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Rossi .38 Special

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by ldsgeek, Feb 3, 2011.

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  1. ldsgeek

    ldsgeek Member

    Jul 16, 2010
    I just purchased an old Rossi .38SPL 5 shot witha 3" barrel from a co-worker (was his fathers but Alzheimer's is setting in and it's no longer safe to allow him firearms) but can't find a model number anywhere. The only markings are as follows:

    Right side: Barrel is marked .38 SPECIAL, behind cylinder is the logo, under the cylinder is MADE IN BRAZIL and the S/N D297237

    Left side: Barrel is marked AMADEO ROSSI S.A. (top line) SAO LEOPOLDO R.S. (bottom line)

    It has a windage adjustable rear sight with a screw on either side, loosen on and tighten the other to adjust. It currently has Pachmyer (SP?) grips. The cylinder latch has a bullseye rather than checkering. It also looks as if it may have been refinished as it has a matte finish (parkerized i think) rather than polished blue like most Rossi's I have seen.

    Does anyone know anything about this revolver? I only paid $50 as it needed a good cleaning and could use a new bolt and/or hand to tighten up the cylinder lock-up.
  2. ColtPythonElite

    ColtPythonElite Member

    Jan 8, 2011
    I had one something like that 20 years ago. It had that dull finish from the factory....It's cheaper to produce that polished blue.
  3. bannockburn

    bannockburn Member

    Apr 24, 2007

    I had a Rossi Model 88, which sounds very much like the revolver you're describing only mine was made out of stainless steel. Great gun, and at the time, something S&W wasn't offering in their line-up. I especially liked the 3" barrel as it made for just about the right balance for a J frame sized gun.

    I thought of my Rossi as being like the perfect kit gun; light and handy to take along when I was hiking, fun to plink around with, having a durable finish and quality construction, and packing enough punch to handle most situations afield.
  4. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Home Of The First Capitol Of The Confederate State
    Rossi 2" and 3" BBL's in .38 Special

    Rossi's blued version is known as, "the model 68"~! :scrutiny: ;)
  5. eqlzr

    eqlzr Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    My stainless Rossi 88 snubbie is a nice gun. It's starting to loosen up a bit now after a lot of shooting. Very nice single and double-action trigger pull. Came with a very nice feeling set of rubber grips, and the checkered wooden grips that are now on it that make it nicer for smooth drawing from a pocket. It's being replaced soon by a S & W Classic Model 36 Nickel plated snubbie.
  6. WillyB

    WillyB Member

    Feb 4, 2011
    Rossi .38

    I have just been passed down a .38 caliber Rossi revolver and I'm trying to figure out all I can about it. This gun is all steel frame with wood grips. The gun has a 2" barrell. The seriel number is 44411. On one side of the barrell it says .38 special, on the other side it says Amedeo Rossi & CIA, Sao Leopoldo RS. The gun needed to be cleaned when I got it, but looks pretty good now. A little worn in some areas, but overall it pretty good shape. If anyone can tell me how old this gun may be, the model number, and possibly a value, that would be great. Thanks.
  7. dogngun

    dogngun Member

    Mar 17, 2004
    Eastern PA Berks County
    Willy B - open the cylinder and check inside the frame-there should be a model number stamped in there.
    I recently bought a Rossi 2" .357 magnum stainless-it is a great revolver, and my 3rd Rossi...never had any problems with any of them. I carry it.

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