Three inch barrel revolvers, a weakness ?

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  1. bassjam

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    After having a couple j frames with 2" barrels and an SP101 with the 2.25", I decided I wanted a bit more sight radius and velocity but I could tell from the 4" k-frame I had that a 4 inch barrel was far too long for IWB carry. I picked up this Kimber and just as I suspected, it's perfect for EDC. It carries as easily as the SP101 did but is much easier to shoot. I'd like to get a 3" Ruger LCR in .22lr now, and possibly a Ruger speed six in 2.75-3" too.

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  2. knot4reel

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    Kygunco. $399.99
    The journey is almost over. FFL has it, waiting on the call.
     
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  3. Triggernosis

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    Which specific one did you get?
    I'm eyeing the Ultra Lite version for myself.
     
  4. GeoDudeFlorida

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    I have the blued version of that Rossi from a Gunbroker auction last year. It came with the skimpy plastic grips, like-new condition, which I CAREFULLY removed and put away in a safe place, then installed a set of the "usual" Rossi Brazilian hardwood SB J-frame style grips. Shoots like a dream and I have a (somewhat) "matching" 3" .38 Rossi 68. I picked it up in a trade for a Star M30 15-round factory magazine in rough shape. A set of generic RB J-frame grips and some TLC and it is a nice little desk gun, now.

    I like 3" revolvers for their balance and concealability but mostly for the sighting radius. Better than a snubby past rock-throwing range and quicker than a service revolver at smell-your-breath range. :what:
     
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  5. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Seconded!

    Time to take some pix of my own 3" revolvers to post. I have one or two or ten, probably. :)
     
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  6. knot4reel

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    I got the 3" VZ grip model. It's the only model they had in stock.
     
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  7. Ugly Sauce

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    My little 24-3.
     
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    ^^^
    Nice. I didn't know they made that one.
     
  9. knot4reel

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    My first impressions: fit and finish, excellent. It's a nice looking gun. Trigger, both actions are kinda stiff but I'm sure they will loosen up nicely with some snap cap dry firing. The grip fits my medium sized hand like it should. Hoping to shoot it today to check out function. So far I'm very impressed with this unit.
     
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  10. __steve__

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    I vote this one as my favorite of the 3”’s
     
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  11. Ugly Sauce

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    That pistol has been worked over quite a bit by the PO's gunsmith, including cutting the chamber to accept .44magnum. No, I have not shot magnums in it, or ever intend to. In fact, didn't even know it until I discovered it myself. Then I asked the PO about it, and it was like, "oh yeah...had it chambered for .44mag". I think he shot .44mag "cowboy loads" in it and felt it put the bullet closer to the forcing cone.

    So, I do load my full wad-cutters in .44mag cases, (as in the pic) as it....wait for it....puts the bullet closer to the end of the cylinder and forcing cone. What advantage that is for a close range self defense pistol, I'm not sure. Anyhow, action is tuned to perfection, and carried in a high riding hip holster it conceals very well, in cooler of cold weather. Not a T-shirt gun for sure.
     
  12. aarondhgraham

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    I'm patiently waiting for that new Taurus,,,
    The Model 942 comes in either 2" or 3" barrel length.

    I'll never order a Taurus from an on-line company,,,
    Their QC is so bad they let junk out quite often.

    But if I can handle/inspect the gun before I buy it,,,
    I might be tempted to get one of the Soulless Steel 3" models.

    Aarond

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  13. semperdog

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    A 3 inch seems the best choice between a too short 2 inch and a too long 4 inch for ccw. I have one in ruger sp101 and think it’s great....
     
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    Are those DEWC's?
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    Now that right there is a nice little .44 Lynard Skynard approved! :thumbup:
     
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  15. Stevel

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  16. PapaG

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    You need a 2 3/4" Security Six to complete the set.
     
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  17. PapaG

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    Out of a pile of revolvers by most of the makers, my 3.1" SP101 is my favorite "shorty". Danby did a great trigger job on it and the Hogue grips tamed it. A tad heavy for cc and a bit short for hunting but, darn it, I like it.
     
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  18. PapaG

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    My dad bought a three inch model 19 about 1975. Round butt, blue. Sent it back and had a 4" barrel installed and nickeled. I always thought the three inch was better. My brother and then his son wound up with it.
     
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  19. PapaG

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    I gave my wife a 3" adjustable sighted Model 36. I called it the "Trail Masterpiece".
     
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    I will absolve you of your sickness, my son.

    Your penance is to write up a comparo of the four revolvers, and post it here.
     
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  21. lincen

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    Thank you for the suggestion, I don't have any of the earlier double action revolvers !
     
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  22. lincen

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    I have yet to shot the Colt but when I do, I'll take all four and at least try to give my opinion of each with a few pros and cons.
     
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    IMG_20200121_180216607~2.jpg I have what is referred to as the "ugly duckling" of the Ruger 3"...the LCRx.
     
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  24. aarondhgraham

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    I almost forgot about this one,,,
    Laverne, the revolver in the top of the picture.

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    Charter Arms Bulldog, 3" barrel, .44 Special.


    Shooting this gun is like wielding the Hammer of Thor.

    Aarond

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  25. Nathanael_Greene

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    Nice tribute to the Andrews Sisters!
     
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