Rossi Revolvers


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LAR-15
October 31, 2005, 03:02 PM
How are they for the money?

Quality or no quality?

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AZ Heat
October 31, 2005, 03:11 PM
Rossi revolvers are great guns. I have had a couple and have nothing but great things to say about them. They are inexpensive, reliable and great quality. They just seem to be great value, all the way around.

I have a gunsmith friend who says they are right up there with S&W. I don't know if I'd take it that far, but I'd definately buy them again without hesitation.

Euclidean
October 31, 2005, 03:15 PM
Rossis are my favorite El Cheapo gun. I cut my teeth on Rossi revolvers. I still have a 518 that's fun. I like the old Interarms imports and I think the new ones from Taurus are okay too.

The trouble with them is that they're a little hit or miss. If you get one that works, it works just fine. If you get one that doesn't work, it can have all sorts of problems.

Of course that's the old ones. The new ones I think would be covered under Taurus guarantee at least.

Ala Dan
October 31, 2005, 03:21 PM
My wife carries a stainless 2" square butt Rossi model 88 as her everyday
CCW piece.:uhoh: She picked it out herself, and paid for it with her own money.:cool: And she has NO compalints, cuz it works every time~!:D

LAR-15
October 31, 2005, 05:53 PM
Thanks

Moonclip
October 31, 2005, 06:55 PM
I don't know, whats your life worth:) Depends what you are going to do with it I guess and if tested extensively and serviceable a Rossi will do. I had one bad example of a Rossi revolver and one bad 22 rifle. Both worked but were rough and the revolver was very inaccurate. My friend had a decent Rossi 38spl though.

Have a good Rossi levergun though and their shotguns are decent. I try not to go lower than Taurus on the revolvers but I'm a hypocrite as I own and operate a Llama 44mag and am looking for it's 357 mag counterpart as well as an Astra 357mag/9mm revolver.

MICHAEL T
October 31, 2005, 08:33 PM
Ive had several Rossi pistols and al have given good service. I have a coach gun or theirs from 1972 and first of last mo bought a 44 mag lever action rifle .

smooth operator
October 31, 2005, 10:13 PM
I've got 3 of them & they're all good. 2 interarms & 1 Braztech

gunfan
November 1, 2005, 02:03 AM
I have experienced a Rossi Model 88, it shot very well, (but I sold it after my wife died.) I also have a Puma .38/.357 Magnum lever-action rifle. Damned it that thing doesn't shoot like crazy! I also have a great Rossi pump-action that's nickle-plated in .22 Long Rifle. It shoots beautifully!

Scott

LAR-15
November 1, 2005, 12:22 PM
Thanks for the extra replies

TonyB
November 1, 2005, 04:30 PM
I have a model 461 (2" 357 magnum)that I use in IDPA and carry on occasion.Very accurate and %100 reliable.Only cost $150....Not a "fine" peice,but it works and was cheap.I've heard they are hit and miss though...

acsrsp
November 10, 2005, 10:06 PM
How are they for the money?

Quality or no quality?
I have a Rossi Imported by Interarms and I can't identy the model etc. Anyone there who can give me some facts.
w9rsp@acsplus.cp,

acsrsp
November 10, 2005, 10:11 PM
Rossis are my favorite El Cheapo gun. I cut my teeth on Rossi revolvers. I still have a 518 that's fun. I like the old Interarms imports and I think the new ones from Taurus are okay too.

The trouble with them is that they're a little hit or miss. If you get one that works, it works just fine. If you get one that doesn't work, it can have all sorts of problems.

Of course that's the old ones. The new ones I think would be covered under Taurus guarantee at least.
I HAVE A ROSSI I AM UNABLE TO IDENTIFY AS TO MODEL ETC. NEED HELP. ANYONE THAT HAS KNOWLEDGE.
aNY HELP PLEASE.
W9RSP@ACSPLUS.COM

Pistol Toter
November 11, 2005, 05:37 PM
Never owned but one, the last one. It started shooting loose within a few hundred rounds. :banghead: If you can afford it buy something worth carrying. Remember your life may depend on it. P.T.

Murph11
November 12, 2005, 09:00 AM
... I try not to go lower than Taurus on the revolvers but I'm a hypocrite as I own and operate a Llama 44mag and am looking for it's 357 mag counterpart as well as an Astra 357mag/9mm revolver.

I seem to recall an old Shooting Times review (probably 20+ years ago) about a Llama 44mag spitting lead out the gap between the cylinder and forcing cone of the barrel. Funny, the writer said something about the "company name" being fitting since the gun "spits". ST had pictures of the guy wearing heavy leather work gloves to protect the hands. I imagine they have improved alot since then???;)

New_geezer
November 12, 2005, 12:54 PM
I have a new Rossi 4" 971 like you'll see on their current website. I have only good things to say about it. Comfortable in my medium sized hand, very nice trigger in single action, decent in DA. Fit and finish all good, dead on accurate right out of the box. The lifetime warranty does hurt either. Nothing fancy about it but after about 1000 rounds it's as good as when I bought it.

In fairness, I've noticed opinions (in this and other forums) on the older Rossis are hit and miss. But now that Taurus owns Rossi - the Rossis are pretty much a basic line that seem to use older, proven designs that have probably paid for themselves long ago. The lineup is not extensive and seems to have a healthy focus on quality materials and manfacture. Anything new and/or innovative will show up in the upper scale Taurus line. I suspect over time the improvements that work out will trickle down into the Rossi line.

I think a Rossi is a good value now and will be for some time to come..

Diamondback
November 12, 2005, 01:58 PM
I have owned many Rossi revolvers over the years....all have been well made and performed flawlessly. I wish I had never sold the 4" M971 .357 Mag I once owned....that was a GREAT revolver.

-Regards

Mad Magyar
November 12, 2005, 03:48 PM
The 1st gun I purchased when I left the Army many years ago was a Rossi snub-nosed .38sp. It was a little "tank" and I've regretted not keeping it longer than I did.

GreatWhiteShark
November 12, 2005, 10:29 PM
Thought i would share with you my experience with my Rossi revolver.
Nothing but a good time with it. I saw it sitting in a pawnshop one day, while i was 'just browsing.' Well, once i picked it up, i told him to get the paperwork rolling on it. Because, i knew i was walking out with it that day!

It is a .44 special model 720, with a 3.5" stainless finish. Ive shot maybe 500 rounds through it, and it rocks! Pretty accurate for a 'snubby' Fit and finish are great, and it still is very tight, unlike my charter arms .44 special. Id say that the quality is up there with Ruger and Smith, but for a fraction of the price. I use it for a truck gun, camping companion, and home defense. Needless to say i trust my life with it. Try one out..you will like it.

thebaldguy
November 12, 2005, 11:22 PM
My first revolver was a M971 4 inch barrel in stainless. I bought it back in 1991. I still have it. It's very accurate, and has a nice smooth action. The single action trigger is very light - almost too light! It suprises you in single action mode. I've only had two minor problems with it so far - a broken firing pin and a broken adjustable rear sight. Both were fixed withhout much trouble. I think it's a good value, and worth the $200.00 I paid for it new.

charliemopic
November 26, 2005, 11:35 AM
[QUOTE=LAR-15]How are they for the money?

I have been shooting for the past 2 summers and am not an experienced shooter.
I've shot only 5 different revolvers as follows:
-1st was my brothers excellent condition S&W model 686 with 6 inch brl. I have about 400 handloads down range and my wife has 600 rds. down range.
This being the 1st handgun of any kind that we've shot all we can say is it seemed fine.
-2nd was our brand new high gloss stainless steel Ruger Single Six (single action) with a 6.5 inch brl. of which we have at least 1000 rounds of .22LR down range plus 300 or so .22 magnum (WMR). The SA trigger seems real good ie. lite but again we don't have much to compare it to.
-3rd was the absolute most beautiful double action revo I have ever seen or shot...a S&W .41 magnum model 657, 7.5" brl. and non-fluted cylinder. This is also the most powerful handgun I have ever shot and it shot straight, FLAT and FARRR! SA and DA trigger seemed quite smooth.
-4th is our brand new DA/SA .357magnum/.38 Special Taurus Tracker model 627 with 6.5 inch factory ported & fully ribbed barrel. Of all the revos I've shot this one has the least desirable double action trigger pull...not smooth and actually a bit gritty. S/A pull is perdy good...lite.
-5th and the best DA and SA trigger pull I have ever experienced was a well used 'ROSSI' .357magnum. I believe it was a model 972 in stainless with a
6 inch brl. I've heard the term 'buttery smooth' before but didn't know what it meant until I shot this Rossi.
This winter I want the smith to make my new Tracker trigger
''buttery smooth'
Thanks

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edwardyoung
November 26, 2005, 02:54 PM
I haven't owned any of the post-Braztech guns, but have owned numerous Interarms-imported ones and have had no complaints. My favorite revolver of all time was a model 518 22lr Rossi. I say 'was' because my Daddy claimed it a few years ago and I never got it back. I may be wrong, but I figure Taurus was worried enough about them as a competitor that they bought them. I wish it had been the other way around-I've never been a fan of the stupid key-lock that comes standard on all Tauri.

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