EAA Revolvers

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  1. trigun87

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    Does any one have experience with these revolvers I have been eyeing an used for $200.
     
  2. gyvel

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    They're pot metal; Stay away from them.
     
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    No they are not..........they are very stout made revolvers.
     
  4. Big Mike

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    The .22/.22 mag convertible revolver I got from my dad is extremely accurate, and has never failed to fire in 1000s of rounds. I can't speak to the larger calibers but mine is reliable end even fires off the "junk" .22 rounds my Marlin rifle doesn't fire. Mine cleans up well and has a very appealing blue finish...I agree they are stout. Mike
     
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    A while back I picked up an EAA revolver (Windicator or something like that) at Gander Mountain. I held it in one hand and a Ruger GP100 in the other.

    I have a Ruger sitting in my safe. The EAA is still for sale at Gander.

    The difference in quality between the two is obvious when you hold them side by side.

    IMHO, you should save a little more and buy a better revolver.
     
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    EAA imports both types.
     
  7. trigun87

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    Well its a windicator model, and looks to b in fair condition. Has any one had any negative issues with it. (actually shoot one range time, etc.)
     
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    Admittedly, I never shot one. I just didn't care for the fit and finish.
     
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    The EAA Windicator is what they used to call a "Bang" gun.

    That is, about the best thing you can say about it is that it almost always goes "Bang" when the trigger is pulled.

    Quality is a good step below even Taurus, there are few or no after market grips or accessories available for it, and there's not much you can do to improve the trigger pull.
    It won't have as long a service life as a better gun, like a Ruger or S&W.
    Accuracy will probably be only so-so.

    If all you need is something that will fire reliably, you don't intend to shoot it much, and nothing else matters, its good to go.
     
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    I got a Windicator in .357 with the 2 inch barrel. Dfariswheel has it right: reliable but no terribly accurate. Makes a great truck gun as you don't care what happens to the finish, but it's tough enough and will do the job. Definitely not a range gun. Heavy enough to handle full loads with no pain. Got mine new at $200 a couple years back.

    Lou
     
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    I bought a Winidicator in 2004 for my wife to use while I was away. We ended up selling it soon after. The trigger was pretty bad and had sticky cases all the time, even when clean. Dont know about the accuracy as my wife didnt like the thing and never took it past the 5 yard line. She ended up taking the time to learn to use my 1911.

    It was reliable though and never failed to fire and never jammed. I would buy one if you want it for a truck gun or something like that where you dont plan on shooting it much.

    Other wise I would get a S&W police trade in .38 from J&G for 25 dollars more. My Model 15 is leaps and bounds a better weapon than my old EAA.
     
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    I had an eaa .38 for about a week. The wheel would occasionally lock shut and not open after firing making it impossible to reload without dry firing it a few times and jimmying it a bit. I traded it in on a used gp100 after that.
     
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    i own a 4 '' 357 widicator ( it's my house gun) seems to be a very strong revolver
    but its no ruger i own a gp ,sp ,black hawk, and had a p85.
    You can't compare the two , but with that said the eaa has a place in my home and thats in my bedside loaded with gold.dot
     

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    In .357 they're steel guns, in .38 spl they're "alloy" which I've heard varying descriptions of from aluminum to machine shop sweepings, but I've never handled a .38 only in person.

    I looked at one in .357 once, and as was said before it seemed nice until I started really looking at it. The 2" barrel had obviously been machined as a longer barrel and cut to length, it had been roughly recrowned at best, and looking at the details of fit I just didn't get that "warm fuzzy" feeling that said I just had to have it. Plus they guy had it marked nearly double MSRP, but that's nothing against the gun.

    Also know that these sell for about $225-$250 brand new.
     
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    I bought a SAA .22 revolver because it was about the only full size .22 I could find. Definitely not a Ruger but for $280 I find it to be a good deal
     
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    they are kinda like the "Hi Point" of revolvers; love them or hate them; all you can do is buy it, fire it with a few hundred rounds to test for durability, reliability, and accuracy; hopefully you get on the keeps on truckin'

    personally I have gandered at one at Gander Mountain and they do feel chunky and somewhat clunky, but if I get one that keeps going bang then it becomes an unglorified workhorse for me; sometimes it's the ugly ducklings that offer the best service without problems
     
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    I have handled and shot an EAA windicator. I also had to take it apart and deburr everything inside. It was a royal mess. Had the worst trigger I have ever felt on a revolver. It didnt want to extract cases worth a crap, the crane was sticky and didnt want to move smoothly. It was junk. After the first cleaning the blueing was started to wear and look like crap. I was thinking about getting one, until I saw this firsthand.
     
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    you are right, they dont have the best trigger's .
    And they are rough but i wouldn't call it junk!
    Like another post said they are like hi point's love em or hate em
    but mine has no issues with sticky cases and theres a trick to
    to remove the cylinder that i picked up after shooting some rounds
    through it. It is not a ruger or a smith !
    What i can tell you is that if i ever need to pull the trigger it will go bang everytime.
     
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    I looked at a Windicator at a gun show a few months back. It looked like it would be a good truck gun for the < $300 they were asking (new). I asked the guy manning the booth if he'd take off the wraptie so I could check the action. He refused. I explained that I was serious about buying it but needed to function check it. He said he understood and that I could do all the function checking I wanted after I bought it. I had to assume he had a good reason for that stance, so I let him keep the gun.
     
  22. dfariswheel

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    To be fair about that, remember that once 30 people at a gun show want to "check the action" before buying... then don't buy, the next serious buyer doesn't want to buy a "used gun" that's been handled a lot and now has the ring on the cylinder and handling marks all over it.
     
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    DF, while that's true, that was the only time I've ever had someone refuse it. Nor have I ever seen anyone buy a gun, new or used, without checking it out.
     
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    I had a S&W M-19 that had the same problem.

    (Chamber polisher stick from Brownell's fixed that right up.)
     
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    how are the SAA ones they sell compared to the rest of the lineup?
     
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