Rossi Pump Rimfire Review: A Brazilian Twist on America’s Gallery Gun
Rossi’s brand has long been associated with affordable, practical firearms. When the Brazil-based company set out to build a slide-action rimfire in the style of classic American gallery guns, we knew we simply had to put some .22 Long Rifle rounds downrange. Whether you want a traditional wood-stocked version or a black tactical option, here’s what you need to know about Rossi’s Gallery slide-driven rimfires.
The Rossi Gallery is a slim-framed, rimfire, pump-action rifle chambered for .22 Long Rifle. It wears an 18-inch round barrel finished in black. Buyers have a choice of either wood or synthetic stocks, but in the spirit of classic throwbacks, we grabbed the timber. The German beechwood stocks show an uncheckered buttstock and a simple ribbed forend. Sling swivels come standard, with a screw-mount stud on the rear and barrel band up front.
The tubular magazine holds a 15-round capacity of .22 LR and loads via the cartridge-shaped cutout. The finish is polished black. A buckhorn rear sight mates up with a simple blade front. The receiver is grooved for easy rimfire-style optics mounting. There’s an oversized polymer trigger guard with the slide-release lever at the front of the guard.
A manual crossbolt safety sits just above the trigger on the receiver. The stock hosts a basic polymer butt plate. The wood-stocked rifle weighs in at 84 ounces or 5.25 pounds. The overall length is rather compact at 36 inches.
The 'Tactical' Gallery Gun
A blacked-out, semi-tactical style pump-action version of the Gallery is also available. That one uses the same length barrel, magazine capacity, and internals – but the outward features take a modern turn. There are black synthetic stocks, with a cutout forend.
The metalwork is considered matte black instead of the polished tone on the traditional Gallery .22. The rear sight is a fully adjustable green fiber optic, while the front is a hooded red fiber optic. This variant weighs a hair less at 82.7 ounces. Retail prices are slightly lower than the beechwood as well.
Right out of the box, the gun feels nimble and slim, albeit a bit rattly. But, then again, isn’t that the case with almost every pump action by the nature of the design? We headed to the range with a mix of various .22 Long Rifle rounds, including Federal, CCI, Winchester, Blazer, and Aguila. Many were hollow points, but a few showed a basic soft point. It’s important to note that unlike its closest comparison – the Henry Pump Action Octagon – Rossi’s Gallery is marked for .22 Long Rifle only and not rimfire Shorts and Longs.
Range time function, however, was 100 percent. We did not experience any issues with feeding, firing, or ejecting. What’s more, we were quite pleased with overall accuracy. At 25 yards shooting from the bench, our groups averaged well under an inch, with several at a half-inch.
There’s little doubt that we could cut that down significantly with some iron-sight practice and trying groups with different loads. Regardless, however, that’s easily minute-of-squirrel accurate and more than enough for plinking pop cans in the backyard.
Unlike some pumps that come out of the box fairly tight and needing a break-in period, the Rossi comes out loose enough and ready to run. Like any other pump, it must be run with authority to cycle rounds. The pump’s throw is short, allowing for rapid follow-up shots. We were pleased to find the rear sight falling closer to a buckhorn category than a semi-buckhorn.
For those practiced with iron sights, this allows short, mid, and longer-range shots without adjustment. Both the trigger guard and action release are built of polymer, which likely aids in both weight and cost savings. It is nice, however to see a budget-minded company like Rossi still find a way to offer buyers a timber-stocked option with the unconventional German beechwood.
The Rossi Gallery is one of only a few rimfire pump actions currently produced on the market today, and it’s certainly the most affordable. While it may lack the attention to detail or component quality of other big-name counterparts, it makes up for that with an affordable, accurate, and capable build.
Whether hunting, plinking, or simply wanting to relive the old gallery-shooting days, Rossi’s pair of Gallery pump actions represent the most pocketbook friendly buy.