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Posted: 8/16/2009 3:56:59 AM EST
I was at the local Academy Sports looking at their firearms when I noticed a Rossi Revolver in the counter. My wife is not comfortable shooting the XDM I leave at the house for her. She wants a revolver and they had the Rossi for $249.00, I am wondering if that is a fair price and if they are decent. I've never owned a revolver other than my little NAA black widow, so I'm not up on what the good ones are.
Link Posted: 8/16/2009 5:08:56 AM EST
Reviews on Rossis have been mixed. I have a 2" .38 that I bought NIB when Navy Arms still had the retail store in Ridgefield, NJ. It was $149 back then. It has not been fired a whole lot but it has give no difficulty. It is not a Smith in terms of fit and finish but neither was it the $400+ that my wife's 649 cost. All in all, it has turned out to be a good value.
Link Posted: 8/16/2009 5:29:10 AM EST
My wife has a 3" .38 in blue. It is a very nice little revolver. I just waxed it yesterday and it looks like new. She has had it around 12 years and shoots it regularly. I would not have a problem carrying a Rossi.
Link Posted: 8/16/2009 6:13:34 AM EST
Really good guns for the price. I had one in .357 and my ex-wife had one in .38.
Link Posted: 8/16/2009 1:36:27 PM EST
I had a stainless .38 and never had a problem.
Link Posted: 8/16/2009 4:20:55 PM EST
They don't get a lot of respect, but we've had good luck with our pre-Taurus Rossi's. I had one of the ported .357 VRC's that I really liked. It seemed to be a little smaller than a "K" Frame, but I never compared them directly. The only problem I ever had was the adjustable rear sight loosening up under the recoil of full magnum loads. A little Loctite took care of that. I say I "had" one, because my son liked it even more than I did, so I gave it to him. He also has one of the pre-Taurus .38 snubbies, and it's been perfect.
Link Posted: 8/16/2009 4:41:42 PM EST
I bought 1 for my wife, it is a stainless 357mag. No complaints, I carry it myself from time to time. Paid 289 new back in 2006. Would recommend it to others as well.
Link Posted: 8/16/2009 8:35:03 PM EST
Yeah, we traded ours for Keltech P3ATs.
Link Posted: 8/18/2009 9:30:02 PM EST
I have a 3" Rossi 720 in .44 special. Great gun. I bought it new in 1993 for around $225 dollars. All internal parts are stainless as well. Trigger broke in eventually, used lots of Brownell's action magic and dry-fired until it was nice and smooth. I sold my S & W 696 a few years ago and made enough of a profit on it that the Rossi is essentially paid for. Shoots a 240 SWC over a charge of Universal Clays into a 2" orange paster all day long.

Wish they still made them, I'd buy another.
Link Posted: 8/19/2009 5:03:58 AM EST
make sure she can fire it in double action.

Some Rossi's have a very heavy trigger pull.
Link Posted: 8/19/2009 6:24:01 PM EST
Academy won't let you dry fire. My buddy bought one there recently and the DA pull is atrociously heavy and I don't like the way the pistol points or the fixed sights. You almost have to point it low to hit on target. It is also a pain to reload with a speedloader. It's as if the cylinder does not swing out far enough. I wouldn't recommend buying brand new.
Link Posted: 9/16/2009 9:50:57 PM EST
I had one. Sold it.

It locked up. I sent it in for warranty work, they lost it, the found it, sent it back, still locked up.

Link Posted: 9/17/2009 4:22:24 AM EST
I have a Rossi model 68, a nickle 5-shot in .38 Special (non +P) with 3 inch barrel. Its very lite for a steel wheel. I have probably 500-600 rounds thru it including some +P. It still works fine.
I think the 68 is an older Rossi. It has some sharp edges and rough spots but function is fine.
If I didn't already have a Taurus .357 with 6" barrel, a S&W 686 6 inch and the Rossi 3 inch i think I would try one of the Rossi 900s like a model 972 6 inch.
I'm thinking Rossi is making their guns better nowdays than they did years back.

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