Rossi Youth Size Rimfire/Shotgun Matched Pair

Description

The Rossi Youth Size Rimfire/Shotgun Matched Pair is a combo set with a rifle barrel chambered for .22 LR, and a shotgun barrel chambered for 20 gauge and .410. The company Rossi started in 1889, but Taurus currently manufactures the Rossi brand. The Youth Rimfire/Shotgun is just one combination available and is very economically priced at around $200. What makes it different from the other Matched Pairs is it fires small .22 caliber rounds and uses a break-open action where the barrel opens by the trigger and the shooter loads one at a time. Its action uses a transfer bar system where the hammer strikes a transfer bar that presses the firing pin. The barrels are threaded, so they can be easily swapped out. And, it has adjustable sights. The Matched Pair would be ideal for beginner shooters and leisure shooting.

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Specifications

.22 LR/20 Gauge
Caliber:.22 LR
Capacity:1
Sights:Adjustable
Features:Choke: Modified
Hammer fired; removable cheek rest; and two barrels
Action:Single-action
Gauge:20 gauge
Stock:Laminate/black
Laminate/green and black
Laminate/pink and black
Synthetic/black
Synthetic/camo
Material/Finish:Steel/blue
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Picatinny rail
Website:http://www.rossiusa.…
Weight:(Rifle) 5.62 pounds
5 pounds
Barrel Length:18.5"
22"
Overall Length:31.5"
35"
.22 LR/.410
Caliber:.22 LR
Capacity:1
Sights:Adjustable
Features:*Only available with synthetic black stock
Hammer fired; removable cheek rest; and two barrels
Action:Single-action
Gauge:.410
Stock:Laminate/black
Laminate/green and black
Laminate/pink and black
Synthetic/black
Synthetic/camo
Material/Finish:*Steel/matte nickel
Steel/blue
Scope:Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Picatinny rail
Website:http://www.rossiusa.…
Weight:(Rifle) 5.62 pounds
3.75 pounds
Barrel Length:18.5"
22"
Overall Length:31.5"
35"
MSRP$188.00

Editor Review

Conventional wisdom holds that the best way to start a young person off as a marksman is with a single-shot .22 LR rifle.  I happen to agree with this idea.  A single shot rifle builds disciplineSynthetic/black because there is not another shot right there and ready if the first one is flubbed.  Repeating rifles can encourage new shooters to rush a shot, knowing that they have the next one to look forward to.

Among the single-shot .22 youth rifles on the market, Rossi’s break-action combo is unique in the sense that it is both inexpensive and comes with an interchangeable barrel that quickly turns the weapon into either a 20 gauge or .410 shotgun.  Some variants also come with a .243 centerfire barrel.

My own daughter started off with this model after a few years or being drilled on gun safety and learning the basics with a BB gun.  While she has become reasonably capable with this tool, there are both pros and cons to this model that need to be considered.

The .22 barrel is accurate enough for plinking and learning purposes.  The open sights do all right, but the gun is also drilled and tapped for a scope.

The hammer is stiff and difficult for smaller hands to operate.  This might be either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it.  Personally, I liked the fact that the weapon can only be made ready to fire with my involvement.  Out of the box, the trigger was heavy and creepy and hurt accuracy enough to discourage a new shooter.  I had a gunsmith polish the sear and the pull improved.

Oddly enough, our major problem with this gun turned out to be the stock.  Length of pull is too long for most kids.  Its difficult to shorten a composite stock and I found myself regretting having picked out the pink plastic job that I knew my daughter would like.  A wooden stock would have been relatively simple to cut down.

As for the shotgun barrel, we haven’t had much use for it.  With a stock that doesn’t quite fit, the rifle barrel can be managed but properly swinging a shotgun is out of the question.  My advice would be to choose one with the 20 gauge barrel rather than the .410, since recoil isn’t much different and the .410 is more of an expert tool than something to instill confidence in a new shotgunner.

As a simple single-shot .22 rifle for a new shooter, the Rossi falls a bit short of the practicality of a Crickett.  The real question is whether the stock fits the intended shooter and whether you see yourself having much use for the extra barrels that can be used on the Rossi.  If so, then the switch barrel capability might be a deciding factor.  The process of changing barrels really is extremely easy.  No tools are required and the gun performs as advertised.