I personally just don't like porting on anything. That's just me. But the only potential problem with having a ported barrel on a carry firearm, might be the porting flash in low level light situations. You wouldn't want to be blinded. With .357 Mag. loads, that's a possibility, even without porting. Other than that possibility, I don't see a problem carrying it at all. If you comfortable with it, it sounds like a good choice.