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Is there any major diff between a Rossi and a Taurus .38

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by gmh1013, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. gmh1013

    gmh1013 Well-Known Member

    except for 100.00 in price?
    The only diff i can see is the firing pin vs the "Ruger" style on the Taurus...
  2. SigMic

    SigMic Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't think so. They both suck. Sorry, couldn't help it. I'm not big on either, but part of that is just because they are inexpensive.

    On topic, it seems there is a lot of collaboration between these two companies and apparently Taurus makes some .38s for Rossi.

    This link may be helpful.

  3. XD 45acp

    XD 45acp Well-Known Member

    seems to me they are both Smith clones and I don't see much of a difference..
  4. Liberty1776

    Liberty1776 Well-Known Member

    dunno, but I've put more rounds through my stainless 971 Rossi than any other gun I own - all trouble free. An' if it ever does give me trouble, I only paid $200 for it and am not emotionally attached to it...
  5. PapaG

    PapaG Well-Known Member

    Rossi guns have generally better trigger pulls than Taurus, at least in the small frame guns. They, neither one, are Smith clones (clone=a direct copy of an original) but are similar in appearance. I have three Rossi handguns and while they wouldn't be my first choice, they somehow appeared in the collection and have found a home. 22 model 51 looks like and "almost" shoots like a mini K22. The 357 is another adj sight gun with a built in comp and it has a great trigger but I'm still trying to find out what it likes. The 720 was my brother's and is a great little trail gun with silvertips.
  6. huskybiker

    huskybiker Well-Known Member

    I actually like my Rossi 462 a little better than my Taurus 85UL. it's just personal preference though, because they're BOTH reliable and accurate guns.
  7. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Well-Known Member

    Rossi and Taurus would not be my first choice in SD revolvers. I would much rather buy a Ruger or S&W.
  8. jameslovesjammie

    jameslovesjammie Well-Known Member

    I am a Smith guy all the way, but recently my Grandmother bought a Rossi .38 to shoot with my Grandpa when they go to the range. I have to say that I have been pretty impressed with it. The cylinder was a little rough, but after some polishing ejected rounds flawlessly. Trigger was much better than I would have anticipated, much better than I have felt on some new Rugers.

    Before I shot the gun, I wouldn't have bought one. After a range session with it...I may have changed my mind.
  9. 460Shooter

    460Shooter Well-Known Member

    Yes, the internals from one is made from popsicle sticks, the other’s internals are made from papier-mâché. I’m not sure which is which though.
  10. Haywood

    Haywood Well-Known Member

    I think Rossi was better. Now that Taurus owns Rossi I don't know. I had a older Rossi 971, It looked like a 66 S&W. I think it was every bit as good as the 66 S&W.
  11. whatnickname

    whatnickname Well-Known Member

    Rossi or Taurus...which is better?

    I'm not a fan of either one really. That said both appear to be well engineered although both borrow substantially from the traditional S&W design. The manufacturing industry in that part of the world has evolved substantially from the cottage industry it once was. Back in the day a large number of the small parts were made by hand with little more than a file. Workers were paid by the piece so softer steel meant more pieces and more pieces meant more $. Unfortunately durability / reliability suffered and service was difficult, if not impossible, to get.

    Fast forward to today and the firearms industry in South America is as high tech (Taurus especially..not as sure about Rossi) as anyone. The quality of the steel is as good as any in the world. All in all these firearms are way better than they once were. I think quite a bit of the perceived difference is that, as Americans, we've become spolied. We are used to the best and have a tendency to compare a Taurus 1911 for example to a 1911 made by Kimber. Simply put: Taurus is not a Kimber...never will be. Before the rest of you start taking me to task for this statement I will say that I am fully aware of the beating that Kimber has taken on this site...Taurus too for that matter. If you want a custom pistol that will run flawlessly then buy a Wilson, Les Baer etc but you better get your checkbook ready. So it's all about achieving the balance between what we want and what we can afford. We all like a good deal too and many of us are want to get the best deal for the money. The devil is in the details as they say. To keep cost down Rossi and Taurus don't spend the money to achieve the fit and finish that goes into a Wilson for example. If they did the cost would rapidly rise. So what we typically get with the lower priced firearms is a utility item that we hope goes "bang" every time we need it to! Some run very well and other examples of the same firearms seem to be nothing but trouble. I think the real difference, and value for that matter, is in the service we receive when something doesn't quite work the way it should and we go back to the manufacturer for service. Just about any make of firearm that is mass produced will turn up a few examples that either don't run or break prematurely. Look at the comments on this forum as respects the service people receive and draw your own conclusions. Taurus seems to take a disproportionate beating regarding service on this forum. Based on the dozens of comments I see on this site, I'm inclined to avoid Taurus for this reason.

    As a consumer, I have a long memory too. I bought a new Oldsmobile 98 back in 1981. By 1983 the paint began to peel and crack all over the car. Three reputable body shops all told me the same thing: Either bad paint or bad undercoat...either way, a factory defect. GM just flatly refused to acknowledge the problem. Their official comment was that even if it were a factory defect, their paint was only guaranteed for six months. How about that? I owned the most expensive car in the Oldsmobile line and found out after the sale that the paint was only guaranteed for six months. That was nearly 30 years ago. I've owned eight cars since then. I never spent another penny on a GM product...never will either. Bottom line: You will only get to screw me once! Like I said, I have a long memory!
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2012
  12. ball3006

    ball3006 Well-Known Member

    I bought a 3 inch Rossi 357 last Nov on black Friday. They were on sale for 249 out the door. The fit and finish are just fine. The pistol shoots 4 inches high at 10 yards but the ammo I was using was light 38 loads. It probably is right on with 357 loads as the sights are fixed. Double action trigger pull is a little heavy but single action the trigger is real nice. I am happy with the gun....chris3
  13. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    Oh, now that's funny right there, don't care WHO ya are. I have an 85 and it has a better trigger than any Smith J frame I've ever picked up, in fact, the best trigger I've ever felt in an out of the box revolver, DA or SA. I've owned 6 Rossis over the years, okay triggers, but nothing special. I still have a 68 that's a good shooter, 3" barrel. I sold my 88 when I got my Taurus. I carry the Taurus a lot, accurate, always goes bang, and only 17 ounces in my pocket, +P rated, too.
  14. premier1

    premier1 Well-Known Member

    Either one

    I own a Taurus 85S snub and I love it.I have a friend with a Rossi and he loves it. I shoot my Taurus every week and it works and shoots fine. I would personally have no trouble owning either one. I am not one of those guys that looks at the price tag or the name on the firearm.I try to make an unbiased review always.
  15. Owen Sparks

    Owen Sparks member

    Not anymore Taurus bought Rossi.
  16. ObsidianOne

    ObsidianOne Well-Known Member

    I was gonna say, I thought they were the same company.

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