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Rossi Revolvers?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Kiln, May 12, 2012.

  1. Kiln

    Kiln Well-Known Member

    Hey I saw a Rossi revolver new in a local store for about $250. It is a small framed gun with a short barrel chambered in .38 special.

    My question is, how do the new Rossi guns stack up to the older ones. Also, do you think they're worth the money for what they are?
  2. elano

    elano Well-Known Member

    I have had several older ones that were well made with good triggers and wood grips. The new ones seem to be a little cheaper made with rubber grips and stiff/gritty triggers. I would say they are ok, but not as good as the older interarms imports.
  3. calaverasslim

    calaverasslim Well-Known Member

    I have a friend who bought 2 44 special Rossi pistols. Both are well made and solid. Hard to say.

    You pays you money, you takes your chances
  4. seaboss

    seaboss Member

    Rossi Revolvers

    I just bought a new Rossi R46102, which is their 2 inch blued .357.
    Great revolver! Shoots well, double action trigger is starting to smoothen out some. Put about 300 rounds through it so far, and very pleased. Looking for an IWB holster, and this 6 shooter will be my next concealed carry piece.

    Take care
  5. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator

    Had one for yrs as a truck gun, good shooter. Sold it for short money ( read almost free) to a poor niece in need of SD/HD gun, Still going strong. Now that she is doing better I might ugrade her and put back in the truck.
  6. Kiln

    Kiln Well-Known Member

    I may save another $75 or so and get the .357 version instead. They look and feel pretty good but I have no experience with Rossi products. May go ahead and roll the dice on one though.
  7. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    I have a .38 special M68 3" circa 1981...no pic currently available to link on this computer.

    Here's my late 80s .22 caliber M511 sportsman. I LOVE this thing, extremely accurate. It has fired untold numbers of 550 round bulk pack Federals and still puts 'em under 2" at 25 yards. The new Federal "Auto Match" Walmart carries now will go into an inch for 6 shots at 25 yards. Amazing little kit gun and all stainless.

  8. Tex4426

    Tex4426 Well-Known Member

    Its a revolver...even when taurus was a sub par gun maker they made good revolvers...i dont think ive ever met a bad revolver...they are just to simple to make...just stay away from plus P loads and there will be no issue
  9. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    I've shot plenty of +P in older interarms Rossis, no problem. It will accelerate wear, but I never saw any wear, didn't shoot 'em that much. The newer ones are +P rated and, of course, the .357 will handle 'em.

    I still kinda miss my old stainless 4" Rossi 971 .357. It was a compact, light (barely over 30 ounces) carry and it really handled recoil of hot .357 well. It was an accurate gun, too. I traded it in on a .45 Colt Ruger Blackhawk I REALLY like. I could always get another, but I have a tack driver of a 4" Taurus M66 that shoots better and is of higher built strength, even if it is a might heavier to tote at around 38 ounces.
  10. weregunner

    weregunner Well-Known Member

    That would be a Rossi 351/352 series.

    I shoot the six shot 462 and have no problems at all.
  11. jad0110

    jad0110 Well-Known Member

    I've never owned a Rossi, but I'd think if it passes the revolver checkout (new or used), it should be good to go.
  12. j1

    j1 Well-Known Member

    Revolvers just eat up that cheap bulk pack ammo. Good plinking ammo. Have fun on the cheap. So does my 10-22.

    The only thing I can add as I have owned no Rossi is that I think that all guns both rifle and revolvers were made much better years ago. Good topic to take a vote on but I do not know how to set that up as a voting poll.
    Last edited: May 14, 2012
  13. Jim NE

    Jim NE Well-Known Member

    I've mentioned my Rossi M88 several times. It's an old Interarms snubnose with a pinned barrel. I think very highly of it. I own a few classic S&W snubnoses or j frames, and have come to regard it as highly as those. It's not as quite svelte as the j frame, but feels sturdier, and may actually be superior in a few respects (better lock up, better timing - at least with mine.)

    I've been tempted to buy one of the new Rossi .38's, especially the 351, both because of the quality of my old one and the great prices.

    In terms of quality it's one of of those deals; while most gun nuts know the intricate details of eras and epochs of American made name brand guns (Bangor-Punta years for S&W, for example) there doesn't seem to be a lot of knowledge on the more affordable imports. Are the new Rossi's made in the same factory as the older pre-Taurus guns? I wouldn't know....I wouldn't even know WHO would know. Someone does, I'm sure. Is the quality the same? Couldn't tell you. All I know is that there are several people who like the new ones, and a few people who have had problems. By contrast, I don't believe I've ever heard anyone complain about the old ones. Doesn't mean they haven't, I've just never heard them.

    The new ones have a life time warranty, so If I didn't have so many .38's already, and was looking for a gun on a budget, I'd probably buy a new one. If I could find on old pinned barrel Rossi, however, I'd DEFINITELY buy it. Just my 2 cents. Good luck.
  14. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Well-Known Member

    Twenty years ago I bought a Rossi 68 for 150 bucks. The firing pin cracked the first few rounds. After I put in a new firing pin, it proved to be a decent carry gun.
  15. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    I've had firing pin problems especially in the Interarms guns from the early 90s. I replaced one with a fitted Smith and Wesson K frame firing pin and never had a problem after that. Cheap fix that didn't require sending it back to Interarms a SECOND time.

    Yes, they're owned by Taurus, now, and still made in the same Sao Paulo factory facilities.

    www.taurusarmed.net covers Taurus and there is a Rossi forum there.
  16. Boomie

    Boomie Well-Known Member

    Just say 'no'.

    Biggest lemon gun I ever got was a Rossi .357 revolver. It shot great right up until the point where it didn't (6 months?). Then the cylinder would bind non-stop.
  17. JRH6856

    JRH6856 Well-Known Member

    Loose ejector rod?
  18. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    Probably. Or, he never cleaned it, leading/fouling at the BC gap. I've had the ejector rod tie up a M19 Smith. Not uncommon. Loctite cures all. :D
  19. Confederate

    Confederate Well-Known Member


    The Rossi .22LR (top) and .38 Special were both very well made revolvers, but
    these were made under the Interarms importer.
  20. JRH6856

    JRH6856 Well-Known Member

    I was looking at a Rossi revolver in a pawn shop a couple of months ago. Cylinder would not open without a considerable bit of force. Ejector rod was loose so I tightened it. Too bad the previous owner didn't know to do that. Someone had tried to fix it by taking a file to the forcing cone. I didn't have a gauge thick enough to measure the resulting cylinder gap. Otherwise, it was nice little gun...was. :fire:

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