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Just Ordered First Wheelgun(s)
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So I have decided to expand my horizons. I have ordered my first wheelgun. Actually my first 2 wheelguns.

I am getting 2 EAA Windicator .38 Specials. 1 in 4" and 1 in 2". Before I get bombarded with questions let me discuss my rationale.

Why not .357?: The place I ordered (grabagun.com) didn't have any 357 in stock and I realized that i would probably never actually shoot a 357 load, and might be too much for my wife. (and i've heard 357 is kinda dumb from a 2" barrel anyway) Plus, sometimes 38 from a 357 could be slightly inaccurate (not by much) but if I decide to compete in IDPA SSR with the 4" I would rather have all the accuracy I can get.

Why EAA? There are so many better choices out there!: So true, but where else can you spend less than $500 and get 2 revolvers? I already missed out on the Model 10 sale. Besides, For about the same price as a used Model 10 I get a brand new gun. Yes I know we are comparing EAA to S&W, so there is no comparison. Just go with me on it.

The point is I did some research and they seem like decent guns for the price. I figured it was worth the risk. I will report back when I get them and fire them. Actually, I'll probably just post the videos from my YouTube channel.
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RocketFoot's Minion since 09-07-2012
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#2
Congrats on your two new purchases. I go back and forth between loving revolvers and respecting their rugged functionality. Enjoy!
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#3
Welcome to the world of revolvers. Definitely report on impressions of this model. If you open them up for any reason please post pics of internals. Allot of info on different .38 loads. The performance of a 158 gr SWC at 8-900 fps known as the FBI load is well documented. I really enjoy my .38's, particularly with very light loads for plinking. I would disagree with whoever told you a 2" .357 is dumb starting with the ballistics over a .38 special. Have fun!
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#4
I'm going through a revolver phase right now, or at least I hope it's a phase. I've been carrying my S&W 442 more than I've carried any other gun I've owned. It so light and compact I hardly notice its there. On the other hand I have a S&W 686 SSR, that gets noticed a lot.
The reason I hope it's a phase is because I haven't owned a 1911 yet so that's my next adventure.

I hope you enjoy your new wheel guns. They are definitely a different experience. I'm not familiar with the EAA revolvers but I find it rare that a company can screw up a revolver....except Taurus.(but that's a different story)
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#5
Just a FYI, those are made in Germany by Weihrauch/Arminius, EAA is just the importer.
http://www.hermann-weihrauch-revolver.de...odukte.htm

The older ones had a tendency to suffer from cylinder bind but are also noted for decent accuracy.
I'd shy away from hot loads to avoid cylinder problems.

I love the EAA line of Tanfoglio pistols, but dealing with warranty/parts through EAA can be a hassle, just a little forewarning.

That all said, I plan on getting a Windicator in .357 for a truck gun as soon as they come back in stock at my guys wholesaler.
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(09-19-2012, 08:40 AM)39Flathead Wrote: Just a FYI, those are made in Germany by Weihrauch/Arminius, EAA is just the importer.
http://www.hermann-weihrauch-revolver.de...odukte.htm

The older ones had a tendency to suffer from cylinder bind but are also noted for decent accuracy.
I'd shy away from hot loads to avoid cylinder problems.

I love the EAA line of Tanfoglio pistols, but dealing with warranty/parts through EAA can be a hassle, just a little forewarning.

That all said, I plan on getting a Windicator in .357 for a truck gun as soon as they come back in stock at my guys wholesaler.


Thanks for the info. I don;t plan on loading hot rounds as it's not +P rated. I'll be loading my own rounds so they make power in IDPA, even if I don;t compete in SSR. Glad to see there are reloading recipes for Win231 and Bullseye powder... both of which I own. Makes life easy.
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RocketFoot's Minion since 09-07-2012
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#7
I had one in 357 with 2" bbl. watch the space/gap between the forcing cone and cylinder, mine was rather large, and i was rewarded with a nice peppering of unburnt powder with each shot, i did not own the gun for very long, i bought it for $250 at Gander about 3 years ago.
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#8
I went through a very short, but respectable revolver phase. At the end, I came out with a very fun to shoot S&W 442-1.

I like it, my wive doesn't.

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#9
Congrats on your purchase(s). Not real familiar with them, at all, so I can't say one way or another on how good a deal it was. I do know Germans make good shit. And, Germans LOVE David Hasselhoff. Big Grin
As for loadings, I suggest 148gr DEWC's over W231.
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#10
I think you will really enjoy shooting revolvers.
They may be my favorite guns.
I love the look and the simplicity of design.

The fun shooting a gun at the range is not just in pulling the trigger.
The fun is the entire experience of handling what you are shooting.
And so I really enjoy the over all feel of a wheel gun and the slower pace since loading and unloading are more frequent.

Let us all know your thoughts on revolver shooting and those two guns in particular.

God bless!!

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