Well, after a long wait, Rossi (http://www.rossiusa.com
) is finally shipping the .45 Colt/.410 Bore "Circuit Judge" in quantity. Think I like it, despite it's odd shaped butt stock. It comes with two "choke" tubes, a straight rifled one for the .410 shotshell, to take out the spin. And a plain "thread protector" tube for the .45 Colt, or .410 slug. So it is an "either or" proposition. Though I am sure you can fire the shotshell without harming anything through the protector tube, if you are not concerned with a decent pattern.
The pistol grip could be better. There's quite a bit more wood on the right side; plenty to reshape to better fit my (small) hand. Single action trigger pull is excellent, light with little movement; and not terrible for a double action pull. Quite good, as is typical for a Taurus/Rossi.
The comb barely allows getting down to the iron sights, a shallow "V" with green dots, and matching red dot front, quite good sights, actually. A Weaver base is mounted. I think this little gun is just begging for a red dot sight.
Butt length is a bit long at 14 1/4 inch, with a ventilated 1" pad. A half inch solid rubber pad will cure that problem, as you surely don't need a recoil pad.
There are two gas deflectors, stamped sheet metal "ears" screwed to the crane and right side of the frame, covering from four to eight o'clock. The forearm is well shaped to keep your hand from coming back too far, and as long as you don't cock your left arm up high, there should be no problem with the blast from the barrel/cylinder gap.
Only glitch so far has been with the cylinder latch, ever so often it will hang up, and lock up the cylinder and hammer, putting the gun out of action. If that doesn't wear in, I'll have to take it apart to check for burrs. Come spring (May), I'll report how she performs.
The owner's manual includes a .22 Rf/.22 RF Magnum, with interchangeable cylinders; a .44 Magnum version; and a 28 gauge. So there is hope that Rossi will deliver on those versions as well . They haven't always kept their promise in the past. The .44 version I'll probably pass on, the other two will be on my Santa's list.