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DJ
January 29, 2016, 18:23
I know Rock Island 1911's are good guns.
I'm looking for a .38 revolver for my daughter. I don't like the current Smiths, which are damn hard to find around here, Colts are non-existent, and can't find a Ruger.
I will not buy her a Taurus or Rossi.
I ran across a Rock Island .38, 2 inch barrel, parked and some rather ugly grips.
Price is really attractive, $285.00.
My question is, are these guns any good? I didn't even know Rock Island built revolvers.
Does anyone have any experience with them or know anything about them?
Thanks

ppo84
January 29, 2016, 20:08
Got one of them ,not many rounds through it(maybe 3 boxes of ammo), but not had a problem.
They do have a rougher finish but that does not matter to me as it is usually crammed down the between my truck seat and console. The frame appears to be cast(like their 1911). Paid about 200 out the door 5 or so yrs ago for mine.
BTW... had a similar sized rossi(by tarus) that would jam the cylinder if you heated it up much at all.. don't like them either.

19&41
February 02, 2016, 20:28
You'll not find one of the bigs for that kind of money. I was not overly impressed with the rough finish, but that didn't hold back the Webley .38's or .455's. If they are reliable in operation, they should be a good deal. I know their O frames are.

nvcdl
February 04, 2016, 09:51
I'd look for a clean used S&W 64.

Minty examples are still available at reasonable price - some with a few scratches for about same price as rock island.

19&41
February 04, 2016, 10:41
Here's a model 10 at a decent price.

http://www.jgsales.com/smith-wesson-10-revolver,-38-special,-4-heavy-barrel,-square-butt,-g-vg,-used,-s-w.-p-84562.html

flopshot
February 04, 2016, 10:42
picked up a S&W 638 Airweight for my wife. nice little carry gun. all but hammerless, i feel safe with one in the tube. shooting single action she was on paper every shot at 35 feet. right in your price range.

DJ
February 04, 2016, 18:31
Did some looking on J&G Sales. They have some small Smiths that I like.
Thanks for the replys.

19&41
February 04, 2016, 18:56
I've done some orders with them, hassle free transfers.

nvcdl
February 05, 2016, 16:19
I've found that 38special revolvers go pretty cheap on gun broker. Even the pinned and recessed Smith 64s are sub 500 in excellent condition. The stuff in fair to very good tends to sell at a big discount.

Pluribus
February 06, 2016, 15:34
Look into the Charter Arms. They even come in pink.

http://www.jgsales.com/handguns-c-16_466.html

http://www.jgsales.com/product_thumb.php?img=images/G52351.GIF&w=100&h=70

catmguy445
February 08, 2016, 19:19
Besides J&G, you might look at Bud's Gun Shop. I've bought guns from them and had them shipped to my local FFL. They also have a section on their website for used guns and police trade-in, which have some very good prices on them.

Bud's website: http://www.budsgunshop.com

Heat
February 20, 2016, 11:09
Looks like a fine truck/walking about revolver
http://i66.tinypic.com/negr4i.jpg
Rock Island Model 51261 M200 - 38 Special $242.00 cash! from Bud's

SPECIFICATIONS Finish Black Type Revolver Action Single/Double Caliber 38 Special Barrel Length 4" Capacity 6 Safety Transfer Bar Grips Black Sights Fixed Weight 1.76 lbs - See more at: http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_876/products_id/411539731/Rock+Island+Model+51261+M200+-+38+Special#sthash.V3298eoU.dpuf

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/21_876/products_id/411539731/Rock+Island+Model+51261+M200+-+38+Special

HankC
February 24, 2016, 23:30
While Rural King is running special at $209, they all sold out. However, Iowa Gun has plenty in stock at $217 and free shipping. I just ordered one!
http://www.iowagunemporium.com/product-p/ri51261.htm
They were like $180 3-4 years ago!

richbug
February 25, 2016, 17:37
While Rural King is running special at $209, they all sold out. However, Iowa Gun has plenty in stock at $217 and free shipping. I just ordered one!
http://www.iowagunemporium.com/product-p/ri51261.htm
They were like $180 3-4 years ago!


http://www.rkguns.com/rock-island-armory-m206-38-special-subcompact-revolver-51283.html

They still have the snubbies online, if you ship to your local Rk they do a free transfer.

DJ
February 25, 2016, 18:36
Well, I'm now the owner of 2 .38 Special revolvers.
I found a 2" Colt Cobra that begged me to take it home. Price was :eek:, but I have a weakness for Colts.
The original idea was to get it for my daughter. Well, a Colt Cobra is a pricey revolver for her to be carrying so I got her the 2" Rock Island.
The owner of the shop I got it from told me he has several sold, all reports were good, and none brought back for warrenty work.
The RI isn't the prettiest finished gun I've ever seen, but it has a pretty good trigger. I've dry fired it some.
It came with some rather ugly wood grips, and a pair of Pachmeyer grips. We'll see which fits her hand the best when she gets to fire it.
We haven't had a chance to shoot it yet, either the weather has been lousy, or one of us hasn't been feeling well. I'm just getting over the nastiest cold that I've had in years.
One of these days we'll get out, I'll post a range report then.

Pluribus
February 26, 2016, 10:11
......... so I got her the 2" Rock Island.
The owner of the shop I got it from told me he has several sold, all reports were good, and none brought back for warrenty work.
The RI isn't the prettiest finished gun I've ever seen, but it has a pretty good trigger. I've dry fired it some.
It came with some rather ugly wood grips, and a pair of Pachmeyer grips. We'll see which fits her hand the best when she gets to fire it.One of these days we'll get out, I'll post a range report then.

I'd like to hear. I'm thinking along the same lines for both my daughters.

HankC
March 02, 2016, 22:14
While Rural King is running special at $209, they all sold out. However, Iowa Gun has plenty in stock at $217 and free shipping. I just ordered one!
http://www.iowagunemporium.com/product-p/ri51261.htm
They were like $180 3-4 years ago!

I received my M200 today. The cylinder feels a bit loose fore/aft so I checked barrel cylinder gap. One position shows
Left Side 0.014" GO/0.015" NOGO
Right Side: 0.007" GO/0.008" NOGO

I believe it is way excessive. I don't know if it is even safe to shoot it without burning my hand if 2 hand hold. I sent an email to Armscor USA to send it back.

EDIT: RIA sent me a FedEx shipper to take it back.

HankC
April 07, 2016, 19:57
My RIA is back from warranty today. 34 days total, about 5 weeks, not too bad. They replaced my brand new M200 revolver with a new gun. The gunsmith also made a note saying RIA barrel/cylinder gap spec is 0.005-0.010". Better than SW 0.012": spec. :smile:The new gun is measured 0.009" at the worst position.

I have 4 RIAs, this is the first one needs to send in for warranty. RIA Life Time Warranty is what keeps me coming back buying RIAs.

19&41
April 07, 2016, 20:35
At least it is good they will make it right. Thanks for sharing the run down with us.

DJ
April 08, 2016, 15:37
We finally got to shoot Heather's Rock Island.
The day we were out, was chilly and rather windy. I didn't set up anything too fancy, a piece of plywood with cardboard stapled to it and a couple of shoot and see targets stuck to it.
I stepped off about 30 feet, and I fired the first cylinder full. Decent trigger, it seems (for me at least) to shoot a bit left, but nothing too terrible.
Neither of us liked the wood grips that came on it, so I changed to the neoprene grips. Not Pachmayers, they have the RIA logo on them. Much better than the wooden ones.
We had picked up a couple of boxes of Remington 130gr FMJ's.
After I fired the first cylinder full, it was Heather's turn. I explained the sight picture she was looking for, explained how to squeeze the trigger, not yank it.
She fired a couple rounds.....ummm, sweetie, I'm not sure where those went.
We kept after it, I'm trying to coach her, and she started hitting where she was aiming. After both boxes of Remington's and a box of my handloads, she was hitting pretty consistantly at 30 feet.
I fired another couple of cylinder fulls, mainly just because. I haven't shot a snubby .38 in many, many moons and I've forgotten how much fun they can be.
I came away pretty impressed with the gun, and Heather is itchin to go shoot it some more.
HankC, I'm glad they took care of you. It's good to know that they'll back up their warrenty.
Pluribus, I think you'll be happy with an RIA M206.
They're not expensive, and this gun, while not a heavy gun, has enough heft to it that a good self defense load will be managable.
I'm going to pick up a couple of boxes of Hornady Critical Defense shells and let her shoot them to get used to the recoil and to see where they hit out of that gun.