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    So, Does length really matter?

    Question is, does length really make a difference overall.

    I am looking at possibly buying a Long Slide upper to go on one of my FNS-40 pistols. The standard barrel on the FNS-40 is 4 1/2", the long slide barrel is 5". I can pick up the full upper (slide with night sights, barrel, spring/rod, back straps, had plastic case and 1 magazine) for around $125 delivered.

    I am also looking at a local purchase of a FNS-9 in stainless like new in box including 3 magazines and night sights. The conversion mentioned above will fit on the FNS-9 lower. Asking price is $275.

    Adding this to my FN collection would allow me to dedicate lowers to give me a:
    FNX-45
    FNS-40
    FNS-40 Long Slide
    FNS-357Sig
    FNS-9

    But, back to the original question, will the additional 1/2" barrel length actually result in more accurate shooting? Or is it a waste of time and money to explore this route.

    Thanks in advance.
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    If you have to ask, then yes, yes it does......................
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    The answer to your question is a definite maybe. About the only thing that a longer slide will help is give you a longer sight plane to the target. The only actual difference will be that shooting the longer slide will put you 1/2 inch closer to the target. So many other factors come to mind: Fit to frame, Chamber dimensions, Bore dimensions, Lock up, etc. Shooting it will actually determine its accuracy potential.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Newt View Post
    The answer to your question is a definite maybe. About the only thing that a longer slide will help is give you a longer sight plane to the target. The only actual difference will be that shooting the longer slide will put you 1/2 inch closer to the target. So many other factors come to mind: Fit to frame, Chamber dimensions, Bore dimensions, Lock up, etc. Shooting it will actually determine its accuracy potential.
    I pretty much agree with Newt here.
    If it did help you, you probably would only notice it at the longer distances, 25 yards or more.
    That would be fine for competitive target shooting, or winning beer bets with your buds.

    I mostly practice self-defense shooting; so I rarely shoot beyond 10-12 yards. Anything further than that would be hard to prove self-defense, unless they were shooting at you first.
    You might be better off using that money to pay for professional instruction on shooting technique.
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    It's the bang that matters. Really.
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    Goin' from the title......I was almost afraid to even peek into this thread......nose is still kinda' raw from the last time I got stood in the corner......
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    It's the bang that matters. Really.
    ......an' you ain't helpin'.
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    I kinda come full circle on long barrels vs service length barrels. I have tried several 5" or longer poly pistols over the last three years, bottom line: At my practice distances ( 7-25 yards ) I shoot the service size poly's better. But in metal guns I have mixed results. My 5" Regard is probably my most accurate, but I no longer own a 5" 1911, because I shoot the 4" better.
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    The real question is can you shoot it better? That has solely to do with your abilities with that gun. I can shoot my 2 inch .357 mag as well as i can shoot my 4 inch. If you are looking for better accuracy i wouls suggest spending the money on more ammo to practice with, get more proficient with the guns you already have

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    The half inch extra length MIGHT gain you a miniscule increase in velocity, but couple that with the greater weight, and you might not like the combination. The weight might hinder your hold and stability after a few seconds ( a lighter gun is easier to hold still for most people) but you may perceive a different recoil than the longer/shorter barrel & slide. And. . . . And . . . .

    It all depends on YOU! Try it now or forever wonder if/how it might work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kschilk View Post
    Goin' from the title......I was almost afraid to even peek into this thread......nose is still kinda' raw from the last time I got stood in the corner......

    ......an' you ain't helpin'.
    I was talking about taking that 357 magnum or 44 magnum out of the bag at the range, loading it up with full stoke rounds, and letting that first one go....then seeing how many people stop shooting and look over to see if you brought your civil war cannon with you to the range.

    To the OP, I think you're going to have to just decide if you want the conversion, and give it a shot. It's not a terrible price to later decide that you didn't care for it, and you can always sell it.
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    “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote" - Benjamin Franklin

    When Leonidas was preparing to make his stand, a Persian envoy arrived. The envoy explained to Leonidas the futility of trying to resist the advance of the huge Persian army and demanded that the Spartans lay down their arms. Leonidas told Xerxes "MOLON LABE", or "Come And Get Them."

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