Heritage .22?

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  1. killbuck

    killbuck New Member

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    A female friend of mine wants a .22 revolver just to plink with and doesn't want to spend a big buck for it. She said she was looking at a Heritage SA .22 at a fairly new gun shop that just opened and the price was in her range. She asked me about them but I have no idea about their handguns at all.

    Anyone have any comments on them?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Lotsdragon

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    They are ok I got one for cheap and as far as a plinker goes its ok. Love the fiber optic site on it.Not as well made as my ruger single six but I didnt pay near as much either. Would do it again if I wanted a decent plinker.
  3. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Killbuck, I have never shot one but I had a customer tell me good things about them so I ordered 2 of them to sell here in the shop. They are the 22lr / 22mag convertable. No the quality is not like ruger but I am selling them for 212.00. Good revolver for the money I would say.
  4. pinecone70

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    Not sure about Heritage, but have heard good things about them. I bought my revolver used and cheap at a gun show, it's some weird German brand I never heard of, a .22/.22 Magnum. Great little gun! Magnums add extra fun and noise.
  5. killbuck

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    That sounds about right in cost. His was 210 I think she said. She didn't say anything about 22mag tho. I'll find later today 3when she stops by. Guess I'll tell her to go for it. :)

    Thanks everyone. ;)
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    My friend has one with the two different cylinders for lr or mag. Very fun shooting. They seem to be good quality because we've shot his for years. He came over to visit last week and brought it along. I was suprised he still had it. Always a fun shooter :D
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    My wife bought the case color model and loves it. I shoots wolf match extra the best. Brick of ammo is almost as much as the gun.
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    Does it have to be a revolver? Ruger MKIII standard should be in the ball park of 220 or near there, It would be a blast for her to shoot.
  9. killbuck

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    :) She already has the MKIII and loves it. I wouldn't want her shooting at me with either. :D She just wants a revolver SA to play around with I guess. I don't mind tho, I'll get to shoot it too. We go to the range a lot together.

    killbuck
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    I picked up a case colored one for the kids to shoot. The wife liked it better than my Ruger single six as is has a manual safety. So far no issues, have yet to shoot 22 mag through it but it does not look as if that would be any difference other than cost.
  11. old dude

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    One of my friends in another state has a Heritage and likes his. In fact, he's in the process right now of buying mount and rings for a scope. I haven't shot it yet, but I'm looking forward to it.
  12. jrg

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    For plinking, should be okay. I purchased the little 3 1/2" bird handled gun, its one slick little guy. :cool: Here compared with a Ruger Bearcat.

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    Not a lightweight gun though, I was surprised about that. Its at least 3/4 of a pound heavier than that Bearcat.
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    Hi Killbuck
    Watch out when you try the 22wmr cylinder! They become very addictive very quickly. :D. Really a neat little revolver. I found that both cylinders shot close to the same POA.
    jrg: If you will take a magnet and check your revolver you may find that you have the steel frame rather than the alloy frame. Heritage makes both versions.
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  14. johnbrown22

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    Just my 2 cents......

    Got this gun recently (Heritage Rough Rider .22 Combo). Price was right (170 at Academy) compared to the much nicer Ruger equivalent Single Six (500+).

    IMHO this gun is inherently dangerous. It does not have a transfer bar and if you take it off safety with the hammer in the lowest position, the firing pin WILL enter the cylinder area. Heritage instructions say to take off the safety (hammer block) only with the hammer cocked first, and carry with empty chamber under the hammer. That certainly will keep it safe, but only if you follow the instructions.

    This gun is not for the casual user or someone who is not fully cognizant of this relatively unsafe feature.

    Other than that, it looks like a lot of fun for the money! And a lot cheaper to shoot than my .38 carry snubby.

    Hope this has been helpful.

    Respectfully

    JB
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    Single action revolvers were like this for nearly a century. I don't think of it as a big deal.
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    Wow! Thank you all for the great replys. She still hasn't bought it yet but plans on getting one the first week in Feb.

    Funds such as County Property Taxes and getting her new loom (she's a weaver too) ate up her Jan. money. Altho I did take her along to a gun shop with me Thursday to get some gun oil and she wound up getting a nice deal on a Mossberg 321K single shot .22 rifle. Excellent condition and for $80 she couldn't say no. Hope the rain holds off tomorrow so we can go shoot it. LOL

    As for the Heritage, she says she wants the steel one and not the alloy model. I told her about the magnet deal and testing it and she smiled and said no problem.

    Thanks again and enjoy the day.

    killbuck
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  17. Farmerjon

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    A friend and I each bought two Heritage Rough Riders about 10 years ago. Mine were the standard blued, one of his was the same the other was fancier, don't remember now. Anyway, my wife LOVED this gun. The way it handled, fit in her hand, shot, everything about it. When they came in it happened to be a snow day so my two girls and I got in his Blazer and we drove up to the gun shop to pick them up and shoot at the indoor range there. We each bought those lasers that mount on the front of the trigger guard (relatively cheap) well my girls who were 4/5th graders then, were deadly with them with those lasers. Think we ran through 500 rounds that afternnoon. The girls kept the two of us busy with loading the four guns! Anyway, long story short, we used those guns all summer. Everytime I was on the tractor, wherever on the farm that gun probably shot 20-50 rounds a day! End of summer, they started shaving lead. To the point of my buddy and I getting hit and he actually had blood drawn on his belly from shaved lead. We contacted Heritage, they sent an order for them, we sent them back, they were retuned, little other work done, still shaved, sent back again, stilll shaved, then were told they weren't to be shot side by side, Heritage said the shooter should be alone. Well they shaved bad enough that at a gun range, a person on the next lane would get hit by shaved lead. So eventually they bought them back from us. I personally have never bought another one, know that it was inexpensive, know that I shot the hell out of it, know that it became dangerous, know that the company was very good to deal with. I don't own another one. Won't buy another, but know people that have them and like them. Trust me, I liked it, my wife and girls loved them, they fit in their small hands and were comfortable to shoot ALL day. We are a family of 22 shooters, we shoot thousands of rounds per month since our girls started shooting their BB guns in kindergarten. My personal experience, for an occassional shooter, probably be fine. Maybe their QC is better and they are good for thousands of rounds of ammo. We shoot/use our guns probably more than the average person. The company was responsible and worked hard to get our guns back into the shape we thought they were when purchased. Even with safety glasses, I couldn't accept lead being shaved to the extent a person couldn't stand 3-5 feet to the side and shoot against each other without the other person ducking shavings. I am not being wishy washy or condoning or condeming Heritage 22's. If anyone has purchased a Heritage Rough Rider in the past couple of years and actually has run a thousand rounds through it and knows for certain sure it isn't shaving lead, I seriously would consider purchasing another for my wife as it is the revolver she compares all others against as to fit in her hand.
  18. killbuck

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    Your wife and daughters testimonies says a lot about the gun.

    Thanks,
    killbuck
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    Killbuck, your welcome. I thought long and hard on how to type that as I have seen the title of your thread for sometime now. I hope I conveyed that when they shot, they shot well. Once they started shaving lead, they didn't stop. In all fairness, the company did work them over twice at no cost. They might have just been completely worn out from use. I do hope someone with hundreds of rounds run through theirs speaks up and tells us they are better now, because my wife would love to have another. I just wanted to be fair to the gun, the company and tell you how it ended for us.
  20. Big Shrek

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    Shaving lead usually one of three things, the axis pin for the cylinder has had it, too much gap between the forcing cone & the cylinder, or the cylinder being out of time.

    The company should have easily resolved it...I'm surprised they couldn't fix it the first time.

    There should be zero front-to-back &/or side-to-side movement of a revolver's cylinder.

    Hope that helps :)
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