Three inch revolver opinions...

Three inch revolver opinions...

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    Three inch revolver opinions...

    My father has carried a S&W 36 "Chief's Special" with the 1 7/8" barrel for probably 30 years, and while it is easy to hide I always thought to myself, "If that barrel was a little longer it would be perfect." I grew up shooting a model 10 4" and a model 15 4" but the frame is a little bigger on them.
    Now that the internet makes info. easy to get I have noticed that there are a few small framed revolvers with 3" barrels. The S&W 36, the Taurus 85, and I think Ruger makes one too (101). I have never seen or shot any of these, and haven't been able to find them at local gunshops.
    Do any of you have one (especially the S&W 36 3"), and how do you like it compared to 2" revolvers?


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    I was just messing around with an S&W 3" J frame today... its a nice gun. I have an SP101, its a nice gun too. They both would be a little large for pocket carry, but would carry well with other methods. As long as you stick with a quality maker, you will be OK. The bad part is there are only two, three if you get lucky in the mainstream market.
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    One of my great regrets in "revolver-dom" is that I was not able to acquire a S&W Model 696 in .44 Special (5-shot, 3-inch barrel) before Smith stopped making them. I think three inches may be just about perfect for a concealed-carry revolver. JMO, of course.

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    I have the SP101 in 3". I love it althought it's quite heavy. Conceals well in a good IWB or OWB but it's not in the snubby category in my opinion because of the weight and it's definitely not a pocket carry. I like mine for hiking, winter carry, etc. It's a dream to shoot .38's with and with .357's its not bad due to the weight. I really like mine.
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    I'm going to hit the gunshops tomorrow and keep checking Gunbroker for one. When I find one I'm sure it will be hard to pass up.

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    Falcon 1, we're on the same page! The 696 and Magnum Carry are two that I will always regret not having.

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    I once owned a first generation Colt Detective Special with a 3 inch barrel. That was a handy little gun. I wish I still had it.

    A 3 inch barrel is no harder to conceal than a 2 incher. In fact, they're generally easier to shoot due to the longer sight radius. It's a shame they're not more popular.


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    I've been wanting a 3" GP-100 for awhile now.
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    I'm (another) big fan of the Ruger SP101, 3.06" barrel. It's a little heavy but handles the HOTtest .357 Mag loads without complaint. It's the PITBULL of j-frame sized, stainless, magnum revolvers.

    Also, the S&W Model 60, 3" (w/ adj. sights) makes a fine shooter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by metaljacket View Post
    My father has carried a S&W 36 "Chief's Special" with the 1 7/8" barrel for probably 30 years, and while it is easy to hide I always thought to myself, "If that barrel was a little longer it would be perfect." I grew up shooting a model 10 4" and a model 15 4" but the frame is a little bigger on them.
    Now that the internet makes info. easy to get I have noticed that there are a few small framed revolvers with 3" barrels. The S&W 36, the Taurus 85, and I think Ruger makes one too (101). I have never seen or shot any of these, and haven't been able to find them at local gunshops.
    Do any of you have one (especially the S&W 36 3"), and how do you like it compared to 2" revolvers?
    I have a Taurus 85 and it has a 2" barrel.
    It's my favorite and lightest one to carry in the Summer.
    My other Gun is an XD-9SC and it is a little bulkier.
    The Taurus recoil is about the same as my 9mm.
    Really no big deal.
    XD9SC, S&W 637
    Taurus 85, SKS
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geezer View Post
    Falcon 1, we're on the same page! The 696 and Magnum Carry are two that I will always regret not having.
    I wasn't able to get a Magnum Carry before they stopped making them, either. I was, however, able to acquire an SF-VI before they ceased production.

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    A 3-inch (or even 4-inch) revolver will carry IWB just as easily as it's 2-inch version. I still like the snubbies.

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    Cool S&W Model 19 w/2 1/2" barrel and Clark Trigger Job











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    I love my Model 60 3". That bit of extra barrel makes a real difference in shootability and unless you want pocket carry, the 3" carries just fine.

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    3" Revolver

    While the 3" SP101 is a heavy little sucker, I carry mine in the front pocket of my cargo shorts quite regularly. It'd be the last one of my handguns I'd think about getting rid of.


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