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3" Vs 4" Barrel?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by M14/11B, Aug 28, 2008.

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  1. M14/11B

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    What can I expect the differences in performance between a 3inch vs 4inch barrel on a typical .357? Any help appeciated.

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  2. Phil DeGraves

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    Not much. A little more velocity and a little more sight radius on the 4". You probably won't notice the difference. On the other hand, you don't gain much of an advantage in concealability with the 3".
     
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    Thanks for the info. Phil.
     
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    Depending on Your Holster...

    ...(i.e. IWB vs. OWB), you may not see much difference in ease of concealment with the shorter barrel but you may get a slightly faster draw as the barrrel won't have to rise as far to clear leather.

    The older I get, the more attracted I am to three-inch barrel revolvers. It's probably worth noting that the last two issue revolvers of the FBI were the three-inch S&W Model 13 and it stainless-steel cousin, the three-inch Model 65.
     
  5. Steve C

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    From the .357 mag rounds I've chrono'd you'll likely drop 100 fps average velocity by going to a 3" barrel. You will also pick up quite a bit more muzzle blast and flash.
     
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    Barrel length has little to do with how well you can conceal a revolver. It's the cylinder diameter that makes the difference. A big, fat .44 or .45 cylinder is harder to cover for skinny folks than a 5 shot .357 and there's no major difference between a .38 Spl and a .357 magie...
     
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