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    M971 Procurement

    Bought this .357 Mag Rossi last week and have been dinking around with it since. It came with its original box and papers. It reminds me of a S&W 'K' frame. At sometime in its previous life, someone fired a handful bullets through it then put it back in the box. The gun was dry as a bone inside and the action wasn't very smooth at all, so into the ultrasound bath it went.

    Overall fit and finish is very good. The stainless, while not mirror brite, has a pleasing shine. The rubbers remind me of Pachmayr presentation grips in fit and density. This revolver points naturally and adjustable sights are more than adequate for my needs. There was once a nice white line in the rear sight that disappeared in the mineral spirits bath. Oh well.

    Lock up is very tight... almost too tight. I cleaned off the residual powder burns from its forcing cone and cylinder then measured an air gap between 0.00250" and 0.00400". I thought it weird that my feeler gauge sets omitted a 0.00300'' blade. Being all stainless and heat from a lot of rapid firing, could bind things up.

    The gun had several dips in the tank to remedy some of the notchiness. I really don't want to pop the side plate, but it looks like I'm going to have to because of the grittiness within the cylinder release latch. The thumb button has left visible scratch marks in the frame. Burr removal is in order.
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    Congrats on a good looking wheel gun!
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    Now that is a beautiful revolver.
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    Very very Nice Rossi M971 !

    Congratulations and may it serve you well!
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    Congrats on your new to you wheel gun.
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    Beautiful. Great find!

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    Congrats! That is a good looking gun! The level of shine is just right for a polished look.

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    On one of my revolvers the cyl release latch felt gritty. I took it apart and found the spring wasn't seated correctly. Easy fix for me. You have a beautiful gun!
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    I always liked those. That's an old one so you avoided the recall.....sweet....
    Definition of clip

    1: any of various devices that grip, clasp, or hook
    2: a device to hold cartridges for charging the magazines of some rifles; also : a magazine from which ammunition is fed into the chamber of a firearm.

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    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.
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