When you say shooter will you be using it for target type shooting (tin cans included) or cowboy action shooting? For target shooting I much prefer the 7 1/2 inch, but I like extra barrel weight which the 7 1/2 inch gives. One of the hardest pistols for me to shoot is the German P.08 Luger. All the weight is in your hand and the lightweight barrel isn't heavy enough to settle down. The extra sight radius of the 7 1/2 inch is also a plus for target type shooting.