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Heritage 22lr/22mag?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by chris in va, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. chris in va

    chris in va Mentor

    Mar 4, 2005
    Louisville KY
    I happened to spy this Birdshead grip 22 at the store today for $199.

    Dad always wanted one in a bigger caliber but sadly I couldn't get one before pancreatic got him. I figured it would be something to honor him with, but don't want to get junk. I can't afford to blow $500 on a Ruger and the made in US tag caught my eye.

    Worth getting?
  2. jbkebert

    jbkebert Senior Member

    Jan 30, 2009
    I had one for a few years. The safety on the gun takes some getting used to. The gun shot fine and I carried it on a trap line. Certainly not the same quality of a Ruger but really not much bad to say about them either. Fit and finish leaves a little to be desired and the act of cocking the gun is rather loud.

    For $200 they are a fine little gun.
  3. CajunBass

    CajunBass Mentor

    Jun 2, 2005
    North Chesterfield, Virginia
    Chris, I bought one a few weeks ago to see for myself. So far I can find nothing to gripe about. The safety isn't a big deal to me. The one I got is better finished than some of the older ones I've seen. Mine shoots just fine. It's a lot of fun plinking with shorts at cans out back.

    I might get another one. My wife likes the one with the 3" barrel and birdshead "pearl" grips.

    Well worth the money IMHO.
  4. vicdotcom

    vicdotcom Member

    Feb 28, 2008
    Good little gun for the money. Just make sure you inspect it good. I have seen cases where the sights were not alighted properly and the grips left gaps between the wood and the metal.

    For 200$ it is certainly fun. I have one and a Ruger Single Six. The heritage is my "beater gun" and is great. But the Ruger gives me more enjoyment.
  5. snakeman

    snakeman Senior Member

    May 20, 2008
    The heritage are not a good gun. We had two of them. Both had ejection issues. Both shot nowhere near poa, and both were all over the place with every kind of ammo we tried. Save up and get a eaa bounty hunter, uberti stallion, or ruger single six.
  6. MedWheeler

    MedWheeler Senior Member

    Jun 14, 2008
    SouthEastern FL
    I like mine. The safety doesn't bother me; I don't use it. If I pack it around the property, it's with the hammer down on an empty chamber, anyway.

    Don't know if I'd give it "in honor of" status, as these are inexpensive guns that are generally not built with the toughest quality materials. They do make some steel-framed ones, but they cost more.

    Everything is "junk" to at least somebody, and the Heritage Rough Rider seems to be to more people than the Rugers are. One thing I like about the HRR over the Ruger, though, is the three-click hammer (which, as jbkebert pointed out, is loud.) Just seems to add more of an authentic feel to a gun that mimics the Old West shooters.
  7. WALKERs210

    WALKERs210 Participating Member

    Nov 26, 2009
    Heart of Dixie - Alabama
    I have owned two of these, the first I actually bought NEW, the second I traded for it. The first one only took me about 3 weeks to decide to move it the second one no one really wants it. They are ok, fit and finish are marginal, overall appearance is border line, contestant shooting, well lets just say they will keep 6 rds on 8 1/2 x 11 paper target. Rat shot in it would make it a good carry gun to deal with sneaky snakes.

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