The machinist in the photo above is trimming the barrel of an imported Rossi .44 magnum revolver from three inches to two. According to U.S. law — as interpreted and enforced by our good friends at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and Really Big Fires) — Rossi can import Brazillian handguns with three-inch barrels all day long. But a two-incher is beyond the pale. So parent company Taurus imports the .44 mags as is, cuts ’em down, re-crowns them, re-blues them and sells them to U.S. customers. Needless to say, Rossi passes on the cost of the conversion to the customer: somewhere between $50 and $100. But them’s the breaks. Besides, it saves or creates at least one job right here in America. How great is that?
- Open Carry vs. Concealed in The Truth About Guns Polls on LockerDome
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