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I found a Rossi Mdl 720 .44 Special but they want $495 bux for it. Blue book says $200 bux for 100%. The gun looks to be in very nice condition it's just the disparity between what he is asking and what the book says they are worth. I was thinking that I would have to pay some ware between $350 & $400 bux for one. What say you on the price ?
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I saw one at the gun show last weekend priced at $350 IIRC. Probably could be had for around $325.
From everything I have seen, "the book" is so out of touch with real-world prices as to be just about worthless...

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I bought this one 3 years ago for $350. Gun is in excellent condition.
Conceals well with a pancake holster and accuracy is very good.
Very comfortable with the "Skeeter" load.
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There are 2 different versions of the Model 720 - the "Covert model" and the one pictured by Capt. F. I have the Covert model, which has fixed sights, factory bobbed hammer and is DA only. The factory grips usually replaced with Pachmayr grips to make recoil a bit more manageable. Whatever you do, don't dry fire the piece as it has been known to cause the hammer to fracture and break. These revolvers are long out of production, and I bet replacement parts will be very difficult to find. They are a bit of a cult favorite, and I like mine, but $495.00 is extremely ambitious. I think I paid $300.00 for mine several years ago. If you really want it, and it checks out okay, I'd put $300.00 cash on the table and see if the buyer will bite.

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I recently sold one for $375 it had the adjustable sights and 3" barrel.
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I have been watching these (and looking for one, finally found). $375-425 seem to be the recent sales #s. The adj site guns seem to go for a little more. A fixed sight gun just went on GB for about $380.
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Thank you all for your replies.
The revolver is the mdl 720 with the hammer and adjustable sights. $350 to $400 is what I would want to spend. The revolver was on Guns America but shows no longer available. I'll keep searching.

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The "blue book'. Isn't worth the paper it's written on!!!!!!!!.....I agree with the others....$350-$400 if you really want it......The 720 preceeded the Smith 696 by about 2 years......I bought my 720(adj sights/non fluted cyl) when they were first announced.......Kept a round count to 740 rds to see if it would break......It didn't......I still have it and would be hard pressed to let it go for $400.......The later 720's came with a fluted cylinder...
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Garbage, run away as fast as you can, $200 bucks is about all it's worth. I bought one from a guy I knew, but quickly got rid of it because it jammed when firing but ran smooth a silk when dry firing. Sold it and made a little money.
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Garbage, run away as fast as you can, $200 bucks is about all it's worth. I bought one from a guy I knew, but quickly got rid of it because it jammed when firing but ran smooth a silk when dry firing. Sold it and made a little money.
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For the money you are willing to spend or less, you might want to check out a CA Bulldog.
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I have looked at the Charter Arms and I'm considering it but I'm not in a hurry to buy.
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One man's trash is another man's treasure.......I would not trade my Rossi for a candy sack full of Charters.............
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I only have one Rossi - a 971 snubby in 357 magnum - but it is a very high quality revolver. It is of an older vintage though.
I view it just like the Ford/Chevy/Dodge debate. In my experience they've all made some peaches and they've all made some lemons....
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I've heard more folks say they like the Rossi 720 than dislike it.
My reason for the Rossi is the 3.00 barrel. I like that length of barrel. Eventually I'll find what is right for me.
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I've heard more folks say they like the Rossi 720 than dislike it.
My reason for the Rossi is the 3.00 barrel. I like that length of barrel. Eventually I'll find what is right for me.
If the 3" barrel is a big selling point for you, and you are interested in it as a CCW then I will second the recommendation for a vintage CA Bulldog.

Mine is from the early 70's, and while it is not of S&W quality, it is a good solid revolver. Best of all it is LIGHT weight. Around 2/3 the weight of my Rossi 971 snub. It fits in some of my J-frame holsters too, and is a perfect fit in a holster for an SP101.

The SP101 might be comparable to the CA Bulldog in some ways, but weight isn't one of them. Those little Rugers are HEFTY.
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I'm very pleased with my Interarms/Rossi M720. It appears to be a fair, but not exact, copy of the S&W 696. Mine has reliably and accurately put 1200+ rounds downrange in the six or so months I've owned it without any issues. Don't know if it's a $500 gun, but the $300 I paid for mine was worth every penny.
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I bought mine earlier this year. I'd been interested in them and when one turned up at my LGS for $250 I jumped on it.
Mine is the covert model. 3" barrel, fixed sights, fluted cylinder, factory bobbed hammer.
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I bought one at Academy in 44 mag for $269.00!
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I found a Rossi Mdl 720 .44 Special but they want $495 bux for it. Blue book says $200 bux for 100%. The gun looks to be in very nice condition it's just the disparity between what he is asking and what the book says they are worth. I was thinking that I would have to pay some ware between $350 & $400 bux for one. What say you on the price ?
I've owned a few of them over the years. I wouldn't pay over $300 for one, but I think $300 to $350 should be max.
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I bought a brand new Charter Bulldog 44 special for under $400. I have had no problems with it and it is my main carry since buying it. I really don't care much for .38 spl or 357 now.
The trigger is decent and recoil is much less than a 357 for sure. I can shoot 100 rounds with no hand discomfort at all. That is with the stock grips.
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I'm very pleased with my Interarms/Rossi M720. It appears to be a fair, but not exact, copy of the S&W 696. Mine has reliably and accurately put 1200+ rounds downrange in the six or so months I've owned it without any issues. Don't know if it's a $500 gun, but the $300 I paid for mine was worth every penny.
The Rossi 720 preceeded the S&W 696 by 2 YEARS........Could not/is not a copy......I know. I bought the Rossi when it came out then later bought the 696 when it came out........
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I've only owned one Rossi revolver, a Model 88 (M60 clone) bought new nineteen years ago.

It was a very satisfactory little gun, not much below a Smith 60 for half the price. I liked it and trusted it enough that it was my EDC for a year, till I could afford a dashless 640.

No experience with the Rossi or Charter .44 Special boomers, but I'm certainly not going to label the Rossi products "garbage".
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The Rossi 720 preceeded the S&W 696 by 2 YEARS........Could not/is not a copy......I know. I bought the Rossi when it came out then later bought the 696 when it came out........
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The Rossi 720 preceeded the S&W 696 by 2 YEARS........Could not/is not a copy......I know. I bought the Rossi when it came out then later bought the 696 when it came out........
Could it be that the S&W 696 is a copy of the Rossi 720?

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I bought one at Academy in 44 mag for $269.00!
My guess is that one is more like a Taurus than the Rossi 720. Academy put those on clearance a few years ago, sounds like you snagged one.
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My guess is that one is more like a Taurus than the Rossi 720. Academy put those on clearance a few years ago, sounds like you snagged one.
Your guess would be 100% correct. The Rossi 44 mag that Academy sold IS a Taurus - a Taurus 44C to be exact.
They even have the "44C" model number etched in the yoke cut.

The only thing different about them is the Rossi name etched on the side of the barrel and the red fiber-optic front sight.

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I had one stolen out of my truck while I was cutting firewood only 30 yards away Christmas week.
They are a very good carry gun and accurate with adjustable sights. I change the rear sight out to a Millett sight.

I use a Bianchi 5BHL left hand holster and attach a metal belt clip to the back for IWB carry and right hand cross draw.

I bought a second one to replace the one stolen and both were about $400 IIRC. They do have a plastic front sight which was broken off on the one I recently bought. I think a Ruger front blade can be used to repair the missing front sight.
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I know that this is an old thread, but many of us from time to time are researching these old Interarms Rossi 720 .44 Specials. I have read a number of times that they have plastic sights. Others have firmly denied that. I am currently looking to purchase one, so I took a magnet to the front and rear sights of a fluted 3" 720.. Definitely metal.

I have to wonder if this plastic sight comment applies to a Taurus or newer, non Interarms Rossi.

The one I'm looking at is tagged $399.99 Wish me luck, I'm going to ask him if he would polish up the inside a bit for that price.
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I just stumbled on to this thread and had to make a comment for those that may drop by.

I pulled my M720 .44SPL Rossi out of my headboard today. Its my trusted bedroom defender. Loaded with Hornady Critical Defense 185gr.

I purchased this new in 91. Its a non-fluted cylinder, as all the early 720's were. The fluted ones came after 96. They were of lesser quality and built by a different company.

This gun has fired less than 200 rounds of ammo in its life. The first box did jam on the rotation. I discovered the casing wasn't crimped. This caused the lead to slip forward out of the cylinder and jam the rotation. I tossed those and now keep a close eye on the ammo I buy.

Out of all the .44SPL I have shot I would say the only one comparable is the Smith 696. The CA is a cheaper quality frame, and the Taurus felt like a rattle trap. Although all three are fluted. You wouldn't catch me shooting hotter loads through either of them. I like the strength of the thicker walls on the non-fluted cylinder.

If you want a great .44SPL in a small frame Look for an early model M720. You wont regret it.
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