Self Defence Revolver Barrels

Discussion in 'Self Defense Tactics & Weapons' started by TranterUK, May 6, 2009.

Self defence revolver barrel length? Home and carry.

  1. 2" Barrel

    11 vote(s)
  2. 3" Barrel

    10 vote(s)
  3. 4" Barrel

    6 vote(s)
  4. other

    2 vote(s)
  1. TranterUK

    TranterUK Guest

    What is your choice of barrel length in a self defence revolver? To be carried as well as in the home.

    I always loved 3". It seemed, to quote Goldilocks, 'just right' but others often disagreed.

    Any opionions?
  2. oscarmayer

    oscarmayer New Member

    Jun 24, 2008
    the 3in barrel seems to me a good choice as well. they seem better balanced. and as for a carry gun if you can hide a 2 inch you can hide a 3 incher just as well with one exception... pocket carry. though i carry a colt detective special 2in barrel i've given alot of thought to replacing it with a colt viper i have with a 3 in barrel . or as my daughter puts it join the 21st century and start packing a automatic ( not going to happen )

  3. Tony22-250

    Tony22-250 New Member

    Jan 9, 2009
    Snellville, GA
    I have to go with a S&W 686 with a 6" barrel i want people to know im armed and that i have a REAL GUN!!! besides its the only hand gun i have at the moment so that's what i will use :p
  4. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    2" carry fits in the pocket better
    4" home

    for both?
    3" compromise
  5. pawn

    pawn Active Member

    Jan 31, 2007
    Crossville, TN
    2 inch for carry
  6. Dirtypacman

    Dirtypacman New Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Merrimac Valley, MA
    Also 2" for carry but If I could conceal it better I would go with 3" as it would be better overall for home and carry.
  7. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    I voted for 4". If you carry any of the major auto pistols you could carry any 4" revolver, IMHO. The 44 mag. might be a little too heavy for CCW but .357 on down should not be any heavier, or bulkier than the major autos. Of course you would have only 6 - 7 shots, as compaired to 8 - 18! Yet, you know that the revolver will not jam.
  8. The general rule I've always used is 6" for target use, 4" for service/defense use and 2" or 3" (depending on size and caliber) for concealing. I myself almost always go for a 4" barrel on any revolver; for my it usually seems the best for ballance and feel. My nightstand gun is a S&W model 15 .38 with 4" barrel and I also have a model 18, which is the exact same K-frame, .22lr with 4" barrel for practice. This is a great package for defense and training.
  9. CampingJosh

    CampingJosh Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    This was pretty well my exact thought process.
  10. olmossbak

    olmossbak New Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NE Tenn
    I figure that I can hit middle mass with a 2" revolver at the range where I won't be prosecuted for pulling the trigger. That would be about any distance in my house and up to 15 yds elsewhere.

    I am more likely to to have the 2" revolver or the PPK/s than any of my larger pistols/revolvers simply because of concealment and comfort.
    Last edited: May 6, 2009
  11. I used to compete with a 4" revolver.

    For CCW/self-defense revolvers I've always liked the speed and retainability of 2". I'd be open minded about a 3" though.
  12. TranterUK

    TranterUK Guest

    Thanks for the feedback. I have fired revolvers of almost every barrel length, including 8"! and still think a 3" is the best all round for defence. Preferably a heavy barrel as in I think a Smith 65.

    It seems to me to be the best compromise between controllability and portability. I like the 2" Js, and have carried several over the years but never got good enough results shooting a 2" as 3". I know the extra will make almost no difference as to accuracy for purpose, but perhaps the extra inch sight base does.
  13. sakeneko

    sakeneko New Member

    Mar 28, 2009
    I carry an S&W Model 60 with a 3" barrel: my only gun so far. Picked it because I wanted something that could shoot a real defense round, and after trying a 2" snubby with .357 practice/target loads, decided that the extra inch made all the difference in my ability to control the gun. ;-) My husband has a Springfield XDM 9 mm with a longer barrel, but he has his sights set on winning target shooting matches. (And, to be honest, is a better shot than I am.)
  14. I have a Colt .38 Special Diamondback with a 2.5" barrel so 3" is perfect for me.
  15. stuck in gunslinger mode, 7'' with a barrel that looks like a cave:D
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