Advantages of a Lug Barrel on a Combat Revolver?

Advantages of a Lug Barrel on a Combat Revolver?

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    Advantages of a Lug Barrel on a Combat Revolver?

    I would welcome your advice.

    I was looking at a Smith & Wesson .357 Model 620 4" on their website, and I noticed that they stated that S&W has developed a "21st century" companion model with a lug barrel for "better performance and durability".

    I assume that the lug barrel is supposed to minimize recoil on follow-up shots so that the revolver performs more like a semi-auto. Am I right?

    I don't get the part about enhanced durability.

    The lug barrels seem better suited for a target range than for extended concealed carry. They significantly increase the weight of the gun.


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    If my understanding is correct, the lug adds minimal weight, but protects the somewhat delicate ejector rod.
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    a lug adds foreward weight to provide better balance and lesson muzzle flip . Its not so much the added weight of the lug as it is where it is located that has any effect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Repairs View Post
    a lug adds foreward weight to provide better balance and lesson muzzle flip . Its not so much the added weight of the lug as it is where it is located that has any effect.
    Yes, & I believe also to protect the ejector rod (Although, that's probably not the "performance" reason for it).
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    and a full barrel under lug looks good too. Colt Pythons look great!
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    The lugs do help with muzzle flip. I own a S&W 66 (without a lug) & a S&W 686 (w/lug)...there is a heap of difference between felt recoil & muzzle flip.
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    Durability and survivability.

    As I was told by a veteran cop of some 30+ years...

    It's really for the added weight when pistol whipping someone.
    Without it, banging a gun off of someones head just isn't near as effective,especially if the person is hard headed.
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    roflmao hot, as an old school former myself allow me to advise all the new kids that if your going to slap them upside the head with a 1911 DO NOT LEAVE YOUR THUMB ON THE SAFETY as it gets loud fast if you do .

    oO( no it wasnt me , but i was there lol )
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