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    The safety on the RR. Good? Bad? Ugly?

    What do you think of having a safety on the RR cowboy gun?

    I was originally worried about the inauthentic aspect of the RR having a safety lever like it does not to mention the inconvenience of it.

    I got my first RR last fall and find it fun and relaxing to shoot. I get to concentrate on POA and let slide (pun?) the impacts (another pun?) of noise, recoil and cost of an outing of that with center-fire ammo.

    Short version for me, and way before I had 500 rnds through it, I do not even notice it having a safety. Why? All my other guns have a safety and my habit/routine is to always use the safety every time I am not actually firing... even after I empty the cylinder or mag. I would have to stop and think (not that that is a bad thing) about not having a safety to flip or slide as I placed a gun down on the shooting bench. I blame this on my dad of course.
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    I've had my Rough Rider since 2013. I ignored the safety for several years and didn't even notice it. However, a few years ago, I dropped to gun on a concrete floor and it went off when it landed on the hammer. It went off and I had a minor wound to my stomach. Since that time, I use the safety if there is ammo in the gun because I fear I might do something stupid again. I find myself forgetting about the safety and find myself wondering why it doesn't shoot when I pull the trigger. My other revolvers have a transfer bar so they don't need a safety.

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    Since the gun's not drop safe, you have two options.

    Use the safety or load 5 and lower the hammer on the empty chamber.

    I've been shooting CAS since the '90's so load 1, skip 1, load 4 and lower the hammer with a single action is second nature. If it doesn't have a transfer bar safety system in it (like the Ruuuuugers or the EAA Bounty Hunters), I load 5 and the hammer is down on the empty.
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    Load one, skip one, load 4.....DROP SAFE! This procedure came about in the 19th century with single actions.

    I don't like the "safety", but hey, it's a litigious society and they do what they have to do for the ignorant masses, or rather to protect themselves legally from the ignorant masses. It's a cheap gun. It wouldn't be quite so cheap if Heritage had to fight a bunch of lawsuits over people's lack of safety knowledge. Personally, I just leave the "safety" off and handle the gun as I always have with SAA style single actions.

    I own Ruger Blackhawks. They're safe with 6 loaded, but they're a little more expensive than the Rough Rider.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NativeTexan View Post
    Load one, skip one, load 4.....DROP SAFE! This procedure came about in the 19th century with single actions.

    I don't like the "safety", but hey, it's a litigious society and they do what they have to do for the ignorant masses, or rather to protect themselves legally from the ignorant masses. It's a cheap gun. It wouldn't be quite so cheap if Heritage had to fight a bunch of lawsuits over people's lack of safety knowledge. Personally, I just leave the "safety" off and handle the gun as I always have with SAA style single actions.

    I own Ruger Blackhawks. They're safe with 6 loaded, but they're a little more expensive than the Rough Rider.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtg452 View Post
    Since the gun's not drop safe, you have two options.

    Use the safety or load 5 and lower the hammer on the empty chamber.

    I've been shooting CAS since the '90's so load 1, skip 1, load 4 and lower the hammer with a single action is second nature. If it doesn't have a transfer bar safety system in it (like the Ruuuuugers or the EAA Bounty Hunters), I load 5 and the hammer is down on the empty.

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    I think the safety on the Rough Rider is probably a good thing, if that's what you like. I can't think of anything bad about it. I do think the safety is ugly, but that's probably because I'm not used to such a thing on revolvers.
    I have two single action Rugers, with the transfer bar. I also have two Ubertis, which I also load in the manner described above.

    My nephew has a Rough Rider that he brings along anytime we shoot together, and I can say, it is a shooter!
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    I think one big aspect of the RR is to use it to get new people/kids started with the shooting sports. For that reason I see the safety as a good thing.
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    I feel like its mostly an anti lawsuit device that doubles as a drop safety personally. However even though i stink at putting it back on after I fire its always on when im in between shoots for sure, regardless if its loaded or not. Personally its out of the way enough I don't mind it being there whether or not i intend to use it.
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    Good? Bad? Ugly?

    All of the above.

    About the only time I use the RR is when I'm with my grandkids, and I always make it a point to use the safety.
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