Honor Defense Adds the “Long Slide” Pistol

I never understood why sub-compact handguns have been typically extreme short-barrels. In fact, its my major complaint on my Glock 43. To me, the point of a sub-compact is to reduce the size of the grip, not the slide. The slide is typically been the easiest part to conceal and a longer slide also provides a longer sight radius (better practical accuracy) and barrel length (increase velocity). Recognizing this, Honor Defense has announced the upcoming shipment of their “Long Slide” version of the Honor Guard.

Honor Defense has been on a tear getting their Honor Guard handguns out to the market. Originally shown at NASGW last year, the handgun has quickly been shipping out through distribution in the original sub-compact model and the nifty FIST version (Firearm with Integrated STandoff) which puts the frame in front of the barrel for extreme close-encounters.


Standard sub-compact.


The FIST Frame.

Their latest version, the “Long Slide” increase the standard 3.2″ barrel to 3.8″ and adds corresponding length to the slide. Further, the longer frame allows the inclusion of a rail for accessory mounting, something which sub-compacts have typically lacked. The Long Slide uses the same chassis as the standard sub-compact handguns, so users will be able to order the frame, slide, and barrel to convert their existing pistol.

We reviewed the handgun previously and found it a solid offering. With its street pricing at or below $400, it gives the Smith & Wesson Shield a run for its money.

For more information, visit Honor Defense’s website. 

Features (Courtesy of Honor Defense):

  • Honor Defense pistols are All-American made handgun, and feature
    • – Modular stainless steel chassis system
    • – Ambidextrous slide catch
    • – Ambidextrous magazine release
    • – Striker-fired design that can handle 9MM +P loads
    • – Snag-free sights
    • – Crisp 7lb pull and short re-set
    • – Custom texture design to provide a better grip in all situations
    • – Two back straps for custom grip

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Dickie

    Is anybody wasting their money on these things???

    • Ebby123

      Thank you for that intelligent, meaningful, and factually supported contribution to this discussion.

      Now please, be quiet. The adults are talking.

      • Bierstadt54

        I hope you don’t mind if I steal that to quote later.

    • I actually just picked one up last month and it’s fan-freaking-tastic. A great little gun. Sign me up for the long slide, plz.

  • sick

    From my experience, barrel length plays a big part in appendix carry. My comfort zone seems to be no more than about 3.5 inches. Any longer than that and the barrel can start to dig in while sitting for longer periods of time, so I for one do appreciate a shorter barrel in conjunction to a shorter grip.

    • Risky

      I still don’t understand how anyone can spend a day appendix carrying. Seems fine to me just standing up and walking around but the minute I have to sit or bend it’s just a no go for me. And this was with a small pistol (PM9). What’s the trick? Just deal with it?

  • DanGoodShot

    I would be a little more enthusiastic about these but I just can’t get by the huge name plastered across the slide. I know it’s just a cosmetic thing, but if I’m spending my money it’s going to be on something I like. Other than that they seem like nice guns.

  • 2wheels

    “I never understood why sub-compact handguns have been typically extreme short-barrels.”

    This is the genius of the CCO style 1911. But few manufacturers have replicated the medium length slide/barrel and subcompact frame idea.

    • Art out West

      The extremely short barrel is useful if you want to pocket carry your pistol. If you are doing IWB, OWB, or shoulder carry, then it doesn’t benefit you.
      I like to pocket carry, but then again, I usually carry a snub nosed revolver, or a micro .380. The Shield/Glock 43 class seems a hair bigger than I would want to PC.

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    I appreciate a carry gun with a 4″ barrel and 2 finger grip with pinky extension on the front of the mag base plate. Double stack 9mm preferred.

    I could even take a 4.5″ barrel. In fact when I carry iwb at 4 o clock with a 3″ barreled gun the barrel end tends to dig into my hip but longer guns dont.

    But I carry iwb at 4:00 where slide is easy to conceal but grip isn’t. If you carry appendix or shoulder holster then it’s the opposite, but I’m too fat to carry appendix and I’m not 80s TV detective enough to carry in a shoulder holster.

  • mechamaster

    I like the FIST frame concept. It can be utilized like the compact-built in, but slightly ineffective “tactical block” in emergency situation. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3f20c202d445b28463abbeb8250c847f54fb43ef1116ba27e06deea9340ac885.jpg

    • Edeco

      That’s the thing, insofar as front bumper on a gun is a good thing, I’m thinking why not cover the whole frontal cross section like the one in that picture does.

      Not my zoo/monkey though, going out of battery due to contact with the target is not a major concern of mine. If it costs anything at all to fix, like added lengthy, I’m out.

      • Ebby123

        That’s been my brainchild for a while – a browning action where only the rear 75% of the slide reciprocates. The front 25% is attached to the frame.

        This provides multiple benefits:
        1) Standoff surface / can’t be pushed out of battery.
        2) Non reciprocating real estate that could be a mounting point for red-dot optics, or a rail that extends backwards over the reciprocating portion of the slide.
        3) Theoretically, if someone grabbed your firearm near the muzzle in an overhanded manner (IE with their palm over the front sight), the rear-action could still freely reciprocate.

        Slide mass is one of the least sensitive variables for reliable function – you have to remove a LOT of material to affect function based on weight alone.

        As far as I can tell, the only reason the market is saturated with full-reciprocating designs for anything bigger than a 22LR is ease of manufacturing. The benefits of a split-slide design are clearly demonstrated on guns like the Ruger MKIII.

        • Hoplopfheil

          Could that be done easier with a rotating barrel system like the Beretta Storm guns?

          That way the barrel doesn’t tilt and would have less interference with the front “block” piece.

        • Edeco

          I wish they’d do a target pistol style 380. I was disappointed when I found out the pipes move on Lugers.

    • CS

      That fist frame needs a bayonet.

  • GD Ajax

    If you want a sub combat pistol with a longer barrel one of the better solutions is going with a bullpup like the XR9.

    • Anonymoose

      Or put use one of those Lone Wolf spacers to put a G19 slide on a 26, or put a 5″ P220 Match slide on a P220 Compact, or get a CCO 1911, etc…

  • AMEN! I’d love my BT380 (3.6″) or Glock 43 to be about 4.1″-4.3″

    The XD?M/S? series comes close in 8mm, no?

    • mig1nc

      XDS is available in 4.0″ model with the same compact grip.

  • Bigbigpoopi

    You can always make a Glock 1726

  • Bill

    If a pistol is prevented from firing by being pushed out of battery by contact with a target, there’s a more simple solution than putting a hunk of stuff on front of it – back it away a fraction of an inch.

    When I read “standoff” I wondered who does ballistic breaching with a pistol?

  • Hoplopfheil

    Oh, they’re still around? That’s nice.

  • Mike

    Has anyone stripped this side by side with a S&W Shield?

  • jerry young

    Am I off base here? I always thought sub compact meant small not only the grip but the whole gun, my sub compact .380 is so small I can conceal it in one hand, I only carry it when situations dictate and I can’t conceal my larger gun with a longer barrel so to me modifying a sub compact doesn’t seem like a good thing, if I want a larger gun I carry one as far as the grip I’d rather have a larger grip area than a longer barrel for a close quarters self defense gun, having large hands I had to add a grip extension just to be able to have more that one and a half fingers on the grip, most shooting under these circumstances would be instinctive and not aimed anyway so the added barrel length would only help in accuracy at longer distance over 15 feet, I’ll stick with carrying my full size 9mm. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/97dad0fd4c88cc2b2d9d12e83d23f886ce37c177e4da5684179dd0ac6d6e10ff.jpg

  • Jake Dorsey

    When it comes to short barrel and slide, as well as grip, two words — pocket carry.

    (Almost typed pocket monster)

  • twr

    Sold! I I already carry a p320 compact frame with a 4.7in barrel and slide, so the concept makes perfect sense to me. More useful sights and barrel…easier to conceal grip.