The latest installment of the 3-inch Roscoe

For years I’ve been a fan of small-framed revolvers with 3-inch barrels. I personally find them much more accurate than a snub at ranges past 7-yards while being more controllable, thus allowing a faster follow-up shot if needed. Further, they are almost just as concealable. In short, a nice 3-inch is the best of both worlds between the compact go-anywhere capability of a snubby while coming closer to being an effective “combat” revolver should it be needed.

With that, I was pleased to come across a line of night-sight-equipped 856 Defenders from Taurus that was just released this month at SHOT Show. All share the same 6-round cylinder, a factory-installed front sight post with an integrated tritium vial, and an extended ejector rod. With a 3-inch barrel, overall length runs 7.5-inches.

Buyers who dig solid hardwood grips can opt for the Tungsten Cerakote model Defender 856 (frame, barrel, and cylinder) with an Altamont walnut grip.

Prices at retailers should be around $350ish, which is a budget counter to Colt’s Cobra 3-inch and Smith’s Model 60/686s.

More in my column at Guns.com

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