Need opinions on Rossi Model 971 357 Magnum.


June 22, 2005, 06:55 PM
I have an opportunity to buy (from an estate) a NIB Model 971 tomorrow for about $175. I am somewhat apprehensive about buying a Brazilian gun. Should I be? What do you think guys?

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June 22, 2005, 07:22 PM
I have an opportunity to buy (from an estate) a NIB Model 971 tomorrow for about $175. I am somewhat apprehensive about buying a Brazilian gun. Should I be? What do you think guys?

A lot of folks will tell you they are junk; I disagree. Since being aquired by Taurus® a few years ago thay have a lifetime warranty. Considering the MSRP is $345.00; and your gun is NIB for $175.00, DON'T HESITATE!!! ;)

June 22, 2005, 07:32 PM
I bought one new in the box a year or 2 ago for $175. My wife took it and never gave it back. She loves it. I shot it a few times and it was accurate as Heck. Sounds like a good buy to me.


June 22, 2005, 11:40 PM
I owned this model about 10 years ago. It sported a 2.5 in barrel. Why I sold it I'll never know, it was a nicely made revolver and never gave even a hint of problems.

Jump on it for $175.

June 23, 2005, 03:57 AM
I own a new production (Braztech) Rossi 971, 4", 357. I have put approx 1000 rounds thru it and it was accurate right out of the box. I love the gun and really like the trigger pull when using it SA (not a fan of using it DA, but then this is my first wheel gun). For $175 it's a great deal. Also, I'm pretty sure Rossi's lifetime guarantee applies to the gun and not just the original owner. Maybe someone can confirm this - perhaps if the gun is unused its ownership hasn't been registered with Rossi yet either.

June 23, 2005, 07:22 AM
If the warranty is the same as Taurus, it does not matter who owns it. It does not even matter if it was owned by 10 people before you. It's covered.
Taurus has been wonderful about repairing or replacing guns in the past.
I've had friends that have actually purchased broken Taurus firearms because the owners didn't know about the lifetime warranty and recvd NEW guns from Taurus after sending it in. Pretty darn good policy. I've had a few different revolvers from Taurus, and I would own another.


Ala Dan
June 23, 2005, 07:43 AM
I've never owned a Rossi model 971, but reports are that they are good guns.

June 23, 2005, 08:49 AM
The 971 i had back in 1994 was a
decent shooting revolver,i didn't
havce any problems with it.
$175.00 for a decent quality gun
would be a deal.

June 24, 2005, 12:58 PM
Yeah the warantee is good for the life of the gun..I bought a used Rossi 461 recently and had work done at the factory no charge....this gun is really accurate for a snubby...I wouldn't hesitate getting another Rossi(especially for $175)
I've also had good luck w/ Taurus
Re-sale value is lacking,but if it's good why sell it :scrutiny:
I've actually used this gun as my CCW for a couple weeks now,and I trust it.

June 25, 2005, 09:30 AM
I had an older Rossi .357 magnum in stainless about 10 years ago, and it was a bargain. Really good shooter, tight, well made. The Rossi revolvers are internally close copies of Smiths, moreso than the Taurus.They are under rated, and the rumors are wrong.

I also own a .357magnum Rossi lever rifle, and would not sell it. It's a great gun, a well made and very handy Winchester copy.


June 26, 2005, 06:43 PM
I have a two inch barrel Rossi 357 Mag and it would lock up solid when I fired 125 and 158 grain 357 mag rounds in it. Gun Tests magazine had the same problem. I sent mine back to Rossi and they fixed it. It now does very good with all ammo.

June 26, 2005, 07:56 PM
My 357 Rossi has been a nice pistol good fit and finish and a fine shooter.

February 6, 2007, 09:40 PM
My first gun was a Rossi 357 w/6" barrel. I bought it when they first came out and loved it. I bought another one about 3 months ago and love it just as much. VERY accurate, and hella fun to shoot.

February 6, 2007, 09:52 PM
I have a Rossi in my Truck. Buy it they make good stuff. I hear all kinds of opinions all the time about stuff being junk from people who know nothing about the product. I wouldn't want one pointed at me.

Ala Dan
February 6, 2007, 10:09 PM
Buy IT~!;)

The Rossi model 971 is "a steal of a deal", and YES the Lifetime Warranty
covers 2nd and 3rd generation owners as well. :cool: ;) :D

February 6, 2007, 11:05 PM
I did have a firing pin snap on mine up into the 5K round count range on it. I sent it to interarms, it came back, snapped first range trip out! I took it to my smith and he fixed it, said the pin just needed to be fitted. I guess he knew what he was talking about, because when I traded it many thousands of rounds (okay, probably 80 percent .38 loads), it was tight as a drum and still very accurate and had smoothed out to a decent smooth DA if a little stiff, still. I took my only Javelina with a handgun using that Rossi. I traded it off for a Ruger .45 Colt Blackhawk, a moved I would not reverse, but I do miss it and may get another. I really liked the size of it, about midway between a J and a K frame, very light on the hip compared to K frame stuff. If I could find another stainless one with a 3" tube, I'd jump all over it. That's a bang up price, too!

You might check out for more opinions. There's a Rossi forum there. I've owned 7 Rossis, still got two revolvers and a .357 Carbine. They are definitely quality guns, just not as finished as some of the higher dollar stuff, but just as functional. Every Rossi I've ever owned has had above average accuracy and the two of 'em I have now, a 3" M68 and a M511 4" .22 are both amazingly accurate. The 971 would shoot about 2" at 25 yards off sandbags with either it's favorite .38 or .357 ammo. My Taurus 66s shoot a little tighter, but I had a Smith M19 AND a Ruger that weren't as accurate with .38s, though a little more accurate with .357s.

At that price, jump all over it. That's a decent deal.

February 6, 2007, 11:34 PM
I too have found all Rossi firearms I have owned to be reliable and well made. $175 is the price I sold my 971 for over ten years ago. I wish I could buy it back today for that amount. I think you will look favorably on Rossis if you buy a M917.

- regards

April 15, 2009, 11:18 PM
I am new to this site and see these are an old posting. I have been a instrutor for over 30 years in small arms. I have shot them all, and have had my Rossi 972 Stainless for about 15 years and have put 1000's of rounds threw it. And it is still as good of gun as the day I bought it.

April 16, 2009, 04:51 PM
Buy the Rossi. If you do not like it I will give you $200 plus shipping to my FFL.

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