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I'm a sucker for "inexpensive."

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by CajunBass, Nov 1, 2019.

  1. CajunBass

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    I guess it was Monday, I watched a Hickock 45 Video about the Rock Island Model 200, 38 revolver, with a 4" barrel. I'm a Smith and Wesson guy really, but I like trying different stuff, so I went to Bud's gun shop dot com and checked them out. I'd never ordered a gun online before, so I thought "why not?" While I was doing the order, my wife came along and asked what I was doing. "Oh...order me one too."

    So, I ordered two RIA Model 200's. An hour so later, I got an email saying my order was in shipping. Another few hours, and "It's on the way." Pretty good service...ETA was 10/31 by the close of business.

    About 11:00 yesterday I got a call from the FFL and was told they were there. I went by a couple of hours later, inspected the guns, did the paperwork, paid the transfer, and thought "That was pretty painless."

    So...Impressions. RIA likes oil. The guns were in a plastic clamshell case, with the usual paperwork, a padlock and such. The guns themselves were in a plastic shipping envelope, and they were dripping with oil. Well, at least they won't rust. Took a while to clean that off.


    Six shot, 38 Special revolver. Conventional D/A-S/A, hand ejector type action. The finish is just a plain, dull, flat black finish. Not bad looking, but it will never be mistaken for a Python. :)..All the controls work. All the mechanicals are tight, as you would hope would be the case with a brand new gun.

    Now what did surprise me was the trigger. Both of them have VERY good triggers, both in double action, and single. Sights are simple ramp front and a notch rear fixed. I found they desperately need a splash of color but a couple of splashes of nail polish (orange over white) took care of that.

    I'm no expert, but the action feels very "Colt like." The gun looks like a Colt. The cylinder revolves in a clock-wise direction, the cylinder release is a pull to open type. The mainspring however is a coil spring, more like a Ruger than a leaf spring the Colt uses.

    Round butt grips are made of some kind of plastic. They are a finger groove type that I find fit my hand well, and are quite comfortable. Others might not like them, but that's a chance with any grip. The problem would be I suppose, that as far as I know, there are no aftermarket stocks available. Some people have speculated that grips for a Colt D-frame might fit, but I don't know that.

    Overall, I'm impressed with them so far. Not bad for $216.00 plus a couple of fees. Shipping was free.
    The "hassle" of ordering online was not what I expected. Still not something I'll do often though.

    Pictures? Well, if you've seen one, you've seen them all.

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    Oh, that white line at the grip is a piece of cardstock. The grip on this one was just a little loose, so a piece of cardstock took care of the problem. I might take the time to try to see why they're loose, or I might try to see how long the cardstock will last. :) It's easy to replace as needed I suppose.
     
  2. NIGHTLORD40K

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    You know, these would make great mules to hone your polishing and engraving skills!

    Actually, the finish is a bit better than a real Colt Agent, lol.

    Thanks for the write-up!
     
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  3. ontarget

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    I am a fan of inexpensive too. I've never felt like I need to keep up with the next guy. Shooting a handgun is not the same as shooting a precision rifle. At least not at defensive distances. If my cheaper revolver is reliable and will keep the shots where I am able to guide them it's good.

    The last couple of years I've been thinking more about what I will be passing down to kids and grandkids. Some of these guns I'm spending more for.
     
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  4. GBExpat

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    An excellent Write-Up ... thanks for that and the pics!

    I came across a mention of these RIA Mod200s about a month ago, I forget where.

    I have been resisting The Urge ever since (yeah, all of you reading this know about The Urge although some may think of it as The Impulse ;)).

    While I thoroughly enjoyed your post, CajunBass, I must say that it is not helpful to me. :)

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    EDIT: BTW, to date the most that I have ever paid for a longgun is a bit under $800 and for a handgun, ~$550.
     
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  5. Lyle Wyatt

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    Picked up one about a year ago. It's at the 500 round mark, no problems so far.
     
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  6. Jeb Stuart

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    I am a fan of inexpensive guns as well. Love it when they perform so well. Congrats to the OP.
     
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    I don’t there’s much difference in out-of-the-box reliability between expensive and inexpensive guns anymore.
     
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  8. BullRunBear

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    Inexpensive is fine if it's still a value. Value for me is if it is fun and accurate enough. The Heritage Rough Rider qualifies. The RIA GI 1911 is another. Not fancy looking and, maybe, they won't last for generations but they do the job.

    By the way, I like your wife's attitude. Once or twice a year my lovely bride suggests we stop at the local gun store and check out the consignments. That approach has put two Ruger Old Army C&Bs, a Security Six, a MK II Competition and a CZ 75b (she prefers semi-autos) in the safe over the years. Yeah, I married up.

    Jeff
     
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    Count me as a fan of inexpensive. The advent of CNC machinery has changed the world of firearms. Decades ago the production of quality firearms required a skilled machinist. Now, except in the case of hand-fitting and polishing for nice finishes, just feed material into a machine and it does the rest.

    Thanks for the write up. I personally believe every household should have at least one 4" .38 Special therein.

    35W
     
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  11. JTHunter

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    That matte finish looks pretty decent to me. It also has the advantage of being non-reflective which can also be a good thing.
     
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  12. Jeb Stuart

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    I love internet fads. Why? because great guns and discontinued guns become less expensive while the mad rush to get the latest goes on like wildfire. Fads it seems last for a few years and then off to something else. Ya got to love Marketing and billions of dollars spent on ads. Always the more is better gimmick. There are some great diamonds in the rough. Spend some time looking and you can find some great deals. And for Most folks, many of the economy models and budget models shoot just as well as a $500.00 gun. The gun world revolves around Ads, gimmicks, and Youtube reviews.
     
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    well....since Ive been feeling the need for a .35 caliber handgun besides my 9s....this might be the next purchase after I finish paying for the last purchase LOL.
     
  14. Speedo66

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    Always interested in a bargain, but also like top quality. So sometimes I find it makes sense to buy used. Bought a S&W Model 64 from AIM, and it's a winner.

    Personally, although the OP seems very happy with his purchase and it seems like a nice gun, I would probably add a few and get something like one of the police trade in Model 10's AIM currently has.

    Down the road parts will always be available and it will always have a resale value.

    https://aimsurplus.com/s-w-model-10-38spl-4-in-heavy-barrel-revolver/
     
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  15. Old Stumpy

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    Interesting that they copied the Colt design instead of the S&W design like most do.
    Looks okay, but I hate the hammer spur.
     
  16. SwampWolf

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    I assume you mean those Agents (and Cobras for that matter) made with an unpolished dull black finish produced during the "big Colt strike of the 1980's". Previous Agents (and Cobras) were made with very nicely blued finishes.
     
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  17. Old Stumpy

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    Looks a lot like WW2 Parkerizing. Reminds me of S&W Victory models.
     
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  18. NIGHTLORD40K

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    Yup, those.
     
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