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EAA Windicator 357 , Rossi, Taurus those are my choices

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by lobo9er, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. lobo9er

    lobo9er Active Member

    N E 1 ever shoot a EAA Windicator? looking at low end 357 snubbies. Budget is 250-300 right where a used rossi, taurus, and EAA are widely avail.


  2. rocinante

    rocinante New Member

    Nobody here likes the word budget. Don't risk your existence trying to save a few bucks. Get a used Smith, Ruger, Colt.
  3. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear New Member

    I've bought guns for less. A lot less. And liked them.

    I just figure that a snubbie is a gun you plan to stake your life on. That's different from "sporting purposes.":)

    Taurus would be my off-the-cuff choice -- they've been making good, reliable guns -- but I don't know if I'd call them "budget" at this point, since from what I've seen, they're in the same price ballpark as Smith or Ruger.

    The Windicator might have the quality of a Colt Python, but I wouldn't call it "proven" since it's hard to find anyone who has seen or touched one, to say nothing of shot hundreds of rounds through it. I'm not a "first adopter." Working in tech, I think "first adopter" is a synonym for "sucker" about 80% of the time. Sometimes, you get lucky, but I wouldn't stake my life on it...
  4. 7.62 Nato

    7.62 Nato Member

    I had a Taurus model 66 357 that I never had any trouble with (except for getting stolen). I've been told the steel Windicator is better than the lightweight.
  5. warnerwh

    warnerwh New Member

    You may want to look at Charter Arms too. They are made here and from what I've read their customer service is excellent. I don't see any bashing threads against them either.
  6. frankiestoys

    frankiestoys New Member

    I have a EAA Widicator 4'' in .357 it is the steel version too, i use it as a House gun . I bought it about a year ago and have fired about 200 rounds through it , 150 in .38 and 50 rounds in .357's. It fired great!
    Now with that said it is not the same quality as a Smith or Ruger .The gun is chunky and solid but the trigger is crude and the finish is rough. The sights are fixed but work well enough, but this is NOT a target gun. I guess you can carry the snub version but i have an SP 101 for that :D
    Now i want to explain why its my house gun.
    God forbid i have to use it on some intruder ,it would be taken for evidence.
    If i was to be robbed its the only gun not in a safe, i could live with that.
    Its a fine gun for what i paid, if i remember it was $225 . They have been in production for 25 years (so im told ) Rossi, Charter or Armscor are other choices for budget revolvers.

    Last edited: Mar 11, 2010
  7. lobo9er

    lobo9er Active Member

    not trying to save a few bucks. Thats all I want to spend. I'm not gonna invest in a High end snub nose to find out I don't like them. If I pick up a economy and it seems like something I like then I would decide on buying a SW or something. A taurus or comprable will give me an idea what there all about. I have only bought one smith and wesson (ar15) very unreliable sent back once came back a hair better and sold it. So I don't believe that I just need to buy SW and not look back. I wish ruger LCR came in 357 though those look pretty nice. I appreciate frankies post.
  8. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear New Member

    What do you mean, "To see if you like them?"

    IME snubbies aren't great "fun guns." They're great carry guns. I really like my snubbies, but they're not toys. Other wheelguns make much more amusing toys.

    I figure, you either have a use for one, or you don't.
  9. wlewisiii

    wlewisiii New Member

    Most people Don't Like snubbies. The recoil sucks & the sight picture is even worse.

    I reminded myself of that fact recently with a Taurus 650 CIA in stainless. Excellent revolver. But magnum loads hurt & even +P sucked. I could hit ok at 10 yards, but beyond that was getting into "side of the barn" territory.

    I happily traded it in on a well used 4" S&W Model 64 that I love to carry and shoot. +P in that is a push rather than a slap and, no, I can't do magnums. But the 6 +P I do carry will be on target.

    The real problem for most people is the compromise between what they will carry & what they actually want to shoot. You need to decide which is more important - carry size or being willing to shoot it enough to actually matter when the SHTF.

    Putting lead on target is more important to me. YMMV.

  10. ljnowell

    ljnowell New Member

    EAA windicator gets my vote for the worst DA trigger, and poorest overall fitment of a revolver I have ever handled. You could barely get the cylinder release to work until taking it apart and cleaning it out and oiling the hell out of it. Literally dripping.
  11. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Active Member

    You probably already know that the low-end (Taurus, Rossi, Charter) guns are a bit of a risk when it comes to reliability. You decide how much risk you are willing to take.

    If you know guns well, and you still get one of those guns, you should be able to tell pretty quickly whether the gun has reliability issues. If there are no such issues, you are good to go. At that point its just snobbery, fit-and-finish, and resale value to think about.

    For a .38 snub that is going to be sweated-on, banged-around, and handled a lot, I'd just as soon that it be one of those lower-end guns. I don't think I've seen a post yet where somebody was crying the blues about having scratched their Charter Arms .38.

    Put at least 200 rounds of your primary carry ammo through it before you rule it "reliable."
  12. frankiestoys

    frankiestoys New Member

    As i said the trigger is crude and ive noticed that the cylinder sticks a little but if you use your right thumb while releasing the cylinder it pops out just fine. It took a few rounds to figure that out, but its just a quirk.
    your right as rule i always shoot at least 200 rounds, more out of an auto before
    i feel safe knowing my gun will go bang if i need it to.
  13. shockwave

    shockwave New Member

    The Taurus and Rossi revolvers I've handled have been virtually indistinguishable from S&W in terms of quality, fit and finish. A Rossi 971 in .357 is a perfectly acceptable firearm.
  14. halfded

    halfded New Member

    All I have to say is compare the two pictures you posted.

    Nuff said.

    BTW, the Windicators are HEAVY!!
  15. lobo9er

    lobo9er Active Member

    cant say it anymore clear than "see if I like them" have never shot one or carried one and would like to see how I like them armedbear. Shooting a taurus snub nose can't be to much different from shooting a sw at the range as far as recoil and function is concerned so I would rather spend 250-300 than 500-1000 on something I maynot care for. If its to my liking maybe down the road I may buy new shiny SW. Rumors have it that ruger has talked about a 357 LCR. Wait to see. Thanks for all the replies though. sounds like probably an EAA will be left at the shop if I cross one.
  16. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Active Member

    Same here. I've also had good experiences with the Rossi .357 snubbie(before it was stolen) but have never handled the EAA.
  17. bflobill_69

    bflobill_69 New Member

    I feel the obligation to encourage you to save a few more $$$ and buy a used S&W .357...

    But if you have to choose between those 3, I would go with the EAA Windicator. Its a beefier gun than the Rossi and the Taurus. I would Guess its BIGGER than a S&W K Frame.

    I own one, and shoot it periodically now, but have put MANY rounds through my Windicator in the past. It is durable, reliable, and relatively accurate. It is however rough around the edges, and not nearly as pretty as my Smiths =/

  18. jimmyraythomason

    jimmyraythomason Active Member

  19. bflobill_69

    bflobill_69 New Member

    Personal experience and opinion... I am a firm believer in the philosophy of buying a quality gun that lasts for many, many years... and S&W's, especially the older ones do just that.
  20. ljnowell

    ljnowell New Member

    As I had posted above, my experiences were from actually shooting one of these guns. Quality was very poor. However, it was reasonably accurate, and did seem like it would be fairly reliable, just poorly fit and manufactured.

    When my wife decided she wanted a 357 magnum one of these was on the table for a bit. I looked around and was torn between the full size windicator, a Taurus, or a used S&W. I bought the S&W. With the cost of ammunition as high as it is, even to reload nowadays, I cant see the big difference in spending an extra 200 bucks to have a good gun. Anymore, in 357 mag thats what, like 500 rounds of ammo? Life is too short to own crappy guns.

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