Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are among the most deadly poisons known though ironically, they also are of great therapeutic utility. A number of research programs have been initiated to discover small molecule inhibitors of BoNTs metalloprotease activity. Many, though not all of these programs have screened against a truncated and more stable form of the enzyme, that possess comparable catalytic properties to the full length enzyme. Interestingly, several classes of inhibitors notably the hydroxamates, display a large shift in potency between the two enzyme forms. In this report we compare the kinetics of active-site, alpha-exosite and beta-exosite inhibitors versus truncated and full length enzyme. Molecular dynamics simulations conducted with the truncated and homology models of the fully length BoNT LC/A indicate the flexibility of the C-terminus of the full length enzyme is responsible for the potency shifts of active-site proximally binding inhibitors while distal binding (alpha-exosite) inhibitors remain equipotent.