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Old September 13, 2012, 09:37 AM   #11
SRH78
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Like everything else in life, it depends. How you plan to use the gun makes a big difference. Generally, long barrels for hunting and some types of target shooting, short barrels for concealed carry, and something in between for everything else. Except as a necessity for concealed carry, I wouldn't go with less 4" and in my opinion 5"-6" is ideal for general purpose/home defense. The longer barrel will give you a longer sight radius and better velocity without being cumbersome or muzzle heavy. Shorter barrels are just trading velocity and accuracy for reduced performance and increased muzzle blast unless you have a specific need for them. Longer barrels improve performance but at some point make the handgun harder to conceal, slower to draw, and muzzle heavy.
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