FNH USA Zeroed Preview – FNS™ LongSlide Chris Cerino Join the Conversation Photography by Henry Z. De Kuyper and Michelle Cerino Let it Slide Competition-Ready Alternative to the G34 or M&P Pro, the FNS™ LongSlide Has Already Notched Up Several Race Wins Because I have been involved with FNH USA for the past two years, I was lucky to be one of the first people to own and shoot the FNS pistol line. Having been impressed with the other weapons in its portfolio, I wondered a few years ago why the company had not previously entered the striker-fired pistol market. There are so many positives to a striker-fired system, and I questioned why FNH USA was not producing one. I had the opportunity at the 2011 Bianchi Cup to spend time with Ken Pfau, who is not only a member of FNH USA’s pro shooting team, but also the company’s senior vice president of commercial sales. When I asked him why FNH USA hadn’t jumped into the striker-fired pistol game, Ken flashed a devious smile and began to educate me on the history of FNH USA and its striker-fired guns. FNH USA actually produced the first striker-fired guns in the industry, starting way back in the late 1800s. The FN Browning M1900 (a single-action, semiautomatic pistol) was designed around 1896 by John M. Browning for FN. It was produced in Belgium at the turn of the century and was the first production handgun to use a slide and internal striker system. Another, the FN Model 1910, incorporated the standard Browning striker-firing mechanism and a grip safety, together with both a magazine safety and an external safety lever (known as the “triple safety”) in a compact package. Offered in both .380 ACP and .32 ACP calibers, it remained in production until 1983. In fact, having been used by Bosnian Serb Gavrilo Princip to assassinate Franz Ferdinand, sparking WWI, it may well have been the most historically significant striker-fired handgun ever produced. FNH USA may have been slow to join the modern striker-fired pistol market, but the company was certainly not new to the design. Notice: We Found Bulk Ammo In Stock: (Check our Current Deals page if these are sold out) 9mm 147gr FMJ 20ct $24.19 Optics Planet9mm 115gr FMJ 200ct $79.99 Optics Planet 5.56 62gr LAP 20ct $15.99 Palmetto State Armory.223 REM 75gr HPBT 200ct $189.95 Creedmoor SportsGet 5% off all Creedmoor brand ammo with code CREEDMOOR5 Disclosure: These links are affiliate links. Caribou Media Group earns a commission from qualifying purchases. Thank you! After my history lesson, Ken and I moved to a safe handling area where he displayed one of the very first FNS-9L pistols ever created. His particular handgun was the 5-inch version, which has only recently hit the market. Feeling honored, I handled that preproduction pistol and immediately took a liking to it. For the rest of this article, purchase: ZEROED Presented by FNH USA Explore RECOILweb:Mad Max inspired Power WheelsTOPS Knives Releases the Baja 4.5Glen Stilson, Summit In The Sand Instructor SpotlightGoing black - hiding in plain sight Budget AR-15s In Stock: S&W M&P15 .223 $699.99 sportsmans.com PSA PA-15 M4 $719.99 palmettoarmory.com Bulk Handgun Ammo in Stock .45 Auto FMJ 230gr 1000ct $599 Prime Ammunition Disclosure: These links are affiliate links. Caribou Media Group earns a commission from qualifying purchases. Thank you! NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Click here to get IMMEDIATE ACCESS to a digital PDF of this target pack!