Hello. There is less tendency for muzzle-flip due to the extra weight up front. It has been years since I shot a "pencil bbl" Model 10 and only owned the heavy bbl models so I flat don't remember if the difference is much or meaningful.
Best I could ever tell, using 148 grain wadcutters you could barely tell the difference. With 125 or 158 gr. +P JHPs the heavy barrel is noticeably easier to control when trying to get a tight group at speed.
Thank you Mr.Camp.I have been thinking of getting one for my wife and myelf to use and once in awhile she has a problem with the strength in her hand and arm.Nothing too major but I wondered if it would make a difference.Thanks again and by the way,this is a nice site,Phil
I own a 10 M&P .38 with 4" pencil barrel and a 65 M&P .357 with heavy barrel (the guns have the same small magna grips): the lighter 10 has more muzzle flip than the 65 when shooting normal .38. But the recoil is far from punishing, the recovering time is just slightly longer. I feel that grips make more difference than barrel profil in .38.
Thanks Larry.My skill level is very low in rapid fire anyway but I thought maybe heavy barrel might be easier.Mainly thinking it might be easier for my wife to shoot because of her problem with her hand and arm.[It's not real bad,but might make a difference to her].Thanks for your reply.Phil
Thanks for your reply.I am not a speed shooter either.When I asked about rapid fire I just thought that might be one way to compare the two.By the way,I hope no one thinks I'm asking which is the better gun.I like both and was just wondering if the HB might be easier for my wife to shoot.
Years ago I had a pre model 10 M&P with the pencil barrel but never had the heavy barrel model.I wish I had kept the gun.Phil