For the left handed gun owner, after a left handed or ambidextrous magazine catch, the second most important feature is the ambidextrous slide release or slide stop. While sling shot action may be a preferred method of putting your pistol into battery, the slide release is the most used. It’s fast, and since you can’t ride the slide if you just drop the release.
Sadly only a few current manufactures make a pistol with an ambidextrous slide, many of these are the result of the US Army XM17 Modular Handgun System.
- Beretta – APX
- Canik – TP9
- CZ – P-10
- FN Herstal – FNS, FN509, FNX
- Glock – Gen 5 and 19x
- HK – VP9, VP40, P30, HK45, P2000
- Hudson – H9
- Ruger – American Pistol
- Smith & Wesson – M&P M2.0
- Sig Sauer – P320/M17
- Taurus – TH
- Walther – PPQ, PPK(Internal), PPX
It looks like more and more ambidextrous slide releases are making their way forward, and I hope it is a trend that continues.