The popularity of 9mm handguns continues to grow.
And the rights of Americans to carry concealed handguns for self-defense are becoming more entrenched across the country. Even if some areas only try to pay lip-service to them.
In light of recent product introductions, it is time to update our round-up of little 9mm handguns.
Back in 2014, Ruger released a striker-fired version of their LC9s pistol.
By going to a striker mechanism, Ruger was able to give shooters a lighter trigger that was consistent for every shot. The LC9s still had a manual safety and a magazine disconnect safety, however, making it less-than-ideal for most shooters looking for a concealed handgun.
But in late 2014, Ruger finally listened to the critics, and debuted the LC9s Pro. All the improvements of the striker-fired LC9s, and the elimination of the manual safety and magazine-disconnect safety.
Those changes made the LC9s Pro a completely viable self-defense handgun. If it fits your hand and can be concealed in the method you prefer, don’t hesitate to buy it. It is also eminently affordable.
And then we have the elephant in the room. The Glock 43. A gun that the market has demanded for about 10 years, and which Glock finally got around to building.
All the reliability that shooters expect in a Glock, but in a size just slightly larger than the .380 Glock 42.
No, it is not the smallest 9mm on the market. But those who have fired it say that it is among the most controllable of the little 9mms.
There were some teething issues with the Glock 42, so I will be waiting to buy the 43 until any potential issues are revealed & resolved (and for the stampede of salivating Glock fans to subside). But I will be getting one eventually.
Glock’s competition have had the market for single-stack 9mms to themselves for many years. Whether the 43 will be able to dominate the market outside of Glock diehards remains to be seen.