Not necessarily...some folks might have no problems with that extra inch of slide length; blanket statements don't always apply to the 'do's and don'ts' of handgunners...AZ Husker said:Sucks if you're planning on carrying it!
RickB said:I shoot a longslide in USPSA competition, and like it a lot. The advantages are longer sight radius, which makes it easier to shoot the gun accurately, and the longer barrel gives higher velocities with a given load, meaning you can down-load a bit more and still make major. The inch of barrel is good for about five power factor points. The extra weight dampens recoil, again, making the gun easier to shoot, but it also makes transitions slower; I am not very quick on the trigger, so I'll accept that in exchange for faster and more accurate splits. Some people won't like the sluggish feel of the heavier slide, but the slide can be lightened, if you want the cycling to feel more like a 5" gun. Mine is heavily ventilated, and probably weighs the same as a standard 5" slide. It's no carry gun, but easier to tote than a 6" revolver.
I always wanted an AMT after I saw Terminator, but that whole "galling" problems really sounds unpleasant. I would probably be interested in a Wilson Long slide.OJK said:Despite a known reputation for "spotty" quality control and problems with stainless steel, I bought an AMT Longslide in 1988 and have been really pleased with it. It's been said that nobody's perfect - even perfectly bad and it's accurate and reliable.
Interestingly enough, the frame is government sized and only the slide and barrel are longer (7"). The plug holding the recoil spring is longer so it uses a standard government model recoil spring.
It's fun to shoot and handles the hot Double Tap ammo (230 gr @ 1015 fps - muzzle energy some 515 ft/lbs) with ease. I carry it while camping in a generic plastic belt slide (G20 actually) - it's durable and I carry the Double Tap hardball ammo in it.
I confess to "dressing it up" some -