Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Choose a 2" or 4" barrel?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by bobbo, Dec 16, 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. bobbo

    bobbo Member.

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2010
    Messages:
    172
    Location:
    Upstate NY
    Hey, all. I got my NYS CCW a few weeks ago. Since then, I bought a Heritage convertible .22 to practice up a bit (NY requires a permit to purchase even).

    Well, I want something a little bit bigger :) . I don't have a ton of cash, but about $250 to spend. One of my local dealers gets in the Armscor 200 and 206 .38 revolvers (the 4" and 2", respectively), which I can get for inside my budget with tax, permit update, etc. The caliber will be fine and I don't need anything fancy.

    I can't decide which I want, though. I mostly want for around the house and range, but would be willing to carry if needed. For comfort shooting, I'm thinking the 4", but for carry, I think the 2" would be better. For HD, I don't think it would make a difference, though.

    What do you think?
     
  2. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Member

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2011
    Messages:
    7,356
    2" if carrying is going to happen.
     
  3. PabloJ

    PabloJ Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2010
    Messages:
    4,999
    Having lived in NYS I realize the kind of privilege CCW constitutes. Wrong forum. You need something compact with 10 round magazine capacity.
     
  4. David E

    David E Member

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2008
    Messages:
    7,455
    I think it's throwing away good money on an Armscor. :eek:

    Save up another $50-$100 and buy a good used S&W Model 13 with 3" barrel. It used to be the FBI issued gun.

    (or any K or L frame within that budget that you like)
     
  5. PabloJ

    PabloJ Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2010
    Messages:
    4,999
    Oh, I don't know Armscor would make fine mate for that Heritage 'Convertible'. If I had NYS CCW I would go 'Mitt Romney Style' all the way and order a Korth.
     
  6. PabloJ

    PabloJ Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2010
    Messages:
    4,999
    Ok. On serious note top pick would be Model 12 round butt gun. This is
    legendary sidearm once used by Swedish Air Force, US Marshals Service and US Military Intelligence. Last one I have seen was 4" pencil barrel gun with round butt and priced at $389. Impossible to go wrong.
     
  7. CajunBass

    CajunBass Member

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2005
    Messages:
    5,631
    Location:
    North Chesterfield, Virginia
    To answer your specific question, I'd get a 4". Much easier to shoot well at the range, and not all that much harder to carry concealed in the event you get a carry permit.
     
  8. GP100man

    GP100man Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2007
    Messages:
    1,749
    Location:
    Tabor City, NC.
    A 4" is easily carried/concealed with an inside the belt holster , with the rite grips of course .

    4" revolver is the most versitale made !!

    If I was going for on the ankle/hideout weapon then the lighter the better.

    It`s hard I know , but save up or layaway a Ruger GP100 !

    I`m not biased , I like all Rugers !
     
  9. mesinge2

    mesinge2 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2009
    Messages:
    2,219
    Location:
    Central Florida
    My 2" model 12-2 is supremely accurate for a 2" gun

    [​IMG]



    VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3LZS3E-6Rs


    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  10. roaddog28

    roaddog28 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2009
    Messages:
    632
    Location:
    Escondido, CA
    S&W model 10 4 inch 38 special. Perfect for home defense and can be carried. Used around $275 to $300. Much better revolver.
    Howard
     
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2012
  11. Hapworth

    Hapworth Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2011
    Messages:
    370
    I'm impressed with what Armscor is doing these days with 1911s, but don't hear much about their revolvers -- whatever that may or may not mean.

    If it's Armscor or nothing, get the 2". I've carried several different revolvers and find 4" or more barrels cumbersome for concealed. Your build and the clothes you wear will play a role here, but revolvers are almost always going to be a bit more unwieldy compared to autos, so why add to that with an unnecessarily long barrel?

    Were I you, I'd save the cash, scrape a little more, and start the hunt for a well-maintained, used K or J-frame snubby.
     
  12. BYJO4

    BYJO4 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Messages:
    1,776
    Since you indicate it's primarily for range use and home defense, I would get the 4" as it is more comfortable to shoot. For limited carry purposes, the 4" would be fine.
     
  13. Deaf Smith

    Deaf Smith Member

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2004
    Messages:
    4,368
    Location:
    TEXAS!
    bob,

    Get what you can and start packing.

    Yes a 2 inch snub if that is all you an afford. Heck my second carry gun IS a 2 inch S&W 642 and I would not be afraid to pack a Taurus or even a Charter Arm .38 snub.

    Later put something like a Glock 26 on lay-away and upgrade to a better gun.

    And most importantly, practice practice practice!

    And if you can, LFI-1 (or should I say MAG-20) by Massad Ayoob.

    Deaf
     
  14. Black Knight

    Black Knight Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2006
    Messages:
    1,439
    Location:
    Charlottesville, VA
    Like others I would scrap the idea of the Armscor in favor of something better. My recommendation would be for a medium frame revolver (K frame size) from S&W or Ruger. For barrel length anything between 2 and 4 inches would be sufficient but a 3 inch barrel bridges the gap between the 2 and 4 rather nicely. It has a longer sight radius without being too long. It is short enough to conceal easily. If you can't find one in 38 Special look for a 357 Magnum since it will chamber both rounds. On the job I must carry the issued Beretta 92FS but off duty I usually carry a 3" S&W model 65 or a 4" Colt Python. Good luck with your search.
     
  15. Kymasabe

    Kymasabe Member

    Joined:
    May 28, 2006
    Messages:
    833
    Location:
    Northern by birth, Southern by choice.
    I have a Charter Arms Undercover .38 that I bought used for $200. Mine has been a great little gun. If they're available near you, look for the ones made in the 60's/70's/80's made in either Bridgeport or Stratford Ct. as they're pretty well made AND you can still get all kinds of parts for them.
    Stay away from anything that says Charco or Charter 2000 on it.
    I'd buy a used Charter Arms, or S&W or Ruger LONG before I bought a new Armscor.
     
  16. GWARGHOUL

    GWARGHOUL Member

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2011
    Messages:
    719
    Location:
    Missouri
    Heck yeah, CDNN has the Taurus 85 2 inch stainless full lug for $289.. and you can read my rant about how I think they are better and better priced than the S&W equivalent.

    Thats a $350+ gun locally, closer to the $400 mark lately, even on Bud's.

    I would go with a 2 inch for ccw. You will learn the bullets drop a bit on the fast side, and with one or two cylinders of practice you will develop minute of door sized target accuracy.
     
  17. BBQLS1

    BBQLS1 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2008
    Messages:
    978
    Congrats on the NYS permit.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page