Today's gun pr0n is a new T&E firearm. It's not just a new gun to test out, it's a new company for me:
That's a Rossi model 92 in .357 Magnum/.38 Special. It has a 24" octagonal barrel and a case-hardened receiver. Top-mount safety, straight stock, and 12+1 capacity (yes, it's an eeeevil assault weapon - for the 1890s!). As the name implies, it's a copy of the Winchester model 1892 lever action rifle, and it's imported for Rossi through Braztech International.
Rumors that I squealed like a little girl when I took possession of this rifle are slightly exaggerated...
One funny thing, though. I picked this up at my FFL who - as is pretty much every other FFL in the country - was jam-packed at the time. No less than four clerks came over to ogle the rifle, commenting on the octagonal barrel and case-hardened receiver. In a shop chock-full of evil black rifles, it was a blued steel and walnut lever action rifle gathering all the attention.
Now, I'm a huge fan of the .357 Magnum cartridge, having a good half-dozen revolvers chambered therein across all three major American manufacturers. I'm a huge fan of the versatility of the round and the firearms chambered in it - with full-power 125 grain soft points, you can hunt most intermediate-sized game; with low-power .38 Special rounds you can plink all day long without fatigue. Very few rounds have that kind of range.
The Rossi adds a new dimension to the mix, the first rifle in my favorite caliber. I own two lever action rifles already, a Marlin model 336 in .30-30 I inherited from my grandfather, and a Marlin 39A that's one of my favorite rimfires. One big advantage of the Rossi over the 336 is that, right now, I can bring it to my gun club's pistol range and shoot it at the 25 yard mark - whereas the rifle range is still closed for improvements. Most pistol-only ranges should allow this, at least with .38 Special, and for a backyard plinker (where allowed by law, of course) it's hard to beat light .38s on steel.
Full review to follow, of course; I'm hoping she shoots as good as she looks.
That is all.