Cutting Down a Barrel-I have a .22 caliber Hopkins and Allen revolver, with a six inch barrel, but it is unhandy to carry. Could I get the barrel cut down to three inches, and would it shoot alright?
I think that if you would carry the pistol in a holster you would not find the barrel too long, but if you prefer a short barrel, the muzzle can be cut off, and if done right, it will make no noticeable difference in the shooting, except that you will have less distance between the sights. I have myself cut a revolver barrel down to a shorter length and reset the sight and could notice no difference in the shooting, though it is possible that there was some little difference. But I would not cut it as short as three inches; I think four inches would be better. If you are not an expert in the use of tools, that is, careful in their use, I would advise that you have the work done by a gunsmith.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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