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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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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.
^^^This^^^

(Except I don't own any Rugers. Well, except for the pseudo M1 Carbine 10/22.)
 

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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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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!:thumb:
 

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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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I always use the safety on my RR when required. Usually I am just plinking or at the range so I just shoot the cylinder, reload and shoot another cylinder. Its appearance is irrelevant to me.
 

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There is a blank sold that removes it and fills the gap created.. I'm not planning on changing mine. I think it's cool to be able to dry fire it on the safety bar.
 

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I carry my RR in the woods at times. Lately, I've carried it for snakes with .22 mag shot loads. I want it READY and know I won't remember that stupid safety when I need the thing. So, I just load 5 and drop the hammer on an empty chamber like it's supposed to be done. :D
 
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There is a blank sold that removes it and fills the gap created.. I'm not planning on changing mine. I think it's cool to be able to dry fire it on the safety bar.
You don't happen to have a link for that do you? I might be interested in something like that. I was thinking about getting another RR (sailor grips) and would like to add that mod.
 

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Well, I broke down and put a deposit on a RR .22 LR today. I wanted something that I could leave at the lake house that would be handy for the occasional venomous visitor. LBS only had 6.5" barrel lengths on display, but had some of the 4.75" barrel models in the back. I took the shorter one because I thought it had better balance. We will see how it shoots.
 

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Congrats!

I do not have 4" but I bet they are snap to point. You'll be fine unless you venomous friends are more than 10yrds away... and if they are a visabel problem at 10 or more yards away then you have more of an issue than a .22 can solve. :)
 

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Well, I broke down and put a deposit on a RR .22 LR today. I wanted something that I could leave at the lake house that would be handy for the occasional venomous visitor. LBS only had 6.5" barrel lengths on display, but had some of the 4.75" barrel models in the back. I took the shorter one because I thought it had better balance. We will see how it shoots.
You didn't want the one with the 16" barrel?? I saw those for sale and wondered who would buy those. Purely a collector's item.
 

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You didn't want the one with the 16" barrel?? I saw those for sale and wondered who would buy those. Purely a collector's item.
Yep the 16" RR is a totally useless oddball novelty handgun. And with fiber optic sights... well that's nuts too.

I like mine a lot.
(Shown with aftermarket target grips from Robertson's)
 

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I think it's cool to be able to dry fire it on the safety bar.
Now that's a serious plus for the safety. Hadn't thought of that.
 
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