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Old 10-14-2019, 02:46 PM
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Hello all.

I'm toying with the idea of getting an EAA Windicator 4" 357 revolver as a range toy/jackrabbit thumper.

I'm not looking for a new carry gun, or shtf companion piece: I would get an SP101 or 686 for that. Just something cheap to toss 38 special at pop cans once in a while, as well as the occasional 357 round for craps and giggles.

I also considered a Taurus, but I'm Leary of going that route since, well, it's Taurus. I haven't heard much negativity about the Windicator, but I haven't heard much positive either.

Thoughts?
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Every once in awhile Ive thought about picking one up just to try, but I usually come to my senses pretty quick.

Ive handled a couple and wasnt impressed. Maybe Im to picky.

The one 2" I looked at, looked as if they took a 4" to a bandsaw, and cut the barrel off, slapped a front sight on it, and didnt bother to even cold blue what was left of the muzzle. It was in the white and looking pretty rough.

I see them come through my favorite shop on a pretty regular basis, both new and used. I often wonder if the used ones werent the new ones you saw a week earlier, or at least it seems that way. Coincidence? Im thinking not.

Either way, they are always cheap and dont sit too long, so somebody is buying them.

Get one and let us know how it goes.
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I don't know how heavy duty, but they are heavy.
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The ones I have seen weren't all that impressive fit/finish. If you already have several handguns, I'd put that money into reloading gear, more ammo rather than another marginal pistol IMHO.
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Thought of that as well but decided to spend a little extra and get the SP101 without regrets. I have a few older Taurus revolvers and they are decent but I don't know how the quality is these days.
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Seems I read a bunch of negative reviews on them around 5 maybe 6 years ago

Wouldn't hurt to do a little research!
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If you just want a 357 mag to play around with, keep an eye out on gunbroker / armlist for used single action Uberti revolvers.

I picked up this Uberti El Patron Competition last year for $200. It was missing it's ejector rod assembly (found later on ebay).



5 or 7 years previous, a dealer on Gunbroker had Uberti Hombre's for $250


I shoot more 38 special in these than 357 mag. Have easily 1k of 38 special through my Hombre.
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The ones I have seen weren't all that impressive fit/finish. If you already have several handguns, I'd put that money into reloading gear, more ammo rather than another marginal pistol IMHO.
I reload for my 9mm. Haven't gotten around to it in 32acp yet, but I'm not sure I will since I don't shoot it much. I don't have a 357/38 yet though.

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If you just want a 357 mag to play around with, keep an eye out on gunbroker / armlist for used single action Uberti revolvers.

I picked up this Uberti El Patron Competition last year for $200. It was missing it's ejector rod assembly (found later on ebay).



5 or 7 years previous, a dealer on Gunbroker had Uberti Hombre's for $250


I shoot more 38 special in these than 357 mag. Have easily 1k of 38 special through my Hombre.
I do like SAA revolvers...
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