Here is a specimen of the much maligned, but actually pretty good quality, Rohm or RG Revolvers imported en masse from the 1950s on up until 1986. Corporate genealogy of the Importers were first Eig Cutlery, then F.I.E. / Firearms Import and Export Company, and then an independent German Owned RG Industries in Miami. Many other distributors had their own names stamped on the RGs, notably FIE and Spesco. Manufacturer of these good solid revolvers was Rohm Gesontheim Germany, hence the corporate initials. Not C&R Eligible until 2014.
Most recently these handguns have been valued in excess of $1 million. One of the most rare and expensive handguns in the world.
Terry Tussey Customs Colt Longslide on Springfield frame hard chrome w/genuine elephant ivory
Tussey is an old school pistolsmith, a one-man-shop practitioner who still zeros every gun he builds himself. “I bought a .45 when I was 17 years old after reading Cooper’s Fighting Handguns. I already had a lathe at home and I started working on triggers. I got hired by [Los Angeles gunshop owner] Martin B. Retting in late ’59 and that was my first paid job working on guns. I’ve actually done trigger work and part-time gunsmithing ever since,” said the veteran customizer.
Tussey worked as a sales rep for Safariland and Colt during the ’60s and ’70s to supplement his gunsmithing sideline. “In ’79, I gave up all the extra stuff and went strictly into building custom pistols, kinda forced out by telemarketing. My middle daughter took over my route selling guns while I made the transition. She did it for no pay, just to help the family out,” said Tussey, a father of four and grandfather of nine.
.577 Black Powder Express, a cartridge invented by the late Samuel Baker who had Holland & Holland build him an express rifle in this caliber.This caliber is generally used for thick-skinned dangerous game such as elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Even among professional ivory hunters of old it is typically treated as an emergency weapon carried by the hunter's gun bearer, reserved for stopping the charge of an enraged, wounded elephant in thick bushes rather than as a day-to-day hunting weapon. Only a few hunters such as James Sutherland did use it as their primary elephant rifle.