Gut Rumbles

June 02, 2005


Okay, "experts." I went to visit catfish this morning and we shot up some .38 special ammo with my "turd" pistol. It didn't blow up or misfire. In fact, it was pretty damned accurate at 10 feet. Just shoots a little bit high and to the right, but we both could hit what we were aiming at with it.

I don't think it's a bad pistol and Cat agrees with me. I wouldn't try any +P rounds in it, but for a cheap-ass gun (it didn't cost ME anything), it's worth keeping. If nothing else, it makes enough noise to scare away goblins.

I wouldn't call it my pride and joy, but I believe that it's a keeper.

(UPDATE: Charles Gill sent me a link to this about Rohm revolvers:

Rohm revolvers were manufactured in the 1960s and '70s in a wide variety of styles and calibers. Although inexpensive, they are of German manufacture and thus reasonably well made. Your .22 Magnum is very likely a copy of a Ruger Super Single-Six. Rohm products hold little collector interest and have more appeal to plinkers. The value is modest, perhaps $125.

In MY humble opinion, it ain't bad for a cheap gun.)


Hey, you could take a road trip to Baltimore and sell it for a hundred bucks, take the money, use it for gas for the trip home, come home, have no money left . . . .

Nah, keep it.

Posted by: Daniel Medley on June 2, 2005 04:54 PM

how about a pic of the gun for kims collection

Posted by: ccracs on June 2, 2005 06:52 PM

So long as it goes bang, puts lead in the bad guys, and doesn't leave a smoking stump where your arm used to be, who cares how cheap it is?

It doesn't have to be decked out with a grand worth of composite and titanium to blow holes in things.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on June 2, 2005 08:13 PM

Of course, Rob was imagining this whole episode...

Posted by: Elisson on June 2, 2005 08:53 PM

Not a bad gun, I have shot a many a pistol and it was not that bad. The action was tight and very loud for a 38, the gun is all black and heavy, made in Germany, so it must be good. I know that they went out of business in the 70's but alot of companies make worst guns than the Rohm. Keep it and will it to your son or Sam.

Posted by: catfish on June 2, 2005 11:10 PM

And Don't forget it belonged to your Daddy. That's enough reason to treasure it!

My Dad owns somewhere between 100 and 200 guns. I don't want to own them anytime soon. The reality is, my Dad is 72, smokes like a freight train, and hasn't had a physical since 1952. To his credit he works like a horse all day and enjoys the hell out of life. He is slowing down a bit however. Mom passed away in 1994.

Sorry, didn't mean to whine. Just remember to love your folks while you got'um.

Posted by: Ed on June 3, 2005 10:01 AM

Rob, the RG will work for a while, but it just won't hold up to a steady diet of even the gentlest loads.

The fatigue life-cycle of the cheap alloy in that thing probably measures in the 100's of rounds.

Look closely at that cylinder and barrel. Thin walled steel chambers, with the cylinder (of cheap pot-metal-grade aluminum) cast around them. ....(or the chambers were swaged into the casting).

The lockwork isn't any better, either. Soft steels in high-stress areas, and those steel parts are rotating on soft, aluminum pins and bushings! So... unlike a Smith & Wesson, which tends to get smoother and sweeter with use, the RG's action will deteriorate to the point where firing .38's from a coffee-grinder would be more enjoyable, and certainly smoother.

Give it about 200 to 500 rounds, and that action will be so out-of-proper-timing that you'll be shooting oval bullets downrange, as the cylinder -to -barrel alignment goes to hell in a handbasket that quickly. Like your earlier commenters said, the RG is famous for shaving lead as the bullet jumps from the cylinder into the barrel's forcing-cone.

The RG might be German, but it's not a "well made gun" (sneer quotes quite deliberate). If that's a well made gun, then Ron Popiel's kitchen gadgets are right up there with All-Clad cookware.

High and to the ten feet!?. My gawd.... that's barely over three yards. I'd hate to imagine where it'd hit at ten meters!

Anyway's your hands, fingers and eyes.

Fire at will. (no offense to anyone out there named Will !)

Sloop New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim on June 3, 2005 11:02 AM

Jim, I ain't gonna use a snub-nosed .38 at TEN METERS (that's more than 30 YARDS). I prefer something with a longer barrel for that kind of shot (not that I own anything that qualifies).

I always figured that a snub-nose or a derringer is a "reach out and touch someone" pistol. Up-close and personal. If I can't damn near poke it in your belly before I fire, I don't need to be shooting that kind of gun at you.

Now... a gunslinger Ruger .357 Magnum with a 4" barrel is a little bit different. So is the S&W 9mm semi-auto with the 4" barrel. I can make a nice grouping in a target at 10 meters with one of those.

My really short guns are for making powder-burns on your SHIRT, not for target practice.

Posted by: Acidman on June 3, 2005 11:23 AM

Ten meters.... 'bout 33 feet, or thereabouts.

Thirty yards...that's 90 feet.

And the RG still sucketh, and that, verily so.

It'd be a last-ditch backup to your last-ditch nightstand gun, at best.

Hell, at least if it jams up (I've seen an RG locked up drum-tight), you can always use ti as a club?

Do please heed my advice though. Limit the amount you shoot it, for the more you do, the worse it gets. You know more than the average layman about mettalurgy, stress fatigue, crystalization of alloys, etc. The RG is hands-down the gun-world's poster child for these ills. Not to mention the severe galling which occurs in the mechanism. (which locked up the aforementioned specimen)

And that S&W auto you don't have? that's gooooood medicine, amigo!

Sloop New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim on June 3, 2005 12:19 PM
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