Heritage Roscoe: Retro Heater

Zac K
by Zac K
The 2-inch version of the Heritage Roscoe looks like something from a hard-boiled detective story. [Heritage]

Say you’re worried about being rolled in the mean streets, see? If you feel you might need to wear iron to keep the redhots at bay, then the new Heritage Roscoe will throw lead and make you look like a private dick while you’re at it.

Errr, we can the film noir-speak behind, but that’s what the Heritage Roscoe is—a double-action revolver that comes in two versions. The first, with a three-inch barrel, looks just like a highway patrolman’s revolver from the post-war U.S., as seen below. The second, with a two-inch barrel, looks just like the handguns that detectives used in classic film noir from the 1940s and 1950s, as well as newer films set in that era (check out the revolvers that the LAPD detectives were always waving around in L.A. Confidential or Chinatown and so on). Back in those days, hard-boiled crime writers called a handgun a roscoe—now you know where Heritage got the inspiration for the name.

In its 3-inch configuration, the Roscoe looks a lot more like a patrolman's sidearm. [Heritage]
Both versions of the revolver are chambered only in .38 Special +P and are only available with blued metal and checkered rosewood grips. That ramp front sight is non-adjustable. The ejector has no shroud, and the cylinder is fluted. It’s an all-steel revolver that looks like the real old-school deal.

Here’s what Heritage says about the revolver:

The Heritage Roscoe is our tribute to the legendary gunfighters of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. The hard-boiled detectives battling mob crime, the movie sleuths, and even the real world cops of those era all had something in common. They carried a revolver, the Heritage Roscoe is a recreation of those guns. Featuring a deep glossy finish, classic style grips, and available with a 2 or 3 inch, the Roscoe is a fine choice for re-enacting your favorite noir films, or for defending yourself in the real world.

The Instagram marketing is spot-on. All they’re missing is an endorsement from Sam Spade… or Tracer Bullet.


If you’re looking to add an old-school flair to your concealed carry game, or if you’re just looking for a range day blaster, the Heritage Roscoe comes in at a $363.99 MSRP. See more here, and Hop got a good look at the Roscoe here.

Zac K
Zac K

Professional hoser with fudd-ish leanings.

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  • Guillermo Piedras Guillermo Piedras on May 24, 2024

    I knew older guys on the force who had these as backups in the 1970s. I had a .380.
    They were smarter than me.

  • Mehul Kamdar Mehul Kamdar on May 25, 2024

    To call Heritage products crap would be to pay them a compliment. I have a 22 revolver that I bought to teach my daughter and nephews to shoot. With less than 50 rounds through it, the transfer bar jammed. It is an expensive and ugly paperweight now. Anything that this band of buffoons produces deserves to be considered as a very expensive and mostly useless wall hanger. Their pistols deserve to be New York and California free-to-buy as you won't get a shot off, try as hard as you might.

    • Booligan Shooting Sports Booligan Shooting Sports on May 25, 2024

      @Mehul Kamdar Heritage .22 revolvers don’t have a transfer bar, so it’s weird that it would have jammed on your gun.