What Is The Best 9mm Carbine? We Have a Look At 5 Great Options

What is the best 9mm carbine out here? Let’s just first see why someone would want a 9mm carbine in the first place. The main advantages of a carbine in a pistol caliber over a handgun include the increased sight radius which aids with accurate shooting; the long barrel more efficiently captures burning powder which increases projectile velocity; and more points of contact between the shooter and weapon which increases stability.

So what is the best 9mm carbine? Let us look at 5 options below.

WeaponWeight (lbs)Length (In)
Kel-Tec SUB-2000429.5
CMMG Mk9 T6.332
Rock River Arms LAR-9 CAR A47.136
Hi-Point 9955.7532.5
Beretta Cx4 Storm5.6828.7

Kel-Tec SUB-2000

Kel-Tec SUB-2000With an MSRP of $500, the Kel-Tec Sub 2000 is an inexpensive alternative to AR-15s and pricier “tactical” rifles for someone on a budget. The SUB-2000 is brought to us by the folks over at Kel-Tec (who are based in Florida, USA). It was designed by George Kellgren, a Swedish-American designer who also designed many earlier Husqvarna (in Sweden), Intratec, and Grendel brand firearms.

The rifle is a blowback operated, semi-automatic firearm with its operating spring located in the tubular stock. It feeds from a grip-located magazine well using magazines designed for various pistols, and is an inexpensive carbine. It comes in at a very light 4 lbs, which helps with easy handling.Kel-Tec SUB-2000_folded

Something we like about the Sub-2000 is that it folds in half for easy storage and transportation, and is very slim. So overall it takes up little space (the gun cannot be fired when folded).

You can get the Sub-2000 in both 9mm or .40 S&W calibers, however if you decide to get a Sub-2000 you will probably struggle to find one. That is simply because there is such a demand for this weapon, while Kel-Tec is not producing enough of the guns to satisfy the demand.

The Gen 2 version of the Sub-2000 has some improvements that include:

  • Adjustable stock
  • New sling attachment points
  • Improved pistol grips for better ergonomics

What others have to say:The polymer-framed SUB 2000 is fun, functional and available at a very reasonable price. What more do you want from a folding pistol-caliber carbine?” – B. Gil Horman on AmericanRifleMan.org


CMMG Mk9 TIf you love the look and feel of an AR but don’t want to buy a 5.56 rifle and ammo for target practice and defensive shooting, then the Mk9-T is an excellent option to consider. The flattop design is ready-made for mounting optics, and this rifle is virtually begging to be paired with a high-quality red dot sight. At 6.3 lbs, it’s easy to transport, and recoil is nil. The MK-9 T wears a sixteen inch M-4 profile barrel, made of 4140 steel. The handguard is their RKM11 KeyMod free-float aluminum unit (KeyMod was designed to replace the traditional Picatinny rail system.  KeyMod employs a keyhole-type system on the mounting surface (such as a rail) whereby accessories such as lights and lasers can be mounted without the use of tools if they have a KeyMod nut designed to fit in these “keyholes” – the benefit is reduced weight and better ergonomics). Being of blowback operation, there is no gas system, but the MK-9 T uses the spring in the stock tube to return the bolt into battery, just as does a direct-impingement or gas-piston AR.

With an MSRP of over a $1000, this is an expensive weapon though. And different to the Sub-2000, this rifle does not accept a varied number of magazines and also does not fold in half. Overall it is also slightly heavier and bigger than the Sub-2000.

If you are looking for reliability, accuracy and a weapon that is made in the USA, the MK-9 T is an excellent option as the the best 9mm carbine for your needs.

What others have to say:The evaluation of the Mk9 showed that it was accurate, reliable, and well-made.” – James Reeves on TheFireArmBlog.com

Rock River Arms LAR-9 CAR A4

Rock River Arms LAR-9 CAR A4Rock River Arms are generally known for making custom 1911 pistols, but they are now also in the rifle market with their LAR-9 offering. The A4 model has a 16-inch barrel, M4-style fore-end and collapsible stock, fixed front sight, A2 flash hider and rubber pistol grip.

With an MSRP of over a $1000, it is also pricier than the Sub-2000. With a weight of 7.1 lbs and a length of 36 inches, it is once of the larger rifles on our list.

If you want a rifle for tactical training purposes, this is possibly the best 9mm carbine for your needs.

What others have to say:it is a quality weapon system capable of delivering fight-stopping, accurate fire in a chambering that is more economical.” Kevin Davis on Tactical-life.com

Hi-Point 995 Carbine

Hi-Point 995 CarbineIf you are not an experienced shooter and want something for home defence purposes or just plinking, then the 995 is possibly the best 9mm carbine for you.

The Hi-Point carbine is a series of carbines chambered for 9×19mm Parabellum, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP. A .380 ACP variant has also been introduced. They are very inexpensive, constructed using polymers and alloyed metals as much as possible, resulting in a reduction of production costs and sale price.

With a weight of 5.75 lbs and a length of 32.5 inches it is not the smallest rifle on our list, but it is by no means the largest rifle either.

The main selling point for this weapon is its price point, with an MSRP starting at below $300, this is a very affordable weapon. We also really like the fact that Hi-Point offers a lifetime warranty on their guns – whether you are the first or even third owner of the gun, they offer free repairs for the gun.

It is not the best looking carbine ever and has no fancy features like some of the other rifles, but for new and casual shooters who just want something for home defence or plinking, you do not really much more anyway.

Beretta Cx4 Storm

Beretta-Cx4-StormThis carbine is aimed at the sporting, personal defense and law enforcement markets. The Cx4 Storm was developed to be used in conjunction with Beretta semi-automatic pistols. For example, the magazines for the Beretta 92FS chambered in 9mm can be used in the Cx4.

The CX4 Storm includes a Picatinny rail that can be extended under the barrel by pushing in the sling button and pulling the rail out by a thumb tab. Each Storm also includes a side rail with two mounting screws, a second can be purchased along with a bottom rail from the manufacturer. The contoured bottom rail is designed to attach under the two side rails. The Cx4 comes from the factory with adjustable iron sights. The stock on the Cx4 has an adjustable length of pull. Adjustment is made by the use of stock spacers. In addition to being able to customize the Cx4 with accessories, it is also able to switch the safety, cocking handle, ejection port, and magazine release to the left side of the weapon to accommodate left-handed shooters.

It is of a similar size to the Hi-Point, but with an MSRP of just under $1000 it is much more expensive. However for the extra money you get a much more advanced weapon with modern technologies and features (and of course it looks very cool!).

What others have to say:I think the Beretta offers a professional, bet-your-life-on-it patrol carbine for a very competitive price.” – Joe Grine on TheTruthAboutGuns.com

What Do You Think – What Is The Best 9mm Carbine?

To make a list of the best 9mm carbine options out there is almost impossible as there are different rifles for different purposes. Not to mention everyone has their own preferences when it comes to rifles of this nature. But if you think there is a specific 9mm carbine that stands head and shoulders above the options we noted above, please tell us by sharing your comments in the comments section below.