EAA Windicator .357 Magnum | Full Review

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February 6, 2019 / Comments (35)

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This EAA Windicator .357 review proves that it’s definitely good for anything but your belt.

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In this article:

  1. EAA Windicator Review
  2. Concealability
  3. Cost
  4. Operability
  5. Shooting and Marksmanship
  6. EAA Windicator Sights
  7. Shot Capacity

EAA Windicator .357 Magnum: The Ideal Conceal Carry Gun

EAA Windicator Review

Of all the countless double-action revolvers available today, EAA has added a solid offering with the .357 Windicator. The European American Armory Windicator is a medium-sized, K-frame revolver.

Produced by German manufacturer Weihrauch, this .357 mag/ .38 special 6 shot revolver has the versatility and reliability expected of a German-engineered handgun. While revolvers may seem out of date for semi-automatic enthusiasts, they will always have a unique purpose for gun owners.


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Find out why experts consider it a great concealable handgun.

Concealability

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There is an everyday carry gun out there for everyone, and this is probably the ideal carry gun for a lot of people. At 1.5 inches wide, this does not immediately strike you as a concealed carry handgun.

Without the added cover of a winter coat, even inside the waistband carry is uncomfortable and at times imprinting. That’s not to say there isn’t a use for this gun.

With its reliability unaffected by long-term storage (unlike the springs in magazine-fed guns), this is more likely to be more suitable as a home or business defense handgun. At home, the Windicator makes a good ‘nightstand gun,’ one easily accessible and easy to use.

Cost

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For many gun owners, the cost can understandably be a deciding factor in choosing a handgun. While not exactly a collector’s item, EAA priced the Windicator to be attractive to first-time gun buyers.

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The suggested retail price of $373 is well below the average cost of a .357 magnum revolver. This particular Windicator was a new purchase at Gander Mountain for $319.

Used Windicators have sold for as low as $250 in gun shops and online retailers. With this accessible price tag, the Windicator is an excellent value.

Operability

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Revolvers are notoriously simple to operate and the Windicator is no exception. As with most double-single action revolvers, the heavy double-action EAA Windicator trigger job decreases the chance of an accidental trigger activation while in storage or being carried.

Once you cock the hammer into a single action, the trigger pressure drops from 12 pounds to about 5. Activating the trigger in single-action mode requires just 5 pounds of pressure and virtually no trigger slack (or “mechanical void”).

The trigger itself has grooves carved into it to give shooters’ trigger fingers better grip and even acts as a reference point for trigger finger placement. This is actually a feature some gun owners pay extra for, and on the Windicator, this is a standard feature.

The cylinder release also has an ergonomic position for right-handed shooters to easily start a reload. With these simple features, the Windicator’s operability is exactly on par with the ease of use revolvers are famous for.

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Shooting and Marksmanship

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Chambered in .357 magnum and .38 special, the Windicator capitalizes on the unique versatility that only revolvers like this can offer. Loaded with .357 magnum self-defense cartridges, this gun does deliver strong recoil and muzzle flash.

However, with the ability to chamber and shoot .38 special, practice and training are much more manageable and cost-effective. The smaller load is both more affordable than .357 but more importantly, it generates a slightly less intense recoil and muzzle flash.

Muzzle Definition: The opening at the tip of the barrel or part of a gun where the bullet comes out.

Despite the short 2-inch barrel, a competent shooter can deliver accurate shots at most self-defense ranges up to 25 yards.

Notwithstanding the heavy double-action trigger pull, the Windicator also delivers accurate multiple-shot self-defense drills. I’ve had experienced and novice clients on the range with this .357 and all have been able to accurately deliver multiple shot drills at varying distances with the right coaching.

This is likely where the initially unwieldy 26 oz. weight is a factor, balancing out the explosive recoil of these larger caliber cartridges.

EAA Windicator Sights

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The low profile sights were designed to mitigate the issue of sights catching on a holster. With black on black low profile front and rear sights, shooters may have difficulty finding proper sight alignment and sight picture.

This and many other Windicators commonly get modifications with an easy do-it-yourself solution. A small drop of white nail polish on the front sight provides all the contrast you need to achieve sight alignment.

Another way to do this is with high visibility or glow-in-the-dark colors as well.

After shooting 2500 rounds through it in one year with a variety of ammunition, there has not been a noticeable impact on operability. If anything, some cheaper ammunition did burn dirty, causing a larger than the normal gas cloud.

This simply highlights the importance of maintaining a clean firearm, as shooting cheaper ammunition can cause a significant carbon build-up if left unchecked.

Shot Capacity

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The shot capacity is something that has always seemed to be perceived as a weakness in revolvers. With a 6 shot cylinder, the Windicator actually has a larger capacity than some 5 shot .357 revolvers.

Even several single stack semi-automatics have capacities ranging from 5 to 8 rounds depending on caliber. While the carrying capacity can keep the Windicator on the same level as these semi-automatics, the primary shortcoming is in reloading.

Magazines will always be easier to reload than even speed loaders, and one major factor to consider when deciding if this is a good carry gun for you.

The EAA Windicator grips give a solid and controllable feel but do have a few drawbacks. After shooting some rounds with it, the grip on this particular Windicator came loose after about 9 months of use.

An issue like this is likely due to the high round count. It’s something to credit for in the design and manufacturing.

Watch this video by TFB TV as they tested out the durability of the EAA Windicator:

Gun enthusiasts should not write off the Windicator because of a 6 shot capacity or any other preconceptions. A handgun this reliable and easy to use is a good option for first-time gun owners. It’s a dependable home defense handgun or even a concealed carry handgun.

As with most new handguns, it takes dedicated training and responsibility to become truly competent and confident with it. If you’re considering adding a Windicator to your collection, it is always a best practice to shoot it before any purchase. For a .357 revolver in the sub $300 price range, however, this is also a great opportunistic buy if you should come across one online or in person.

What has been your experience with an EAA Windicator? Share your experiences in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

35 Responses to :
EAA Windicator .357 Magnum | Full Review

  1. Charles Barrus says:

    I have one and love it. I did the nail polish trick on the front site with some neon green. I changed my grip out for a wood one that needed slight mods to it, but it is for looks because I like wood grip guns. I mostly shoot Winchester white box 110 gr JHP out of it and am pretty accurate with it. Overall a great gun and it was on my nightstand last night, even though I have several other choices. It does shoot a fireball with 357 at the range. That might not be a good thing in the dark at home as a self defense round, but the stopping power.

  2. Bob says:

    I had a saw 686 plus in stainless steel and carried it concealed for years though heavy it is a .357 7 round revolver. It too had a short barrel 2.5 inches. If I was going for home defence a longer barrel 5 or 6 inches for me.

  3. Mikial says:

    Revolvers have a place, and we own two of them. EAA has delivered some very nice guns at well below the prices for the big name items, so don;t be afraid of the name. I don’t carry a revolver EDC, but do often carry one around the house and when working in the yard. Reliable and accurate.

  4. JJM123 says:

    Comparatively, S&W Special with 2″ barrel is 1.25″ wide and weighs 25 ounces loaded. Admittedly it is a 5 shot and will not handle 357.

  5. Bob Long says:

    EAA = JUNK. My cylinder on my EAA developed a hairline crack. Spend a bit more and get quality, S&W or my personal favorite, Ruger.

    1. Adam says:

      Bob, the gun comes with a lifetime warranty. Did you give EAA a chance to make things right?

    2. marcopolo says:

      Bob, Anything made be Man can fail. That’s what CS is for. Money cost/spent does not guarentee that you’ll get the perfect gun. I have 3 Rugers, 2 Glocks and except for a heavy cylinder latch & heavy DA my EAA Windicator is a fine addition to my revolvers & performs quite well. In certain conditions, I carry it for SD & I’m very comfortable that it will do what it’s supposed to do protect you, me, & et al.

  6. Bob Long says:

    For home defense go with a 12ga shotgun. And not a cheap EAA one.

    1. Steve says:

      Only problem with that train of thought Bob is that a 12 ga using even bird shot will penetrate interior walls. Wouldn’t want to be in any of those rooms when you let fly with your 12 Gauge.

  7. Kim T. Curtis says:

    In your video, at one point I see you flipping the cylinder shut! Big no no! That can lead to a lot of problems regarding alignment of the chambers and more if you do it on a regular basis! I know this because I screwed up a gun in my youthful stupid stage, by doing just that!
    Leave that to Hollywood and close it as it should be closed!
    Other than that, great video!
    I like that gun and am going to get one! .357s are great mountain guns and even though they are wider than many other firearms, they can be used for concealed carry!
    It will definitely stop any human with good shot placement!

  8. marcopolo says:

    I recently bought the EAA 2″ 357 in magnum revolver for under $300 last month. Since then I’ve put 400 rounds of 38 special 130 grain FMJ & JHP ammo & 50 rounds of 357 magnum 158 grains. 25 feet & under my accuracy was groups of 0.5 ” both SA and DA. the 357 magnum was a tad stout & I think I’ll go for 110 grain or at most 125 grain ammo. Any 38 special ammo was terrific. The DA is about 12lbs. & the SA is somewhere around 4.5 to 5 lbs. My Feeling, IMHO, is that any revolver that mechanically works, if practised enough, should do what you want it to do. I have 3 Rugers in 357 magnum and 2 Glocks in 9mm
    The only con on this is reloading. the cylinder release is heavy. Other than that, I really like the feel of a snub that’s solid steel & that eats up the perceived recoil like butter. I don’t care about perfect finish or irregular marks. How it performs is the most important thing. Last remark is I will never put 5000 rounds thru any weapon that I have. I’m too old. So I’ll never know if it will last firing 5000 plus rounds.

  9. Benny says:

    i own a EAA Windicator 357/.38 special…. in my state right noe we are having a short on all ammo…
    well to day i went to try n look for 357mag or the .38 special cal… and there was nothing but i did finf a few box of 38 super… so i bought them…..
    My Qustion is can i use thiese 38. supers in my Windicator??

    1. H. Ray says:

      NO 38 super is a rimless that head spaces on the case mouth a semi auto round!!!

  10. Cal says:

    Yes, I also checked on that was told that you can use 38 super since it is actually a less potent round than 357 Magnum.

  11. RICHARD BOWEN says:

    MY FAVORITE GUN IS A S/W 357 ,I HAVE SEVERAL, 9MM AND 380S BUT THE BEST IS THE 357 WITH OUT A DOUT.

  12. ALBERT LOWENSTEIN says:

    Cal: you are confusing 38 super and 38 special. NO this will not run 38 super, a rimless cartridge.

  13. GlennVA says:

    I’ve carried a S&W nickel plated Model 19 for 50 years. It has a four inch barrel and is accurate as Hell. As well as for concealed carry, I used this particular revolver while working on a Armored car. You can say all you want about the cheap, plastic pistol, but I’ll never own/carry one. I keep a Colt 1911 at home. For stopping power you can’t beat a .45 acp.

  14. chet radven says:

    Somebody doesn’t know how to count. You’re talking about a 6 shot 357/38 gun and all the pictures are of 5 shot revolvers

  15. robert payne says:

    I like this gun & will buy one soon

  16. John Jackson says:

    I have had a Windicator for several years now. I am on the road a lot and it goes with me. It has also been my go to when working around my pasture fixing fence, etc.
    I did not really care for the ridged trigger and a little emry cloth solved that.
    Lately it has been binding up in single action mode. I did a deep clean and lightly oiled all moving parts but it still binds up.
    Has anyone else had this problem?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Chaplain Thom
      April 30, 2021 at 9:13 PM

      I discovered early on that if you torque the grip screw too tight, the pistols will bind up. I have a 2″ and a 4″ and it happens on both of them. Back off on the grip screw a bit, just enough so your grips does not get lose; should solve the problem. Good shooting!

  17. aAnthony Bilotti says:

    Where can I get one

  18. Anonymous says:

    Where Cana guy get one or two

  19. RL Homer says:

    I got my Windicator through Classic Firearms. Mine has the 4″ barrel and has been fine so far. The fit, finish and polish were better than expected, I got in blue. I keep mine loaded at home right next to my bed with .357 158 grain Hornandy XTP JHP. Put around 250 rounds through it and it is does bark, spit and jump a bit with the magnum loads. Easier to handle with the .38 special in +P 125 grain. If you locate one, do not hesitate because these are getting snapped up very quickly. I also have a Mossberg 500 12 Gauge with buckshot within reach and I could care less about holes in my walls if someone breaks into my home.

  20. c says:

    I carry a 50 year old nickle plated Rosewood handles Model 19 and it is accurate as the dickens. I have run some handloads with 110 blitz hollowpoints wih a super fast burning powder and could nail a coffee can at 50 yards with it. Don’t load that round anymore because I think it was too hot for the gun.

  21. dieselfuel says:

    This is a review of an EAA Windicator 357 Magnum, and leave it to the Smith and Glock snobs to chime in. I’ve seen more than my share of Smiths, and even Rugers with cylinder slop, canted barrel shrouds, and God aweful triggers! This “Vindicator” in 357 with a solid steel frame at 28 ozs is a german tank. Shoots non evasively, and with above average accuracy. And for you Glockies, I’ve got a Mossberg MC1 that blows the doors off a G43 in every category except name recognition! For 300 dollars, the 357 Windicator is a better value(bang for your buck) than most in it’s class, and even some above its class!!!

    1. Richard D Jones says:

      Well….I never considered that my Smith revolvers and semis made me a snob. I have a couple Taurus 856, one UltraLite and one +P and a full size Taurus TH9 in the same cabinet as my Smiths. But thanks to you I now have a Smith snobbishness. I think everyone needs to decide if 300 for an EAA or Taurus is fine while another 150 will get a S&W. I couldn’t decide, so I have some of each. Go figure. But I will say that my 2021 built Taurus Model 66 357 seems to me every bit as good as the 1983 built S&W 586 357 magnum. In today’s prices, an equivalent S&W could cost double the Taurus 66. I recommend either and let your pocketbook decide. Over the years and decades maybe, a few hundred more doesn’t seem to me to be the bottom line in making that decision.

  22. dieselfuel says:

    And BTW, The EAA 357 Widicator is about 300 dollars less than a comparable Smith, and I’m not talking about any of those garbage airweights! Horrible shooting experience!!! And for the Glock Empire, my Mossy was 150 dollars less than your 43!!!

  23. Chaplain Thom says:

    I discovered early on that if you torque the grip screw too tight, the pistols will bind up. I have a 2″ and a 4″ and it happens on both of them. Back off on the grip screw a bit, just enough so your grips does not get lose; should solve the problem. Good shooting!

  24. R. A. V. C. says:

    Just picked one in nickel finish. Seems well made, heavy for its size and the fit and finish is very good to excellent. It is not as smooth as my Colt New Service snubby built in 1932 and chambered in .45 Colt. But very few are, actually. I also own a Taurus 608 in .357 and that is one of the smoothest shooters I have ever encountered. And it tames the .357 very well. I am looking forward to putting some hi-powered lead downrange with my new Windicator. For the money, it seems like a mighty fine little piece. And with the extra money saved over the S&W Pro I bought a Grand Power K100 in 9mm. Their rotating barrel design is the very finest, and I would put it up against a $1200.00 H&K anytime. At $500.00, it is one of the best bargains available for a highly precise, balanced and extremely well made autoloader. The Europeans know a thing or two about making firearms, and the Windicator AND Grand power prove this in spades.

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