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About Heritage Rough Rider - 6.5"
The Heritage Rough Rider - 6.5’’ is a single-action-only, revolving chamber pistol designed and produced by Heritage Manufacturing, Inc. The 6.5 inches barrel version of this popular SAO revolver was first introduced back in 1993. The Heritage Rough Rider is a replica of the most popular single action revolver ever made - the Colt Single Action Army.
This Heritage revolver features an aluminum alloy frame with blued steel barrel and cylinder. The Heritage 6-shot Rough Rider revolver most frequently comes with cocobolo grips, which makes the pistol look very neat, especially when paired up with a tanned Heritage Rough Rider western holster.
Just like most Old West revolvers, the Heritage Rough Rider features a 6-shot cylinder. The Heritage Rough Rider with a 6.5 inches long barrel comes chambered for the .22 LR or .22 Magnum cartridge, which means the pistol is primarily used for plinking as well as Cowboy action shooting competitions. Also, this single action revolver is a perfect choice for anyone who wants to look like a modern day cowboy.
The overall length of the Heritage Rough Rider is 11.8 inches. The pistol’s barrel is 6.5 inches long and the revolver weighs 33.4 ounces. As the pistol is significantly larger than semi-automatic pistols, it’s best used for open carry. The best Heritage Rough Rider holsters are custom made, which means they fit the pistol like a glove. Heritage Rough Rider leather holsters are definitely the most popular option.
Old west revolver holsters are extremely stylish. There are also Rough Rider holsters that are attached to a western gun belt. This Heritage Rough Rider Old West holster with a gun belt is probably the best holster you can come across. Such western belt holsters come with a set of loops on the gun belt, which means you can carry a lot of spare Rough Rider ammo. The western holsters for Heritage Rough Rider are carried in a lowered position and they are attached to a custom leather gun belt. This carry method is sometimes referred to as drop-leg carry.
The Heritage Rough Rider - 6.5’’ is without a doubt an excellent replica of the famous Colt SAA pistol. In case you’d like to find out about some more excellent western revolvers, check out our list of the Top 5 Single Action Revolvers. If you haven’t got this neat Old West revolver, you can buy it at the Heritage’s official website.
SHOULD I GET THE HERITAGE ROUGH RIDER 22?
If you are looking for a fun pistol to go and shoot on the range or you just want a nice and affordable revolver for your collection, then the Heritage Rough Rider is the one revolver for you. And with the 6.” long barrel you should even be able to shoot pretty accurately. Plus the extra training that you can get because of the affordable ammunition really makes this revolver have a lot of hidden potential.
IS HERITAGE ROUGH RIDER RELIABLE?
The short answer is yes. Thanks to being a single action revolver, there are very few things that can go wrong with it. Also the lack of a magazine and having a cylinder instead, there is very little risk of malfunctions with regards to that. The most likely source of malfunction in the case of the Heritage Rough Rider is unreliable ammunition. But that can be mitigated by buying higher quality ammo. And considering that we are talking about .22LR and .22 WMR, it will still be relatively cheap.
IS THE HERITAGE ROUGH RIDER GOOD FOR CONCEALED CARRY?
The Heritage Rough Rider 22 was never designed for concealed carry purposes. With its large size, antiquated design and outdated mechanisms it doesn't make sense to use it as your self-defense revolver of choice. Even finding a proper concealed carry might prove difficult. Heritage Rough Rider is much more suited for open carry holsters.
HERITAGE ROUGH RIDER: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE CAPACITY OF THE HERITAGE ROUGH RIDER?
The Rough Rider can use 6 round or 9 round cylinders chambered for .22LR and .22 WMR.
CAN HERITAGE ROUGH RIDER FOR .22LR AND .22 WMR INTERCHANGEABLY?
If your Heritage has the 22LR Cylinder, yes. If it has the 22MWR Cylinder then no. 22Mag and 22LR are not interchangeable in the opposite Cylinders
IS HERITAGE ROUGH RIDER GOOD FOR SELF-DEFENSE?
The Rough Rider Heritage is not recommended to be used as a self-defense revolver. Due to its design and outdated mechanism there are much better .22 options out there.
IS HERITAGE ROUGH RIDER SINGLE OR DOUBLE ACTION?
The Rough Rider Heritage is a single action only (SAO) revolver.
HOW TO BREAK-IN A HERITAGE ROUGH RIDER HOLSTER?
If you purchase a holster specifically designed for the Rough Rider Heritage, it’s probable that you will not need to go through a holster break-in process. Nonetheless, if you find your new holster to be slightly snug, you can refer to our Rough Rider Heritage Holster Break-in Guide for assistance.
HERITAGE ROUGH RIDER: PROS AND CONS
Benefits of the Heritage Rough Rider:
Barrel length options
Problems of the Heritage Rough Rider:
Limited sight options
Best Gun Holster Accessories
Choose the right accessories below that will enhance your carry. Don't forget that a proper magazine pouch, a belt or a concealed carry bag are always good choices.
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