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: