As handgun enthusiasts, we all love our handguns. It doesn’t matter what brand or make or model it is, if it spits lead at our point of aim whenever we pull the trigger, we love it regardless of our brand allegiances. Yet, even with this passion we all share, our tastes vary as far as aesthetics, chambering, construction, and price. 

But if there’s one important thing about handguns that we can all agree on, it’s accuracy. If your piece isn’t hitting anywhere near your point of aim, assuming you’re not shooting bad ammo, you immediately get the feeling that it’s only an expensive paperweight and shouldn’t be carried on your person until you get it fixed.

Granted, most production handguns designed by engineers in the firearms industry have more than acceptable mechanical accuracy and are capable of shooting sub-five-inch groups within 25 yards all day long if the shooter is either using optics, shooting from a bench rest, or just simply gifted.  

And with modern processing methodologies that have been evolving non-stop since men started building and using weapons that shoot powder-propelled projectiles, fewer and fewer guns are making it out of the factory as lemons. While most production handguns can hardly be considered tack drivers, if they’re from a known brand, they’re almost guaranteed to function reliably out of the box with, again, acceptable mechanical accuracy. 

But you’re probably shopping around for a CCW that can double as a target handgun or you’re just curious to know which of the ones currently being produced are the most accurate, stick around to the very end. If you are, we may be able to help you find the most accurate sub-compact 9mm handgun for whatever purpose you may have.

In this topic, we’ll talk about what we believe are the Most Accurate Sub-compact Handguns chambered in 9mm. Just as a quick disclaimer, handgun accuracy is a function of a lot of things, including the gun barrel used and its rifling twist rate, the bullet type and weight, and the shooter’s skill level. All things considered, we firmly believe these to be the most accurate sub-compact handguns on the market today. 

1. Springfield XD-S

The Springfield XD-S line of handguns has one purpose: concealed carry. It’s a single-stack, striker-fired pistol that is both relatively thin, light, and easy to carry concealed even with everyday light clothing. Like most handguns in its class, the XD-S is a viable EDC option for those times when you can’t carry a full-size pistol or when you don’t want to be lugging around something heavy all day.

I know some of you naysayers will say there was an early recall in 2013, but Springfield handled that issue quite well. Since then, the XD-S line has developed a reputation for reliability as it has zero major design flaws. There is a newer version of the XD-S called Mod.2 which is considered by many to be just an aesthetics update to the original design, but that also means it’s just as reliable, if not a little better.

Springfield XD-S

The XD-S line is not without its downsides though. Many people complain about its trigger, which is totally understandable. It is a mushy trigger. But anyone who would be willing to spend some range time to familiarize themselves with the XD-S’ trigger pull will find that while it may not be the best trigger on the market, it will get the job done. What’s important is the XD-S is capable of sub-5-inch groups out to 25 yards and for $524, it’s not a bad deal. You get the 3.3-inch barrel model with fiber optic front sight and two magazines, a 7-round and a 9-round.

2. SIG P365

SIG Sauer’s engineer’s had one goal in mind when they built the P365. It was to overcome the well-documented shortcomings all sub-compact pistols of the time were known to have. Two of the major ones are magazine capacity and accuracy.

In general, smaller handguns take a backseat to full-size handguns in the magazine capacity and accuracy department and it’s not hard to see why. A smaller grip can only accommodate smaller magazines which in turn only have room for fewer rounds compared to a full-size magazine. A shorter slide only allows for a shorter sight radius which directly affects a gun’s practical accuracy. Likewise, a shorter barrel doesn’t offer much room for a bullet to accelerate. 

The SIG P365 is still a sub-compact handgun, and at first glance, it doesn’t look anything special compared with other sub-compacts. But once you pull out the magazine, you’ll be pleased to see that it can fit 10 rounds of 9mm in its small grip. Other handguns with the same grip size only has room for 6 rounds, which gives the SIG P365 a 67% advantage in the ammo capacity department.

SIG P365

But the best thing about the SIG P365 is it has top-notch accuracy, as it’s known to be capable of shooting sub-2-inch groups at 25 yards making it one of the most accurate sub-compact handguns in the world. And for such a well-built piece of hardware, it costs only around $600 with street prices in the $500 range.

3. Glock 43

The Glock 43 is one of the most popular Glock pistols chambered in 9mm today owing to its slim design which makes it a really good carry pistol. Its width measures a really thin one and six hundredths of an inch, and coupled with its short barrel and even shorter grip, it’s almost guaranteed not to print, even with light clothing.

But the reason why the Glock 43 made it on to our list is the fact that it’s capable of shooting three to four-inch groups at a distance of 25 yards even with its short barrel that measures only three and forty-one hundredths of an inch and its factory plastic sights which even some Glock fanboys love to hate.

Yet, as easy to conceal and as accurate of an EDC piece as the Glock 43 is, it is not without its downsides. One, like most sub-compact single stacks with a really short grip, factory magazines have a really low ammo capacity as they can only hold six rounds. And two, the short grip also doesn’t allow for a tight purchase, which impacts many things: recoil control, re-acquisition of sights, and speed and accuracy of follow-up shots.

Glock 43

Fortunately for Glock enthusiasts, not too long after the Glock 43 was released, third party magazine companies like ProMag Industries started selling aftermarket 10-round extended magazines while others like Tarant Tactical and Hyve Technologies developed magazine basepads for factory Glock 43 magazines to extend their capacity to a maximum of 9 rounds. With these aftermarket fixes, the Glock 43 has practically zero downsides and at $499, it remains to be one of the better-priced CCW options in its weight class.

4. Kimber Micro 9

Since Kimber was established over four decades ago, it continued to maintain its reputation for building high-quality firearms. Their Micro-9 is no different than all their other 1911 handguns in this regard, which gives you impression that it’s a custom 1911 perfectly tuned by your personal gunsmith despite the fact that it is a production model and is priced as such. 

With an MSRP of $739, the Kimber Micro 9 is a an easily concealable single-stack 

Micro 1911 with the slim profile classic 1911s are known for but built to be even slimmer, as its grip width measures one and six hundredths of an inch, about fourteen hundredths of an inch thinner than the original 1911’s grip as designed by John Browning.

Available in different configurations, all Kimber Micro 9 pistols utilize a slide that is machined from stainless steel and a frame made of aluminum for durability, making them significantly heavier than their polymer sub-compact competitors. But the additional weight also helps with recoil control.

Kimber Micro 9

Also, each Micro 9 comes fitted with a match-grade aluminum trigger and low-profile steel 3-dot sights dovetailed on the slide so they stay zeroed even after shooting hundreds of boxes of ammo. As far as accuracy, the Micro 9 is easily capable of three and a half-inch groups at distances of up to 25 yards.

5. H&K P30SK

H&K introduced their P30 line of polymer-framed semi-automatic handguns in 2006 as a modernized version of their original P2000 series from 2001. Not too long after its release, it was adopted by several military and law enforcement units across Europe. As it has many features that make it a great self-defense option for civilians as well, it became highly popular. But for years, H&K fans wanted a sub-compact version.

The company heeded their call and responded with the release of the H&K P30SK four years later. Like its compact-sized forerunner, the P30SK is a polymer-framed pistol but being a subcompact version, its ammo capacity is greatly reduced from 15 rounds to just 10 rounds. Its barrel measures three and three-tenths of an inch, which makes it six-tenths of an inch shorter than the original P30’s barrel with a length of three and nine-tenths inch. 

But even with its shorter barrel, the P30SK is one of the most accurate production pistols in the polymer sub-compact 9mm handguns space, as it is known to produce sub-two-inch groups at a distance of 25 yards, a feat not a lot of its competitors are able to achieve.

H&K P30SK

Besides being capable of superb accuracy, H&K P30SK has another neat feature: its grip is fully modular and can be adjusted to comfortably fit a wide variety of hand sizes. This is because the grip can accept different-size grip panels and interchangeable backstraps. But if you’re budget-conscious, you may not like this handgun as its prices range anywhere from $749.99 to $999.99 depending on the configuration you choose, making it one of the more expensive handguns on this list.

6. Walther PPS M2

When Walther released their Polizie Pistole Schmal or PPS in 2007, it was a uniquely different compact semi-auto with a glass fiber-reinforced polymer frame as it was designed to be very slim. Specifically engineered for undercover police officers in Europe, it somehow made its way to America and became one of the most popular concealed carry options on the civilian market.

Despite everything the original PPS has going for it, it wasn’t without flaws. Nine years after it was released, Walther introduced the PPS M2 with the goal of addressing the problems associated with the original while further improving on the things it got right. With all the changes made to the handgun, especially in the ergonomics area, the M2 represents a significant generational update, but at its core, it’s practically unchanged.

Among the improvements Walther made to the PPS M2 was the trigger, as it was reshaped and made wider. The trigger-pull weight remains the same as that of the original PPS but feels a lot smoother, which helps the handgun’s accuracy. Speaking of accuracy, the PPS M2 is easily capable of sub-three-inch groups at up to 25 yards, which makes it a really accurate little handgun. 

WALTHER PPS M2 9MM PISTOL

But the best thing about the PPS M2 is the price. At the time of making this topic, it has an MSRP of $469 with street prices as low as $365, a really good price for a brand-name sub-compact semi-auto that is as accurate as it is reliable. 

It also comes with two magazines, a flush-fit one with a 6-round capacity, and an extended version with a base plate that adds an additional bullet, giving it a 7-round capacity while also providing a bit more room for the shooter’s pinky finger to hold on to, allowing for a tighter purchase on the grip and better recoil management.

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