A friend was given a Rossi .38 spl and would like to know how old it is, how much it might be worth, and where he might be able to find grips for it. He took it to a local dealer here in our area and all they said was they don't make it any more. So he asked me i thought of you guys and knowledge that is pooled on this forum. I looked in a few of my buying guides and couldn't find anything so here goes.
this is everything on the firearm i could find as ingravings
Interarms Alexandria, virginia D504042 Ind. Brrs Rossi Mark Reg Sa leopold RS m68. also under the chamber it had markings saying Brazil.
Its a Rossi Model 68, introduced in 1978 and is an adaptation of the earlier Model 27 Pioneer revolver. Almost identical to the Model 27, the Model 68 has some improvements, such as an adjustable rear sight and a ramp front sight. Its a close copy of the S&W Model 36 and was produced under license from S&W on their machinery in Brazil.
In the shape it is in, As far as a good estimate I think would be $200.00 to $250.00. Obviously it is not a Smith & Wesson. And I am 99% sure that Smith Grips will not fit on it as other Smith parts will not fit it. I use to own two gun shops and If I remember someone tried grips in the past. Although it is a good copy of the Smith somethings were changed to eliminate any patent issues. And if my memory is correct the grips were a part of some modifications.
Anyway for the year of pistol it is in excellent condition.