As far as I'm concerned anytime a 3" barreled revolver is introduced it's time to celebrate. The 3" is my favorite barrel length and I feel it's a good compromise for carry. I have an Ruger SP101 in .327 with a 3" barrel, a Ruger Security Six in .357 with a 3" barrel, a Ruger GP100 in .44 special with a 3" barrel and my newest, a Kimber K6s in .357 also with the 3" barrel. While I already have a Taurus 856 in 2", I think the 3" version would be a fantastic addition. I have to thank Taurus for listening to their fans. Now for a 617 with a 3" barrel!