Rossi 68


September 1, 2007, 05:31 PM
I've got a line on a Rossi Model 68 for $179, but I don't know anything about these guns. Comes with a well worn leather holster. Seems to be in good shape. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Nicky Santoro
September 1, 2007, 06:23 PM
I've had one for years. Not up to a Smith but I'd not hesitate to trust my life to it. Goes bang every time.

September 1, 2007, 10:05 PM
I bought one about 10 years ago. My mistake was letting my wife see it. She has claimed it ever since, and it has served her well. It is compact and well balanced. I would buy another at the price you mentioned, if it wasn't beat all to hell.:evil:

September 2, 2007, 11:34 PM
I can remember when a local gunshop would put these on sale pretty often for $115 new. (early 80s)
They seem to be OK guns. I owned one several years ago along with a couple of 88s (the stainless version). I never shot them much. One of my 88s froze up on me. The hammer wouldn't cock and the cylinder wouldn't move. I oiled the heck out of it and finally got it working but it was still stiff. I sold it shortly after that happened.
For some reason, I don't see as many Rossi's around here as I used to. They used to be made in Brazil and imported by Interarms I believe. I think that has changed.
At $179, I don't think it's a steal but it's not bad. Personally, I would look for a used S&W for $100 more but I certainly can understand trying to save a buck.

September 3, 2007, 12:26 AM
The one I got had a huge rubberized grip that added a lot of bulk to the gun.

If yours has that, and you find it unpleasant, then track down a source for magna-style grips, or whatever else they call the type of grips that do not cover up backstrap or frontstrap.

I switched to a Barami hip-grip, which is a magna-type grip which has a small lip so that the revolver can be tucked into the belt or waistband, for carry without a holster. I tried it like that for a bit, and wasn't too displeased with that method of carry for sort trips or grab-n-go, etc.

Aside from that, I was decently happy with mine. Ended up selling it to another THR member, who still has it and enjoys it.

EDIT: for CA that seems a pretty fair price.

September 5, 2007, 06:43 PM
I've got a very nice one I bought in 1981 for my step dad and have inherited. It shoots very well, very accurate, is tight and perfectly timed. It has better fit and finish than the M88 I bought about 1990. I like it and will not sell or trade it not only because it's an accurate gun, but the sentimental value. It's a 3" gun.

Ala Dan
September 5, 2007, 06:48 PM
My wife as carried a stainless, 2" barrel, square butt Rossi model 88 since
the fall of '94. Its her weapon of choice, and it performs flawlessly~! :D

May 10, 2008, 01:59 AM
Just picked one of these up myself. Gun is perfect It is my first snub nose revovler but man I have been impressed with its accuracy to about 10 yds. Beyond that I could probably do more damage by throwing it but hey it was not designed to be a target gun. The gun I have was imported by a company called interarms but they have been bought out by Braztech. Anyone happen to have an owners manual for one of these little jewels?

May 10, 2008, 10:17 AM
I paid $40 for one about 10 yrs ago, was missing a screw, metric, none readily available so I tapped it to standard and put a S&W screw in. Has fired probably 2000 rounds of 38 loaded with the old Remington 95 gr. sjhp over 4.0 gr. of bullseye. great little revolver.

May 11, 2008, 03:12 AM
Hope these help.

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