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9 Great Long Slide 9mm Pistols

by Brad Fitzpatrick   |  August 12th, 2014 24

long_slide_9mm_pistolThe 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.

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Here’s a look at some of the best long slide 9mm pistols available today:

  • Kirk Mosslock

    Long Slide 9mm pistols that very interesting. I remember in some movie had long 9mm pistols. Could it be powerful then 44& 357magnum. Never be powerful then 44 semi Automatic Desert Eagle


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  • James

    What, what a detailed article. Super. The best I have read for ages.

  • abag

    Artical missed the best Long Slides on the market The Glock 17L and Glock 24 6″ 9 and 40 cals.. Great guns

    • open

      My Glock 24 started life as a 40 cal. It ran several hundred thousand rounds of 357 Sig. Currently it is using 9 mm major because I did not need all of the power of 357 Sig for the competition shooting and the magazine for 9 mm holds more rounds. All of this has been possible using drop in barrels and available magazines with no gunsmithing.

  • Shooter Guy

    How is a 5 inch 1911 a “Long Slide” pistol? And why don’t they list the barrel length of most of these guns? Wasn’t that the point? Poorly written and not well thought out.

  • town22

    Have a Tisas Turkish 1911 9mm GI ($400), and shoots real close to my 1911 .45 ACP ($1300). Yes, I did put in better sights and nine are cheaper. No stretch; when I dig in; five shots in the black; NRA AP-2 Target 25 feet. Maybe I got lucky with this cheap 9?

    • Rod Combs

      The Tisas 1911 is a very good gun. Maybe the best “value gun” on the market. It is not that time tested yet but looks like it will be just fine. Mine shot great on target right out of the box. It’s fit and finish are really nice so I threw on some rosewood grips just to dress it up and make it look what it’s really worth.

  • Nu3ga

    ? Sounds like a list made by a new shooter, or someone using google.

  • Glenn Jodopeg

    This list is BullShit,,, what about the Beretta 92F, the Browning Hi-Power MK3, or the Glock17…?…!


      They are not longslides.

      • Glenn Jodopeg

        The Beretta 92F is not a long slie …?,, it’sas long as a 45…

        • ZENPATRIOT

          The 1911 did not belong on that list, as 5″ is standard length; a 6″ barrel would be a longslide. You can purchase longer-than-standard barrels for the Beretta, but they do not sell a longslide model.

          • Rod Combs

            The CZ 75 SP-01 is 5″ but made the list??? Long slide or not, it is THE best 9mm I have ever shot as far as most double taps on target.

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  • gobs1

    where is the specs for the Sig?

  • gobs1

    G.Jodopeg a longslide Hi Power?? where??


  • rossman

    Have a Glock 17L and I love it but don’t think they still make the ‘L’ version of the 17 anymore.

  • CaptainGroovy

    Typical G&A article just went back and grabbed the last “long slide” guns they reviewed as a result they missed some good pistols or pistols that better fit the description of “long slide”.

  • Sergio Reinert

    What about the tanfoglio gold match?

  • byron

    After 16 different pistols, Two decades, and a ton of ammo I can definitely say I prefer 9mm. Barretta 92, Glock 34, and Walther P99 are my top picks. Being left handed is a major decider. Good article and I was glad to see the Walther PPQ M2 5″ as it will be my next competition pistol.

  • Grythnur

    Five inch is the standard 1911 length, what was that about? My cousin has a 1911 with an eight Ing barrell, now that’s a long slide.

  • AA K

    Tisas Zigana M16 is a 9mm with 5 inch slide, not a plastic toy like some in your list.

  • Rod Combs

    I have a lot of great 9s and without question the CZ 75 SP-01 is the best 9mm I have ever shot. And it did so straight out of the box. I cannot attest to longevity at this point but as far as most double taps on target, fantastic.

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