Rohm Revolver


November 7, 2006, 04:37 PM
Gentlemen: I just picked up a Rohm Md. 88 six shot revolver in .38 special, which according to the markings was made in Germany. It appears to have been imported by RG Ind. in Miami, Florida. It has a blued finish, appears to have never been shot and sports really cheap looking plastic grips of a light tan color.

The action is exceptionally smooth and I would guess the trigger lets off at under three pounds. Can anyone tell me about this pistol and what kind of reputation Rohm has. Also what is your best fair market value. The gun shows little wear and no rust whatsoever.


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Ala Dan
November 7, 2006, 05:23 PM
Not all firearms made in Germany are created equal; with Rohm's RG
line being among them. In my book, Rohm (RG) = Big Time Junk Guns~!:uhoh:

Sorry, if the truth hurts; but thats the way I see it~!:eek: :uhoh:

November 7, 2006, 05:28 PM
I don't know, James Brady can attest to the RG-14's funtionality. I have one with the longer barrel and it works well but I've heard they vary greatly.

Ron James
November 7, 2006, 07:46 PM
The first Rohms on the market , the RG 10s were starter pistols the were converted to .22. Zink metal and prone to break. Which is one way to say they were a peice of sh**. However they improved their qualityuntill the RG-88 has been called a very good quality .38 or 357 caliber revolver, but by this time the damage had been done. Becasue they started by making junk, by the time they left the firearm field it was very" chic " to call all Rohms junk. Most people think its shows how knowledgeable they are to use the same paint brush on all of Rhoms guns, in fact quite a few folks don't even know Rohn made large caliber guns. Colts and S&Ws they are not, but the RG-86 and 88s are not junk.

Ala Dan
November 7, 2006, 08:25 PM
I once saw a city park patrol officer trying too qualify with a .357 magnum
caliber RG. After firing a few rounds, the cylinder locked up tighter than old
Dick's hat ban. After the range officer inspected the RG, he told the park
police officer to get off the range and not come back until he had a real
gun~!;) :D

November 7, 2006, 10:01 PM
Don't let these guys make you feel bad about buying an RG. They make for good conversation pieces. I have a friend who collects nothing but "Saturday Night Specials," which is what the Rohm is. When I first got into handgunning, I almost bought one, but the guy at the pawnshop said he wouldn't sell me one because he (correctly, as it turned out) ascertained I was after something of better quality.

I'd invite you to try a Ruger or Smith & Wesson and don't fret too much about the price. Guns keep their value exceedingly well and some well spent $$$ on the right gun will make your shooting experience much better.

I wouldn't sell the gun. I'd keep it as a collector's piece. But it's like buying bicycles. If you buy one at a discount store for $168, you won't be nearly as happy as if you sprung for a decent one for $400.

And please, don't let this experience steer you away from handgunning.

Rohm also puts out a Model 88 that's an automatic. Hmmmm. That's not confusing.

November 8, 2006, 03:33 AM
I actually like the looks of that R88 automatic.....maybe I need to start collecting SNSs.

November 8, 2006, 08:52 AM
Never saw the RG/Rhom Mdl 88 before that pic..Hmmmm

I do have a snubby .38Spl RG revolver..IIRC, the Model is RG-38. The barrel is stamped ".38 Spezial" It is an OK shooter, but nothing really spectacular. Many years back, I did have an RG .22LR revolver..don't recall the model right now, but it sent more lead sideways and back toward the shooter that it ever sent downrange.

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