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Old May 28, 2000, 01:41 AM   #1
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What are the five best 9mm's ever made?

Ok this is a topic that will stir discussion.
What are the five best nines ever made? This is overall, looks, performance, feel. Here's my list, everyone else is free to agree or disagree:

BTW, this list is not in any particular order.

1. Browning High Power
2. Glock 19
3. CZ-75
4. Beretta 92
5. HK P7M8

What isn't here that should be?
What is here that shouldn't be?
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Old May 28, 2000, 02:00 AM   #2
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1. Browning High Power
2. Glock 19
3. CZ-75
4. Beretta 92
5. HK P7M8

I would agree with this list, although here are some more:
Sig P226

BTW, if you ask me what are the best 3 9mm's ever made were, I would say
Browning HP
Beretta 92
HK P7M8 (my favorite, carry very often).

What is interesting, is that very few people ever talk about 3d generation Smith 9mm pistols.
They are kind of sleepers in the stores, but in my opinion, all politics aside, they are really fine autos, especially the full size 5906 and 5903 models. I have more than 4k rounds through my 5903 and only had 3 stopages, all of them in one day and almost certanly ammo related. I am not suggesting that they belong to the 5 best list, but they should not be neglected. Many PD's issue them.
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Old May 28, 2000, 04:09 AM   #3
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Here's my list:

1) Sig P210
2) Sig P228
3) Sig P226
4) Browning Hi-Power
5) Glock's 17 & 19

I'm sure their will be a lot of varied opinions as to what's best? Guess, it's
whatever works for you. For everyday
all around use, I would choose the Sig

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Old May 28, 2000, 04:23 AM   #4
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I can only go by my experience and my choices are:

1) Walther P88
2) Browning High-Power
3) TZ75
4) Sig/Sauer P288
5) Glock Model 19

I own and shoot these on a regular basis.


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Old May 28, 2000, 05:19 AM   #5
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Here they are in no paticular order:

1. Browning Hi-Power
2. Sig 210
3. Sig 226
4. Glock 17
5. HK P7M8

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Old May 28, 2000, 05:56 AM   #6
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Hello. I would say the five best are:
SIG P210, Browning HP, CZ-75, HK P7, and Walther P88. Best to all.
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Old May 28, 2000, 06:00 AM   #7
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No particular order:

1. Beretta 92
2. Glock 19
3. Browning Hi-Power
4. H & K P7 PSP
5. CZ 75

With the Walther P 88 and historically the P38 close behind.
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Old May 28, 2000, 07:06 AM   #8
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SIG 226, top of the list, all the rest are also rans, IMHO
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Old May 28, 2000, 07:43 AM   #9
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I'm gonna cheat, and go with 5 most important:
1: P-08- the gun that established 9mm.
2: P-35 Hi-Power- showed the way to 9mm's raison d'etre: mag capacity.
3: P-38- Demonstrated that a rugged service auto can be DA.
4: *&* M659- Combined DA, high capacity, and stainless steel in one gun.
5: Glock 17- Altered the face of combat 9mm's for good with a rethink of just what a 'combat' auto should be.

Runners up would be: *&* M39, SIG P-225, H&K P7, and Beretta 92 for, repectively; legitimizing the DA 9mm in America, Proving that a DA auto can function as well w/o a safety as a DA wheelgun, approaching the idea of a combat auto from an entirely new (too new, probably) direction, and setting a new standard in 9mm service pistol reliability and ruggedness (at the expense of size and weight).

Just my thoughts...

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Old May 28, 2000, 08:42 AM   #10
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Sig 226/228
Glock 17/19
Kahr K9

These are close
Beretta 92. Sig 210. Walther p88/p88c. Hk p7
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Old May 28, 2000, 09:19 AM   #11
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Glock 17

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Old May 28, 2000, 09:27 AM   #12
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Looks don't matter to me, I'll rate them by function and fit in my hand, in order:

1) Browning HP
2) H&K P7M8
3) Glock 17
4) Sig P226
5) Beretta 92FS

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Old May 28, 2000, 11:49 AM   #13
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Good question. Tough call. Personally, I look for combat effectiveness, which to me is a combination of size, functionality, how it feels, accuracy, and firepower (type of round and number of rounds).

1. Beretta 92.
2. Glock 17/19.
3. Sig 225/226/228/229.
4. Walther P99.
5. HK USP.

Runners up would be the Sig 210, the S&W 5906, and the HK P7. I say runners up not to imply that they are inferior, but only to say that they're not as combat worthy IMHO.
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Old May 28, 2000, 12:01 PM   #14
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Good post Tamara!

My favorites are (in no particualr order):


I also think the Glocks, Ruger, Walther, Syeyr, Taurus and S&W are excellent. The Star is very good too. Any quality clones of the above.


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Old May 28, 2000, 01:07 PM   #15
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1. Sig "P" Series Pistols (no explination needed)

2. Beretta 92 Series (very reliable, but a little big in the hand for me)

3. Browning Hi-Power (handsome and very comfortable)

4. Kahr K9 (best ballance of size, weight, and capacity)

5. S&W 3rd. Generation (Pre-sellout ONLY)

If I had more choices, HK and Glock might have made the list. It isn't that I hate HK, I just hate the sharp checking on the front of the grip of hte HK. It really chews up on the hand, and is probably unnecessary for a 9mm.

The Glock is undoubtably one of the finest designs ever manufactured, but for me the grip angle is way to severe. It feels as though my hand is contorting to a weird position just to aim.

Lots of very fine 9mm available, I guess I am just a little picky. Just because a particular gun didn't make my list doesn't mean I think it's a bad gun, it just means it hasen't worked for me.

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Old May 28, 2000, 01:19 PM   #16
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SIG P210
SIG P DA series (225, 220, 226, 228)
Kahr MK9

Oh no! I only have one spot left for CZ, Steyr GB, H&K P9S Competition, Glock 19, and S&W 940.
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Old May 28, 2000, 02:51 PM   #17
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1. P7
2. P7M8
3. P7M13
4. SIG P210
5. Browning Hi-Power
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Old May 28, 2000, 02:57 PM   #18
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1. HK P7
2. SIG 228
3. BHP
4. G17
5. CZ75
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Old May 28, 2000, 03:21 PM   #19
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hi power
po8 luger
p38 walther
s=w 659
cz52 with 9mm nato barrel
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Old May 28, 2000, 03:29 PM   #20
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Here's my list.
Glock 19
Ruger P95
Walther P38
P08 Luger
Browning Hi Power

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Old May 28, 2000, 04:02 PM   #21
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somewhat in order:

1. Glock 17/19
2. Beretta 92FS
3. Sig Sauer 226/228
4. HK P7

there are probably more i forgot to mention also that i like a lot.
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Old May 28, 2000, 05:54 PM   #22
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I would add the Star BKM. The only factory pocket pistol in 9x19. Therefore, to me, the most useful 9x19.

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Old May 28, 2000, 06:23 PM   #23
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Somewhat in order:
1. Glock 19/17
2. Sig 228/226
3. CZ 75
4. Beretta 92
5. Browning HP
Runners up:
6. Sig 210
7. HK P7M8
8. Walther P99
10. Walther P88
S&W? They are good, but I've never liked their pistols, and certainly not 9mm Rugers!!
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Old May 28, 2000, 07:35 PM   #24
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Limiting my selections to guns that I have actually shot:

1) CZ75
2) Browning Hi Power
3) Sig 228
4) Ruger P Series
5) Walther P88
6) Astra A100
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Old May 28, 2000, 08:35 PM   #25
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1.Glock 17
2.Glock 19
3.Browning Hi-Power
4.Sig P-228

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