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Hi everyone I have just been given a Rossi Model 68 (.38 Special) and I was just curious as to the history/age of this gun and any other information you have on it.There isn't that much on YouTube or Google so I figured I might try asking around here.
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Rossi has imported firearms into the US for years. The quality of these rifles and pistols has been spotty at best. They have found a "bargain" market, particularly in the cowboy action community for their replica lever rifles. I would have the pistol checked by a pro before firing it.
 

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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ what he said^^^^^^^^^^^------- I have a Rossi lever .44 rifle that has actually been and is a great shooting rifle. The handguns to me are a little iffy-----just feel cheap in the hand. Rossi is made at the same factory as Taurus----down in South America. my experience and I have heard--it`s a crap shoot when getting one-----one may be a great shooter, the next may be a turd. I would definetly have it checked for timing, lock-up and overall condition before shooting it.
 

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can't really say much about history other than the model 68 as i recall has been around a good while.

Thought them to be a pseudo copy of Smith & Wesson........unless i am getting my model numbers mixed up.

Grips will not innerchange with smith. Most folks i know bought them for nite stand or glove box guns. The firing pin is on the hammer like older Smith's. I have seen more rossi revolvers with broken hammer mounted firing pins than Smith revolvers.......perhaps they should not be dry-fired.????

I would probably avoid +P ammunition as well. those thoughts are about the model 68 i am familiar with back in the Interarms import days. Have no idea about modern Rossi revolvers.

Years back i considered Rossi revolvers to be a superior product over Taurus revolvers.. Nowadays, Taurus owns Rossi.....so i don't have a clue about modern Rossi revolvers.
 

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I agree not to dry fire it or use +P ammo in it. I picked this up at a gun show a few months ago from a dealer that I know and and from the information that was left in the box I believe it was made around 1993. It was imported by Interarms of Alexandria, Va. which is no longer in business and Rossi or Taurus does not keep any records from back then. It is in good condition, locks up tight and I have put about 50 rounds through it. I hope you have good luck with yours.
 

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Thank you guys for all the information! I will have it checked out before firing it without a doubt but It does seem to be in pretty good condition for an old gun. Anyways thanks again.
 

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Had one a few years back that was completely reliable and dead-on accurate at 15 yards. I took it on a tour in Paraguay as a throw away gun. When I left I gave it to one of the local cops working at the Embassy.
 

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I`ll carry some good news Rossi is backed by Taurus now.....They might even honor the life time warranty on a Rossi they are a sweet revolver good for protection and shooting.......Target and Plinking are the same to this old redneck.....
 

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I had one of about the same vintage. It was a decent little gun. Pachmayr had one of thier Compact model grips that fit it. Maybe they still do
 

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Many years ago I had a Rossi .38Spl revolver. I bought on a whim for $40 from a co-worker, three days before payday. He ran out of money and needed a drink. He got the better end of the deal. It had a heavy trigger pull and was extremely finicky about the ammo it would shoot (light strike marks on most ammo). And when it did manage to shoot, lets just say the local barns were safe.

A year later, it disappeared with my ex-wife. She stole it, when she left. I was glad to see both go!
 
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