Heritage Rough Rider Single Action Revolver

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  1. DrBart2

    DrBart2 Active Member

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    Years ago I had several Ruger Single action Blackhawk revolvers. My wife just loved shooting them. More so than any of my other guns. We then went through a poor period in our lives and had to slim our gun collection down a bit, so the Blackhawks had to go.:( Well, things are much better now, but my wife still clinches on to our money. If you look up "tight wad" in the dictionary you will probably see her picture. You may say that having a wife that doesn't spend money would be great. Well, it is except that she doesn't want me to spend money either, even when we can afford it!!:mad: Anyway, I decided to buy a western style handgun but try to keep it cheap (not always a good thing). So, I did some research and found that Heritage Manufacturing Inc. made relatively inexpensive revolvers. I also researched many reviews and read many personal opinions on these guns. They were all positive. So, I went down to Academy Sporting Goods and bought the Rough Rider Deluxe .22 LR/Mag with a 6 1/2" barrel. It comes with adjustable sites and has a cylinder for 22 LR and one for 22 Mag. It cost $199.00. Now the only guns I can compare it to are the Ruger Blackhacks that I had previously owned. Examining the gun it is obviously not of the same "finish" quality as the Ruger line. I didn't expect it to be. The Heritage guns (per caliber) are right at half the cost of a similar Ruger pistol. But, I found the gun to be sturdy and it appears to be well made. Its action is smooth and trigger pull seemed crisp with no creep. It is single action so there shouldn't be any creep (IMO). It has an interesting safety that can be activated with your right thumb just left of the hammer. The safety lifts a small hammer blocking bar and will keep the hammer from striking the firing pin. (not made for leftys) The safety system seems to be pretty good. It will do the job and doesn't take away from the looks of the gun. So far the only negative thing I have to say is that the bluing seems to be, for the lack of a better description, thin. I believe that the bluing will be easily scratched. Why? Because one of the guns at the store had places on it where the bluing had been scratched off. Now these seemed to be pretty deep scratches so I could be wrong on this. I bought the display which was scratch free. I will be going to the range today and put a few hundred rounds through it. I will let you know what I think. Over all, so far, I think this gun is worth the money I spent. I did not buy it for its looks or finish. If I scratch it I will just apply some cold bluing on it and keep shooting. Hopefully, it won't disappoint me at the range. We shall see.:D
     


  2. mac79912

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    I had one of these and it was fun to shoot.I like the smoke that comes out of it when shooting the 22 mag.The finish is really thin and easily scratched so get a nice holster or case for it.
     
  3. DrBart2

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    Thanks, I'll do that.:)
     
  4. mac79912

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    Any pics? Mine had the 4 inch barrel and I have not seen one with the six inch barrel.
     
  5. DrBart2

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    Not yet. I will take one tonight and post it tomorrow.
     
  6. mac79912

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    sounds good.are you shooting the 22 or 22 mag today?
     
  7. DrBart2

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    I will just be putting 22 LR through it today. I take a two hour lunch and have an indoor pistol range just 5 miles away from where I work. Quick lunch, then shoot!:banger:
     
  8. Longtooths

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    Not going to the bullettrap in plano are ya?
     
  9. DrBart2

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    No I went to "The Shooting Place" in Burleson. I purchase a one year family pass so I can go as often as I wish during the year. So, I go shoot a lot!

    Well, I put about 200 rounds of 22 LR through it and am quite pleased. It worked and shot well. I had to make a minor sight adjustment (It was shooting slightly left) but found the gun to be very accurate. I was shooting at a target at 7 yards, using a Weaver style stance, I was able to keep all of my twelve shot groups small enough to cover with a quarter ( that is pretty good for me). I am sure if I was a better shot the gun would perform better. I was using the cheapest Wal Mart, Federal HP ammo I could buy. The gun was comfortable in my hand, but the grip is on the smaller side. It was good for me because I have small hands, but someone with large hands might have some trouble with the grip being too small for them. It was cheap to buy and cheap and fun to shoot. Can't get much better than that! Now the BIG test will be whether my wife likes it or not!:eek:
    I will try to get some pics of it tonight.:)
     
  10. DEFKON99

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    Ive got one of these ill get some pics posted.
     

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