American Rifleman | Rossi Matched Pair: The Top-Selling Single-Shot of 2020
by Guy J. Sagi –
Saturday February 13th 2021
A single shot rifle offers rugged simplicity, as well as the reliability that make it a solid choice that will last for years. Rossi used these virtues in his matched pair, but added versatility by shipping the gun with two barrels – one for .22 LR and the other for .410-bore shotshells.
The current version of the manufacturer is supplied with a synthetic thumbhole shaft – optionally in black, brown, green or gray – and a pair of barrels that can be exchanged by simply loosening the swivel. The edge fire barrel of the break action measures 18.5 “and the shotshell version comes in at 22”. The former has a fiberglass visor on the front, the latter has a pearl.
The hammer must be cocked before each shot, and its single cartridge / shell capacity is a comforting asset when looking after a new shooter. The weapon also has a cross bolt safety device. A generous recoil cushion tames the energy before it reaches the archer.
Replacement shells can be stowed on the right side of the stock, and additional rimfire on the left. With the .22-cal. Attached barrel, overall length is 32.5 “and it weighs 54 ounces. The longer shotgun barrel increases the dimensions to 36” and 61 ounces. The MSRP is $ 219.95 regardless of color choices. Most retailers expect an average price decline.
The design has changed over the years and chambers have even been offered. So don’t be surprised if you come across something entirely different on the used gun shelf of your favorite FFL. For example, the 2010 Rossi catalog contained a youth model of his matched pair with metal in stainless steel. In the same year it offered another version with barrels for .223 Rem. and 12 gauge. The cheek piece of the stock was even removable and the Centerfire barrel came from the factory with a base mounted on the scope.
Last year, Rossi’s Matched Pair received top honors in the single shot rifle category for FFLs with the services of GunBroker.com.