In this edition of the TFB Field Strip series, we will cover a break-action shotgun, which is made by Taurus under the Rossi brand. The Rossi Tuffy in .410 gauge is a handy little utility shotgun that comes with synthetic furniture that can hold extra cartridges in the stock. The disassembly of the Rossi Tuffy is generally quite similar to most break-action, single shot, shotguns, which are quite easy.
This Rossi Tuffy break-action shotgun is owned by my friend, and he likes to keep it handy on camping trips and around the farm. The size is comparable to a beginner .22 LR rifle, so it’s really light and maneuverable. Since my friend bought his Rossi Tuffy, they have upgraded the stock to hold the extra cartridges on the side of the stock instead of inside, which would make the reloads even quicker. The Rossi Tuffy can be great for dispatching nuisance animals and small game, or just plinking as well.
As I mentioned the general field strip concept of most break-action shotguns can be seen here in the Rossi Tuffy and starts with the removal of the forearm. Some break-action forearms are simply clamped on and can be pulled off.
BEFORE YOU FIELD STRIP ANY WEAPON, REMEMBER the four rules of gun safety:
- All guns are always loaded.
- Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
- Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
Step 1. For those new to break-action shotguns, the off-center lever next to the hammer opens the action. Press down on the lever to open the action and ensure that there’s no ammunition in the chamber.
Step 2. Close the action and move to the sling swivel on the forearm. Use the swivel to unscrew the forearm from the barrel. Once the swivel is loosed, the forearm can be pulled downward and out.
Step 3. With the forearm removed, open the action and the barrel should lift up and to the rear of the receiver.
This ends the basic field strip process for the Rossi Tuffy, and most break-action shotguns. Reassemble in reverse order. You can check out Rossi’s website for the updated version of the Tuffy HERE. You can also view the manual for the Rossi Tuffy single action shotgun HERE.