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    Quote Originally Posted by NativeTexan View Post
    Nice. I kinda wish I had mine back. It was a standard 4", unfluted cylinder, looked really cool. I used it for hiking (was back when I did a lot of back country exploring out west). It was only about 30 ounces and carried 6 rounds and handled heavy recoil loads very well. It did bust a firing pin, sent it back to Interarms, broke on the second round of .38 special when I got it back. I had a gunsmith fit a K frame Smith firing pin to it and it never had a problem after that.

    But, I sold it and bought a 4" Taurus 66 which is a wonderful shooter, but it's not near as light on the hip. I sometimes wish I had that 971 back, but I traded it in on a superb Ruger .45 Colt Blackhawk and don't ever regret THAT trade.
    I like a nice revolver and this one has hidden potential. This version weighs 36 ounces empty. The comp adds 3/4'' to its 2-1/2'' barrel. It has a really nice set of adjustable target sights, but on a snubby gutter sights would've been my choice. I don't know who Rossi was trying to market this for... bowling pin shooters?

    The cylinder release was a bear to break open and the button was grinding marks into the frame, so I lifted the sideplate to have a look see. I was impressed with the machining inside, no scrapes or scratches, and very clean after three dips in the ultrasound tank. Nonetheless, I had to dink around with its inards a tad bit. Other than its tight cylinder gap of .003'', I have no doubts about it performing well.

    Dittos about the Blackhawk. My personal favorite is an older .45 convertible.
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    Congrats on your new to you revolver.
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    Nice acquisition...that is a beautiful handgun.
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    Good looking revolvers you have there. Congratulations on a fine purchase.

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    I have one that was built without the comp - just a standard 2-1/2" barrel and a fluted cylinder.
    One of the smoothest actions of any of the revolvers I own. One of my buddies shot it and asked, "who did the trigger job?" He couldn't believe it when I told him it never had one.
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    Man, that is a damn fine looking revolver OP! Nice find!
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