I'm usually a fan of longer barrels for range revolvers. But I was talked into a 4 5/8" Blackhawk 357/9mm convertible blued. Glad i listened to that advice. I have other Blackhawks in longer lengths but they have steel grip frames, 2 of them Bisleys. I am amazed at what a well balanced and easy shooting gun my 4 5/8" Blackhawk is. It's very accurate with 9mm, an unexpected surprise.