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Old October 23, 2008, 10:42 PM   #1
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Rossi M971

Hello all, Tonight I bought a used Rossi M971 4" and it is pre Taurus, It was imported by Interarms out of VA. I was wondering if there was any way to trace the SN to see the age of this gun? thanks, Dave
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Old October 23, 2008, 10:48 PM   #2
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Your kinda going to be hard pressed but someone told me the best way to find out about rossi is the go to taurus armed forums.they have alot of info on that forum.Oh and so ya'll don't feel so lonely i have a rossi m677,i know it's not a m971 but i still love it just the same.


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Old October 23, 2008, 11:10 PM   #3
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i also have a pre-taurus 971!!!!!!.....it's great to find another who's got one. Out of curiosity, what is the finish on it, and how has it been treating you?

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Old October 24, 2008, 05:43 AM   #4
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Hi Petey, I just bought it last night so I probably wont get to the range until tomorrow, As far as the finish, It is a very deep blue and I would rate the finish about 95 to 98%, Thanks, Dave
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Old October 25, 2008, 10:08 AM   #5
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My guess would be early to mid 90s. I had a Pre-Taurus 971 4" stainless. Great gun. Unfortunately lost it in a bizarre hunting/hiking incident where I was climbing and scrambling off trail through some very tough stuff. Had the gun in a cheap nylon holster with same (velcro'd) strap.... I didn't notice it missing until my partner and I had climbed out of there and resting on top an hour later--and felt a little lighter at the hip. It'd slipped right out in all that scrambling through the brush. We took about a two hour break from our deer hunt to try to retrace our "steps" - impossible and fruitless ultimately. Somewhere out there, 10 or so years later, I'm sure it's still laying there.
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Old October 26, 2008, 08:44 PM   #6
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Here's mine. Bought it because I thought it looked kewl. Hasn't given me any trouble at all.



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Old October 28, 2008, 08:52 PM   #7
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M971

I have a M971 also.I was wondering the same thing.Mine is older with wood grips.I tried to call Rossi from a number I got from their website and they could not help me.It seems they do not have a record for the ones imported by Interarms.FWIW my pistol has a hammer mounted firing pin,have they gone to a frame mount on these?Great little gun though.
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Old October 28, 2008, 08:58 PM   #8
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I called Taurus and they could not help me, But they gave me a number to what I am assuming was the old Interarms. I called and talked to a gentleman there and while he could not give me a real date of the Rossi I have, He was guessing about 1990 to 1991. Also he said they have in stock nearly all the spare parts we might need including the hammer mounted firing pin. I am just going to order one just to have in case, and they are only 30 bucks. The only thing he said they did not have was the rear sights. Be Safe, Dave
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Old October 28, 2008, 09:41 PM   #9
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Has anyone had any luck for holster for them??......i ordered a k/l frame fobus, but since the actual barrel shroud comes up to form part of the front sight post, it wont fit. I have a hunter vertical shoulder holster for it that works great for me in the winter, but in the summer, i'd like to have something that would be more comfortable. The fobus was just for a range holster.
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Old November 25, 2008, 05:41 PM   #10
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rossi m971

i am about to buy a rossi m971 with the 3inch ported barrell i just fell in love with it when i saw her at the pawn shop. can anyone tell me if 325 is to much or give me any backround info on this gun thanks
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Old November 25, 2008, 05:50 PM   #11
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Hi Magnum 504'

I bought a used M971 a few months back. It was in excellent condition with a 4" BBL and it was blued. I bought that one for 275 out the door with tax. as far as what the one at the pawn shop is worth I dont really know. If it is in excellent condition and the rear sight is still on it and is in good condition ( if the rear sights on these break you will have a hard time getting a new one ) Then the choice is really yours. But if it were me and I was really wanting it, And if it was in good condition I would offer no more then 275.00. I would bet they did not even give 200 for it when they bought it. just my 2 cents. Dave
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Old November 25, 2008, 07:00 PM   #12
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I used to own one of these a long time ago. It was a tackdriver and heavy as hell!!



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Old April 6, 2009, 11:47 AM   #13
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A M971 saved from becoming scrap metal !

I just picked up a M971 from someone who was about to take it to the local police station, to turn it in at a trade-in program where they would give her a gift card for the gun, and then grind it up.

I bought it for $100. It is brand new, never fired, in the original box, and still has the original 6 .357 rounds that it came with in the box! It was her mom's who passed, and she didn't want it.

It is an Interarms model, 4", with wood grips. Serial is F018600 series. Seems pretty low to me, anyone have any idea as to what the apx age is?

Haven't shot it yet, have to wait the 15 days (CA), so pick it up next week.
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Old April 7, 2009, 08:12 PM   #14
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I have a model 711, 4" stainless .357mag. Having a heck of a time finding anything out on this particular model. Gun shoots well, and passes all the checks for a revolver nicely!
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Old April 7, 2009, 08:18 PM   #15
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I've been shooting my M971 since '91. Only problem I have had is the sights.
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Old April 7, 2009, 08:52 PM   #16
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TMackey,

what problem(s) have you had with the sights on yours???

Dirk Pitt,

I'm pretty sure you probably have a 971 vs. 711...did you get that number from inside the frame, in the cylinder well?...i originally thought the same of mine, until i tried to call rossi and they told me no such model existed. I then later found M971 stamped on the right side of the barrel of mine. I'm just curious, and not doubting you.

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Old April 8, 2009, 05:10 AM   #17
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I had the front site break off somehow, got it fixed, now the rear site is broken. Not too bad considering all of the things it has been through.
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Old April 9, 2009, 12:43 AM   #18
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mdBullet223...do you happen to have that number for Interarms?

I am still curious to find the manufacture date of my new M971. (F018600 series)
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Old April 9, 2009, 05:40 AM   #19
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I had a Gunsmith fit a Smith & Weson Rear Sight to my 971. Most other parts can be found by calling M & M Gunsmithing. www.mmgunsmithing.com
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Old April 9, 2009, 07:00 AM   #20
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I bought one of the Rossi M971 2" revolvers a few years back which is now one of the house guns loaded with .38's for the Wife. Have shot a couple hundred .38's and 100 .357mags threw it with no issues. It's a Interarms Import and seems well made for the cost ( I paid $180 OTD at a pawn shop ). Sights are all still tight. WVleo
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Old April 10, 2009, 07:22 PM   #21
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Petey, yeah, I'm sure, m711 stamped on gun with cylinder open on frame. Pretty rare to see this model I guess. Here is a lousy picture of the model number. Bob. By the way, a Bianchi #5bhl fits this 4" .357 nicely.
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Old April 10, 2009, 09:02 PM   #22
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Old April 13, 2009, 12:41 AM   #23
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My Rossi M971

Hey wanted to let you guys know I have owned one of these since 1994. I bought it when I got out of the Army. It was stolen from me in 95 and I got it back in 2002. Who would of thunk? Anyways if you need parts go to Numerich.com they have just about everything for anything. Also I wanted to reply to the question below as to dating the hand gun. My starts with F133 so thats fron 94 and has rubber grips. Also was inported byinterarms and has the firing pin attached to the hammer. These older ones are built like tanks. Hope this helps.
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Old April 16, 2009, 02:54 AM   #24
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Picked up my M971, found the man. date

Picked up my rescued M971 on Monday. Haven't had a chance to take it out for a spin yet, but will soon.

Found the original purchase receipt stapled to the inside of the owner's manual. It was purchased in Apr 1990. So, I would imagine the manufacture date would be fairly close to that.
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Old February 5, 2011, 05:54 PM   #25
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Rossi 971

I just bought two Rossi 971's one with the compensated barrel and the other
is the same barrel length without the compensated barrel. These are really well
built guns. I have started collecting parts for them and figure they'll be the last
guns I'll buy. Its great to buy a quality gun for a third the price of other manufacturers knowing that this is just as good or even better. One will go to
the grandson the other to my son when I reach those last days of life. I figure
these will go up in price as they age. I really like the hell out of these guns!
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