With the introduction of Glock’s first ever single stack 9.mm this year in the Glock 43, the topic of single stack 9.mm pistols is once again at the forefront of discussion. Some shooters will certainly trade in their previous carry guns for the new Glock; others may decide to stick with their current firearm or consider buying another single stack pistol.
The 10 firearms featured in this test were all single stack 9mm carry pistols costing less than $600 with a barrel that measured between 3 and 3-1/2 inches in length. Each of the pistols was tested using only the equipment provided by the manufacturer, exactly as it would appear to a buyer. If a pistol came with only one magazine, that was the only magazine loaded and used over the course of the test. None of the pistols were lubricated or cleaned at any point during the testing process.
- Type: Striker fired, semiautomatic
- Caliber: 9.mm
- Capacity: 6+1 rounds
- Weight: 1 pound, 1.9 ounces (empty)
- Finish: Black nitride (steel)
- Grips: Polymer frame, Gen-4
- Sights: White dot (front), U-notch (rear)
- Trigger: 8 pounds, 6 ounces (new); 8 pounds, 13 ounces (final)
- MSRP: $549
- Manufacturer: Glock
The popularity of single stack 9.mm pistols among gun owners is without question. Single stacks offer shooters a thin, lightweight pistol that is easy to carry for extended periods of time and fits easily in the hand. Sure, they don’t have the same magazine capacity as a full size pistol, or even double stack pistols designed for carry, but what these slim shooters lack in round count, they more than make up for in conceal-ability and comfort. To help shooters make that determination, Guns & Ammo has conducted an extensive test, pitting 10 popular single stack 9.mm pistols against each other in a shootout. Testers fired more than 8,000 rounds of 9.mm through the 10 pistols.
The length of the test, as well as accuracy both prior to and after the test’s completion. Other factors — such as velocity, six-shot splits and trigger pull before and after testing — were also measured.