Have I Lost My Mind?


Ala Dan
January 30, 2004, 03:17 AM
All of my adult life I have been in love with "short
barrel" revolver's not to exceed 3" in length. But,
as I grow older (and wiser I hope) my taste have
changed; cuz I'm finding a wonderful and a solid
fasinating experience with 5" and 6" barrel target
revolver's. I'm just wondering how many others
have enjoyed this "new found" experience?

Currently, I have the 5" Smith & Wesson 629-5
"Classic"; and a 6" "Distinguished Combat Magnum"
model 686-5. But, I plan to add more in the very
near future.

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

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January 30, 2004, 03:24 AM
Ive always been a 4 inch guy myself, I doint know why..

Its hurt me since S&W Model 17s are 6 inchers..


January 30, 2004, 03:31 AM
i prefer 4 or 6 inchers though i do have a 9 1/2 super redhawk just like i prefer a blackhawk in 4 5/8 different strokes for different folks thats what makes the world turn

January 30, 2004, 05:59 AM
Variety is the spice of life.......
My revolvers range from my Sherrrif's Model Vaquero .45 Colt with it's 3 1/2" barrrel to my Freedom Arms .454 Casull with it's 10" tube, and everything in between. Enjoy them all!:D

January 30, 2004, 06:09 AM
Have I Lost My Mind?

Yep....but in a good way. :p

I've drifted b/t 3" & 6" revolvers often. They just seem to balance in my hand a lot better, and I like the 6" sight radius.

Heck, enjoy them all. I do...:D

January 30, 2004, 06:53 AM
Different guns feel best sometimes in different bbl lengths.

Don't fight it...you can't win.:uhoh:

January 30, 2004, 08:29 AM
THR2012...Ala Dan discovers the joys of 8 3/8th inch barrels and 2x scopes...just kidding ya. The blooming things are so heavy you need a bench rest to shoot them.

Wildalaska -

"Its hurt me since S&W Model 17s are 6 inchers.."

Not all of them.

I have a nearly new 17-6 that's a 4" with a full underlug. Trade ya for a used CZ RAMI. ;)


January 30, 2004, 09:40 AM
:eek: No, my bud, I think there is room for all bbl length S&Ws. In the Maggies I have the dreaded "Long Tom" 8 3/8 tube! :eek: My first 44 Mod 29 was a dreaded 6 1/2" nickel. Beautiful! What was I thinking to sell it? :eek:

January 30, 2004, 11:43 AM
Nah,(other that this whole "UT" aberration:p ) Different lengths for different purposes. I've got 2, 3, 4, 5, 5,5, 6, 6.5 and 8.375 revos, so it must be a good idea...

Ala Dan
January 30, 2004, 11:45 AM
Greeting's All-

One of the worst mistakes I've made in my life was
getting rid of a NIB 5" barrel nickel Smith & Wesson
27-2. I kick myself each time I think about that one!

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

Old Fuff
January 30, 2004, 01:04 PM
Yes you have lost your mind and you must stop!! Each time you buy one of these obsolete out-of-popular-fashion-firearms it prevents me from getting it, and/or in general drives up the price for the rest of us. I have worked long and hard to convince everyone that being caught at the range with a wheelgun is bad enough, but if the barrel is longer then one-half inches and it’s made of anything but non-ferrous alloys it’s the epitome of bad judgment. Now you’ve ruined everything. You should be ashamed.

On the other hand, welcome to the club ……

January 30, 2004, 10:42 PM
Just to fuel the disease...

Might want to think about a 6" model 19/66, very underated guns. Nice long sight radius for easy shooting, but also light enough for the hip all day...

Ala Dan
January 30, 2004, 11:07 PM
Blueduck, you couldn't be more correct! I've owned at
least 2 of them, and wish I had another. I know where
there is a 6" nickel S&W model 19 thats about a 90 per
center; and the guy wants to trade for any S&W
.357 magnum with a 4" tube. I offered him $225 cash
for it, with intentions of going as high as $250; but he
won't budge! :( :uhoh: :D

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

January 31, 2004, 09:36 AM
I like 4 to 6 inch barreled revos. Having said that I had a blued 5" 27-2 that I sold. I had a lapse in judgement there for sure!

I also had a 6" blued 19-4 that was the best shooting centerfire revo I've ever owned. I sold that one to a board member. I sold it because I like to shoot a steady diet of .357s out of my .357s and have 6" N frame 27s for that. I plan on picking up a 14 or pre 14 in 6" for the .38s.


January 31, 2004, 09:57 AM
I stopped buying 4" revolvers.
I currently own 2.5", 3.5", 4", 4.5", 5", 5.5", 6", 6.5", 7", 7.5", and 8" barrels, in wheelies.
The most glaring omission is a lack of 3" revolvers.
Most of my autos are around 3", so that would explain that...
I think the best barrel length for a target wheelie for me is somewhere between 5" and 5.5", provided you are allowed to shoot one-handed, or offhand, no rest.
I may have to buy a 3" wheelgun now, thanks to you. *Grumble*

January 31, 2004, 11:05 AM
I've always had a preference for 4-5 inch barrels myself. Don't know why for sure. They just seem more pleasing to the eye somehow.

Standing Wolf
January 31, 2004, 07:07 PM
You get bonus points for collecting them all.

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