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Posted on 09/08/2013 8:56:15 AM PDT by virgil283
"Here is a specimen of the much maligned, but actually pretty good quality, Rohm or RG Revolvers imported en masse from the 1950s on up until 1986"...The Roscoe Arms Vest Pocket (also marketed under the Rohm and RG-14 names) .22 short (not LR) is pretty much the original "Saturday Night Special," ......
Rohm, Model RG-10, .22 Short
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hat tip Ace of spades
I’ll take my 6” bbl S&W Model 617 Stainless .22 (10 shots) any day of the week. The beauty of it is that it is a near exact form and fit with my S&W 686. I use it to plink here in the basement while Freeping.....
Of course, my S&W 617 cost a hell of a lot more than $12.95
The new Ruger SR22 is head and shoulders superior to the other .22 weapons on the market. A simple modification allows the magazines to hold 13 rounds, with one in the firing chamber for double action first shot. Loaded with 60 grain Aguilla super subsonic rounds (~850 ft/sec, 160 ft lbs of muzzle energy) which tumble and hit really hard at closer ranges (inside forty feet) and a threaded barrel for any improvised suppressor and you have the idea shtf personal close in protection weapon.
Now that would be a REAL man cave. LOL! Remember the good ol’ days when you could buy stuff mail order? Moison-Nagant’s for $19.95 out of Field and Stream. I don’t seem to remember any issues then. Or maybe since we didn’t have instant news we just never heard about it but I’m kinda leanin’ to we didn’t have the same issues. I remember going to high school in Albuquerque and there were more than a few pickups trucks in the parking lot with rifles sittin’ in the rifle racks. Never had a problem. What a bunch pantie wastes (SP on purpose) we’ve turned into. Nobody’s responsible for anything anymore.
Terrific for home defense? A .22?!?
I met a guy who live down in AZ in a house built by a retired Army Colonel. Had a full size firing range in the basement :)
I’m partial to revolvers myself. For semi-auto magazine fed pistols I have a bunch of 1911s, Berettas, Glocks, a Remington or Browning or two, and some military stuff (revolvers and semis).
If you’re talking Ruger semi pistols, my pair of SR1911s are primo....fitted with roll-pin locked ambi safety’s and the custom Ruger Eagle grips, with matching Ruger leather holsters, of course....
Sadly, in today’s military you probably won’t find that many “kernels” that would do that. Besides which, they’d probably have an issue with the EPA about lead poisoning and sound attenuation.
Back in the early 60s (reflecting on it, it must have been before the stupid 1964 Kennedy hysteria gun law) my daddy bought a 8mm Mauser K98 in the mail. I remember he paid less than $20 for it. He sent it back because the quality wasn’t all that good.
If I’d have had my brains about me, I’d have made him buy a Thompson M1A!!!!
It's probably a case of age-induced rose-tinting, but the most enjoyable handgun shooting I can recall were those times I walked along the Des Moines river during years when the water was low, walking - and occasionally wading - all day while plinking with an RG or a solid-frame H&R .22 rimfire revolver. Nope, not all the Rohms were crap... they did make handy objects for hoplophobes to demonize, though.
Yeah, I’m thinking that was built around the 60s, from the architecture of the house. Back then, your home was still your castle, especially in rural areas.
RÖHM is still around, making what they started out making in 1909 - drill chucks. I have two.
I had an RG at one time. One day, the barrel flew downrange when I fired.
Have one of these “gems” (/sarc) which my wife’s aunt used to own. Gotta love (/sarc) a handgun which appears to be made of pot metal. It makes a good conversation piece or “drop” gun, but it would NOT be the weapon of choice for self-defense based on caliber, quality of manufacture, and/or reliability. You get what you pay for, and this, at an original price of $12.95 is nothing more than CRAP. And as far as design (i.e., the hammer is out of proportion to the frame), ergonomics, fit&finish (why blue it when you can use a can of Rustoleum?) it is also, CRAP. Oh, and I love (/sarc) the Ghetto grips.
Had one of those myself way back in the day. Some kid had brought it with him to CCC camp and given it to my Dad to hold, which he did. The kid took off and Dad ended up with the, er, “gun”. Single-action it wasn’t really all that bad but you had to check the cylinder alignment for every shot. Great gun as long as you didn’t actually have to shoot it.
LOL! Roger that. And it came in the US Mail. Sigh!
Roger that! I used to have one too. My opinion is it’s a dangerous, bullet-shearing POS.
I had a RG.
It had fixed sights and shot 2 feet right at 30 feet.
Light weight, went bang.
Better than a cell phone to call a cop.
Isn’t that what Hinkley used on Reagan and Brady?
After Reagan was shot, I purchased an RG-14 (3 inch barrel version) and put it to the test.
I was on the Varsity University of Wisconsin Pistol Team at the time.
The trigger was horrible, barely useable in double action. I put a dab of whiteout on the front sight to make it a bit more visible.
After figureing out where to aim I was able to put six shots, from a rest, into about 3 inches, pretty well centered at 50 feet.
Not an easily repaired little revolver, and it tended to tumble bullets when they were fired double action, probably because of the “generous” cylinder gap and forcing cone.
Still, that little thing was used put down four grown men with six shots in very rapid fire.
As I recall, they were, President Reagan, Secret Service Officer Tim McCarthy, Press officer Jim Brady, and Washington Police Officer Tom Delehanty.
I believe that Hinckley loaded it with explosive .22 rounds called Devastators.
The amount of explosive involved is so small, it just makes the expansion of the bullet more certain. Has to have a fairly hard target to go off.