In a Contender, a 10" barrel seems very short and handy. It turns the Contender into a dandy off-hand gun. The Encore may be different. The lack of a B/C gap makes it ballistically superior to a revolver at any reasonable length, so you have a lot of flexibility. I imagine you'd be pleased with a barrel/brake length of 10" and still have plenty of runway.
But for the grace of God, there, I go.