Re: I.D. my "Rossi .38 special" snubby gun
Amadeo Rossi & Cia - Brazilian firearms manufacturer - now part of the conglomerate (BRAZTECH) that also owns TAURUS - at one time part of the conglomerate (BANGOR PUNTA) that also owned Smith & Wesson. The Rossi revolvers gained quite a bit from that prior association as S&W engineers were sent to the Rossi plant to improve their revolvers lines and what came out of that was a South American made copy of the "1950s-60s" S&W lock work.
Your piece looks to be a Model 68 - 5 shot .38SPL, offered with 2 or 3" barrel, blued or Nickel finish, wood or rubber grips and discontinued in 1998.
Not much else to tell - except I would be leary of using +P ammo. I've owned a Rossi .357 Magnum Model 971VRC (vented rib compensated) and I found it to be an excellent revolver with respect to action, trigger pull, accuracy and polished stainless finish.
From what I read - second hand knowledges is dangerous - Rossi hand gun quality is hit or miss. Let's hope you got a good one, as did I.
Current RETAIL values for the Rossi handguns is not high. A M68 in 100%/NIB condition runs in the $150 - $175 range. Value drops pretty rapidly after that down to $90 - $100 in 90% and on down from there.
Jim Hauff ~ H&R Collector In Memory of Bill Goforth and Jim Ritchie