Rossi 720 44 Special fan here

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  1. 357smallbore

    357smallbore Member

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    Love my fixed sighted 3in Rossi 720. A 1993 classic that S&W pretty much chose to copy for their L frame 696. I shoot my 200 gr round nose for practice and fun, Load my gun with Underwood 200gr wadcutters of 200gr Blazer Gold Dots for defensive work.
    A true keeper. It's trigger pull is what a true gunner is looking for. No flies on this shooter.

    Easy to carry, simple to shoot.
     
  2. joneb

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    I had a chance to handle a Rossi 720 4" with adj sights at a LGS about 15 years ago. I made a offer that was turned down. I have a S&W 696 and it is a L-frame, the 720 is much more of a K-frame in my opinion.
     
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  3. defjon

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    Almost grabbed one in 05, wish I had
     
  4. Tallball

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    For those who are unfamiliar, it's a five-shot 44 special sort of in between a j-frame and k-frame in size.

    Rossi only made them for a few years in the early 90's (someone will chime in with dates, not doubt), so they are not all that common to see in the wild.

    They "have a cult following". I guess that kinda means "a lot of the people who own them and shoot them like them very much". And also "not very many exist".

    All of the ones I've see have been stainless with 3" barrels. I've seen various combinations of fluted/unfluted cylinder, fixed/adjustable sights, and DAO or hammer spur.

    My adjustable sight DA/SA model is a joy to shoot. The trigger is great. Everyone who shoots it enjoys it. It's heavy enough that the recoil is surprisingly mild.

    I have a fixed-sight DAO model also. The trigger is a beast. I should get around to correcting that, but my Bulldog does the same job and is much easier to carry (lighter).


     
  5. Anchorite

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    Nice. I foolishly passed on one back in the late 90s.
     
  6. CajunBass

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    Taurus made a blue version of the same basic gun, the model 431 for some years. They are VERY nice. I had one and the fit/finish on it rivaled most any Smith and Wesson I've owned. It was a really nice shooter.

    If you ever see one, you'd do well to grab it. There was an adjustable sight version too, the Model 442 I think, but don't hold me to that. Might have been a different model number.
     
  7. 375supermag

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    Hi...
    I have a Taurus 441 stainless adjustable sighted .44Spl 5 shot revolver. It has been a very serviceable handgun for me. Easily able to ring steel plates out to 25yds both SA and DA with zero problems for many years now.
    Preferred load is 6.6gr of Unique with a 240gr commercial cast coated LSWC.

    While my preferred carry guns are 1911 semis in .45ACP, I sometimes just carry the Taurus in my coat pocket if I am just going out on a quick errand. It is small enough that it is completely unnoticeable in my coat pocket and it is totally reliable. I do not feel under gunned at all on the admittedly rare occasions that I carry my Taurus.
     
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  8. BigBlue 94

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    I concur... The M720 is a jewel!

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  9. Riomouse911

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    Nice! The 3” GP 100 I have is a bit chunky compared to the fixed sighted Rossi.. I wish Ruger had used the Rossi barrel profile rather than the full lug one.

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    Like so many others, I also think the .44 Spl makes a great all around carry gun and the Rossi versions were about the perfect size. :thumbup:

    Stay safe.
     
  10. GeoDudeFlorida

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    I have the bobbed hammer version
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    And a couple of the Taurus .44's
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  11. Meeks36

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    Those older Rossi’s are great! Loved mine.
     
  12. GBExpat

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    Rossi 720 Fans are legion. :)

    Sure wish that I had one.
     
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  13. Bazoo

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    I want one. Those are nice looking and sure would be a fine carry piece.
     
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  14. Gladius

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    I wanted one since they first came out. Finally, an opportunity presented itself a couple years back...

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  15. flightsimmer

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    I'm curious, how did this gun fire with the hammer all the way back?
     
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  16. Riomouse911

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    Off topic but I’ll explain the issue briefly:

    This is the trick of fast action vs. frame speed when shooting and viewing video.

    It’s a screen shot of a video clip. The phone camera was shooting at x-frames per second (fps) and is played back at y-fps. So, the frame that shows the flame blossom wasn’t played back in a fps sequence that was able to catch the hammer fall that happened a split second before.

    This phenomenon is something that often comes up when clips of body cam or cell phone footage is played on the news or posted on the internet. Not every thing is shown and little things get missed based on these video obtained vs video fps playback gaps. It often takes a film lab to forensically slow things down so all the action that was caught on the video is played in a sequence that will show the viewer everything that actually occurred. :)

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    Notice how most of these images have the hammer clearly shown back in them even though these guns are firing, too. All of these were shot using the same iPhone X camera.,

    Again, apologies for running off topic but it’s kind of interesting stuff. ;)

    Stay safe.
     
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  17. flightsimmer

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    Very good explanation and demonstration.
    Thanks.
     
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  18. GeoDudeFlorida

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    I hate cameras and cameras hate me. :cuss:
     
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    I’m not “leading man material” according to the camera lens myself :eek:…that’s why I take pictures of photogenic stuff :thumbup:.

    Stay safe
     
  20. JCooperfan1911

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    Rossi is not a name that inspires quality.

    I’ve seen too much junk from that outfit to ever bother with them.
     
  21. flightsimmer

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    That may have been true in the past but I have recent examples that are top notch.
     
  22. Oldschool shooter

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    My mom always said I had a perfect face for radio.
     
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  23. kerreckt

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    I have 2 Rossi 720's. Glad I bought them. Paid $150 for one and $175 for the other both in excellent condition, hardly been shot. This was about 7 years ago. I shoot midrange reloads through them. Great guns! best wishes!
     
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  24. Bazoo

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    The quality of the Rossi products are a concern to me. How is everyone's 720 holding up?
     
  25. GeoDudeFlorida

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    LNIB after a couple thousand rounds of mid-to-heavy 200gr GDHP and 240gr LSW. No problem. I don’t coddle my guns either.
     
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