The market for compact handguns is booming, but a growing number of guns are also going the other direction.
Long slide handguns are traditionally considered competition firearms for IPSC, IDPA and 3-gun contests, as their additional length offers improved accuracy and increased velocities. We’re also seeing a number of non-competitive shooters buying long slide guns for target shooting and home defense.
Whether you’re looking for another target pistol or planning to compete on a national level, there’s never been a better time to be in the market for a lengthy 9mm. Long slide 9mm handguns come in a variety of configurations, from single-action 1911s to polymer-frame, striker-fire guns.
Here’s a look at some of the best long slide 9mm pistols available today:
- The CZ 75 CTS LS is a product of CZ’s Custom Shop, and this Single Action Only (SAO) 9mm features a matte black slide and black Poly Coat frame, adjustable Champion rear sight and plain black front sight, beavertail frame, rubber grips and 18-round magazines. The CTS LS-B incorporates additional competition-specific features like an extended firing pin and magazine release, a reduced weight spring package, a polymer guide rod and an ambidextrous extended manual safety. The custom aluminum single-action trigger breaks cleanly at 3.5 to 4 pounds, helping to improve accuracy. Available only through the CZ Custom Shop, the CTS LS-B is a serious competition gun with the credentials to help improve your score.