Rossi Model 677 (.357) 2 inch


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McKnife
August 26, 2007, 12:13 AM
I've been looking for a 2-inch .357 for a long time now and the perfect opportunity has arrived. A local is selling his Rossi 677 .357.

http://texasguntrader.com/index.php?a=2&b=1245

I was wondering if anyone has heard anything (positive or negative) about this model. The seller says it's kind of rare, which must be true since I can't seem to find very much info on it.

What do y'all think?

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weregunner
August 26, 2007, 11:01 AM
Here goes. Rossi 677. Introduced in 1997. Weight 26 ounces. Worth:
New in box:$250, Excellent:$200.

These were phased out shortly after that. Models 461 and 462 took it's place and that of the 877.

A newer model such as the 461 or 462 might be in order. There are the 351 and 352 in .38 Special to consider. 5 shots for the .38 Specail versions and the 461 brethren are 6 shot .357 magnums.

Rare does not mean that a gun is a collector piece or goes up in value. Many brands,makes, models, and types have not gone up invalue because they are no longer made. Market value is set by what is popular more than anything else as well as other factors.

Security Industries built a nifty one of a kind ( 3 models) .357 magnum snubbie and did a decent job. These were built from 1973 to 1978.These were the ancestors to todays .357 magnum snubbies put out by other manufacturers. Built out of stainless steel no less. Only a few hundred made from what I can gather. Prices for Excellent condition are only in the $250 to $270 range
A little light reading for info purposes.

http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=121.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=247.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=800.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=1187.0
http://www.taurusarmed.net/forums/index.php?topic=1779.0

A Taurus models that are similar may fill the bill if not a Rossi version.

MCgunner
August 26, 2007, 11:04 AM
Go to Academy and check out the 461s. They're about $320 there brand new.

christcorp
August 26, 2007, 02:07 PM
No, a "PERFECT OPPORTUNITY" would have been if a S&W or Ruger 2" had become available. Whether or not this is a "PERFECT OPPORTUNITY" for you depends on what you want to do with this gun. In normal practices, a 2" gun is used for self defense. Normally in the concealed weapon department. If this is your intent, then I don't think this is a "PERFECT OPPORTUNITY". If it was for self defense, and I truly believed that I NEEDED a weapon for self defense, then it wouldn't be a ROSSI. It would be a S&W, Ruger, or Colt. As long as there is a debate about the quality and reliability of a weapon, then I will NOT have that weapon as my means of defense. Remember, you have to be ALIVE in order to bitch or disagree with me.

In other words, this is your life you are talking about. You don't compromise that with price. That is not negotiable. No one argues that S&W, Ruger, or Colt are excellent weapons for self defense. Being there are NO arguments about them, they then are the ones to choose for self defense. If another brand has debates about trusting them to perform when needed, then they aren't worth taking the chance on. End of discussion.

In other words; even proponents of Taurus, Rossi, Century, Hi-Point, etc... all admit that S&W, Ruger, and Colt are excellent choices for self defense. So, EVERYONE admits that. Therefore, those should be considered. Not everyone admits that Taurus, Rossi, etc... are excellent choices for self defense. Therefore, I don't believe they should be considered. Some people will choose them, and that is their right. Mainly because they have other ways to defend themselves and therefor a less reliable may be acceptable. Then, over time, the quality of the Taurus, Rossi, etc... may get to the point where those carrying them will upgrade their reliability. Over time, more people will come to trust them. Over time, they will be considered by all to ALSO be an excellent choice for self defense. Unfortunately, now isn't that time. Therefore, they shouldn't be considered unless you have other means of self defense. REMEMBER: A gun should be your LAST means of self defense and NOT your first. If a gun is your ONLY means of self defense, then you have some major problems and probably a problem with "Quality of Life". Later... Mike....

Mavrick12
August 26, 2007, 03:03 PM
You do what you need to do just shop around a bit first though if you can to see if you can get a Smith or Ruger (That would be a crazy deal) If you want buy the Rossi and see if it works, thats the most important thing In a Self defense piece. Test It a CRAP LOAD, but Id do this with any gun I had planned to carry anyway.

Ohhh and Ive heard people whine about the quality of Colt and all the "Name Brand" guns as well. I Think you should have a RELIABLE self defense piece, But name doesnt matter one bit, if it works, it works, simple as that.

MCgunner
August 26, 2007, 07:23 PM
I've owned 7 Rossis, 5 of 'em revolvers (a rifle and a shotgun). They've all been good guns and perfectly reliable. I would not and did not ever hesitate to rely upon them. I still own a .22 and an old M68 that shoot fantastic and have been for a long time.

I also own three Taurus revolvers that I'll stack against ANY out of the box Smith for accuracy and reliability and the little M85UL has the best DA trigger I've ever owned on a revolver and I've owned several Smiths, still own one.

If you want a more expensive gun, get it. But, if the Rossi fits your budget, I can tell you they do make a reliable firearm. I've got four Ruger revolvers, two Ruger autos, three Taurus revolvers, one Smith and Wesson, and two Rossi revolvers currently in my collection and I'll trust my life to any of 'em except the Rossi M511. That one's a .22 and I don't trust my life to rimfires, but the gun is very accurate and reliable. I also own a Kel Tec P11 and a Grendel P12 that are reliable and trustworthy and get carried a lot. They fill a niche in my carry battery and the P11 gets a LOT of carry. That little gun is a gem, though many snobs write it off as a POS. It's almost as maligned as Taurus by the snobs, probably because common folks on common incomes can afford it.

weregunner
August 26, 2007, 08:37 PM
Rossi has been recommended by the writers of Combat Handgunnery by Gun Digest Books. This is for those who need a CCW or backup gun and are on a budget. This was for the LEOs just starting out. Chuck Karwan was the author. Have several of these older books with this kind of recommendation.

Taurus 85s are also mentioned in later versions for the same reasons. Mas Ayoob authored several of those.

So McGunner knows of what he speaks.

Don't own a Rossi, but have handled and shot many that are used by friends and acquaintances in this metro area. No problems with any of those.

Two Rossi 88s and a 951 are rental guns at the local gunshop with thousands of rounds sent downrange through all and no problems have been encountered.

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