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Old January 23rd, 2013, 06:33 PM   #1
 
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Revolver barrel length preferences?

Hey, all. I own a stainless GP 100 with 6" barrel. When I was shopping for a revolver, I determined pretty quickly that I wanted a stainless gun with a longer barrel. I learned that a longer barrel had advantages - higher barrel pressure resulting in higher muzzle velocities, especially with hotter magnum loads, and slightly better accuracy due to longer distance between front and rear sights. Also some disadvantages - heavier, hard to conceal.

My decision eventually boiled down to what I liked aesthetically.

But I've noticed on the forum that a large majority of GP owners seem to prefer the 3", then 4", with the 6" being a small minority.

My question to all of you is this: What is YOUR ideal revolver length (not just GP100) and why?

I like hearing what other shooters and enthusiasts love about their guns!



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Old January 23rd, 2013, 06:35 PM   #2
 
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5.5-6.5 for sight radius and balance.
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 06:44 PM   #3
 
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My 4" GP splits the difference between concealability & performance. But I want a 6" SS also.
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I totally agree with TJ1225. I'm looking to buy a 4" GP. I feel its the perfect balance for CC and performance.

I feel the 6" would be a better performer as a hunting gun. Just my 0.2cents.
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When I bought my Ruger Vaquero 7.5 .45 Colt Stainless in 2000, I never considered that one day I would carry it. Today has been 7 days of carrying. My rig is just under 5 lbs. The holster peaks out the bottom of my coat just a bit. My X15 is getting softer and more comfortable. I adjust it here and there and it seems to be fitting better each day.
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2 1/2" to 4" are compact and easy to conceal. I like that.
6" probably more accurate.
Your needs and preferences dictate.
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I love my 6 inch GP as well!
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It really depends on the mission at hand. When I first got into shooting I figured bigger was better so all my guns were long barrels. 30 years later it seems everything I've purchased recently has been 4" or smaller. If for CC I prefer the 3" with fixed sights. If for carry and a longer coat a 4" works fine but if in the field for hunting the 6" would be my choice. I like them all and when I'm not carrying an SP the GP gets the nod.
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For CC my SP101 2.25 in. and LCR357 1.875 in. are perfect, but for other .357 mags and .45 Colts i like 4 to 6 inch and with the .44 mags and .454 i prefer 7.5 inch. Except for CC all of mine are for pleasure shooting, someone with specific needs might have different requirements.
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I really like the 4 inch on the 686 or GP100 or any similar models.
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 10:23 PM   #11
 
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I just bought a KGP-151 so I voted for the 5" barrell version.

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My question to all of you is this: What is YOUR ideal revolver length (not just GP100) and why?
I think a lot would depend on what you want to do with it.

If for everyday carry in concealment then the short barrel is easier.

For target shooting or hunting then barrel lengths of 6 inch and over have their uses.

Personally I like all different barrel lengths. Back when normal handguns were legal in the UK I had a snubby Astra .44 magnum and a snubby S&W Mod10 which were used for various target disciplines. I also had a Taurus Mod66 with 4 inch barrel, a Redhawk with 7.5 inch barrel, a snubby j-frame S&W in .22 - not sure of the model but had target sights and a S&W Victory converted to .22 with 6 inch barrel.

With our current law of barrel length not less than 12 inch and and overall length of not less than 24 inch, life has less choice, so I have Super Redhawk in .44 mag that meets these requirements.

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In Sweden we are only allowed handguns for competition, so it depends solely on the event. 12" for the long range competitions and 6" for standing events. In IPSC shooting I find 5" gives me the best balance between sight radius and target aquisition mobility.
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4" full underlug for a DA revolver, 4 3/4" for a SA revolver, every day all day hands down etc. to me it just boils down to aesthetics and how it feels in the hand. I've talked to folks that feel the same about a 6" barrel revolver, but I'll never warm up to them as much. I have a few exceptions, like a Smith K-22, that I really like.

p.s. I have never detected an accuracy advantage in a 6" barrel over a 4" at the ranges I shoot. since I'm shooting offhand, I am the limiting factor.
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Everyday carry is a 3" unless clothing necessitates smaller.
Walking around woods gun goes back and forth between 4" and 6".
Stand hunting is 8 3/8" or a long Contender.
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