Robert Crescenzi from Taurus/Rossi joined us at the range last week for the reveal of the new Rossi .22 Circuit Judge with Convertible Cylinder , which matches the company's ongoing knack for manufacturing the quintessential fun gun. This revolver-style rimfire carbine comes with two cylinders, one for .22 Long Rifle, the other for .22 Magnum. With the capability of interchangeable cylinders, users can easily make the switch between two popular calibers in a matter of mere seconds. Featured with a fixed barrel and sliding stock to lock either cylinder into place, shooters now have a favorable combo gun for plinking and small game.
The Circuit Judge displays an 18 1/2-inch barrel and total length of 30 inches. Picking it up, you'd think it was the youth model. But it is specifically made to be compact and have the feel of a cowboy action gun, much like the Rossi Ranch Hand or Rio Grande. Either way, it makes a great rifle for shooters of all ages.
One possible concern is the gas or even shrapnel exiting the cylinder gap. With a revolver handgun, this isn't usually a concern since your hands are on the backside of the blast. Having fired the gun, however, I did feel the blast of gas on my arm that held the forend. Some shooters won't like this setup. Some might also balk at the price, with an MSRP of $680. Many others will see that the advantage of a revolver-rifle that shoots two cartridges in both single and double action is an attractive package.