I have a recent edition Rossi 971, imported by Braztech, made by Taurus. Have had it for about a year and have put about 1,000 rounds thru it, So far no problems. It was very accurate right out of the box. I like the trigger in SA mode very much. DA mode takes practise. It also fits my medium sized hands very well. I think it is a solid, no frills, handgun and a good value. I'm not going to try and over sell it as more than what it is. But I'm happy with my choice.
Visit different forums and you'll find passions run high when it comes to revolvers. I have no particular axe to grind pro or con against any make, and made my own choice after much reading, what was available when I was ready to purchase, and gun shop owner recommendation. Rugers are very solid, very reliable, a little heavy, high rated customer support, but I just don't care for how it feels in my hand and don't find it especially comfortable to shoot. Too bad for me, but for someone it's probably a perfect choice. People generally love the older Colts and S&W and for good reason. If I'd found one in good shape and a good price I might have gone that way, but where I live they tend to be a bit over priced And the defenders of the older S&W are frequent complainers of the newer models in claiming the QC has declined appreciably. So I concluded the newer S&W might not be worth the price premium. Taurus and Rossi share a hit or miss past but the complaints always tended towards inconsistant quality rather than generally poor quality in materials or manufacture. Problems seem to be far fewer in guns made since the Taurus/Rossi merger. The Rossi is now a bread and butter line. They use simple, older, proven designs and most of the kinks in their QC process seem worked out. Finally, for me, the gun shop owner, who I consider very knowledgable (never an question answered that didn't prove to be spot on), who could use any handgun he wanted as his in-store side arm, straps on a Rossi every day. So in short I considered the Rossi a decent gamble, and an excellent bang for the buck. So far I'm not disappointed.