Zhur, you're the man. I've been waiting for someone to give me good advice on this subject. I am going to be buying my first handgun ever and could not decide on a longer (fun at the range) gun or a shorter gun suited for c.c.
I had been thinking that a shorter gun that I can carry would be accurate and fun at the range if I practice with it enough. I just needed someone with experience to confirm that. I'm going to own several guns someday but only want one right now. I'm not going to carry a gun unless I am an expert shot with it so that makes the case even more. 5" and even 4" barrels seem impractical for c.c. to me.
I just want someone to tell me that I will eventually be nailing that steel popper at 85' with my Para carry (or something like it) with practice. If I'm understanding you, you're saying it is possible. Having success at the range will increase my desire to practice so I'm trying to give this thoughtful consideration before spending a lot of $$$. I guess renting and shooting is the best place to start.