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Old 07-21-2017, 07:57 PM
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Old 07-21-2017, 08:11 PM
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I have had one for a few years. For the money hey can't be beat. Fun to shoot, and my 11 year old loves it. Great training revolver for novice shooters also
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Old 07-21-2017, 08:48 PM
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I've heard very good things about these, considering one for myself.
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Old 07-21-2017, 08:53 PM
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I have one. It sure isn't a Ruger single six (or variant thereof), but it doesn't cost as much either. The buy in price doesn't ruin the fun of owning a .22lr plinker.
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Old 07-21-2017, 09:17 PM
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They had boxes of these things stacked up on the counter of a LGS here for cheap. Some other gun stores wouldn't handle this type of product. Last Sunday, a guy in my church who loves auctions told me that bunches of them are showing up at the auctions. These auctions handle the inventory of gun stores that have gone bankrupt and closed. They also handle lots of other stuff (like a 1970 GTO that sold for a fortune). Anyway, this guy buys one of these little 22's for $130. I don't say anything. . .just scratching my head. Auctions will make you think you're getting a deal as often as not. Personally, I'd get a Ruger Bearcat just like I did back in the 1960's when they first came out. To each his own.
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Old 07-21-2017, 09:19 PM
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I purchased one years ago and is a great training gun for new shooters.

Never a problem with it and for around $125.00 these days the price can't be beat.
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Old 07-21-2017, 09:34 PM
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I recall back in the 1960's when the Ruger Sixs came out. FedMart had them. They were selling at a real good price. I should have bought one or two then. Beautiful guns. These Heritage Rough Riders look like fine pistols.
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Old 07-21-2017, 09:48 PM
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I think when you consider the price, there is value to be had but you must remember there is no free lunch. It's not like many of the firearms that we covet -- slim chance that you're buying a firearm that could potentially be passed down generations. Guns at this price point are a consumable product.

Now a S&W K-22, that's an heirloom, and the price difference isn't small in any way you'd measure.

However, the existence of a Ruger Single Six -and- the used market (and supply!) for the Single Six makes the Heritage seem like just a poor decision unless you absolutely need a cheap single action .22 and you truly have almost no budget for one.

Some may disagree.
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Old 07-21-2017, 10:55 PM
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I'm seeking a change from semi-auto .22lr to an inexpensive revolver of the same caliber. Gotta say I handled one at a lgs and was impressed with the heft and lockup...finish wasn't bad too. Guess I'll get one. One good thing is, unlike the semi-auto, there won't be any feed issues.
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Old 07-21-2017, 11:59 PM
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I acquired a Heritage Rough Rider .22 lr recently at a local garage sale with less than 25 rounds through it. They are well made, with tight tolerances, and shoot as well as can be expected with the rudimentary sights (a half-moon blade front and a tiny rear notch in the top strap). A real plus for beginners is the safety to the left of the hammer, though I don't think that feature will ever endear itself to me. The only other SA .22 I've ever owned was a Colt New Frontier, bought new in '74, and to which the Heritage compares favorably in accuracy.

They are NOT target revolvers, but are fun plinkers that would be absolutely great for training new shooters, mainly because the sights will force a person to become a better shooter. This also applies to those who have fallen into bad handgun habits and need to go back to basics to straighten out problems.

For the price of the gun and the ammo to feed it, you can't beat it. Don't let the handgun snobs talk you out of one of these nifty little pistols.
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Old 07-22-2017, 08:47 AM
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The Hertitage revolver is a very nice gun for the $130 or so price point. My LGS, who will not sell most cheap new guns, stocks the Heritage, sells quite a few and doesn't hear bad reports from the buyers. Personally, I'd buy a used H&R or NEF revolver for $175 or so if looking for a cheap .22, but you can't always find those
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Old 07-22-2017, 12:52 PM
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I bought one once because it was cheap. I shot it, and was amazed at it's accuracy and smooth action, despite it's nominal price and pot metal frame. I later sold it to a co worker. Probably should have kept it.
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Old 07-24-2017, 09:17 PM
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Just arrived from BUDS. Nicely finished and the lock-up is tight. Will be shooting it shortly.

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Old 07-24-2017, 09:46 PM
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I bought one of these Heritage rough riders in .22lr/.22magnum for my daughter last Christmas for under $200. Shoots where I point it and no problems with it. Heck, the holster & belt cost more than the gun. It doesn't look as nice as my S & W K22 masterpiece, but then again, nothing does. If you want a nice shooting .22 plinker, this is the gun to get. Get the one with the extra magnum cylinder in case the rabbits don't go down on one shot!!!
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Old 07-24-2017, 11:33 PM
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Maybe a month or so ago, the local Academy stores had a bonus deal. If you bought some pistol (I don't remember what it was) you got a free Rough Rider. Didn't seem to be a bad deal, as the other pistol was also sale priced.

I have a friend who owns one of the Rough Riders. He doesn't shoot it much, but he likes it.
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Old 08-07-2017, 07:51 PM
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Well me and a friend finally got to shoot mine for the first time this A.M. in the desert. We had an empty propane gas tank set up about 40 yds down range. The tank was placed on its belly with the bottom of it, about 12" in diameter, facing us.
My hits accounted for about 75% of my shots fired. Not bad I think.
My friend, who was also firing the gun for the first time, hit the tank the first 6 of 6 in a row.
Gotta say...I'm glad I got it. A well made revolver for a ridiculous price.
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:20 AM
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FWIW : Heritage manufacturing is now owned be Taurus.
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Old 08-12-2017, 12:01 PM
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At the price I can see the allure. I have thought to by a rough rider several times, but always turn back when I handle the gun and realize that I would rather spend the cash toward something more expensive that I will enjoy and shoot more. Maybe a good gun for someone else.
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Bought one new at Cabela's during their Black Friday sale last year which I think put it at $89 +tax. Came home, unboxed and worked the action a few times. Hammer completely got stuck around the 4th time. Cylinder would not turn and revolver was rendered useless. I returned for a full refund and told myself never again. If you're looking for a single action at less cost than a Ruger or Colt my recommendation is an EAA Bounty Hunter.
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Old 08-12-2017, 01:29 PM
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Here is an old hi-standard 9shot sentinel that may can be picked up around the same price point. I've had friends buy two or three rough riders at the time. You registered yourself with the Feds as a possible multiple gun straw purchasers for that?
Huh? Look it up....when you multiple purchase you are registering that transaction with the Feds...in Alabama, purchasing two guns within seven days will trigger the multiple purchase form too!
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Maybe a month or so ago, the local Academy stores had a bonus deal. If you bought some pistol (I don't remember what it was) you got a free Rough Rider. Didn't seem to be a bad deal, as the other pistol was also sale priced.

I have a friend who owns one of the Rough Riders. He doesn't shoot it much, but he likes it.
I was offered that deal at a local Academy... really not much of a deal. It was bundled with a Taurus polymer 9mm of some kind. I had no inclinations to buy the Taurus and just wanted the RR. I crunched the numbers and would have been much better off getting the RR from elsewhere instead of buying the bundle and flipping the Taurus.

I'd like a RR some day, I hear great things for the price, but have been thoroughly enjoying my Ruger Mk-IV (yes it has been fixed per the recall) and it's sucking up all my .22 ammo.
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I've almost bought one several times, but I always put it back down because of that unnecessary safety thingy. I decided to pay the extra bucks and get a Ruger, I now have a Single Six and Bearcat and I'm fond of them both.
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I purchased (2) for my G/Kids. 9/12 yrs old They had a ball shooting at clay's. They done something together they will never forget. $250.00 bucks.. On a side note , I hope Taurus don't put there name on them!!!!!
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I bought one with the 4.5" barrel with the extra magnum cylinder for around $160 from Academy a few years back. The gun shot from a bag shot 4" low and left. I waited to long to send it back to Heritage before the warranty ran out. I filed down the front sight and bent it over a bit. It shoots better now but if I could get close to what I paid for it I would sell it in a heartbeat.
I also bought a 6" Heritage rough rider at the same time with the don't tread on me logo on the white grips. It shoots okay and looks nice. For an inexpensive {$140} gun it isn't bad for a plinker or snake killer. I have to say other than the shooting low problem I have never had either gun malfunction after years of use.
I figure I really don't need an expensive 22lr revolver for my uses for it. I often see these guns selling on GB and other sites for way over what they cost in retail stores.

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They were on sale this morning at Cabelas for $119, so why not?
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They use 'Zamak'/zinc in non-critical areas, and keep the price point down.
When I was working at a couple of LGS's, I sold many of them.
One interesting buyer's group was trappers. People who slog though mud, slush, swamps, etc. and don't wish to ruin a 'good' .22 handgun. They really liked'em.
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I like mine.
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