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Old 02-19-2011, 04:20 PM
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Since some of you guys are the most knowledgeable gun people I know I figured I would ask you about a gun that I recently got.

My grandfather passed away in October and I got a 38 Special revolver that was his.

It is a ROHM RG38 with a 1" barrel with a 6 round cylinder.

Other than some of the bluing missing I have fallen in love with this pistol. Not only that but my wife suddenly took interest in shooting and has proclaimed that it is her gun now.

I have read the ROHM made some of the worst guns to ever have hit the market but I have looked the gun over and my wife and I have shot over 300 rounds through it with no issues.

As a matter of fact it shoots smooth and is VERY accurate. My wife hits what she aims at from 15 yards and closer.

Did I get lucky and get a good one or are some of these revolvers (models) better than others?

I am thinking about getting it stripped down and re-blued so my wife can use it to qualify for her concealed weapon permit and use it as her carry gun but will just buy her a new revolver if you guys say it is a dangerous gun.

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Old 02-19-2011, 04:44 PM
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Well, I guess I'll be the old grump on this one. I've been wrenching on guns for over 40 years and may not know everything, but I classify RG pistols as disposable guns--you shoot the guy you're mad at and throw the thing in the river. Not sure, but I think the frame is some metal other than steel, so blueing might not work. The quality simply is not there, and I refuse to work on them, when they quit working it costs more to fix than the value of the gun. Here endeth the lesson. Goatwhiskers the Elder
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Old 02-20-2011, 03:44 AM
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These guns were built to be cheap -- not economical, not budget-priced -- CHEAP. They are the definition of Saturday Night Special. If yours is in working order, enjoy it -- but be aware that it will break sooner or later, and it might hurt someone when it does. Did I mention they are cheap?
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Old 02-20-2011, 10:56 AM
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Well then I may just oil it down and keep it in a gun box.

No way will I chunk it since it was my grandfather's gun.
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Old 02-20-2011, 03:42 PM
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Good decision. Might I also suggest that you not keep ammo for it, as well? They simply were not safe new and are even more so in an old condition. You don't want a future generation trying it out because there's ammo.
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Old 02-20-2011, 05:08 PM
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GATOR FAN,
If you like the Rohm, you should go out and buy a good Smith & Wesson
revolver. You and your wife will think you died and went to heaven.

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Old 02-21-2011, 05:37 AM
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GATOR FAN,
If you like the Rohm, you should go out and buy a good Smith & Wesson
revolver. You and your wife will think you died and went to heaven.

Zeke
I love my S&W 9mm semi but she says it has too much recoil for her. We have looked at new revolvers but so many of them have the smaller grips that half of your hand hangs off of and she doesn't like that.

I would like to stick with the 38 Special for her but I have to find the right one that she feels comfortable with.

Any suggestions?
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Old 02-21-2011, 06:41 AM
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Grip size is easy to address, either by stepping up to a larger-frame revolver like the S&W K-frames, or by replacing the existing grips of small-frame revolvers with larger aftermarket grips, like Pachmayr or Uncle Mike's.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:32 AM
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RG frames are/were cast zinc, FWIW. Put it in a shadow box or some display case to honor your grandfather, and then look for a shooter.
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:33 AM
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RGs

The proper nomeclature for that material is "frangible zinc"...Also known as "pot metal" because it was the metal used by travelling tinkers of days gone by to patch cooking pots and pans. Low melting point and sturdiness which doesn't translate well to use in guns.
Don't blame you for keeping it. My great grandmother left me her two revolvers which I will always keep and Never fire. Both are Iver Johnsons...one is .32 short and the other is .22 long. They have grips with a relief of an Owl's Head hence the term Owl Head which is ofther appiled to inexpensive guns of that era.
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Old 02-22-2011, 03:11 AM
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I am a firm believer in supporting local business so while I am out of town I told my wife to go down to our local gun dealer and look at the 38 Special revolvers that he has.

I told her to start with the S&W Bodyguard and go from there until she finds a gun that feels comfortable to her.
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Old 03-01-2011, 05:21 AM
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If money is an issue, I would recommend a Charter Arms .38, or a Taurus or Rossi.
Or go to gunbroker and look for a used Smith or Ruger.
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