Rossi had me going there for a minute.
Oh, a Circuit Judge in .22 Magnum? Okay, I’m down. ”It wont let leave you hanging.” Oh, that’s good. Don’t want to mess with a Hanging Judge! LOL, Rossi… Using your knowledge of Western Lore… Your Crazy.
Oh man… AND it can shoot .45 Colt and .410 SHOTGUN TOO! It’s MAGIC! Those Wacky Brazilians… They can do anything with Voodoo Magic these days. Even turn a Kenyan into a Hawaiian. You guys are crazy.
That’s it. I’m ordering one. Hell yes. A .22 Mag than can also throw down some wicket .410… I’m in. Give me one, Rossi! I’m holding my breath over here!
DAFUQ? Discontinued? It’s the first featured product on your Web Page? Discontinued! WTF, Rossi? I want this! What can I do? I’m going to call customer service!
Wait. What was I going to call them about? Ah screw it… it will come to me… I’ll just stare at this picture of this adorable blonde girl while I try to remember.
In a moment of weakness… I picked up a Weaver Rail that will fit nicely on my Rossi M-92.
I'm going to hell for this.
What evilness have I brought into my home? I am ashamed. Okay… I’ll return it to normal sooner than I thought. I still might experiment with an optic on it… just so I can get a better idea on the rifle’s accuracy… and then this rail is coming off and another sighting system is going on. Because the factory sights on these guns are a let down. They are preventing these rifles from hitting their potential.
Now, before you hate me for what I did… I did nothing as bad as what Mossberg has done. Mossberg took the Lever Action, and defecated all over it. This rifle just might be put on display at the SHOT Show. If it is – someone please Falcon Punch the guy at Mossberg that did this.
Image from a trade magazine.
That is the worst thing I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen some seriously nasty things.
UPDATE: I took the rail off and put the rear sight back on. It’s as if it never happened. I’ll look at other sight options.
I’ve spoken of it before… You guys know I have this little .44 Mag Carbine, an M92 Rossi. It’s a simple Winchester 92 Clone. Short 16″ barrel, lever action, really light and fast handling. Super smooth thanks to multiple Slipstream applications. It’s like melted butter on butter.
Shooting it, it is dead nuts on using 240 grain loads, specifically cowboy action loads, at 100 yards. With 180 grain full house magnum loads, it hits like 4 feet high at 100. Which actually puts it on for longer range shooting. 300 yards is very doable with this gun. Shooting the cowboy loads, it’s a pussycat. Real mild and pleasant. It’s fun. You break the shot, feel and hear the bang, and then… and then… you see and hear the impact of that 240 grains of lead smacking the target. Hard.
It’s a blast. So much fun, I could have gone through several boxes of shells in it… but I was being sparing with my ammo. I am not yet ready to start reloading here.
I have to say that right now, at this moment, the M92 Carbine is my favorite rifle.
I’ve had many questions about why I picked the Rossi M92 over other rifles such as the Legacy Puma, the Marlin options, or Henry, or Uberti… etc. My selection of the Rossi example is by no means disparaging the others. They are all quite good Arms and if you have one, then it’s going to serve you well. Before I made my choice, I studied the Level Action platform very carefully, to include going through history books and talking to old cowboys (we still actually have those around here) and talking to new cowboys – The Cowboy Action Shooters. (We have a lot more of those around here) What I didn’t do was search internet gun forums past 3 minutes… because most of those were “Well, I use this so this is the best… no, I’ve not even seen any others, but this is the best because I have it.”
I selected the 92 design because of two things.
I really want to like the Rossi Circuit Judge, especially if they would offer it in .44 or .357, which they’ve not done yet. I’m a Die Hard .410 Hater. I sweat to God I’ll never like those, and if I do – please smack me upside the head with a Hockey Stick. Anyways, we’ve seen some issues with the Circuit Judge. The Grip-Stock is blocking shell ejection. We’ve just had to take one back because an attempted speed reload resulted in a bent ejector. It was too easy to bend and too easy to bend back. That’s not cool. That needs to be strengthened. The grip-stock also needs to be redesigned so as to allow it to clear ejecting shells.
I think the swing out cylinder is awkward on these things. The package is nice enough… a light and handy revolving carbine… it’s cool. It really is. But the Circuit Judge is a poor execution of the concept. I’d rather see a Revolving Carbine based on a Peacemaker action – which actually makes more sense than anything, or better yet, a Top Break. I bet a custom gunsmith could take one of those Uberti Top Breaks and make it into a revolving carbine pretty easily.