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Paver1055Paver1055 MemberPosts: 38 Member
is there significant difference in handgun barrel length? this is for personal defense.:usa:
XD .45 4"

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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,559 Senior Member
    A longer barrel is more conducive to pistol whipping.
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    A longer barrel is more conducive to pistol whipping.

    Now that is a remark I can agree to.......:tooth:
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  • Paver1055Paver1055 Member Posts: 38 Member
    Roger that. I was wondering thanks:iwo:
    XD .45 4"
  • SirGeorgeKillianSirGeorgeKillian Senior Member Posts: 5,463 Senior Member
    Personal defense as in around the house or something you want to conceal on your person? A smaller barrel is obviously easier to conceal.
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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 32,995 Senior Member
    Personal defense as in around the house or something you want to conceal on your person? A smaller barrel is obviously easier to conceal.

    Ah yes, BUT short 2" bbls are hard(er) to hit with because of the sight radius. In a house it really doesn't, matter anything from 2" up to 8 3/8" will work. CCW on your person is another story.

    It has been said a 5" bbl is ideal for a revolver to carry openly/shoot with. Why not many were ever made with 5" tubes is a mystery to me. Usually you can go down to 4" or up to 6".

    I do own a pre-model 10 S&W .38 spl and a modern S&W model 625 in .45 ACP with 5" tubes. Of course, the 1911s are with a 5" bbl.
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  • HakkonenHakkonen Member Posts: 251 Member
    Big Chief wrote: »
    anything from 2" up to 8 3/8" will work.
    Why only up to 8 3/8"? What happens at 8 1/2"?
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  • RazorbackerRazorbacker Senior Member Posts: 4,646 Senior Member
    Hakkonen wrote: »
    Why only up to 8 3/8"? What happens at 8 1/2"?

    Ernie gets interested and screws the market driving prices up.
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  • JasonMPDJasonMPD Senior Member Posts: 6,577 Senior Member
    Paver1055 wrote: »
    is there significant difference in handgun barrel length? this is for personal defense.:usa:

    If you are buying for home defense only:

    Buy a full-size pistol. Most notably, you get full-size round capacities such as 17+1 in a Glock 17, 15+1 in a Glock 22 and 19+1 in the XDM 9MM. Additionally, they aren't as cumbersome to add things like lights or lasers to as the larger frame size balances the slight offset in weight better. Full-size pistols tame recoil more than compact pistols do. A longer sight radius with some tritium sights would be good.

    If you are buying for concealment AND home defense:

    If you can't afford two pistols right now, consider your body type and buy a pistol you can conceal on your person reasonably well that still have a decent round capacity. Since compact pistols typically have less rounds that full-size ones, keeping extra magazines in the house that you can grab at the same time as the gun is a good idea.

    The purchase of ANY gun is subjective to the prospective buyer and even more so when looking for a gun for EDC. You'll need to shop around regardless and find the one best for you. Look for gun ranges that offer rentals and try out a few before you commit money to any one purchase.

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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,887 Senior Member
    Hakkonen wrote: »
    Why only up to 8 3/8"? What happens at 8 1/2"?
    You get a rare revolver.
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  • timctimc Senior Member Posts: 6,684 Senior Member
    A shorter barrel clears the holster faster.

    I hunted with a guy once that showed up at deer camp with a Dan Wesson .44 mag that had a 12" barrel. The gun sat in a holster that went to his knee, he told me his gun was better because he could hit me at 100 yards with his wheel gun. I told him I could probably draw and empty my 1911 in him before he could clear leather with that monster. a short siht radius is better in slef defense, you ain't gonna shoot that far in that situation.
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  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Senior Member Posts: 5,797 Senior Member
    There is a site called "Ballistic's by the Inch" where they had taken several common handgun calibers and chronographed them at various barrel lengths to compile data on velocity and energy differences between barrel lengths.
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  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 4,746 Senior Member
    Paver1055 wrote: »
    is there significant difference in handgun barrel length? this is for personal defense.:usa:

    Here's the link:
    http://ballisticsbytheinch.com/
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  • KENFU1911KENFU1911 Senior Member Posts: 1,052 Senior Member
    Ernie gets interested and screws the market driving prices up.

    And adds on a rifle scope and a brake.....and a bi-pod.....and then Zed gets one....and... :head:
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