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Oh joy of joys. I have recently made an unexpected but welcome purchase of a Rossi model 518.

I apologize my digi cam is not currently available as I would love to provide a picture, but I'll try to describe it. The 518 is no longer in production and as a matter of fact by the stamps I know this one was definitely made when Interarms used to distribute Rossi, before Taurus ever owned them.

I cut my teeth on Rossi revolvers. My father wanted a .357 and a .22 but with all the kids he didn't have a lot of money to spend on guns so he bought Rossis because they were cheap. About the age where it was appropriate to introduce me to pistols he had discovered the Ruger P-85 and has never looked back. He'd always shoot the semiautomatic and I always wanted to shoot the revolvers.

In particular I spent a lot of time with a DA/SA stainless steel wonder .22 LR wonder with a ramped front sight and a 4" half underlug bbl. The sights were so big and bright, the cylinder shone so brightly, and the long action of the hammer was hypnotic. I loved it.

I finally have come into one of my own and it's the cat's pajamas. I feel like I could hit a fly with the thing.

Putting it next to my 686, it does compare well. Don't get me wrong in a fight I want the 686, but I have to admit this little revolver is definitely to my tastes.

I suppose it's a bit ridiculous to miss a gun company but I really do miss the old Rossi. I still like Rossi and I think the new ones represent one of the best values in the gun world. Yeah I guess they're just another cheap gun no one else misses, but I lament that when I was finally old enough to get my own guns, there were only one or two styles of Rossi to be had.

I asked a man who had a huge gun collection once what he thought about Rossi revolvers. He carefully rubbed his chin and stated matter of factly : "The truth is I'd take a Smith and Wesson every day, but if all we had were Rossis the great majority of us wouldn't be missing much."

It takes me back to a simpler time when I didn't care about what brand the gun was, or even what format it was, or how powerful the catridge loaded in it was. :biggrin: All I knew was that I was firing a real gun, and that's something none of my friends at school could honestly say they had done.
 

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Really a nice writeup Euclidian, I have known about the Rossi and considered them quality guns at the time. I have never owned one but thought they were into shotguns, am I wrong????
 

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Rossi does in fact do shotguns still I believe. When I think of Rossi I think of revolvers and single shot break open shotguns and rifles. I don't think they ever made a pump.

I am grateful that even though their line of revolvers isn't quite what it used to be, even if essentially they still didn't have a lot of choices compared to some other manufacturers, their long guns still seem to around and kicking.

Truthfully I have little use for a single shot break open rifle or shotgun beyond its recreational appeal although I must admit I have fancied one of their .357 magnum rifles since I stock this caliber for handguns already.
 

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Does this one take the prize for oldest necro thread??? :hand5:


Bought this Rossi 518 about ten years ago.


It's Mrs. kW3's snake gun, and we've taken quite a few copperheads with it.

I have never been able to find out a whole lot about this gun. Bought it in a pawn shop with no box, papers, etc. It was an impulse buy at a price I couldn't walk away from. It's an Interarms import, which puts it at pre-1998 production and definitely pre-Taurus. Seems to be a very high quality J-frame clone.

Piddling around this morning, I decided to see if I could find out a little more about it, and my Google-fu revealed this thread right here on DC. Anyone else have one of these? From what I've found so far, the 3" version seems to be very unusual. We've been very happy with it and it's still doing snake-control duty. It's one of those guns that you can't resist loading up & running a few rounds through every so often! :yup:

So, any other M518 owners out there?
 

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It would be close.
 
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