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4 years 16 weeks ago, 3:44 PM

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ROHM 38 spezial

what do you guys know about a snub nose manufactured in Germany? here's what i know so far:
1 & 3/4 inch snub nose barrel
probably imported pre 1968(there are import markings on barrel)
timing and cylinder lockup appear tight
star ejector
Plastic grips
very worn finish,appears to be a cheap type of finish as well,barrel appears blued,some seems to be stained metal parts.
Anybody know anything else about these? ecaman?Greasy? I believe it's a cheap saturday nite special myself but sometimes German engineering goes underappreciated.

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4 years 16 weeks ago, 5:34 PM

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Rohm .38

Rohm Gmbh marketed guns both as Rohm and RG. Remember, Hinckley used an RG-14 in .22 LR to shoot Reagan. Cheap junk. Zinc diecast frames. Drop one on concrete and it may break. If something goes wrong, no reputable gunsmith will even look at it. If you take it apart, you can't get it back together unless you have a holding jig that was used by the factory to assemble it, and since they were made in Germany you probably will never find the jig. Back in the 1970's I used to sell the used RG-14 and RG-23 in .22 LR for $25, or for $20 if somebody bargained with me. My % profit was good, since I'd only paid $10-15 for them. I made sure to tell the purchaser how bad the quality was, and that if they walked away with them they couldn't bring them back. A friend and I used to bid on sale lots of 25 to 50 guns that police had seized, and some cheap RG revolvers & cheap Tanfoglio .25 ACP's were always in them. The .38 Specials were no better quality. I remember a model RG 38. There were more models, but I don't remember them specifically. The barrels were usually a thin steel sleeve encased in a zinc diecast cover. Cylinders were steel, as were the springs and pins. I think the hammers & triggers were steel, but I'm not sure. Sometimes the trigger pulls were extraordinarily good - until the gun broke. By the way, my friend and I bought the lots of guns because there were always some top quality guns in them, so we'd take the crap along with them. If we got a cheap, dreck gun that was broken, we'd take a hand sledge & break the frame, then report them as destroyed to the ATF.

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4 years 16 weeks ago, 5:59 PM

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thanks Bob

that's it to a T, i am going to turn it into a gear shift lever for a rat rod if i buy it from this guy, of course i don't want to pay much for it either,he says it's a shooter but it does look like pot metal to me in some spots.

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4 years 16 weeks ago, 6:45 PM

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car and run around the track. I had a RG 38 years ago.
Turned out to be a fair piece for my tacklebox. Never had
a problem with it and it got crudy taking it fishing

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4 years 16 weeks ago, 9:47 PM

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the wife and i were/are.. in the middle of having a bit of hallway sex.. guessing you guys have all been in this sittuation a time or two.. " F..you" ..NO.. "F..you".. its not quite as much fun as the regular kind, but again sure you've all been down this road (or hallway) before...

I've never understood the Rohm, we all know that if its made in Germany, and has anything to do with metal, engineering, or gunpowder, its about as close to perfect as you can get..

The Rohm is the only thing i know of thats the exception to the rule.. One of the few "bad" guns its possible to buy..

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4 years 16 weeks ago, 10:50 PM

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There were also some guns made by a company called Weirauch in Germany that were of dubious quality. Not all of them, but certainly some.

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4 years 16 weeks ago, 10:58 PM

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rohm guns

DO NOT FIRE THEM!hell i wouldnt even give one to a democrat to play with...

4 years 16 weeks ago, 11:04 PM

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We make an effort to be humble.. heck, i've got a lot of areas im slow in, but it's been awhile since this has happened.. Don't think i've ever heard of them buddy.. what can you tell me off the top of your head.. were they straight revolvers, or autos as well.. and are they still in business.. Not looking for wikipedia, just what your memory is on them... Thanks..

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4 years 16 weeks ago, 11:19 PM

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Located in Mellrichstadt, Germany. Their main brand is Arminius, named for an ancient German hero (supposedly - at least I heard this once). The picture of the old warrior on the grips is supposedly that of Arminius. They're a current mfg., but not currently imported into the US. They make a complete line of revolvers, both single and double action. They also make some bolt action rifles, mostly in .22 LR, and some airguns. I've only ever seen their revolvers. The single action revolvers I've seen don't look at all like Colt or Ruger, and the double action ones don't look like Colt or Smith & Wesson. Quality of some items was good, as far as I'm aware, but quality of some others (low priced) was iffy.

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4 years 16 weeks ago, 11:58 PM

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They used to be advertised in SGN from time to time by different companies, and know exactly what you mean about how they dont "look" or resemble what we think of in terms of American revolvers..

Don't think ive ever seen any of thier rifles.. but do remember thier main claim to fame was price..

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