In the upcoming March 2014 issue of Combat Handguns, Dr. Martin D. Topper writes, “The new FNS Long Slide is a fine example of Fabrique Nationale’s (FN) long tradition of manufacturing quality firearms for competitors. Introduced at an industry trade show early in 2013, this pistol is primarily tailored to the needs of IDPA, IPSC and steel match shooters, but it’s also well suited to the demands of personal defense.”

Dr. Topper was able to get his hands on the FNS-9 Long Slide chambered in 9mm, which continues the FNS line’s reputation of accuracy and reliability. Dr. Topper relates some of its more unique features: “Even though it shares many features with the standard FNS model, the Long Slide differs from it in two important ways. The most noticeable difference is the Long Slide’s 5-inch barrel and appropriately lengthened slide. The longer barrel increases bullet velocity, and the lengthened slide has a greater sight radius for more precise bullet placement. The second difference between the Long Slide and standard FNS can be found in the safety features of the two pistols. The Long Slide doesn’t have the manual safety or loaded-chamber indicator of the FNS.”

To learn more about the 5-inch-barreled FNS-9 Long Slide and see how it fared on the range, check out the March 2014 issue of Combat Handguns, available on newsstands and digitally December 17, 2013. To subscribe, go to

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  • Washington Cop

    While I really enjoy my FNS in .40 caliber, the main reason that I picked the pistol over the Glock series of firearms is that the FNS had a manual safety. I carry this pistol every day when I am not on duty where we have issued Glocks. I thought of the FNS as having all of the great qualities of a striker fired pistol with the added benefit of an ambi safety and controls. Without a manual safety, I do not see me buying this pistol. I would rather buy a long slide Glock and have a much greater choice of aftermarket parts and holsters. I seriously hope FN reconsiders the addition of a safety. If that happens, sign me up for one.

    • oonat

      Pussy, safeties are for people without enough brain power to not fire the gun when it doesn’t need to be fired.

      • Dusty2292