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Rossi Model 971 - Stainless

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by tonygrz, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. tonygrz

    tonygrz New Member

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    Hi,

    Just picked up a Rossi M 971 and I was trying to do some research on it. The Rossi website says that the M971 was blue with a 4 inch barrel. The M971 I bought (says M971 VRC on the barrel) it stainless, has a 6 inch barrel and it ported on each side of the front sight. Did I buy an unusual Rossi ??? Can anyone tell me more about this revolver???

    Thanks in advance,

    Tony
  2. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Active Member

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    They made SS version also. They've varied the available barrel lengths from time to time, so they were available in multiple variations. VRC means you should have a vented/ribbed/compensated pistol. If not, then something has been modified/changed.
  3. Jim Hauff

    Jim Hauff New Member

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    I had one of those back in the late '90s early 2000s - as Woolley says, VRC = vented rib, compensated - expansion chamber and porting at muzzle - mine had a 4" barrel and was a high polish SS. It was a dream to shoot and very accurate. In size it was very near to a S&W K frame. After a couple hundred rounds - the trigger was as smooth and crisp as just about any S&W revolver I've ever owned or shot. Mine was stolen in 2003, what's the serial number on yours????? LOL! Enjoy it.
    p.s. - the Model 971 (no VRc) was blued. All the VRCs were stainless, it was top of the Rossi line.
  4. tonygrz

    tonygrz New Member

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    Thanks for the replies. Since I've sworn off semi-autos, this one is a keeper. Went over to the dark side (mega capacity semi-autos) but came back to my senses. Now I'm back to being a wheelie.

    Tony
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