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Which would you guys get for a handgun that 90-95% of the time would be at home as a night stand gun. If 4" it would give you the option to at least CC it if you had or wanted to. With the 6" you cant do that, not reasonably at least.
 

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It depends on the round and what you want to get from it.
W/o getting too technical many times large bore heavy rounds are ok with shorter barrels while smaller bore ligther rounds can
enjoy the benefit of extra length if that is not too cumbersome for the shooter.
Ultimately the one that shoots more accurately and feels better/more comfortable is the right one to have.
 

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18" in 12 gauge~ just saying its the right tool for the job and is what sits next to my bed!
 

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4" is more than enough, you can get away with a snubbie no problem for home defense. the lighter, and the shorter the barrel the better for HD and carry imo. the longer the barrel the longer the sight radius you have which can lead to improved accuracy, but if you practice enough you can be very proficient with a snubbie. a longer barrel also improves burn time for the powder which increases velocity, and in turn energy, but for HD you really dont need a lot of either to get the job done. besides you can get rounds that are plenty hot enough that they still produce a ton of velocity and energy out of a shorter barrel (not as much as you would get out of a longer barrel with the same round, but still plenty to do the job).
 
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