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Old 01-27-2011, 06:36 AM   #1
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Default So, I bought a Heartage Rougher.

For black friday I had the choice of either a Ruger 10/22 or a Heritage Rough Rider for $99 I suppose I should have bought the Ruger, but I have been wanting a .22 revolver for a while.

I don't know how many rounds I've put through it. but a few weeks ago, the spring behind the cylinder hand broke, I called Heritage about it and they were pretty quick to send me another spring, So from my experience their customer service was pretty good. The spring took all but around 5 minutes to change.




It's not the prettiest firearm, with the prettiest bluing, and the frame on it is aluminum, but so is the receiver on my mariln, to my surprise there is only 1 plastic part though. when I decide to go out plinking, my rough rider comes with me.



Here's a bucket of cases that I've collected since I stopped dropping them on the ground.

I don't have any rage reports, it does good at shooting zombie beer cans, but it's no tack driver. I don't regret buying it, if i had the chance I'd buy another for the same price.

I've been eyeing the S&W 22A and the walther P22's for awhile now. I've Think I've got the .22 bug.

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Old 01-27-2011, 02:23 PM   #2
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Cheap to shoot and lots of fun. What's not to like? I have 4 22 rifles and 2 pistols if you count the Taurus PT22 that I had to send back to Taurus. I wonder how long that is going to take? Lifetime warranty so even though I bought it 17 years ago and used it a lot, but it went back when it broke.

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One of my buddies has the same revolver, he's had it for years, with no problems.
It is nice to know that Heritage offers such graet customer service! I will have to pass that info on to him. And for the price, its a great plinkster! Our long standing joke is that his holster cost about twice the price of his gun.

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Good to know about the customer service. I have been wanting to pick up a single action .22LR/.22WMR or two for some time now, to go with my .22WMR lever action. The guy at a local gun store I was at had a Heritage Arms revolver, but kind of suggested I should look at Ruger instead, even though he didn't have any.

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Some folks swear by their Heritage Rough Riders. I bought one about 10 years ago, or so and it was a solid piece of crap. Made out of painted pot metal, timing malfunctions, key-hole bullet holes on targets, mis-fires with every kind of ammo I put in it. I sent it back to Heritage twice and the reply was the same both times......Tough nuggies.

I dunno, maybe they are better these days, but mine was a paperweight. I used it as trading stock at the next gunshow I attended, so some other poor chump now owns it.

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Frame is 'Zamac' cast metal, same as on many twentytwo rifles of the fifties to seventies manufacture - it will last a good long time.
I have the Roughrider's grand daddy - the Tanfoglio TA76 made inthe seventies - the cylinder very nearly interchanges, but the stop holes aren't quite the same. Very similar design, even to the safety levers.
All these type revolvers shoot about the same - my TA76, my Dad's High Standard Doublenine (fifties manufacture) and a buddy's Heritage Roughrider. Not great but very alright.
I did once outshoot a feller who was proud of his Ruger Singlesix - we were popping soda cans on the fifty yard berm. I whacked more than he did - but then, I had been doing it for some time - so it was skill and experience more than type of gun that mattered that day.
At one time, Heritage offered a wide array of barrel lengths, either fixedor adjustable sights, either alloy or steel frame, and several grip shapes and materials. You could have the longer barrel on steel frame with walnut grips and adjustable sights - but then the price was about the same as the Ruger Singlesix - so most guys would just get the Ruger instead.

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I just realized I made a mistake on the thread topic.. and it won't let me edit again, Whoops.

the safety feature on the gun is different, but i suppose it works good to dry fire the firearm with.

[QUOTE=pioneer461;431095]Some folks swear by their Heritage Rough Riders. I bought one about 10 years ago, or so and it was a solid piece of crap. Made out of painted pot metal, timing malfunctions, key-hole bullet holes on targets, mis-fires with every kind of ammo I put in it. I sent it back to Heritage twice and the reply was the same both times......Tough nuggies./QUOTE]

I figured the frame was made out of aluminum, But according to the previous post it's zamak, so it's indeed pot metal. which doesn't really bother me, and should last as long as steel as long as it's cast correctly, if could crack and fall apart with age, in which case you'll promptly hear back from me.

Pretty much all of your problems, except for maybe keyholes bullet holes but probably those too would either be a defective cylinder or a defective cylinder hand. when the spring behind the cylinder hand broke it wouldn't fire at all because the cylinder never properly aligned. but heck, I'm no gunsmith.

I've also noticed that the screws come lose pretty easily after pulling it apart several time, but purple lock-tight fixed that.

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Keep your eyes out for a 900 series H&R revolver. Most shops charge under $150.00 as they have no clue. I bought mine for $75.00, used 10 years ago.
It is a target model, very accurate.

They sell between $295.00 and $495.00 and are collectable.
HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON 949 Harrington & Richardson Pistols for sale, gun classifieds or gun auction from kens guns & ammo. Buy or bid on this HARRINGTON & RICHARDSON 949 in the category Harrington & Richardson Pistols on GunsAmerica.

It uses the same holster as my 1858 New army...

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^^ nice looking revolvers. I would love to own one for plinking.

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Pretty much all of your problems, except for maybe keyholes bullet holes but probably those too would either be a defective cylinder or a defective cylinder hand. when the spring behind the cylinder hand broke it wouldn't fire at all because the cylinder never properly aligned. but heck, I'm no gunsmith.
I gave them two chances to make it right, and they refused both times, saying they could find nothing wrong, which led me to a logical conclusion.

Maybe I'm just spoiled and expect quality material and workmanship in my guns.
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