Info request Rohm RG24


November 11, 2003, 09:19 PM
I just picked up a used Rohm RG24 22LR made in germany anybody know anything about these? thanks

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James Bondrock
November 11, 2003, 09:31 PM
The RG revolver is the German equivalent of the Jennings/Davis/Lorcin et al pot metal pistols. Although we firearms enthusiasts look down our noses at these cheap guns, they serve a purpose. If you need a gun and these are absolutely all you can afford, they are better than nothing. I would not want to stand in front of that RG. Just don't have any illusions about it being worth any money. ($25-$50 is about all I would expect.)

November 11, 2003, 09:42 PM
That is what I thought. I bought it for $25 for my son to shoot while I'm there with my other toys. Thanks

kentucky bucky
November 16, 2003, 08:11 PM
I had a Rohm .41 Mag that was surprisingly strong, although ugly and inaccurate. I know it was strong because my friend loaded some rounds with dangerous amounts of powder by mistake and I shot them unknowingly. After three rounds I knew something was wrong and stopped. It didn't hurt the gun, but the cases had to be knocked out with a dowel rod and they were bulged in the middle to about .45 cal. :-o

If it had been a $700.00 Smith, it would have blown up for sure! (my luck)

November 17, 2003, 02:42 AM
My first real revolver was an RG 66, 22 single action w/extra mag cylinder.

Paid something like $27.98 for it N.I.B. It was just the right handgun for me at that time. I never regretted buying it. Gave me good field service and was my trapline pistol for a couple - 3 years. Sold it to my cousin who snapped the handle off of it, by stunning a badger with it; banging it over the head with the barrel end. (No...not me. LOL. Though there were times he may have been tempted)

I wouldn't buy one now. But I out grew the sixgun. There's a lot of folks out there that would do well to "cut their teeth" on one. :)

November 19, 2003, 11:33 AM
the Rohm rimfire revolvers from the sixties are originally made for gas-alarm revolvers, (blank-firers), no bulletted ammo was permitted to shot.

The .22 rifled barrel versions are exclusively made for the US saturday night special market.

These are NOT capable of firing any hi-powered, hi-velocity ammo on long run, because their frame and/or cylinder was made of zinc-alloy.

The company still exists ( as the second largest german gas-alarm gun manufacturer.

lee n. field
November 19, 2003, 04:10 PM
IIRC, that's what John Hinckley Jr. used when he shot Ronald Reagan.

Jim K
November 19, 2003, 11:34 PM
IIRC, the gun used by Hinckley was an RG-14. It cost $47.


September 11, 2006, 11:00 AM
I bought a Rohm Gmbh 38 special off of a guy at a flee market. Then after some reseach is see Rohm makes a lot of cap / starter pistols and now I am concerned this pistol is not for live ammo

here is what was on the barrel

Rohm GMBH sonthe im / BRZ

other side

Mod 38 S 38 special Germany

Can anyone help me figure out if this gun was for live ammo or not.

I have sent an e-mail to Rhom via the website but have not heard back from them yet.

swan hunter
September 11, 2006, 11:06 AM
Check the barrel and if you can see through it and it is rifled you can shoot it! I wouldn't shoot hot loads though.

September 11, 2006, 02:16 PM
swan hunter,

This pistol does has the rifling inside the barrel.

So no +P loads ?

September 11, 2006, 02:37 PM
I have a Rohm/RG model 38...a 2" .38Spl snubby. Generally speaking, the pundits say use standard pressure .38Spl loads...NO +P stuff.

IIRC, the barrel is marked ".38 Spezial"..or maybe that was just on the box.

This revo shoots OK with wadcutters, and some of the light 130-140-Gr FMJ rounds. "Cowboy Action" loads are good, too.

swan hunter
September 11, 2006, 05:03 PM
These little pistols are not made out of the highest quality materials. Under normal usage, they should serve you fine for a long while. You will find that they will loosen up with extended use where the major US brands will keep on going strong. The cylinders almost look like they are made out of pot metal when they blow. I have seen a couple of them blow up but, it wasn't the gun's fault...they were overloaded with reloads by idiots.
Stick with non +P stuff and you will be fine.

September 11, 2006, 08:24 PM
I had an RG .22 revolver that was a true POS, dangerous to the shooter, really. It misfired all the time, would spit lead, serious timing issues. It reminded me of a poor quality blank pistol that actually fired .22 LR......occasionally. It was cheap and I was young and broke when I bought it. I tossed it when the firing pin broke. It was that cheap.

I had an RG .25 ACP that was quite reliable, not terribly accurate, but reliable and it saved my bacon once. I sold it when I got to where I could afford better firearms. It wan't as junky as that revolver. I pocket carried it condition three, was a pot metal striker fired gun. I have owned worse guns than that one, actually, and one of 'em was a Beretta .22 short. That little POS would not feed and there were lots of light strikes, misfires. Never had a problem with that RG 25....go figure. :rolleyes:

September 11, 2006, 09:30 PM
That is what I thought. I bought it for $25 for my son to shoot while I'm there with my other toys.


I wouldn't want my son to shoot one of these. Seriously, they're dangerous. You don't know what was done to it before you got it. Why let your kid shoot something that might blow up on him?

swan hunter
September 11, 2006, 09:34 PM
It locked up tight.

September 12, 2006, 12:22 AM
No worries that gun never failed but I could tell when I tore it down the 1st time that it was made of pot metal. I gave it away a while ago. If you look at the date of my origional post it was 2003. I have bought, sold, traded & given away many guns since I last saw that particular gun.

September 14, 2006, 08:35 AM
well at least this cheap 38 RG is for live ammo.

i paid 100 bucks for the pistol with 6 spead loaders and carry belt cases for all. so even if the pistol is complete junk and does not fire I think i did ok.

After breaking this pistol down for a good cleaning I do agree this thing is very cheaply made.

I plan on test firing it over weekend and then selling it ASAP. Since it came with the 6 spead loaders and no paper trail I think I can even turn a profit on it. If it shoots ok, if it does not shoot right and good I will melt it down and toss it.

October 19, 2007, 08:07 PM
My father gave me one of these guns. It is RG24 it says it is a "cal 22 lr". I would like to know if I am using the right ammunition. This is the first gun I have ever shot and I am just learning.

The first box of ammunition I used said
"Super X" "Winchester 22 Long Rifle High Velocity" Hollow point 37grains

The second box of ammunition I have bought says
"Expert 22" "Winchester 22 RF Long Rifle 36 GR" Hollow Point Rimfire Cartridges.

Thanks for any help. I know this is't much of a gun but it's my first starter.

Also what is meant by rifling on the barrel. I tried to look at mine and didnt see any spiraling. It just looked like some straight grooves. Should rifling be easy to see.


Jim March
October 19, 2007, 09:01 PM
The best defensive use of Rohm "guns" is to load a few dozen into a cannon and use 'em as low-grade grape shot.

Pistol Toter
October 20, 2007, 02:22 PM
RG's? :barf:

The best defensive use of Rohm "guns" is to load a few dozen into a cannon and use 'em as low-grade grape shot.

Now that's funny!! Can I use that line? I'll be sure to give you credit. That's GOOD!!!

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