5 Of The Best 9mm Carbines To Own

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Planning to get a basic platform to start for mods and customization? The 9mm carbine is a solid light platform for your dream SBR spec. It retains the fun factor down range without burning your cash.

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Here Is a Quick Rundown of the Top Five 9mm Carbines You’d Want To Own

1. Kel-Tec Sub2000

Talk about the compact. The Kel-Tec Sub2000 is a sub-$500 foldable 9mm carbine that could fit in your backpack. Perfect if you’re out in the wilderness and would need a survival SBR. While it may not exactly put a grizzly down, but its stealthy stowage may come in handy.

Depress the trigger guard and this nifty 9mm carbine folds in half. The Sub2000 comes with rotating rails that get out of the way when you’re stowing it. It has a threaded muzzle that allows suppressors and is Glock-fed. Stick in a 30-rounder—or even a drum mag—and bears might reconsider attacking you.

2. CZ Scorpion EVO 3

This simple and reliable low-cost 9mm carbine is amazing, and even better when firing subs. It comes with muzzle adapters for different flash hiders and suppressors. Its modular design allows a variety of after-market parts. This 9mm carbine is arguably the cheapest SBR platform for mods and upgrades on this list.

The Scorpion is also easy to take down and maintain. The recoil is almost absent, noise is almost none, so it definitely lights up with subsonic rounds. Beginners would be at home with the Scorpion.

3. Lone Wolf G9 SBR

Don’t we all love ARs? The AR is the favorite warhorse of many armies around the world. On the home front, it remains a dream for many enthusiasts as some places still do not allow possession. So, shrinking the AR to a 9mm carbine has become a growing passion in the gun world, and for good reason.

We all know the AR for its accuracy, simplicity, familiarity, and most of all—modularity. And the G9 offers that. Lights, NV, optics, sights, lasers, pistol grips, stock options—whatever is on your desired spec. Options for loadout are almost limitless for this 9mm carbine.

If you own a Glock, the G9 is good news for you. The lowers are for Glock mags so you could swap out magazines anytime downrange with ease.

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4. Zenith Z-5P

Now, this is a nostalgic stunner. Since the ’80s, the MP5 went with operators on covert missions, and with SWAT troops in urban CQB's. In time, the platform caught on in the civilian market. Many enthusiasts had the MP5 turned into pistol versions.

But the Z-5P is not just another semiauto 9mm carbine version of the world-famous SMG. It comes equipped with B&T stocks and pistol grip, and top rails for your optics.

The Z-5P may not come as modular as the other 9mm carbine SBR’s on the list. But with reliability and accuracy as its key sales pitch, who needs them mods?

5. Just Right Carbines Takedown

This 9mm carbine pretty much sums up the list. The JR Takedown is a blowback-operated 9mm carbine that takes Glock magazines. But that's not it, this is the most modular on the list. While it would be most optimal in the SBR mode, anyone can configure it into a full 9mm rifle or even into a pistol.

You could easily customize the bolt mechanism, the barrel, and the mag well. It can take on any optic, stock, sight, or suppressor.

Plus, you could also order conversion kits for swapping with other calibers like .40 cal, .357 Sig, or even the .45 ACP.  Or install an ambidextrous safety lever kit so the lefty wife could also have a fun downrange.

This 9mm carbine definitely feels like an AR but fires exactly how a blowback gun should. With it, you’d rarely have to deal with gas and recoil. Fire subs on the JR Takedown and everybody goes nappy time.

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There you have it, the top 5 9mm carbines to own. Which SBR do you think brings the most bang for the buck for modularity and accuracy? What for you has the best look and overall potential?

So, which 9mm carbine would go best in your growing armory?

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9 Responses to :
5 Of The Best 9mm Carbines To Own

  1. Bob Parzych says:

    2 that are missing are the Ruger PC carbine and the Beretta Storm carbine. Both are relatively cheap and both are very accurate and are high quality firearms.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi-Point 9mm carbine is a reliable and affordable firearm.

  3. Charles E Lawson says:


  4. Yukon Charlie says:

    Yes! I love mine…! Hi-Point 9mmTS….

  5. Stuart J Somerville says:

    Not in production any more but my Marlin Camp 9 is a lot of fun.

  6. Steve Ledzianowski says:

    Beretta CX Storm should definitely be on this list at or near the top

  7. GomeznSA says:

    Other posters already mentioned the Ruger PC9 – particularly useful/transportable in the take down version. Probably a tie overall with the CX4 Beretta in terms of being user friendly.

  8. Phil says:

    I too have a Marlin Camp in 9mm. It was the first rifle I bought 25 years ago.

  9. Darrell Garner says:

    I know it’s not popular but I love my Hi-Point 9mm carbine. After market magazine and a few fairly inexpensive upgrades and it’s reliable and fun to shoot. No complaints.

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