Gun and Game Forum banner

1 - 8 of 8 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I just bought a used Rossi .357, 4" bbl. The only thing that bothers me is that it is stamped INTERARMS, and I hear they are out of business?
Any input on how reliable they are? This one seems not to have been used much, and there is no noticable play in cylinder. I haven't shot it yet, but would appreciate some imput.
I believe the model is a 971? (it is not stamped on gun..)

Bob
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
237 Posts
I have a rossi .357 mag bought it new 9-10 years ago it is sweet. the wife shoots about 100 rounds everytime we go shooting she can hit a pop can 2 times out of 6 at 25 yards with it. I've never had any problems with it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
80 Posts
I had a Rossi 357 it shot great, but I only had it for about a week. seen a Ruger Blackhawk I wanted a little more so I traded up. But back to the subject Rossi is the maker, they were just imported by interarms, now there imported by BrazTech but still made by Rossi
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
623 Posts
How about this for some confusion.... Rossi owns Taurus and Taurus makes Rossi .38 spcls and .357s. So they are made by Taurus for Rossi as Rossi's . Clear?
Oh, and I got a very nice .38spcl+P to see about the quality; it will become my wife's soon and I'll get the .357 4"
(the 4" .38 has a rib like a Python, pretty nice looking gun)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,065 Posts
Interarms was the U.S. Company that imported the Rossi Line for some years, similiar to KBI, Stoeger and others! It a pretty good piece the Rossi
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
Rossi, Taurus, S&W

I love how people will get on these forums and do not have their facts straight. It seems that folks just don't do their home work any more. Rossi DOES NOT own Taurus. Below are the facts directly from their own web sites. First up is Rossi and then Taurus, you will also see where S&W comes into the picture.

Rossi:n December of 1997 BrazTech International L.C. was created as the exclusive importer of Rossi firearms in North America. Previously, Rossi firearms were distributed by Interarms of Alexandria, Virginia. Rossi manufactures its classic rifles in a plant in Sa Leopoldo, Brazil and will continue operations there, selling many firearms outside the United States and North America.

At the same time, Forjas Taurus, S.A. purchased the rights and the equipment to manufacture Rossi handguns. Taurus manufactures three models of .38 Special revolvers and four models of .357 Magnum revolvers under contract with Rossi. Revolvers sold by BrazTech with the Rossi name are manufactured in a brand new facility owned by Taurus in SaoLeopoldo, Brazil. Much of the tooling and many of the machines were acquired from Rossi during negotiations between the companies.
Today's Rossi is still run by the same family and they put the same dedication and innovation into every firearm. At Rossi, it is more than just building guns...it is a family's history and tradition.



Taurus:From humble beginnings as a small tool manufacturer in Porto Alegre, Brazil over 60 years ago, Forjas Taurus (translation: Taurus Forge) has become a diversified, international company and one of the largest small arms manufacturers in the world. The company produced its first revolver in 1941. The gun combined elements from several Manufacturers of that day, including Colt, Smith & Wesson and certain Spanish brands. This first revolver was designated the Model 38101SO. Taurus soon became a major factor in the South American market and experienced continuous growth.

In 1968, the company was ready to venture into the U.S. market. This was accomplished by employing the services of a succession of U.S. distributors over the next several years. Their efforts met with only marginal success.
In the meantime, Smith & Wesson had been purchased by a conglomerate named Bangor Punta. In 1970, Bangor Punta also purchased 54% of Taurus. Thus, the two companies became "sisters". Smith & Wesson never owned Taurus. They were both independent companies. However, during the next seven years, a great deal of technology and methodology was passed between the two. What may come as a surprise to some is that more of what was "right" in Porto Alegre was sent to Springfield than was sent from Springfield to south of the equator.
1977 saw our present ownership buy 54% of Taurus outright from Bangor Punta. At once a quest to improve overall quality of Taurus product was initiated. Also, the company now began a dynamic expansion program.
Beretta had won a huge contract in 1974 to produce small arms for the army of Brazil. Part of the deal was that Beretta construct a Brazilian factory and use Brazilian labor. This they did, in the southwestern coastal city of Sao Paulo. When the contract ran out in 1980, Beretta sold the plant, literally "lock, stock and barrel," to Taurus. Taurus now owned everything that once belonged to Beretta, including drawings, tooling, machinery, and a very experienced work force. Taurus was in the pistol business, and immediately sought to improve on the Beretta design, resulting in the popular and acclaimed Taurus PT-92 and PT-99 9mm pistols.
The next milestone for Taurus came in 1982. This is when the Brazil management decided to "take the bull by the horns" by opening an affiliated company, Taurus, in Miami, Florida. Sales that first year in America were limited as a solid distribution system had to be established. Taurus guns had not been advertised or written up in the shooting press. Taurus was truly an unknown commodity in the United States. This situation was to change dramatically in the next few years.
At the Dallas, Texas S.H.O.T. Show in 1984, Taurus was to make an announcement that was to have a tremendous impact on the entire industry. Taurus became the first company to offer its customers an unqualified LIFETIME REPAIR POLICY. This one brilliant piece of marketing changed the course of the company in this market. Only recently has this policy been matched. It has never been exceeded. In 1984, this daring innovative policy made everyone sit up and take notice of Taurus Firearms. The U. S. company has posted record years ever since...
In 1989, the company celebrated its 50th Anniversary. The celebration was capped off at the January 1990 S.H.O.T. Show, with Taurus giving away a brand new 1990 Ford Taurus to a lucky Dealer from New Mexico.
There was cause for celebration in 1994 when Forjas Taurus received the prestigious ISO 9001 designation from the International Organization for Standardization for superior manufacturing and marketing practices. Only one other firearms company in the world has obtained this designation. Currently, Taurus U.S.A. is at work to share this honor with the parent company.

So to answer your question, since the gun is pre 1997 the quality maybe questionable, but then it just might be OK.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
172 Posts
Am probably going to buy a new Rossi 357 with 4" Barrel. Wish I could find a good used one.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
Rossi value info search

Maybe someone can help with my search i have a Rossi 375 Mag Revolver 6 in barrel ive had it over 12 yrs an never a problem iam tring to find some history an maybe value on it but it seems that Rossi firearms have two letters and six numbers in there serial number were mine only has one letter and six numbers in the serial number its been a bear tring to research it.
it has Amadeo Rossi S.A on one side and Interarms on the other side and when you open the cylinder it has M713 stamped on it but according to Rossi,s website they have no record of it ??

Think you
 
1 - 8 of 8 Posts
Top