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    .38 Snubby - hmmmm...

    A little help or advice would be great,
    ~ So, was at LEED the other day, and looked at a Rossi 685 2" 38, old school snub nose revolver. It was in very good condition..... for $350 ..... Am I wrong or does the price seem really high? Even with an el-cheepo trade in ($100 value) and him dropping the price a bit, it was still $200 plus the trade.

    - Let me ask if anyone has one? Are they (Rossi) worth that much? I have been looking for a good .38 snubby, and I like the old skool SA/DA with hammer i.e.: Colt Detective Specials, or equivalent Smith and Wesson from that era. The price on many of the old brand name snubs is hefty, so an off brand is fine if it's reliable... ideas?? How much should I expect to pay for an old snubby like the Rossi v.s. a brand name like Colt or Smith?

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    Well,,,

    wow!! old times..
    I bought one of those. new, in 1980? I think I paid 90 bucks at value giant in bremerton..
    nice little 5 shooter,,, quality was just fine, reliable, always went bang when it was supposed to...
    lost it in my divorce in 1990, then my ex wife lost it,,, dont know where.
    look for a notch filed in the butt of the grip,,, my neighbor blew out his brains with it,, sad.
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    hile, Bat!


    sounds toooo pricey... I picked up a colt cobra at puyallup not to long ago for $350... or maybe I was just lucky...
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    Definitely at least a hundred bucks high for a Rossi.

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    Seems a bit high for a Rossi. Used to be known as a good throw away pistol. I just picked up an S&W Bodyguard with a S&W laser for 375. Better weapons may be available.
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    I bought two Rossi's back around 1984 for 100 each plus shipping. Gave one to my mother, both were good handguns, I later gave the second one to a relative. The days of the 100 dollar guns are pretty much gone.

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    check this out

    One of my favorite carry peices is A taurus 66 with a 4 in barrel. I found this at buds gun shop online.http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...62DFVy2bjD9IAQ
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    .38 Snubby - hmmmm...

    I paid $300 for a brand-new Rossi R461 in .357. It is a great revolver, one of only a few that I own. I too think his price is a bit high and you could do better.
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    Rossi's are good pistols but that price seems a little high. I bought two stainless .38's back when they were imported with 3" bb'ls and the importer changed them to 2" bbl's. Paid 160 ea. Sold one just a few years ago for $250.

    They aren't exactly S&W's or Colts but they are a far cry from "throwaway's". The one I still own has been shot regularly since 1985 and I've had absolutely no problems with it. Nice jacket pocket gun. Won't jamb on ejected cases if I ever have to fire it from inside the pocket.
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    I've seen Smith M36s go for 350 dollars at LEED in Tacoma off of 6th Avenue.

    if you're willing to get one with dissappearing finish or marred finishes you can probably find those in the 300 range
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    Quote Originally Posted by Batousaii View Post
    A little help or advice would be great,
    ~ So, was at LEED the other day, and looked at a Rossi 685 2" 38, old school snub nose revolver. It was in very good condition..... for $350 ..... Am I wrong or does the price seem really high? Even with an el-cheepo trade in ($100 value) and him dropping the price a bit, it was still $200 plus the trade.

    - Let me ask if anyone has one? Are they (Rossi) worth that much? I have been looking for a good .38 snubby, and I like the old skool SA/DA with hammer i.e.: Colt Detective Specials, or equivalent Smith and Wesson from that era. The price on many of the old brand name snubs is hefty, so an off brand is fine if it's reliable... ideas?? How much should I expect to pay for an old snubby like the Rossi v.s. a brand name like Colt or Smith?

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    I wouldn't compare an old, used Rossi to Colt, S&W, Ruger or Taurus. The last four are all high-quality, whereas Rossi (in the old days) was considered "adequate quality for the money". I owned a Rossi .38 snub back in the early 80's, and it was a very good revolver. But, as I recall, I only paid about half as much for it new as they are asking for it used. Old Rossi's are not collectibles, and this is NOT a "good deal"... especially when you are within about $50 of a new Ruger LCR .38+P ($399) or a Taurus .38Spc (even less than $350 if you shop around). I have a Ruger LCR .38+P (one of only 3 wheel guns I presently own) and I love it! At 16.1oz with a full cylinder of JHPs, I have carried it all day long and not even noticed the weight. However, my personal preference is for the superior firepower of my Glock pistols. Pax...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil223 View Post
    I owned a Rossi .38 snub back in the early 80's, and it was a very good revolver. But, as I recall, I only paid about half as much for it new as they are asking for it used.
    Just remember that you paid for it in 1980's Dollars. "Obama Bucks" aren't worth as much as a dollar was in the '80s
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    Quote Originally Posted by amlevin View Post
    Just remember that you paid for it in 1980's Dollars. "Obama Bucks" aren't worth as much as a dollar was in the '80s
    If we have to suffer through another four years of Obama, our dollars may be usable as TP... IF we're lucky! Pax...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil223 View Post
    If we have to suffer through another four years of Obama, our dollars may be usable as TP... IF we're lucky! Pax...
    Well if they put Obama's face on the dollar then it would be fitting.

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