38 derringer made by R.G.

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by ms59, May 23, 2009.

  1. ms59

    ms59 New Member

    May 22, 2009
    Can anyone tell me anything about a R.G. model 17 over and under derringer.
    I've heard that they were made of pot metal and were not really a good weapon.I was also told they were the original Saturday night specials.And is $75.00 a good price.
    Last edited: May 23, 2009
  2. b.goforth

    b.goforth New Member

    Dec 30, 2003
    houston, tx
    standard catalog of firearms by schwing list the RG model 17 at poor $25 and excellent at $90. however this is the 12 edition a couple of years old.

    i have never own one so i can not attest to their quality.

  3. Lotsdragon

    Lotsdragon New Member

    Apr 5, 2009
    Potosi, Mo
    They are crap, run away as fast as you can. 129 will get you a cobra 38 special o/u NIB that is all steel, little stiff on the trigger but then derringers aren't made for targets.
  4. RJay

    RJay Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2004
    Goodyear, Arizona
    When Rohm broke into the firearms field they did so by taking their RG-3, which is a stater pistol, and converted it to a 22 short AKA. the RG-10. This was such a dangerous POS that it ruined Rohms image. From that point on, even when they made better and decent revolvers, the image stuck. People like to state that any Rohm firearm is a piece of junk. That's not true but the image is there. The 26Th Edition of the Blue Book has this to say in a separate paragraph. "-Excellently made but half cock safety is old design and could fail if dropped ".
  5. ms59

    ms59 New Member

    May 22, 2009
    Hey thanks everybody for giving me that advice think I'll let that one slide on by.
  6. fleetwood1976

    fleetwood1976 Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2009
    Southern Indiana
    at the prices I see them go for, I have been tempted to pick one up. If nothing else, for curiosity and to see how they do perform. I have seen some for not much more than the box of ammo you would buy to shoot in them. If I see a cheaper less coveted brand for a great price, I determine the quality and go from there. I was told how bad sterling semi autos were, but my neighbor found an older one at a gun show that was heavier and better made than the new ones and I have no complaints with the performance at all.
  7. MSGT-R

    MSGT-R Active Member

    Feb 27, 2011
    I've owned an RG Model 17, new, since 1977. The fit of the barrel is not entirely tight, and I suspect that is responsible for a failure to fire or two. I guess a derringer is a weapon that is not expected to perform like a normal pistol. Then again, I only paid $70 for it back then. I carry it when I ride.

    Yes, the .38 has a safety.
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2012
  8. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2006
    The Rohms had steel barrels and a zinc frame.
    The Cobras have a zinc frame and zinc barrels that are steel lined. The Cobra is not "all steel."
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