Bought a $150 .357 Mag.


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Kiln
December 17, 2012, 06:02 PM
Well I grabbed this enormous revolver a day or two ago for $150.

It is marked "Arminius HW357" and was imported by FIE quite a while back.

The majority of the gun is steel but the trigger guard and vent rib are both zamak castings. It shoots great, I've put about 150 rounds of .38 special and 50 rounds of .357 magnum down range with good results and accuracy.

I mainly got it as a woods gun for .38 shotshells and occasional range use with .38sp.

I bought it on impulse and really don't know that much about it. Anybody have more information on them?

Here it is:
http://i848.photobucket.com/albums/ab47/Myguns223/Arminius357001_zps1516893e.jpg

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PabloJ
December 17, 2012, 06:10 PM
It's nicely polished "H&R" from former West Germany.

RaceM
December 17, 2012, 06:25 PM
If the frame is zamak too limit yourself to mostly .38 & .38+P to make it last longer. Otherwise, I've got a 4" ported version in .38 special and like it. Dead nuts accurate, handles well, easy ejecting, and field stripping just involves removing the two pins that hold the trigger group in place.

rswartsell
December 17, 2012, 07:25 PM
At that price I would have been tempted by this unusual (and fairly decent looking ) beast too!

I gotta agree with very conservative selection af ammo and probably wouldn't go for a very high round count. Interesting!

Kiln
December 17, 2012, 07:34 PM
Yeah I didn't really buy it as a high volume shooter, I mainly bought it for a snake gun/occasional range gun. I figured that the 6" barrel would help the shotshells to group well.

The frame seems to be steel because it attracts a magnet and is blued rather than painted but there is basically NO available source of parts for them which is why I don't intend to shoot it much.

ridgerunner1965
December 17, 2012, 08:24 PM
looks like yu made a good investment there. id shoot it lightly and then in 10 yrs sell it for 3 times what i gave for it.

Onward Allusion
December 17, 2012, 10:21 PM
I had a couple of Arminius HW7 (22LR) though the years. They were actually rather well made. Always functioned fine and were more accurate than me. Due to the Zamack frame, I'd stick to target 38 spl rounds. For defense, stick to wadcutters.

Deaf Smith
December 17, 2012, 10:32 PM
Should have offed $100 and maybe in 10 years at a gun-buy-back sold it for $200.

Deaf

Kiln
December 18, 2012, 12:51 AM
I had a couple of Arminius HW7 (22LR) though the years. They were actually rather well made. Always functioned fine and were more accurate than me. Due to the Zamack frame, I'd stick to target 38 spl rounds. For defense, stick to wadcutters.
Frame is steel. Only the trigger guard and vent rib are made of zamak.

ljnowell
December 18, 2012, 03:25 AM
Is that a swing-out single action, or a double action? The trigger seems a little far back with hammer down to be a double. Interesting looking revolver anyway.

Kiln
December 18, 2012, 04:32 AM
Is that a swing-out single action, or a double action? The trigger seems a little far back with hammer down to be a double. Interesting looking revolver anyway.
It is DA/SA. The double action trigger isn't really good at all but the single action is honestly great.

Davek1977
December 18, 2012, 05:21 AM
Have 2 Arminus revolvers in .22 LR, a 3 in barrel and 6 inch. One belonged to my grandfather, the other to my father. Decent little guns, imo.

RaceM
December 18, 2012, 11:22 AM
Kiln- Don't sweat the parts. They're pretty simple mechanically and you could make your own replacements (if you're somewhat talented with metal) unless you break something major. Run it with plenty of lube and enjoy.

lowercase
December 18, 2012, 01:09 PM
I like it.

I'm always on the look out for "orphans" at my local gun stores that can be purchased for a low price. That, and they add some variety to my growing revolver collection.

Clark
December 18, 2012, 10:19 PM
Kiln
Only the trigger guard and vent rib are made of zamak.

Some of the frame bluing and polish would be hard to get on Zinc.

Kiln
December 18, 2012, 10:45 PM
Some of the frame bluing and polish would be hard to get on Zinc.
I may be confused about what you mean.

The two zinc cast parts are simply finished with what looks like black paint. The rest of the gun is blued.

The trigger guard is seperate from the one piece frame.

Clark
December 19, 2012, 12:33 AM
Kiln, my observations were agreeing with your information.

I just did not use the right words.

I have rubbed a lot of cold blues on a lot of different steel, and getting something to look like the pic behind the cylinder is not easy.

7.62 Nato
December 19, 2012, 01:30 AM
Nice catch.

Kiln
December 19, 2012, 06:29 PM
Kiln, my observations were agreeing with your information.

I just did not use the right words.

I have rubbed a lot of cold blues on a lot of different steel, and getting something to look like the pic behind the cylinder is not easy.
Ah alright, so I did misunderstand. My mistake.

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