Self Defence Revolver Barrels

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

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Self defence revolver barrel length? Home and carry.

  1. 2" Barrel

    11 vote(s)
    37.9%
  2. 3" Barrel

    10 vote(s)
    34.5%
  3. 4" Barrel

    6 vote(s)
    20.7%
  4. other

    2 vote(s)
    6.9%
  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

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    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

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    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

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    2" carry fits in the pocket better
    4" home

    for both?
    3" compromise
  5. pawn

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    2 inch for carry
  6. Dirtypacman

    Dirtypacman New Member

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    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

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    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.
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    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

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    This was pretty well my exact thought process.
  10. olmossbak

    olmossbak New Member

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    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.
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  11. delta13soultaker

    delta13soultaker New Member

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    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

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    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

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    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.)
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    I have a Colt .38 Special Diamondback with a 2.5" barrel so 3" is perfect for me.
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    stuck in gunslinger mode, 7'' with a barrel that looks like a cave:D
  16. kilogulf59

    kilogulf59 Former Guest

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    Agreed Tranter...100%

    I always felt that the 3-inch M10/M13 and M64/M65, of which I own the latter and so do my daughters, were one of the best, all-around close combat weapons made.

    Though I do not own one, I love the 3-inch J-frames as well...a great CCW if there ever was one.
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    I carry an old Star 380 as a rule but if I had to carry one of my wheel guns it would be my old smith model 10 38 with 4" barrel.Not real heavy and another that is just a joy to shoot.
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    This has been an issue for me. I really wanted an auto for ccw, but with the prices shooting up, I started to look back at the wheel gun. I have a 6inch 686 that I love. Checking out the snubbies really opened me up to the idea of a small wheel gun. I do like the amount of ammo a semi auto has, but the cost of a decent lite semi auto and the price of a lite weight revolver has me thinking in a new direction.
  19. TranterUK

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    The 686 is an excellent revolver, I had one myself for a while. Its no CCW though. If your up for a revolver for defence, I would look for a Mid size like a K Frame with a shorter barrel. My revolver of choice was a K frame with a 3" tube, as mentioned at top. It just seemed the bast balance between concealability and usability.

    The little compact J frames are popular, but are mostly limited to five rounds and those little guns can be a lot harder to shoot well than the larger K frame.
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  20. ninjatoth

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    I don't carry,it's only a home defense gun,but even so,I chose a 2" anyway.Mainly because I think it's manueverable and hard to be grabbed out of the hand,plus I can answer the door with it behind my back if I don't know who it is,and if it is just a neighbor,I don't look like a jerk with a big gun hanging out,they won't be the wiser with a 2"
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