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Old 08-01-2010, 08:18 AM
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Some of you may remember that I am building 72 hour kits for all of my children and their families. This is there Christmas/birthday presents for the year. I am not waiting for Christmas to hand them out. As I get them finished, I pass them along. (I can't afford to do them all at once without going into debt)
I am working one for my Chiropractor son who is single and is already a camper, rock climber, runner kind of guy. He has a lot of things that he can pack in his BOV so I am doing something that he can use if he has to take his bike or motorcycle. He already has a nice 12 gauge and a very nice M1 Garand. I am thinking he needs something a little smaller that might serve for a backpack.

I have an Heritage Arms, Rough Rider combo .22LR and .22 magnum. (two cylinders) 5 1/2". It is SA and I realize that is not a good combat arm but I am thinking it would suffice for small game. I have found it to be reasonably accurate and the magnum has a pretty good punch to it out of the 5 1/2" barrel.

Here's the question. I only have a few hundred rounds through it but wonder if others have used one more extensively and can tell me if they have had any long term issues. Has anyone broken one yet? I know that fanning it will shorten its life quickly, or so I have heard. We tried it a few times when we first got it and it doesn't some worse for wear. We have ceased the practice, since.

PS. Please don't use this thread to rant about the caliber or other personal axes that you may have to grind. If you don't have one or haven't used one please don't hijack the thread Thanks in advance
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I have one with the six inch barrel never had a problem
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I have that same pistol and as a firearms instructor mine is used weekly in classes and at the range. hundreds of people have fired thousands of rds through mine with no issues. it is a well made gun. i bob one to for the same reason
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I have that same pistol and as a firearms instructor mine is used weekly in classes and at the range. hundreds of people have fired thousands of rds through mine with no issues. it is a well made gun. i bob one two for the same reason
Thanks for the good input. (you too ZombieKiller)
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A friend brought his to me for repair.
The hand had given up the ghost.
The first stage of the advancement wouldn't work because of the missing piece.
It still shot but he had to manually advance the cylinder.

After taking it apart, and inspecting the piece, it was returned to the manufacturer for repair.

He's not a high round kinda guy, maybe a brick a year and it may have had 2000 rounds through it before the breakage.

I have one not 10 feet from me here at work, it's our CDU (Critter Disposal Unit). It's not seen 100 rounds in it's life and the timing required repair when I started.

My opinion?
It's a pass for me.
I'd stick a used Ruger Mk I or II back and be more trusting for long term use.
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As for as single action revolvers go i like mine, a 3.5" gambler and a 6".

No problems with either and I shoot the .22mag most all the time with them.
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Anyone that doubts the ability of a SSA for defense has never been to a cowboy action shoot.

It involves a different mindset, but it is doable.
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When I sold Guns we sold a bunch of them, never had a single one come back. Do they still have the safety switch?
Good little gun.
ETA: He must be one heck of a Chiropracter.
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Mine has the safety, a rotating pin that blocks the hammer from striking the rim of the round. Debated punching it out or filing it down.
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My opinion?
It's a pass for me.
I'd stick a used Ruger Mk I or II back and be more trusting for long term use.
I suppose I could have given him my Mark II instead but as it turned out he was really happy to get the revolver. I wasn't going out and buying new stuff, just passing out stuff from my safe. I shoot my Mark II more than any other weapon that I have. If my safe ends up with just my Mark II, my 870 and my M-44, I would probably be content.
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When I sold Guns we sold a bunch of them, never had a single one come back. Do they still have the safety switch?
Good little gun.
ETA: He must be one heck of a Chiropracter.
Mine has the safety, which confuses me sometimes but I guess I see the value of it.
I am told by independent sources, folks who didn't know he was my son, that he is the best they have ever been to. He went to school down in Dallas.
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I'm a single action revolver guy, have 9 ranging from 22 to 44 magnum, including two Heritage Rough Riders. My heritage 6&1/2" is more accurate than my Ruger Single Six. My other one is a 3&1/2" Birdshead that rides in the back pocket of my jeans while doing chores here on our small farm.
The big one has thousands of rounds thru it with no problem.
Do not disable the little "safety", it is the only thing keeping the firing pin from resting on the base of a loaded round.
My next firearm purchase will be a heritage with the nine inch barrel and adjustable sights and will be zeroed for Winchester Super X 40 gr JHP magnums.
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I trap nuisance beaver year round and use the rough rider shooting .22 shorts for dispatch. I kid you not, that gun is under water at least once a day every single day. Every evening before i hang it on the barn door, i blow it out with air, shoot it with oil, and its good to go the next morning. In 15 years or so its all i use....the first one lasted 10 years till i lost it in a swamp. Bought another that evening for 140 bucks i think and been shootin fine ever since. Heritage rough riders are nothing but work horses!
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lost it in a swamp, Was that when the election rolled around .
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