Like most folks, I think the 4-3/4" .45 Colt is the iconic six shooter. In another thread it was noted that "if you grew up watching westerns like I did, you will probably want the "gunslinger" 4.75-inch length." All of us old farts grew up watching westerns and no doubt dreaming about the guns. In the movies John Wayne used a 4-3/4", Clint Eastwood aka "the man with no name" used a 5-1/2" and Shane used a 7-1/2". On TV, Matt Dillion, Ben Cartwright and Paladin used a 7-1/2", Cheyenne, Heath and Jarrod Barkley and Bret and Bart Maverick used a 5-1/2" Deputy Johnny McKay (Lawman), Jess Harper (Laramie) and the "Virginian" all used 4-3/4". But what barrel length did we actually see more of? What made us believe the short barrel was the gun to have? It seems to me that the majority of film and TV gunmen carried 5-1/2" and, to a lesser degree, 7-1/2". Opinions.