Love or hate Gocks, they pretty much set the standard for AK47 like reliability.
And with 17+1 rounds of 9mm capacity it pretty much tops out the round count. Plus you can use a 33 rounder glock 18 mag in there too.
The Glock 19 is 15+1 capacity and is the best combination of frame size and capacity. Plus it can accept the 17 and 33 rounder mags too.
Its smaller than an HK P2000 which is 13 rounds and its lighter than a Sig P229 which also holds 13.
Also to throw in the mix is the fullsize Smith and Wesson M&P9 which also takes 17 round mags. Basically Glock reliability but improved ergonomics.
For 45 ACP, The HK45. 10 Round mags and the gun does not require you to have a 10" long trigger finger like the older full sized USP and Mark23.
or the FNP-45 which has 14 round mags.
TACAV: Griz, if you had to choose between bacon or coffee...
Glock without a doubt has one of the best if not THE best track record of any high capacity pistol series. There are other guns that I do think could be/are the Glock's equal in terms of quality and reliability.
Smith & Wesson M&P
Probably several others that are escaping me.
While not my personal favorite there is no denying Glock is king and probably will remain so for the foreseeable future. The gun is reliable, can take a beating and a shining tribute to the KISS rule. I am not much of a fan of the slimming Glock did with the Gen 4 models so if I were to ever get myself another Glock it would be a Gen 3.
historically, the Browning Hi-Power 9mm has a very long track record of success. I am not certain if it holds more than your stated number of rounds.
13 + 1 if you are not in California.
How could I have forgotten Beretta and Sig... I have very little trigger time with the XD/XDM and Ruger SR series of pistols but that little bit I do have left me with nothing but positives to say about them as well.
I'll mention them as a prime choice. CZ-75 family. CZ, EAA Witness, Jerhico, Armalite 24 and some others. Combines much of the Browning High Power design (considered by many the best combat pistol in the world) with the Petters' Sig P210 slide and rail system (the most accurate service pistol in the world).
Mine's a Witness Steel 10mm service pistol. Also convertible in 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP and .22.
Utterly reliable, accurate, easy to shoot with a perfect fit to hand (if you have "Browning hands", like me).
Ok. Glock it is. I am interested in a 9mm. Which Glock do you recommend? Are the Gen 4s any better?
I had a Glock 17C as my first handgun years ago and it was a fantastic gun, never had even 1 malfunction with it and it happily accepted every type of ammo I threw at it.
The talk at my LGS is that the Gen 4's have some spring problems but given that I am not an avid Glock man and that you always hear about things when they go wrong and far less often hear about them when they go well I would not take that as the gospel without doing some more research.
The problems with 4th gens seem to have been taken care of now but unless you just want the adjustable back straps I see no reason to get a 4th gen over a 3rd gen. The 3rd gens are proven and are generally less expensive. I have a G17 and G26 right now and am looking for a G19 to complete the 9mm family. I may go with a G23 (.40 S&W), that way I can just use a 9mm conversion barrel and have the option of using 2 calibers, something I see as a real plus in a SHTF situation.