Originally Posted by COSteve
When LSI use to import the Brazilian Rossi model '92s, they called them Pumas. Then, Taurus bought Rossi and LSI was forced to find another manufacturer. They teamed up with Chiappa of Italy to import them and used the Puma name on them too.
While the Chiappas look really nice, Steve has been working with Chiappa to sort out some internal issues they have. So, if you want a pretty looking one, buy a Chiappa version but if you want to shoot it buy a Rossi version.
I've got two LSI Rossi 357mags, a 20" carbine and 24" rifle and after following Steve's DVD they both are slick as snot.
Handled & fired a "new" Chiappa Puma at the range and talked with the owners & the first thing that was starkly obvious to be a lot bigger (& definitely not better) is the price tag........almost double for the Chiappa !!
Is the Chiappa prettier? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder & it depends on what you like.
I own a couple of Rossis (.454 & .357 carbine) & like the satiny blue finish that hasn't been equaled on a production lever gun since I took my last Belgium Browning out of the box in the early 1980's.......again MY opinion.
If you really like the case hardened look then Chiappa is your animal. I prefer the Rossi blue.
My Rossi in .44 Mag in my opinion was just as smooth & shot better (more accurate) than the Chiappa counterpart at the range. The groups I shot with my Rossi were tighter at 25 & 50 yards.......could be because I was used to the feel of my Rossi but I've been shooting for a few years & think it was because the Rossi was a more accurate gun.
I'm not about to make profound declarations of superiority based on test firing 2 guns but my nod so far goes to the Rossi.
I'm sure this subject will be jawed on considerably in the following months as more range & field data comes to light.
Rossi Pumas are being bought up where I'm from & are getting hard to find......especially the 16" carbines. I've already had a decent offer for my Rossi 16" .357 Mag carbine.........I'm keeping it.