At 5.25 inches, it is not going to be a conceal carry gun. So there's not much worry about pocket lint. The hole isn't there for looks like a Lone Wolf slide, just for weight reduction.
The benefits of the 5.25 are sight radius, and better trigger. Good front sight, too.
.45acp, .40 S&W, 9mm, .38 Spl, .380 acp, 22lr
12 gauge, .223/5.56x45mm, 30-30 Winchester
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