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View Poll Results: Tapered barrel or Heavy/Bull barrel
Tapered barrel 29 30.21%
Heavy / Bull barrel 34 35.42%
Both 27 28.13%
Doesn't matter to me 6 6.25%
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:39 PM
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Default Tapered barrel or Heavy/bull barrel

We love what we love. I can walk by lets say...a model 36 with a 3 inch tapered barrel and keep on walking, but if that model 36 has a 3 inch heavy/bull barrel I have to stop and check it out. So what do you prefer?
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:09 PM
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I only like bull barrels on days that end in "y". However on days that end in "y" I like tapered barrels.
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:33 AM
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I PREFER the heavy barrel, especially in the 3" versions (K-frames). A standard weight, straight taper barrel is OK as well, at least to a max. of 3" in length. But, the "pencil" barrels I can't stand. They just don't look right to me (though others feel differently.....and that is fine).
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Old 03-31-2012, 01:37 AM
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For me, it's esthetics. A tapered barrel just looks "right" to
me. I won't turn down a HB if it's priced right, tho. TACC1
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Old 03-31-2012, 05:19 AM
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I have both and like both. I like the bull barrels on shorter .357 Magnums (like a 3" M65) but like a pencil barrel on an older classic 4" M10 or M15.

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Old 03-31-2012, 09:33 AM
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I like the looks of both, but prefer to shoot a heavy barrel.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:06 AM
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I like both. I own more with heavy barrels, but the few tapered barrels I have, or have in the past, owned were ones that I grew up with. A good example of this is the Model 10-5. This and earlier versions with the tapered barrel just look right to me because that is the way that I first remember them as a youngster. Nothing wrong with the heavy barrel model 10s, they just don't look right to me!

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Old 03-31-2012, 05:36 PM
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I too have both and they both shoot to my likeing. The heavy barrel seems to return to POA with less recoil. The pencil barrel just looks better IMO.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:44 PM
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The two model 10"s I have are both tapered barrels so that's how I voted.

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Old 03-31-2012, 11:10 PM
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Most of my more recent Smiths are heavy barrels. My older Smiths all have tapered barrels. So... I like 'em both... just depends which Smith l'm chasing.

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Old 03-31-2012, 11:17 PM
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I have on 10-5 and one 10-6. One is blue, one is nickle. I enjoy them both. I've never thought about Chief's Special variants, but I'd probably prefer a thinner barrel.
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:12 AM
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I prefer tapered, but I don`t turn up my nose at heavy barrels.
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:20 AM
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After several years without owning a handgun, I decided that I was going to purchase one and knew what I wanted. I wanted a reliable, basic weapon that was a classic. The first thing that came to mind was a Model 10 pencil barrel.
My tastes have evolved and I am all about utilitarian weapons. The Model 10 HB is a classic in its own right and utilitarian to boot. I owned both at one time. The Model 10 HB perfomed much better for me in that it did not jump in the hand compared to the tapered barrel. So, I personally would choose the Model 10 HB as both a classic and a utilitarian weapon.
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bull barrel, m10, m65, model 10, model 10-5, model 15, model 65, model 66

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