About a month ago I got wind of a new-ish release from ROSSI with some evident flare from Taurus included. Apparently it was an amalgamation of the popular “Judge” line of revolvers blended with the Rossi Trifecta single shot style rifle to offer a new rifle/carbine of sorts called the Circuit Judge.
I finally got an opportunity to get my hands on one of these yesterday afternoon at the local Dick’s, who claims to have the best retail price on these advertised at $519.00. Here are a couple bullet point thoughts I had after having held on in my hand for 5 minutes or so and the clerk so kindly let me dry fire to get a feel for the trigger and action rotation.
- VERY, VERY lightweight and comfortable to wield (barrel available in FULL rifled or smooth bore)
- Generous 3 inch cylinder for handling .410 magnum loads
- Bright fiber optic sites. Front orange, rear green and a scope rail pre-mounted on the upper frame
- Comfy wood stock with generous curves including a nice comb for quality cheek weld.
- Gas deflector shield on forend side of cylinder to prevent gas burn/excess powder spray on shooter’s forearm or wrist. VERY clever idea. This solves the Colt 1855 cylinder rifle issue of any dangerous gases and/or powder escaping to the shooter’s fore hand.
- Trigger operates very smooth in single or double action with obvious accuracy advantages being on the single action side of pull.
- Cylinder “ejects” with same button as Judge or typical revolver would on left side of frame.
- Same “REVOLVER” type operation principle of no safety to get in the way. Either a cocked hammer with Single Action pull or a seated hammer with Double Action pull. VERY SAFE, in my opinion.
- Possible uses include home defense (excellent and compact closet gun), rabbit or squirrel hunting and a “just because” gun. (Just Because guns are guns that you need to own JUST BECAUSE of their cool factor.
I’ve heard rumors of a 22LR/22Mag, 28 Gauge Shotgun, 44 Magnum calibers as well as stainless versions afoot but I’ve yet to see them in any storefront. Hopefully we’ll be able to get one in hand before long to do some shooting with both .45 Long Colt and .410 shot and slug shells to see what accuracy looks like both with the open sights and with a speedy style scope mounted.