EAA Windicator .357 Magnum | Gun Carrier Reviews

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February 6, 2019 / Comments (10)

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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 While revolvers may seem out of date for semi-automatic enthusiasts, they will always have a unique purpose for gun owners.

Find out why experts consider it a great concealable handgun.

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Concealability

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 conceal 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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European American Armory Corp. Model Windicator .357 Mag Photo by Gun Auction

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.

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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Windicator EAA .357 Magnum Photo by Personal Defense World

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 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

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.

 

EEA Windicator can also be a mountain and trail gun! Watch this video from God Family and Guns:

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.

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EAA Windicator .357 Magnum | Gun Carrier Reviews

  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.

  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.

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