Its like owning a classic vintage car that is as reliable as a Toyota/Honda. All the style with no downside.

1) Browning High Power
2) CZ 75
3) Beretta 92
4) H&K USP series
5) Sig 226
6) Glock 17

I have NO experience with the Springfield pistols as they are not available in South Africa and therefore will not comment on a pistol i have not put through its paces.
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Old March 3, 2011, 04:15 AM   #22
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(1) Browning Hi Power
(2) ...
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Old March 3, 2011, 06:39 AM   #23
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Nice job. I use statistics at work also, so I am guessing you do as well or are a student.

While the data is subjective, I still think there is some validitity in the analysis. While it is measuring popularity, items are usually popular for a reason and legal gun owners are pragmatic folks.
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Old March 3, 2011, 07:00 AM   #24
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Own a 1978 Hi Power and a German made P226 ... love them both !
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Old March 3, 2011, 07:01 AM   #25
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ShellShocked,
Going over your numbers I realized that SIG models account for nearly a quarter (24.38%) of the votes cast.
Why am I not surprised? In my opinion, SIG is the best production pistol on the market, bar none. Actually, the only surprise is that SIGs didn't score higher.
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