Bull or No Bull


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72IH
February 6, 2009, 02:12 AM
Ok, so I have a Springfield Champion. It is the loaded model and has a bull barrel. What is the advantage or disadvantage of the bull barrel.

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SkippyM
March 23, 2009, 10:21 AM
I'd like to know as well....

CWL
March 23, 2009, 03:02 PM
Disadantage? Full length guide rod, you need a paperclip (AKA take-down tool) to disassemble. While paperclips are common-enough, you just may not have one with you the one time you need to field strip the pistol.

Advantage? Still trying to think of a real one.

I know that some claim that the added weight of bull barrels can do wondrous things like help with recoil so aim & follow-up shots are easier, but I doubt that it contributes much if anything. Bull barrels may help with lock-up to the frame (accuracy), but a well-fit bushing can do the same thing.

Thickness of barrel has nothing to do with accuracy, any barrel can be rifled to very high tolerances if the manufacturer wants to.

LogicGS
March 23, 2009, 04:08 PM
You don't need a paperclip to strip a weapon with an FLGR.

I have had Champions with GI guide rods, as well as those with the FLGR.

Both would strip easily without tools.

If you have to have a paperclip to take down a Champion (or any other semi-auto pistol), you're not doing it right. ;)

KBintheSLC
March 23, 2009, 04:15 PM
Bull Barrels have the advantage of less flex caused by the percussive reverberation of firing a round... that is why may target guns have them... they tend to be more accurate due to less movement in the barrel. Whether or not you are good enough for this to really matter is another story. Most guns are more accurate than the shooter.

They also have more weight on the front of the gun making the recoil less noticeable.
The extra weight can also be viewed as a disadvantage depending on the proposed use of the gun.

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