Introduced in the early 1980s, the first-generation Glock 17 was a 9mm pistol designed to meet or exceed all the Austrian Army requirements. Simplicity, durability, and reliability; are words that best define what Glock is all about.

Since then, Glock has designed many new products. By far, the most common chambering across all Glock models is the classic 9x19mm. It’s no surprise; the original Glock is a 9mm, and with over 35 years of experience making 9mm pistols, none can deny the Austrian firm’s expertise with the 9mm chambering.

In this list, we will look at the best Glock 9mm handguns available today.

Best Glock 9mm Reviews

Editor’s Choice: Glock 17 Gen 5

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  • It’s reliable and dependable; it’s a Glock
  • Wide selection of parts and third-party modifications
  • Flared magazine well improves reloading times
  • Ambidextrous controls ideal for left-handed shooters

Top 7 Best Glock 9mm Reviews

1. Glock 17 Gen 5: Best Glock 9mm Pistol Overall

Why you’ll love this:

You should get the Glock 17 Gen 5 if you are looking for a reliable, dependable, high-capacity polymer-framed 9mm pistol.

What We Liked

  • Reliably fires nearly any brand of 9x19mm ammo
  • Highly-accurate Glock Marksman Barrel
  • All previous-generation Glock 17 magazines are compatible
  • Comes out of the box with 3 17-round magazines

What We Didn’t Like

  • Full-size pistol, not ideal for all applications

The Glock 17 was the pistol that started it all for the famous Austrian manufacturer, so it is fair to assume that the latest iteration of this iconic handgun is one of the most dependable and trustworthy firearms available today.

The G17 is a full-size pistol, designed with law enforcement and military needs in mind; yet, at just over 1.5 pounds unloaded, it still feels lightweight and handy. The redesigned, grooveless grip and the improved ergonomic features also help make it easier for a wider variety of shooters to get a solid purchase.

As always, the Glock 17 offers a standard magazine capacity of 17 rounds. Three of these 17-round magazines are provided in the box alongside a magazine loading tool. No need to hurt your thumbs getting those last few rounds in the magazine; simply use the provided magazine tool and never worry about filling your mags to their full capacity again.

Per usual for a Glock, whether you use premium self-defense hollow-points or cheap steel-cased training FMJs, the G17 will fire and eject nearly anything with no malfunctions.

As a full-size pistol, concealed carrying it may not be an option for everyone. But as a general-purpose handgun for personal protection and home defense, what the G17 Gen 5 offers is simply hard to beat.

9mm pistols really lived up to its reputation for being the most reliable handguns among firearms.

2. Glock 19 Gen 4: Best Glock 9mm for the Money

Glock 19 Gen 4

Why you’ll love this:

You should get this if you want a Glock, and you concealed carry often. It’s a great gun at an affordable price.

What We Liked

  • Versatile, suitable for duty and concealed carrying
  • The most popular handgun model in America
  • Grippy and comfortable RTF texture
  • More affordable than the Gen 5 version

What We Didn’t Like

  • Finger grooves may not fit all hands

The fourth generation of the ever-popular Glock 19 is still widely available and as popular as ever. The G19 has enjoyed immense popularity since its introduction in 1988 and shows no signs of stopping. Trusted by civilians, law enforcement, military, and even special forces, the G19 may well be the closest thing to an all-purpose 9mm handgun.

As a Gen 4 pistol, this iteration of the Glock 19 possesses a modular backstrap system, with three different sizes available to accommodate different hand sizes. The frame also features the Rough Textured Frame (RTF) texture seen on Gen 5 models and a dual recoil spring assembly, reducing felt recoil.

Even though it is a previous-generation model that features the finger grooves, it is still as dependable as you expect a Glock to be, no matter the situation.

The G19 was many people’s first handgun, and it could be yours, too. The G19’s size and high round capacity, especially when compared with the G17, make it one of the most popular choices for concealed carry gun owners

Glock brand really produces a great options of excellent handguns which you can happily choose from.

3. Glock 43X: Best Glock 9mm for Concealed Carry

Glock 43x

Why you’ll love this:

You should get this if you want the best Glock handgun in 9mm suitable for concealed carrying without compromises on shootability or capacity.

What We Liked

  • Slimline frame ideal for deep concealed carrying
  • Holds up to 11 rounds with standard magazine
  • Durable nDLC slide finish
  • Same magazines as the Glock 48

What We Didn’t Like

  • Does not accept double-stack Glock 9mm magazines

The predecessor to this handgun, the Glock 43, was eagerly anticipated; after all, it was the first subcompact 9mm Glock with a single-stack magazine. This model was a step in the right direction in the rapidly-evolving world of concealed carrying handguns, but some felt that the 6-round magazine was not quite enough.

In 2019, the Austrian firm released the Glock 43X; the same slide and barrel length, and a frame of the same width, but taller; virtually the same height as that of a Glock 19. It allowed the standard magazine to accept up to 10 rounds, a very respectable capacity for today’s concealed carry handguns.

If you need just a little more capacity, you can modify your G43X magazines with the Tyrant Designs G43X/G48 +4 magazine extension. They include an increased-strength grip and will turn your 10-round magazines into 14-rounders.

I recommend keeping 1 or 2 magazines equipped with these baseplates as spares, and keep the stock 10-rounder in your pistol when carrying it. With these, you’ll never feel under-armed when going out with your Glock 43X.

4. Glock 34 Gen 5 MOS: Best Glock 9mm for Competition

Glock 34 Gen 5 MOS

Why you’ll love this:

You should get this if you want the most accurate Glock 9mm pistol out of the box, particularly if you enjoy competition shooting disciplines such as IPSC or IDPA.

What We Liked

  • Accepts all G17 compatible magazines
  • The most accurate Glock out of the box
  • MOS slide is red-dot ready

What We Didn’t Like

  • Not the most practical as a carry piece

The Glock 34 is not a small handgun; in fact, it is one of the longest models in Glock’s lineup, featuring a 5.31” barrel, second only to the Glock 17L (6.02”). Both are intended for competition, but in my opinion, the Glock 34 Gen 5 MOS edges out.

This model is a Gen 5 Glock, with all of the advantages that it implies. It features a full-size frame with the RTF grip texture and no finger grooves, a reversible magazine release button, a fully ambidextrous slide release lever, and, most importantly, a Glock Marksman Barrel. Out of the box, this is easily the most accurate Glock you can purchase today.

With the iron sights, the G34’s sight radius of about 7.5” allows for precise target acquisition and fast follow-up shots. But to truly make this pistol shine, take advantage of the red-dot ready MOS slide and pair this competition-ready pistol with an equally excellent red dot sight, such as the Vortex Venom. It’s the perfect combination to make those steel targets ring at any distance from 0 to 50 yards.

5. Glock 45 FS with AmeriGlo Sights: Best Crossover Glock 9mm

Glock 45 FS

Why you’ll love it:

You should get this if you want a Glock pistol with the capacity of a full-size but the ease of use and shootability of a compact.

What we liked

  • Crossover pistol: Full-size frame, compact slide
  • Accepts all G17 compatible magazines
  • Interchangeable backstraps to fit all hand sizes
  • Comes out of the box with AmeriGlo night sights

What we didn’t like

  • Full-size grip may be challenging to conceal

The Glock 45 is part of a category the company refers to as “Crossover” models, which combines a frame from one of its standard lines with a slide and barrel from a different line. The G45 possesses a full-size G17-like frame but mated to a compact G19-like slide and barrel.

The G45 is not meant for concealed carrying. It is marketed primarily for duty use, and its roots can be traced to the Glock 19MHS, designed to meet military requirements.

However, considering that it benefits from all the advantages of Gen 5 Glocks, this Crossover is very well-balanced and will fit in the hands of more shooters who shoot better with it.

Whether you’re looking for a duty weapon that can improve your pistol qualification scores or a home defense handgun that anyone in the house can use comfortably, the Glock 45 is likely to win you over.

With the pre-installed AmeriGlo tritium night sights, staying on target is no trouble, even when you hear that bump in the night.

6. Glock 26 Gen 5: Best Subcompact Glock 9mm

Glock 26 Gen 5

Why you’ll love it:

You should get this if you want a subcompact Glock 9mm pistol for concealed carrying that can also accept its larger variants’ magazines.

What we liked

  • Small dimensions ideal for concealed carrying
  • Short version of the highly-accurate Glock Marksman Barrel
  • Standard magazine holds up to 10 rounds
  • Accepts G19 and G17 magazines

What we didn’t like

  • Grip is a little wide

The affectionately nicknamed “Baby Glock” is still around, even 25 years after its first introduction.

Even though Glock has introduced so many new small models (many of which are excellent choices for concealed carrying), none of these guns would have existed if it wasn’t for the Glock 26, the first-ever Glock subcompact pistol.

The G26 received the Gen 5 treatment as well, with all but one of its features. The mildly flared magazine well, seen on larger models, is absent here, as it would hurt its concealability. The other Gen 5 changes are also present, such as the RTF grip texture, no finger grooves, front and rear slide serrations, and ambidextrous controls.

As with previous generations, the G26 comes with a standard, flush-fit, double-stack magazine capable of accepting ten rounds. Although the magazine is interchangeable with G19 and G17 magazines for additional capacity, Glock also offers a factory extended +2 baseplate.

This option increases the magazine capacity to a very respectable 12 rounds and provides extra room for your pinky finger, giving you a better purchase on the grip.

7. Glock 48 with Glock Night Sights: Best Slimline Glock 9mm

Glock 48 with Glock Night Sights

Why you’ll love it:

You should get this if you like the features offered on the Glock 43X but wish it came with a longer barrel.

What we liked

  • Similar to the Glock 43X, but with a longer barrel
  • Weighs just 25 oz. loaded
  • Factory Glock Night Sights pre-installed
  • Same magazines as the Glock 43X

What we didn’t like

  • Does not accept double-stack Glock magazines

If you liked the Glock 43X’s Slimline frame but felt as though the 3.41” barrel and slide offered too short of a sight radius, or if you didn’t feel it was as balanced as it should be, the Glock 48 was made for you.

In short, the G48 is a G43X with a longer barrel (4.17”) and slide. Therefore, the G48’s overall dimensions are roughly equivalent to those of a Glock 19, but without the double-stack magazine (and the corresponding, somewhat wide frame).

Although there is no change in the magazine capacity than the Glock 43X because they are, in fact, the same 10-rounders, this isn’t an issue. The grip is just tall enough for the vast majority of hand sizes to get a comfortable hold, yet just short enough to be easy to conceal, particularly inside the waistband.

As an added benefit, this model also comes out of the box with factory Glock Night Sights. These polymer tritium-illuminated night sights feature a conventional 3-dot arrangement instead of the standard Glock U-notch rear and dot front system. These sights glow green in low-light environments and allow you to stay on target even in the dark or the middle of the night.

Best Glock 9mm Overall: Glock 17 Gen 5

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We all know how the company slogan goes: Glock Perfection. The implication is clear because it’s difficult to improve upon something that is already so good. Yet, the new features showcased on the Glock 17 Gen 5 are undeniable proof that it’s not just possible; it was necessary.

Whether you have smaller or larger hands or shoot from the left or right hand, the Glock 17 Gen 5 is the most accessible a Glock 17 has ever been.


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