I would want 28" barels BUT, the same gun won't work for trap, skeet and clays, unless you change stocks between events or have an adjustable comb and change the drop to the comb. A gun that fits you for skeet and clays won't be a gun that also fits for trap because a trap stock will have much less drop at the comb. The 28" barrels are too short for a lot of people, but are just right for me for skeet and clays. I shoot gun down to get practice for hunting. I agree with Michael McIntosh, the rules allow for a mounted gun at skeet and now clays, but you don't have to, and it is better practice to shoot gun down.