A Cheap Gun

In my 20+ years of gunwriting, a common and regular complaint I deal with is whiners wanting to know why every gun write up is favorable. They accuse writers of placating advertisers, without even checking to see if those manufacturers are advertisers. The fact of the matter is you don’t publish negative reviews for the same reason Playboy doesn’t publish pictures of fat, ugly women—people don’t want it! The ugly girls get turned away, and the guns that don’t work well are sent back.

So for those of you who just have to bleat about wanting negative reviews, let me introduce you to the RG revolver—this fine piece of German engineering is a real piece of crap in my opinion. And since Marky and Freeze don’t have to deal with the cost of paper, printing or postage, I don’t have to worry about wasting anything other than your time to read this.

To begin with, it’s chambered in .22 Short and has a 1 1/2-inch barrel meaning it doesn’t have squat for velocity or accuracy. That said, I would not want someone shooting one at me because they might get lucky.

The loading gate swings down for loading.

The loading gate swings down for loading.

It’s also made of dubious metal. The cylinder appears to be steel, but most of the gun fails the magnet test. The swing-down loading gate is an expedient feature, but it’s fragile and I imagine could easily be snapped off if opened with too much gusto. Forget about quick reloads—to eject empties you have to unthread the cylinder pin and push the cartridge cases out with it one at a time.

The cylinder pin needs to be removed to unload the RG.

The cylinder pin needs to be removed to unload the RG.

About the only thing good I can say for the RG is that when they were made, they were available everywhere from convenience stores to pharmacies for the princely sum of $7.99 meaning that even the poorest person could afford a little self protection, even if it wasn’t much.

Empty cases must be pushed out manually one at a time using the cylinder pin.

Empty cases must be pushed out manually one at a time using the cylinder pin.

 

I’d love to tell you how it shoots, but I won’t shoot it with so much as blanks. Now, it’s nothing more than a photo prop.

 

 

Scott Mayer

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Scott Mayer

Scott Mayer

Writer at John1911
Mayer began his outdoor industry career in 1993 on the NRA Technical Staff where he became American Rifleman magazine first Shooting Editor. Mayer left NRA and entered the business end of publishing in 2003 as Advertising Account Executive for Safari Club International SAFARI Magazine and Safari Times newspaper. In 2006, Mayer was named Publisher of Shooting Times magazine where he was also tasked with launching and leading Personal Defense TV, the first television show of its kind.

In 2008, Mayer returned to the editorial side of publishing, this time in the digital field, as Editorial Director for Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Handguns and Rifleshooter online magazines. After a brief stint in 2011 as the Digital Media Director for an ABC TV affiliate, Mayer returned to the outdoors industry and Safari Club International where he is currently Assistant Publisher and Multi-Media Communications Editor.
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  • Gary Tompkins

    I haven’t seen 22 short in forever. Also now I know what not to pick up at the gun show, not that I would have anyway.

    • MickeyG

      Gary, 22 short isn’t too rare in Colorado. I only use them to take out of the Varmint Cong (actually Richardson Ground Squirrels) in my horse pastures ! 🙂

    • I haven’t seen 22 Short since I was probably 11 years old buying it from my local hardware store.

      Marky

  • Daniel Hamilton

    I have handled one of those as well as the Clerk, which also was a German 22. It’s been maybe 35 years since I had seen either of those. I’ve heard the frames referred to as pot metal. I never shot either of them. I never saw one as cheap as you mentioned though. All of the ones I ever saw, belonged to women or was in a pawnshop. How many remember the old Raven .25 auto? Those were in the $45 range.

    • Mikial

      See my comment above about buying one from Gibson’s for $35. Shot a lot of .25 through that thing and my son still shoots it.

    • I took a Raven 25 off a kid once after he tried to jump me. I bet it’s still sitting where I left it 15 years ago. Wait…actually…it was probably 1995-96. So 20 years ago.

      Marky

  • Mikial

    I recall walking into a Gibsons a lot of years ago (kind of a mini Walmart, now out of business) and buying a Raven stainless steel .25 ACP for $35. Oddly enough, the little junker was pretty reliable. My son actually still has it.

    That was back in the 70’s. Guns have come a long way since then, but there is still a sort of nostalgia to those good old days when buying a gun wasn’t like trying to get a TS clearance and you weren’t looked at as a pariah by our government for liking guns.

    • John Coleman Stewart

      I remember Gibsons

  • Brennen Munro

    I was given a small Rohm revolver in 22lr by a friend who found it when going through her mothers belongings after she had passed. She was not sure if it was even safe to shoot. Being the adventurous sort, I took it to the range and shot it from about 3 meters. Out of the 6 shots, one missed the target… as in did not even hit paper! The others were all over the place. So after reloading, the same way yours did, I shot again at 1 meter. All stayed on paper this time, but I noticed a curious thing. Even from a distance of just a meter, the rounds were key-holing into the target. I was done, took it home, cleaned it up, and offered to file off the firing pin so she would have something to set on a shelf and “remember mother” with. That was a scary little gun.

    Munro

    • Did she accept the offer?

      Marky

      • Brennen Munro

        No she didn’t. But she did insist that I keep it since I risked life and injury to see if it functioned! I ended up tossing it in with something or other in a trade I was making. He wanted more than I wanted to pay, so I offered that little gym to sweeten the deal. I was honest and very upfront about my assessment that it was dangerous from both ends of the muzzle, but he thought it was a “cool” example of a Saturday Night Special, and made the deal! I was not unhappy to see it go away. But now I think it would be kind of neat to have… I have a friend who says to keep from regretting letting something go, just keep everything. If I did that, I don’t think I would have kept my wife! And she was a much better keep! Going on 30 years now, good years too.

        Munro

  • John Coleman Stewart

    My Dad has one or two of these in 22LR, he shoots rat shot out of his for pest control. I thought t was a cap pistol, first time I picked it up.

  • Outlaw

    I bought the first rifle that I paid for with my own $$$ from a Gibson’s store in Bristol TN. A Marlin M-99 carbine .22LR. That had to have been in the early 1970’s and I think I paid somewhere around $100 for the rifle, a Ooter’s cleaning kit, a zippered case and a brick of Winchester .22LR.

    I already proudly possessed two .22’s, a Remington Md 514 ( I believe? it has no markings or SN# anywhere excepting the Remington and .22LR roll marks but my research tells me that is what it is) that my older Cousin handed down to me and a Savage Md 21 that my Grandfather left me at his passing was the other, but they were both bolt actions and I really lusted after that Marlin autoloader that kinda’ resembled an M-1 carbine.

    My Grandfather and my Cousin taught me how to shoot and how to be safe with a firearm when I was five with those two bolt rifles, so those guns will always have a very special place in my heart. I also still have that Marlin, the cleaning kit (part’s of it anyway) and the case…….. well it has seen better days. The brick lasted about a day. I also still have the two bolt actions.

    I will till I die……..