Is a 5" barrell revolver too Big for CC?

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    Is a 5" barrell revolver too Big for CC?

    I know this may seem a bit far out, but what size revolver would you consider too big too carry on your self for protection?What would you say are the parameters for such, whether its too keep at home, or in your car?

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    My advice is to get the biggest, most powerful handgun you can shoot accurately. and conceal. If you feel that you can conceal a 5" revolver I say go for it.

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    All dependent on your body type and if you're comfortable with it.

    My old sheriff could've probably concealed a 12" barrel revolver on him no problem(he was huge both height and weight-wise); me personally, probably only a 8"...
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    Barrels shorter than 5" are absolutely more popular these days.
    That having been said: A vertical shoulder holster would hide it really well.
    Just make sure that you shop for a high quality one that will permit you to draw the firearm without having to draw it out the top. Like an older Bianchi X-15 or a DeSantis swivel rig.

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    nothing wrong with a 5" barrel if you can handle it hey why not? longer barrel might hinder draw speed is about the only downfall i can see

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    It can be done, it may just take some work. I knew one guy that crazy as it was had a CC holster for a fullsize S&W 500 hunting revolver.
    I know not what this "overkill" means.

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    thanks for responses and your thoughts, obviously there is a "new" reason.
    i have my eyes set on the M&P R8 model 327, its a 5" .357 8 shot revolver that is talking to me. i think it looks lovely. check it out when you have a chance.

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    I don't think a 5" revolver to big for CC. If it works for you then go for it. I for one can't do it because of my body type and am not a fan of shoulder rigs. Carry the biggest you can.
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    I have at times carried a 6" K Frame revolver without concealment problems. My torso is rather short and an untucked sport shirt covers adequately for me. My problem with the longer barrels for concealed self defense carry is the slower and more difficult presentation.

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    I don't see anything wrong with that length of barrel as long as you are comfortable with it and can concealit

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    If you can hide it... why not?
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    It's not the barrel length that creates problems for concealment, it's the grip...OMO...but I know that to be true.

    Stay armed...it's the grip...stay safe!
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    i carry a model 65 in .357 with a 4" barrel i don't have any problems concealing it! i would assume a 5" would not be a problem at all!
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    i carry a model 65 in .357 with a 4" barrel i don't have any problems concealing it! i would assume a 5" would not be a problem at all!



    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    It's not the barrel length that creates problems for concealment, it's the grip...OMO...but I know that to be true.

    Stay armed...it's the grip...stay safe!
    +1 on the grip!!
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    I have often concealed 4" DA sixguns, up to N-frame in size, both IWB and OWB. It is not difficult. As already said, it is hiding the grip that is the challenge, and my not-so-large hands prefer small grip panels, which aids concealment, all else being equal.

    I had a chance to buy a pre-owned Milt Sparks Summer Special holster made for a 5.5" Colt SAA, and jumped on it. While I don't presently pack an SAA concealed on any kind of regular basis, I did try it on for size, and the ensemble works remarkably well. Keep in mind that the SAA is quite compact, compared to the deeper frame needed to accommodate a DA mechanism, and standard SAA grips are quite small.

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