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Old 04-06-2020, 07:14 AM   #1
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General Barrel Length Question

If you were only gonna purchase one revolver, what barrel length would you choose?

I know, I know, it depends on what you are purchasing it for.

I am assuming 2" or less for CC.

What if you were looking at a range/home defense? 3-4"?

What if you just wanted one because you wanted one? 4-6"

From my limited knowledge and experience with revolvers, just going by looks alone, it seems a 3-4" looks the most "balanced."

If you were thinking long term, what barrel length is most desirable by the majority of people? 4"?
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Old 04-06-2020, 08:45 AM   #2
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The 3" barrel would be the simple answer to the simple question!

Lots of what "if's" can be said about your question but I won't get into them.

With a 2" snub revolver, I don't know if "balance" is even in the equation.

The revolvers I own that "feel balanced, feel natural in the hand, point naturally, perform more jobs well," have 3" barrels.

My favorite is a M24 and M624. For the S&W newbies those are chambered in .44special.

Morning Preacher, get ready for many different "best barrel lengths."

Don't get me wrong I love 1-2" barrel snubbies.
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Old 04-06-2020, 09:08 AM   #3
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Ha! I have been looking and leaning 75% 3" and 25% 4". I gotta go do a car pick up and delivery this afternoon and I'll try and get by the LGS.

Sorta depends if my wife or son go with me for the return trip.

You can figure out....


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IMHO, the 4" revolver barrel length is by far the most popular overall.
It's probably the best in terms of sight radius, velocity and ease of packing. But my personal choice for home, carry and just shooting is the 3 incher.

My favorite .38 Spl revolver is a stainless full-lug 3" M60. Great little trail gun, and rated for +P if the need ever arises.

For hunting, I prefer the 6", for deep concealment, the 2". Want to guess how many holsters I have in the top of the safe with over 15 revolvers in the collection?

This is another one of those things that is primarily a personal preference.
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Understood. Just wanna start out in the "safest" area of the pie.
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Just for grins and giggles, here's one of my favorite four inch belt guns, my Smith M617 10-shot .22LR. This lil puppy has accounted for over 200 prairie dogs and countless ground squirrels and other varmints.

With ten shots on board, it's like having an autoloader with a 10-shot magazine, and more accurate than I can shoot.....head shots on rats at 50 yards type accurate.



If I was restricted to only barrel length, it would be the 4" for the widest range of practical applications. But again, that's just me.
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You guys are making me want a revolver. Keep up the good work.
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This is a 2 1/2" barrel in the S&W 325PD .45ACP 'N' frame full moon clip.
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Just for grins and giggles, here's one of my favorite four inch belt guns, my Smith M617 10-shot .22LR. This lil puppy has accounted for over 200 prairie dogs and countless ground squirrels and other varmints.

With ten shots on board, it's like having an autoloader with a 10-shot magazine, and more accurate than I can shoot.....head shots on rats at 50 yards type accurate.



If I was restricted to only barrel length, it would be the 4" for the widest range of practical applications. But again, that's just me. <img src="https://www.kimbertalk.com/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
I got that same revolver. SW 617 22lr 4 inch.
Shes one of my favs! But I did lighter up the trigger just a little. And Ahrends grips! Love it.
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Old 04-06-2020, 11:44 AM   #10
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Nothing less than 4in for range use. I have a 4in ported .357 mag that is pleasant to shoot at the range. 3in is an adequate nightstand revolver.
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