I find it appalling that I'm 31 years old and have not owned a single-action revolver. I intend to remedy this this year if at all possible. The gun will likely be a Ruger Super Blackhawk, since .44 Magnum is my caliber.
So which barrel length? Only two are in the running for me. 4-5/8" and 5-1/2".
The barrel length difference is less than an inch, yet it's perplexing me.
Normally I like 5" barrels on large frame revolvers. And I generally have thought that 5.5" looks best on a single action revolver, especially an adjustable sight model. So easy peazy, right?
Not so fast. My new primary handgun will soon, very likely, be a 4.2" Ruger Redhawk. The 4" is hard enough to find. I like the balance and handling. I've not been able to find a 5.5" anywhere to try it out.
A 4" large-frame revolver adds a touch of versatility in holster selection and concealability. I can, and have, many times, concealed a 5" barrel revolver, but the Ruger is somewhat heavier than the N-Frame and it will be more of a chore. Not that I'm going to conceal the .44 too much anymore, but it's always a possibility.
The single-action will be my backup for the double action. It will get carried occasionally, used, shot, brought with me on trips into the desert. I want them to have the same barrel length, I think, but I'm not sure.
So what's your favorite barrel length on a single action revolver? This is a great chance to post pics if you have them. Do you have different preferences for heavy Rugers vs. true Single Action Army clones?
Cheers. Many pictures please.