Sometimes, It CAN Be Too Long

I get this, I really do:

My problem is that I don’t want to have to carry a revolver in a rifle scabbard — which is the only way I can see this thing working.

And by the way, I’ve had one of the Rough Rider six-shooters, used to teach kids how to shoot with it, and I can’t think of a better training handgun.  Just with a 4″ barrel, and not  that 16″one.


  1. I don’t get it, what’s the point?
    In 4″ or 6″, sure.
    But 16″?
    I’d spend that $208 differently.

  2. If you are going to carry that long ass revolver around may as well carry a Ruger 10 22 or Marlin 60 rifle. That long barrel is effectively a rifle.

    4 5 or 6 inch in a revolver for target use is what I prefer. YMMV

    I agree with the guy who said he’d spend 208 differently.

  3. Not for me but I hope someone givers that roscoe a good home. Considering its size, a rifle or carbine might be more handy

    I prefer revolvers with a 4″ tube.


  4. The “normal” barrel Heritage revolvers are one of the best deals out there, even at post Covid prices. I found one on sale for $99 at a farm supply four years ago and despite the strange and unnecessary safety its a fun and useful pistol. It shoots snake shot really well.

    If I want a long barrel in keeping with a western theme, I’ll save up a few more pennies and buy a base model Henry lever gun and never regret it.

  5. Plumb dumb, I spent a few minutes trying to figure out how a person might use that gun and with .22 magnum it would allow the bullet to achieve a bit more speed so, there’s that. However with an aluminum frame and 16″ of steel barrel it would need to be a benchrest gun to achieve any kind of accuracy because there is no way a person should grip the barrel in front of the cylinder and what a front heavy unbalance mess that would be trying to shoot offhand. That makes it a gun that might get one box of shells shot through it and then it would live in the gun safe just to show off as a silly dumb purchase.

  6. Well if it had a detachable shoulder stock I could see the appeal, but otherwise I’ll pass.

    1. I can’t help but think about Lee Van Cleef strapping that stock on the revolver. Want want want.

  7. I respectfully dissent.

    These guns are made for plinking and nothing else.

    They’re a lot of fun in the field or at the range if your working on some longer range shooting.

    I actually have a one-off Freedom Arms in some crazy barrel length (I’ll measure next week and try to report back, but I think it’s 17 inches) in the always pleasant 32 H & R Mag caliber.

    The best plinking calibers, by far, are 22 Mag and 32 H & R Mag.

    They’re awkward in these rather silly barrel lengths, but a whale of a lot of fun for doing a little banging around.

    I also like the old S & W N-frames in 8 3/8″ barrel lengths, particularly the Model 27.

  8. You can always buy it as a rifle with a fixed walnut butt-stock,
    they call it the Rough Rider Rancher.

  9. This is in the same category as those AR-15 pistols that attract the mall Ninjas.
    Was it Bat Masterson who carried a “Buntline Special” on TV?

    1. Wyatt Earp as played by Hugh O’Brian. One of the early episodes has a rather comical Ned Buntline give him a long barreled Colt. It was featured in various episodes. The show was not really any more historically accurate than the Hollywood norm, but did vaguely follow the chronology of Earp’s life. It whitewashed all the seedier parts of his background and made him into a virtuous hero in ways that didn’t match up with the the real person.

      1. “Wyatt Earp Wyatt Earp
        Brave courageous and bold
        Long live his fame and long live his glory
        and long may his story be told”

        I spent many a Saturday morning watching Hugh O’Brian as Wyatt Earp as well as Sugarfoot, Cheyenne, Bat Masterson, The Bounty Hunter, Maverick and the Lone Ranger. Sounds like you might have as well. I think Wagon Train and Rawhide (with a young Clint Eastwood) were evening shows and Bonanza was one of the first to be in color.

        Listen to Guy VanDuser play a medley of those western theme songs if you can. Great fun.

        1. And Gunsmoke and Have Gun Will Travel. Evening I think, but on the regular watch list.
          Shucks, I remember listening to The Lone Ranger on the radio along with Sergeant Preston of the Yukon with his dog King. “On, King! On, you huskies!”

    1. Yes, I have been told that it needs a rifle barrel to achieve its full velocity and it is really not a pistol round. That is after I used a nice .22 magnum as a carry pistol in the 1970’s as a retail manager opening and closing stores.

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