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A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit claiming that certain Rossi brand revolvers
are defective in that they could unintentionally fire when dropped. The Defendants Forjas Taurus,
S.A., and BrazTech International LC (doing business under the brand "Rossi") issued a Warning
about these safety concerns in September 2018. Rossi, however, denies all allegations of
wrongdoing and liability alleged in the lawsuit, and the Court has not decided who is right. The
parties have agreed to settle.
Who is included? The Settlement Class includes: all individuals in the United States, including
its territories and possessions, who owned one or more Class Revolver(s) on March 15, 2019.
"Class Revolvers" means Rossi brand .38 Special and .357 Revolver models R35102, R35202,
R85104, R97206, R97104, R46202 and R46102 - made between January 1, 2005 and
December 31, 2017. The Class Revolvers have a serial number stamped on the frame beginning
with the letters Y, Z, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, or K. Anyone who receives this notice (including
distributors and dealers), if you have sold or otherwise transferred a Class Revolver to someone
else, please forward this notice to the current owner.
What are the Settlement Benefits? The Settlement establishes an "Enhanced Warranty"
allowing current or future owners to send in their Class Revolvers for inspection, repair if
necessary, certification, and cleaning, all free of charge (including shipping, labor, and parts).
Additionally, each Class Member who takes advantage of the Enhanced Warranty and files a valid
claim will receive a $50 cash "Inconvenience Payment." The settlement does not include claims
for personal injury.
Prior to the settlement, Rossi launched an "Early Warning Program" designed and intended
to make current and future owners of Class Revolvers aware of the potential dangers and to
inform them that the Class Revolvers should not be used or carried until they have been inspected
and/or repaired. Those who sent in their Class Revolvers for inspection and repair in response to
the Early Warning Program are entitled to make a claim for an Inconvenience Payment.
How can you file a Claim? If you are a Settlement Class Member, you must submit a valid
claim to receive an Inconvenience Payment. The claim period will run for one year after the
settlement becomes final and effective, and the deadline will be posted on the website when the
claims period begins. There is no deadline to participate in the Enhanced Warranty. In order to
be eligible to receive an Inconvenience Payment, you must also have sent in your Class Revolver
for inspection and repair under the Enhanced Warranty. You can file your Claim Form online at
www.RossiRevolverSettlement.com, or you can print out a Claim Form from the website or get
one by calling the toll-free number below and mail your claim to the Claims Administrator.

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oversize bullets could raise pressures, while shooting undersize bullets might produce poor accuracy. 
To remain safe and simplify loading,
I shot Nosler 0.308"-diameter Ballistic
Tips in a CZ 527 Carbine chambered in
7.62x39 mm. Bullets were seated with
Hornady Custom dies, which come with
one expander ball to size case necks to
hold 0.311"- and 0.312"-diameter bullets
and a second for 0.308" bullets. Accuracy
was actually slightly better than for
0.310"-diameter bullets.
Relatively fast-burning spherical propellants pack tightly into the
7.62x39 mm's small case to produce the
highest velocities at the cartridge's mild
45,000 p.s.i. maximum average pressure.
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for the .300 Blackout, worked well, sending the Ballistic Tips from the CZ's 18.5"
barrel at 2491 f.p.s. It also dispensed
precisely from a measure directly into
cases, resulting in an extreme spread of
velocity of 27 f.p.s. for 10 shots.
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What are my other options? If you do not want to be legally bound by the Settlement, you
must exclude yourself by July 15, 2019. If you do not exclude yourself, you will give up any
claims against Rossi covered by the Settlement, and will not be able to sue Rossi for these types
of claims in the future. You may object to any aspect of the Settlement, but you must do so by
July 15, 2019. The Long Form Notice of Settlement found on the settlement website provides
greater detail on how to exclude yourself or object. The Court will hold a Hearing on
August 27, 2019 to consider whether to approve the Settlement and requests for attorneys'
fees and costs of up to $5,553,000 and Incentive Awards of $7,500 to each of the three Class
Representatives. If you file and serve an objection, you and/or your attorney (if you choose to hire
one at your own cost) may appear at this hearing (but are not required to).

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WARNING
SOME ROSSI REVOLVERS MAY FIRE WHEN DROPPED
Owners of .38 Special and .357 Magnum Rossi revolvers can
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0.308", 125-GR. BALLISTIC TIP
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POWDER/CHARGE: CFE BLK/29.5 GRS. 2 X
PRIMER: REMINGTON 9½
CASE: HORNADY
CASE TRIM-TO LENGTH: 1.518"
OVERALL CARTRIDGE LENGTH: 2.20"
VELOCITY @ 10' (F.P.S.): 2491
MUZZLE ENERGY (FT.-LBS.): 1,722
ACCURACY: 1.37"*
USES: DEER AND HOG HUNTING.
NOTES: SHOT FROM THE 18.5" BARREL OF
A CZ 527 CARBINE WITH 1:9.5" TWIST
RIFLING AND MOUNTED WITH A LEUPOLD
ULTIMATESLAM 3-9X 40 MM RIFLESCOPE. *AVERAGE OF FIVE, FIVE-SHOT
GROUPS AT 100 YDS.
WARNING: Technical data and information
contained herein are intended to provide
information based upon the limited experience
of individuals under specific conditions and circumstances. They do not detail the comprehensive training, procedures, techniques and safety
precautions that are absolutely necessary to
properly carry on similar activity. READ THE
NOTICE AND DISCLAIMER ON THE CONTENTS
PAGE OF THIS MAGAZINE. ALWAYS CONSULT
COMPREHENSIVE REFERENCE MANUALS AND
BULLETINS OF PROPER TRAINING REQUIREMENTS, PROCEDURES, TECHNIQUES AND
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS BEFORE ATTEMPTING
ANY SIMILAR ACTIVITIES.


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