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small frame vs compact frame

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by jlh26oo, Sep 14, 2005.

  1. jlh26oo

    jlh26oo Well-Known Member

    What measurements determine frame size? Width? Height? I know it's independent of barrel length/weight, but I want to make sure a small frame is going to have a larger grip than a compact frame.

    Taurus categorizes their 94 (5") as a small frame. It weighs 26.5 oz. They call their 970 (6 1/2") a compact frame, and it weighs 45.6oz. This is obviously due to the 1 1/2" longer barrel, and heavier underlug. But is that the only measurement in which a smaller framed revolver could exceed a larger one?

    I am most interested in grip size. Regardless of everything else, the 94 should have a larger grip than the 970, correct?

    Also, what practical difference does a .22lr vs .22s/l/lr make? If you are only shooting lr, will the .22lr be more accurate than .22s/l/lr? I am not concerned with the 7 vs 9 capacity.



    EDIT- wait a minute, EVERY dimension is larger in the "compact". OK, compact > small. So the compact WILL have larger grips. Funny, you'd think it would have had the larger capacity. Is this just taurus terminology, or do other manuf. have std small and compact frames as well? Thanks.

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