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Old 04-18-2010, 07:14 AM   #1
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Recently I purchased a Colt Python with the 8 in barrel. I have had a 4 inch for many years and like it very much. I fired the longer barrel free hand, standing, no bench. I am struggling with the barrel weight, it is really barrel heavy. Has anyone else solved this problem? I wondered about getting a left hand glove and moving my left hand out further. Any suggestions? By the way, the long barrel does improve accuracy, my goodness it does, at least until muscle fatigue sets in and I start to shake slightly. I am sixty years old now, and simply not as strong nor have the endurance of a twenty year old.
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Old 04-18-2010, 09:21 AM   #2
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Hi George. I wouldn't move my hand forward, bad things might happen. I have two 83/8" Smiths one in .41 and one in .44 and love to shoot them.



I would think certain exercises and doing more practice at the range will help. I'll be 59 next month and my problem is having to wear glasses to see. ::) Good luck with your Colt. It sound like a nice one.



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Old 04-18-2010, 11:38 AM   #3
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Gib, the S&Ws are beautiful. Thanks for your advice. I struggle, too, with vision, but that is another matter entirely. As I am starting to shoot more, since I returned to a rural area, I am going to have to address the vision thing with the eye doctor. Thanks again for sharing the photos, those would be anyone's great treasure.
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Old 04-28-2010, 08:11 PM   #4
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George,



I do find handgun barrel lengths longer that 6" to be a tad muzzle heavy also, and I am a while away from being 60, so don't feel bad. Can you shoot from a rest with the barrel on a sandbag? Should improve accuracy even more also.



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Old 04-29-2010, 01:40 PM   #5
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PGM, yes, shooting from a bench rest or sandbag would help support and steady the monster and indeed improve accuracy. I have always preferred free hand, standing, it is more like what I might encounter in an emergency. My girl friend still shakes her head and asks me, "what on earth did you buy that thing for? and yet she is even more accurate with it than I am. I hope at least one of us gets used to it. Thanks for the reply.
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Old 04-29-2010, 10:47 PM   #6
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I've had several N-frame 'Smiths with 8 3/8" barrels. Not overly muzzle heavy and a hoot to shoot.



Also, had a Dan Wesson 744 8" .44 Mag. Now THERE was a handfull. The full length underlug didn't help any except to tame recoil a bit.



At one point I reasoned that the longer barrels didn't do anything for me that I couldn't do with a 4" S & W. Since then all my revolvers have been of the 4" variety. Both 'Smiths and Colt's.



Still, I wish I had all the long barreled S & W's I've parted with over the years. Especially, the pristine M-27 I had.



No matter what barrel length you shoot have fun.



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Old 04-30-2010, 06:56 AM   #7
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My only objection to a long barreled revolver is that I cannot sit down when wearing a hip holster if it is longer than 4 inches. I always thought the 5" guns were nicely balanced. Could have been the influence of Skeeter Skelton in Shooting Times. I was young and easily lead astray.
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Old 04-30-2010, 07:13 AM   #8
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Hello. I agree with oberstlt on the 5" bbl thing. I have managed to own not one but two Model 27's with 5" barrels and traded both away, something I strongly regret.



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I can handle the long barreled revolvers just fine off hand. I'm another shooter who is beginning to be concerned with seeing the front sight. I'm afraid I'll need a nice Smith & Wesson revolver with an 18-inch barrel in coming years.







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Bmcgilvray, very nice family of 83/8" Smiths. :) Oberstlt, didn't S&W come back out with a run of 5" 27s back in the nineties?
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