Most Accurate 9mm Pistol out of the Box [2023 Updated]

There are many great 9mm pistols of the past and present out on the market. But, which ones are really accurate right out of the box without any customization.

We’ll be straight up with you. We did not test fire all the 9mm pistols (except a few) from the list below. The following sentiments were collected from shooters in various gun community.
We also understand these sentiments are subjective and not objective (scientific). You can take our suggestions of the most accurate 9mm pistols with a grain of salt.

As most of you all know the “Indian” is always the variable factor that has to do with accuracy and not the “arrow”. From the groups that have shot these 9mm pistols are the Joe average with maybe some military or law enforcement background. None of these shooters are newbies or of elite status like a Rob Leatham. Rob can pick up just about any pistol and be accurate with it.
As we stated earlier these reviews are not true gun benchmark from Smith&Wesson or Sig Sauer. These perspective are not from a defensive or combat shooter stand point either, just from the plinker/recreational shooter. In retrospect, if these were competitive shooters doing this accuracy test. Our list of 9mm pistols could be different or more 9mm’s added to this list.

The following are two 9mm pistol lists, the first is from shooters who just went out and shot targets without any purpose just on a “feel and where the bullet hits on target”.
The second group are the same type of shooters just different person. This group actually thought of ways to reduce human error as much as possible. For example shots were fired from a hand rest or sandbags. There were no warm-up firing, all shooting was done cold from the line. Atlanta Arms 115 grain 9mm FMJ match bullets were used. Shots were fired from 12 and 25 yards. Another thing to note, some pistols had optic sights mounted. This can affect accuracy as you find out later in the result section.
The course of fire was 5 shots at the 12 yard line and three 5-shot groups from the 25 yard.

After the smoke had cleared, the grouping is looked at to determine the accuracy of the pistol. For example, 1 inch groupings from 12 yards.

Also, just a heads up we added a few more 9mm pistol to our list, but never tested it. So basically these newer ones added are from word-of-mouth from our local shooters community. This is in a separate section way down below.

Groupings from 12 Yds
Groupings from 25 yds

Here is the first list of most accurate 9mm pistol out of the box:
  • Sig Sauer P226X5
    Single action trigger, adjustable, steel barrel
  • Glock34
    Long barrel
  • Swiss AT 84 S
    Considered a CZ75 clone but many shooters feel this is more accurate.
  • Browning Hi-Power 9mm
    The name and reputation speaks for itself.
  • Glock17
    Straight out of the box accurate
  • Sig Sauer P210
    See the results from the test below.
  • Beretta APX
    This shouldn’t have surprised you.
These 9mm pistol are really accurate, reliable and available in most local gun stores.

In the second list some of the 9mm’s are not your regular pistol that you’d see at the local gun store, they are quality target pistols for competition shooting. I think the rationale was to see how the regular pistols and higher end target pistol compares.
S&W Performance Center 5906 PPC 9mm
Sig Arms P210-5 Heavy Frame 9mm
Sig Sauer P210 Legend Target 9mm
Sig Sauer P226S X-Five Enhanced Classic 9mm
CZ 75 Tactical Sport 9mm
Pardini GT45-II 9mm
Beretta 92 Combat 9mm
Glock 17L 9mm (3rd gen)

Based on the best group sizes, nearly all of the pistols performed well. Nearly every single pistol was capable of a group of less than 2 inches at 25 yards and less than 1 inch at 35 feet (11.7 yards). Despite the good performance, there was a clear stand out winner, the X-Five.
The X-Five shot the overall smallest group at 25 yards as well as the overall smallest average group at 25 yards and at 35 feet. This consistency, however, was likely driven by the unfair advantage of the Aimpoint T-2 red dot sight. Other pistols had excellent groups but could not get the consistency. This variability in the other pistol groups seemed highly affected by the type of iron sights particularly those used in the older pistols. Regardless of the unfair advantage, the X-Five turned in tiny group after tiny group including that 25 yard group of well under an inch.

The runner up was the S&W PPC9 6 inch. With that long sight radius, that hand built Performance Center fit, Briley bushing and excellent single stage trigger, the PPC9 excelled at accuracy. Its consistency nearly won the day. It may have been a closer race if we had mounted a red dot to the PPC9 instead of the irons.

The performance bargain was the CZ75 Tactical Sport. The TS ran competitively with pistols costing many multiples of its price and even beat many pistols costing far more. The sight radius, light trigger and weight make this a joy to shoot. For the shooter on a budget, the TS is an outstanding choice.

As noted earlier, in a better test, they would have shot three to five 10-shot groups at each range with each pistol for more statistically significant results. They couldn’t do so due to time, fatigue and other human constraints.

They began this test by trying to ascertain the most accurate pistols in this group test of high quality target pistols. They did our best to remove the human factor by shooting over support. Despite their best efforts, they ended up constrained by a very human factor: our vision and our ability to see each respective set of sights.

We hope this test was in some way helpful, but we stress that all these results should be taken with a grain of salt. This is a sample set of one of each pistol with one type of ammunition and one set of shooters. Your results may vary.

Bulk Ammo In-Stock
Best 25 Yard Groups
Sig Sauer X-Five Classic w Aimpoint T-2 0.893
CZ 75 Tactical Sport 1.029 inches
S&W 3566 1.381 “
Sig Arms P210-5 HF 1.622 “
S&W 5906 PPC9 6″ 1.628 “
Pardini GT45-II 1.796 “
Sig Sauer P210 Legend Target 1.829 “
Glock 17L Gen 3 2.155
Beretta 92 Combat 3.422

Best 12 Yard Groups
S&W 5906 PPC9 6″ 0.421 inches
Sig Sauer X-Five Classic with Aimpoint T-2 0.441 “
Glock 17L Gen 3 0.63 “
CZ 75 Tactical Sport 0.719 “
Sig Arms P210-5 HF 0.789 “
S&W 3566 0.866 “
Glock 17L Gen 3 0.88 “
Pardini GT45-II 0.906 “
Sig Sauer P210 Legend Target 1.002″
Beretta 92 Combat 1.181″

Other Pistol Notes
S&W 5906 PPC9 6″ By virtue of consistency the PPC9 came in second place in our accuracy test. It did not have the overall second smallest 25 yard group at 1.63 inches but it did have the overall second smallest average 25 yard group at 1.92 inches.
In addition the PPC9 has the overall smallest 35 foot group of 0.42 inches and the overall third smallest average group size at 35 feet of 0.89 inches. The 35 foot average was thrown off by a single bad group of 1.6 inches.
Sig Sauer P210 Legend Target The P210 Legend was very consistent. The best 25 yard group was a poor 1.83 inches but the average 25 yard group was a third best 2.02 inches.
The best 35 foot group was 1.00 inches and the average 35 foot group was 1.25 inches.
These were solid but not exceptional results from the German P210 and it appears that the Swiss P210 might have a slight edge on it based on best groups.
Sig Sauer P226S X-Five Enhanced Classic The X-Five had the unfair advantage of the Aimpoint T-2 red dot sight. This was reflected in the sheer consistency of group after group. We did not have the broader swings in group size at 25 yards that we had with other pistols as we settled into each new set of iron sights.
The X-Five achieved stunning accuracy. The smallest 5-shot group at 25 yards was 0.89 inches and the average 25 yard group (average of five groups) was a best overall 1.31 inches. These were both the smallest overall. The X5 also achieved the overall second smallest 35 foot 5 shot group of 0.44 inches and smallest 35 foot average group of 0.54 inches.
Even the worst groups were excellent. The worst 35 foot group was 0.65 inches and the worst 25 yard group was 1.63 inches.
The X-Five was the clear winner coming in first in nearly every metric, but we should have either equipped the other pistols with red dot sights or removed the red dot sights from the X-Five to keep the competition fair.
CZ 75 Tactical Sport The CZ Tactical Sport was the clear price to performance ratio winner.
It had a second best 25 yard group of 1.03 inches but was let down by a 2.30 inch average 25 yard group. The other four groups ranged from 2 to 3 inches.
It also had a 35 foot group of 0.72 inches and the second best average 35 foot group of 0.89 inches.
Although it did not outright win, the CZ kept up with pistols costing many times as much.

New Pistol List
Yes, as mentioned earlier in the article, this list will be updated, hopefully on a monthly basis. As I stated earlier, there is no particular method that we have of updating, most is done by sheer word-of-mouth from local pistol groups. So be sure and check on this section. And just so everyone knows, we don’t always give a huge description on why these pistols are accurate. You however, as the reader can weigh in on more info if you’d like. We normally have this done on our American Shooting Journal Facebook page, we just don’t like to do commenting on our website. Ok, enough gibberish.
  • Heckler & Koch VP9

    Heckler & Koch’s VP9 is a top-performing 9mm handgun, renowned for its exceptional trigger and ergonomic design. This striker-fired pistol is the result of HK’s rigorous engineering process that prioritizes consistency and performance. Originally developed for military use, the VP9 has become a favorite among civilian range shooters.
    The VP9’s trigger is one of the best in its class, with a short, light take-up and a solid single-action break followed by a quick reset. It also features a proprietary captive flat recoil spring that reduces recoil force and improves shooting control during rapid fire, along with a cold hammer-forged barrel and a polished feed ramp. While the VP9 is on the expensive side for a 9mm pistol, it delivers the accuracy and performance that you would expect from a military-grade firearm.
  • Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0

    The Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 is one of the most budget-friendly and versatile 9mm Luger pistols on the market. Despite its lower price point, it still boasts impressive accuracy and ease of use straight out of the box, making it suitable for a wide range of applications. Its lightweight polymer frame and low profile sights make it particularly well-suited for concealed carry. Along with the Glock series, the M&P 2.0 is a popular choice for novice shooters due to its striker-fired trigger system, which provides quick and easy trigger pull. Some shooters even prefer the M&P 2.0’s trigger over the Glock’s. While it may not offer competition-level performance, the M&P 2.0 is an excellent option for those looking for a reliable and cost-effective 9mm pistol.
  • Canik TP9SFx

    Many 9mm shooters say this pistol is worth the bang, especially when you’re on a budget. $600, and consider a competition ready pistol, guess that’s why its accurate in its development. The brief specs features tungsten gray cerakote exterior with a 5.2-inch barrel and a 20 plus 1 magazine capacity.
  • Wilson Combat EDC X9L

    This 9mm beauty purpose is for the recreational and defensive minded shooter. Sports an X-frame grip with an enlarged trigger guard window and paired with radius trigger pad length which helps with recoil control. Its like a 1911 with ergonomic design.
  • SIG Sauer P210

    If you’re a Sig fan, this P210 is the American version. In this video Larry Vickers explains the tell-tale differences that distinguished the ones made from Germany, Swiss and American. Trigger mechanism is highly developed which is why its so accurate.
  • Heckler & Koch P30sk

    The P30SK from Heckler & Koch is highly esteemed by elite law enforcement and military units, thanks to its extensive testing and uncompromising performance. Although it may not be the most accurate 9mm out of the box for some users, it is a sophisticated military-grade handgun that excels in secure and reliable function even in the harshest environmental conditions. Its numerous safety features and modularity capabilities may make it a bit too advanced for casual range shooting.
  • Walther PPQ M2

    With one of the best factory triggers for 9mm pistols, the Walther PPQ offers exceptional accuracy straight out of the box. It’s a great all-around handgun for those seeking a reliable and versatile sidearm but aren’t quite sure what type of pistol they need. The subcompact variant, in particular, is an excellent choice for concealed carry thanks to its lightweight and compact design. For range shooting and home defense, the standard PPQ may be more ideal, but it’s still capable of concealed carry
  • Springfield XD-S Mod.2

    The Springfield XD-S Mod.2 is a striker-fired 9mm handgun that excels in concealed carry and self-defense scenarios. Part of Springfield’s highly regarded XD series, this pistol is engineered with competitive shooting in mind and offers a plethora of available upgrades and sight options. The slim, single-stack polymer frame provides a higher hand position and enhanced ergonomics, while the thin slide and textured grip make it comfortable and advanced for CCW carriers. All of these features come at a respectable price point, making the XD-S Mod.2 an excellent choice for those seeking a high-performing and customizable 9mm pistol for concealed carry or self-defense.
  • CZ 75 B

    With unique design features and exceptional performance, the CZ 75 B is a bargain for those seeking a top-performing 9mm pistol. This handgun is accurate, durable, and reliable, making it suitable for home defense, range shooting, or combat. Its 16+1 round capacity, combined with a comfortable grip, provides great accuracy straight out of the box. The CZ 75 B boasts a sleek, classic look with modernized features, making it a standout in its class. However, its all-steel frame makes it larger and heavier than other pistols, which improves accuracy but makes it less suitable for concealed carry. Overall, the CZ 75 B is an excellent choice for those seeking a high-performing and reliable 9mm pistol for home defense and range shooting.
  • FN FNS-9 Compact

    The FN FNS-9 is a double-action, polymer-framed, striker-fired autoloader that was created for law enforcement, military, and commercial use. With four standard safety features including trigger, firing pin, drop, and out-of-battery, this pistol offers excellent safety and reliability. The FNS-9 is a premium service-quality 9mm handgun that has been competition-tested and is highly accurate right out of the box. Despite its premium quality, it is reasonably priced, making it a great value for those seeking a high-performance 9mm pistol.
  • Ruger SR9

    The Ruger SR9 is a compact, accurate, and dependable 9mm Luger semi-auto pistol that offers affordability and ease of use right out of the box. This striker-fired pistol features a short recoil operation with a locked breech, stainless steel slide, and low-reflective finish. Its lightweight and slim design make it a great option for concealed carry and self-defense. The pre-set trigger, similar to Glock’s “Safe Action” system, partially cocks the striker when the slide is cycled and then fully cocks and releases it when the trigger is pulled. With a 17-round magazine capacity, the SR9 is a solid and cost-effective option for those looking for a reliable and low-maintenance handgun. Its rugged construction and quick usage make it comfortable to carry and easy to handle in any situation.
  • Sig Sauer P320

    The Sig Sauer P320 is a striker-fired pistol that was chosen by the U.S. Marine Corps in 2017 as the M17 and M18 (compact variant). It is a well-balanced pistol that offers a great combination of weight and features, making it one of the top choices in the market. The P320 is known for its unmatched durability and reliability, which makes it an excellent option for those who prioritize these features in a firearm.
People Wonder about…
What 9mm pistol is most accurate?
“The Glock 19 is one of the most accurate and reliable handguns available.” The Glock 19 is likely the most popular 9mm handgun of all time—and with good reason. The 19 pioneered the compact size category, but it still comes standard with 15-round mags (it can also accept 17 to 33-round mags).

Is Glock or Sig better?
The Glock’s polymer construction makes it the lighter choice. However, that means that when you are using a higher caliber, the SIG handles recoil better than the Glock does. If you are looking for a well-concealed carry weapon, or a lighter one, the Glock will edge out the SIG in this category.

Do Navy SEALs use Glock or Sig?
The Navy SEAL’s standard-issue pistol is the Glock G19. SEALs are allowed to carry their personal choice in 9mm pistols, but many prefer to stick with the standard Glock 19.

How far is a 9mm accurate?
While a 9mm bullet may travel three miles under optimal conditions, how accurate it is, is all based on chances.

At what range is a 9mm lethal?
If the barrel is 5″ “full-length” pistol, designed to be lethal at any distance out to 50m. Most defense experts consider the round to be “effective” out to about 25m.

How far away can a 9mm be heard?
A handgun shot can be heard about a mile away.

How many walls will a 9mm go through?
Handgun rounds (9mm and . 45 ACP) all penetrated at least six walls of sheetrock.

Can a 9mm penetrate a car?
The engine of a car would stop all handgun bullets and many rifle bullets. The windshield would likely deflect many handgun rounds, but not as many rifle rounds.

What 9mm is used by FBI?
The FBI has selected Glock Gen 5 handguns in 9mm as their service weapon. There has been much speculation about the reasons for their caliber change. The short answer, science. They did the research and the math.

Which is better 115 grain or 124 grain?
The difference between 115 grain vs 124 grain 9mm ammo is the weight of the bullet, with 115 grain bullets being lighter than 124 grain bullets. Basically, the 115 grain rounds are light and fast and the 124 grain rounds are heavy and slow.

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