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Robneck
July 27, 2008, 12:02 AM
My wife and I just got our CCW's, now she wants to get a handgun for carry and home defense. She has fired most calibers available and seems to do best with a 38/357 revolver. She likes the Rossi 461. I tried to steer her to a Lady-Smith or a SP-101 but she says the SP is too heavy and dosen't like how the Smith feels. Can anybody tell me about the Rossi's reliability and or quality?

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Thernlund
July 27, 2008, 12:35 AM
I have a Rossi 462. Although I don't carry it, I do shoot it from time to time. I've never had any issues.


-T.

Cel
July 27, 2008, 12:48 AM
I have the Rossi 461 (Blued 2" .357). No problems at all with about 500 rounds (.38 and .357) through it so far. It's my first, and so far only .357 I've purchased.

C-grunt
July 27, 2008, 05:53 AM
The only people that I know that have had problems with Rossi have shot a lot of rounds through it. Id say that if she is going to carry it and practice every so often she should be good. But if she plans on puting 100 rounds a week through it....then maybe try to find a Smith and Wesson she likes.

Elvishead
July 27, 2008, 11:13 AM
good luck with Rossi because you'll need it. M-F Gun

Robby
July 27, 2008, 11:27 AM
I have a 461, and it has been trouble free. The grip fits me well, and the recoil has been not a problem, with my older hands. right out of the box, I was more accurate with the 2" snubby, than I was with a 3.5" semi auto.

If I had it to do over, I might go with the longer barreled Rossi, but I like mine and it has served well with about 500 rds thru it of mixed ammo.

19-3Ben
July 27, 2008, 12:23 PM
If she likes the feel of Rossi, you may want to have her check out Taurus. Same company, but it has a better reputation for fit/finish/reliability. It'll cost just a little more than the Rossi, but since you are pushing her for Ruger and S&W, I assume that a few dollars more is not a problem.

I'm only speaking about reputations here. I freely admit that I have no personal experience with Rossi.

spwenger
July 27, 2008, 12:56 PM
...she says the SP is too heavy and dosen't like how the Smith feels.
1. Most women and some men express a preference for lighter handguns. However, the added weight will not only dampen recoil, it also gives a bit more stability versus a hurried trigger stroke. Remember that when a handgun is fired in self-defense, it is likely not going to be fired under ideal range conditions - it is likely to be fired one-handed, possibly in the non-dominant hand and possibly from an unconventional position, such as on the ground.

2. Many women like the feel of the SP101's rubber grips. Out of the box, the SP101 will likely require at least a replacement of the 14-pound factory main spring with the nine-pound main spring from Wolff Gunsprings (http://gunsprings.com/Revolver/Ruger_RvNF.html#SP101) and a rounding of the edges of the face of the trigger. A professional action job by a qualified gunsmith may be in order but Ruger revolvers tend to polish themselves out with a few hundred trigger strokes.

3. Within the limits of the size and shape of the grip frame on those revolvers that have them (S&W versus Ruger SP101), the feel of the revolver in the hand can be greatly influenced by choice of grip stocks. While most aftermarket grips stocks are designed for male-sized hands, sometimes the omission (or removal) of the finger grooves can make them more comfortable for a shooter with female-size hands.

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