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View Poll Results: 4 inch or 6 inch barrel?
4 inch 11 61.11%
6 inch 7 38.89%
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Old 07-01-2011, 6:12 PM
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Default Smith and Wesson 686 4'' or 6'' barrel?

Hey everyone, I posted this in the General Gun Discussion and my GF wanted me to repost it in the Ladies Forum.

She is thinking about getting the Smith and Wesson 686 4 inch barrel. She would be shooting 38sp in it. I think that once she gets used to shooting 38sp she may want to jump up to .357, when/if that happens I feel she would want to have the 6 inch barrel.

We plan on going to the range soon, but money is a little tight.

Which would you prefer?
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Old 07-01-2011, 6:49 PM
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Could split the difference and get it in 5 inch? http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=239105622
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Shorter is a little quicker to handle and 3.8 oz. lighter, 6" has a longer sight radius. That's about it. I'm sure she'll be happy with either.
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If it'll be her 686, she should get what feels good in her hand, and it sounds like she wants a 4". It's a good all-purpose size and a gunsmith can improve the 686 trigger pull. If she decides she would rather get a 6" later, she can always sell or trade (or get both!)

In .357 revolvers, I have both 6" and 3" barrels. One of the 3" barrels is ported.
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I own both, one 686 4 inch and two 686 6 inch.
I prefer shooting my 686 4 inch.
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If it'll be her 686, she should get what feels good in her hand, and it sounds like she wants a 4". It's a good all-purpose size and a gunsmith can improve the 686 trigger pull. If she decides she would rather get a 6" later, she can always sell or trade (or get both!)

In .357 revolvers, I have both 6" and 3" barrels. One of the 3" barrels is ported.
+1 on what Pax just said.
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Old 07-03-2011, 7:24 AM
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Thanks for the input everyone. I think she might be buying the 4'' today from the Turners that just opened up down here.
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