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Old June 21, 2002, 05:11 AM   #1
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Barrel length measurements?

When it comes to a revolver, what is the accepted way of measuring the length of the barrel? From forcing cone to muzzle end or from the frame to muzzle end?

Anyway, can somebody do me a favor? Could you measure a S&W 686 with a 4 inch barrel from the frame to the muzzle end? Measurement does not have to be exact. Sling Shot
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Old June 21, 2002, 06:12 AM   #2
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Revolvers - forcing cone to the muzzle.
Semi autos - closed breach to the muzzle.
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Old June 22, 2002, 09:42 AM   #3
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Model 686 bbl lenrth

The bbl on my 686 (4") measures right at 4 1/16".
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Old June 22, 2002, 05:10 PM   #4
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Navigator, did you measure your 686 from the front of the frame to the muzzle, or did you measure from the forcing cone to the muzzle? I appreciate you taking the time to lay a tape across it.
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Old June 22, 2002, 06:24 PM   #5
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As far as I know, for legal purposes in Wisconsin, the barrel length is always measured from muzzle to firing pin with the action closed.

Of course, this is not usually how revolvers are marketed.
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Old June 22, 2002, 07:29 PM   #6
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The measurement was taken from the forcing cone to the muzzle.
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Old June 22, 2002, 07:55 PM   #7
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Smith J-frame snubbies

come in at 1-7/8" in length.

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Old June 23, 2002, 02:15 PM   #8
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Ala, unless you have a 60ls which is 2 1/8" and I think is still a snubbie
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