Acquired a RG 39 (38 Special)

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Acquired a RG 39 (38 Special)

Postby TheSinfulSaint » Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:16 pm

I just acquired a RG Model 39 (.38 Special) from a friend and excited about it. Pic attached. This was his Dad's and by the looks of it, he had not used it much either. So I opened it up to check the internals and clean years old grease and lube it. Put it back together and waiting to try it out at the range.

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I am by no means an expert in firearms so would like to pick brains of experts and veterans here. I know it is unwise to feed high pressure +P ammo to this so I'll stick to regular loads. Although I would like some more info:

1. Could I replace the wooden grips with the new rubber ones. I am sure I can use the grips made for some other snubby which will fit onto this ?

2. How much should be the "standard" gap between the forcing cone and the cylinder ? Or rather what is considered a standard in RG revolvers ?

3. Should I get it checked by a gunsmith for some issues which my in-experienced eye missed ?

4. What would be the retail price of something like this in decent condition ?

Please Advise.
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Re: Acquired a RG 39 (38 Special)

Postby Kiln » Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:40 pm

Approximate value of their centerfire revolvers in great condition is probably $150-175.

Just check that it locks up properly and don't worry about it.
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Re: Acquired a RG 39 (38 Special)

Postby bitsman » Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:20 pm

Doubt you will be able to find any rubber grips that are made for the RG.. you might be able to modify ones for another gun to work.. Check Youtube for vids.. I am sure some has done it

Here's a link for what are claimed to be NIB RG's at a local gun shop... http://www.armslist.com/posts/1596684/birmingham-alabama-handguns-for-sale--rg-s-new-in-box----14-s--74-s--31-s--and-57-s--..

If it locks up tight and everything looks good I would not worry to much about shooting it
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Re: Acquired a RG 39 (38 Special)

Postby adam01364 » Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:03 pm

Welcome Sinful Saint! Looks like a neat .38 you've got there.
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Re: Acquired a RG 39 (38 Special)

Postby jeffchance » Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:21 pm

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Re: Acquired a RG 39 (38 Special)

Postby FergusonTO35 » Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:23 pm

Wow, nice gun. That appears to be one of RG's better offerings. Does it have a steel frame? Barrel to cylinder gap on a .38 is usually .006-.012.
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Re: Acquired a RG 39 (38 Special)

Postby Kiln » Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:26 am

Yeah I gotta admit, now that I'm home and see that thing in better detail than I could on my Iphone, I can honestly say that it looks great. It also has some features that I haven't ever noticed on RG revolvers before.

That RG is a pretty classy looking gun.
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Re: Acquired a RG 39 (38 Special)

Postby adam01364 » Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:05 am

Looks a lot like a EA Windicator. Wonder if the two have anything in common?
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Re: Acquired a RG 39 (38 Special)

Postby Kiln » Sat Jul 20, 2013 1:41 pm

adam01364 wrote:Looks a lot like a EA Windicator. Wonder if the two have anything in common?

I think that the Windicator was based on the later HW357 revolvers built by Arminius. It is kind of confusing because Arminius sold a couple of guns with identical model numbers, many years apart. They are commonly differentiated between by saying either "old model" or "new model" HW357.

Basically the Windicator looks pretty much identical to the "new model" .357 that they imported in my opinion.

New model HW357- http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/File:ArminiusHW-357.jpg

EAA Windicator- http://eaacorp.com/images/Revolver/Windicator.jpg

Notice that the frames, hammers, and back sights look basically identical.
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Re: Acquired a RG 39 (38 Special)

Postby TheSinfulSaint » Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:57 pm

Thanks for the welcome and all the great information provided here.

Yes, when I saw this one it really looked good contrary to what I have seen on the net and horrible reviews so I picked it up. It is also very heavy for its size so I am assuming it is steel. That would certainly help with better control.

I read somewhere that RG got their act together finally in later guns as far as quality goes and made some really good firearms, but the damage had been done and the better offerings didn't help anymore. So I am assuming this is one of their better offerings. It is clean with shining barrel inside and moving parts are in great shape.

I had also read somewhere that RG based its models after S&W designs, not sure how much weight in that but it does have resemblance.

Attaching some more gun porn for comparison. Enjoy.

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