Recently I was thinking about buying another wheel gun. I didn't want anything special and I certainly didn't want to spend a lot of money. At one
point I owned a 6 inch Chiappa Rhino 60DS
, an excellent gun by all estimates, but
extremely costly. It was a fun gun. But it wasn't practical for my needs as far as a wheel gun was concerned, so I traded it for a Smith and Wesson
M&P 9. Again an excellent gun...But the trigger was among the most horrible I have ever used on a striker fired semi-auto...So out it went and in came
my current carry piece, the Glock 19 Gen 4...This is my go to weapon. It is reliable, I have customized it to meet my tactical needs, and I am
proficient with it.
I really didn't need
another carry gun... I wanted
this cheap revolver. I missed having a wheel gun, but since I didn't want to spend a
lot of money I started searching the internet for a decent revolver at or below $300. I found it. The EAA Imported, German made, Windicator(pronounced
Vindicator) in .38 SPL with a 4 inch barrel and rubber grips.
It is not a pretty gun. Even the EAA website will tell you as much:
Windicator- Weihrauch-European American Armory
It’s not the sleekest, or the lightest, or even the prettiest, but the Windicator is ready when you need it! With its six shot, double/single
action, the Windicator gets the job done!
This revolver cost me $280. It came with a useless key lock, and an instruction manual that makes it a point to tell you NOT to use +P ammunition
regardless of what model you get. It is not rated for it and all the problems that have been listed with the firing reliability of this gun have been
the result of using +P ammunition in it regularly. Don't do it. Standard velocity ammunition will work just fine in this revolver. It's a sub $300
dollar revolver, do what the instruction manual says.
It is definitely a day time gun. Not meant for use in low light conditions. For better visibility of the front sight blade I recommend painting it.
Since I don't need it as a carry piece, I will leave it as is. That said...This thing is accurate:
This was a ten yards using double action shooting. While it is a heavy trigger pull it is smooth and breaks cleanly. The single action is incredibly
short and takes very little pressure to break. I had no issues with the sights in the lighting conditions I was in (indoor range). All I did to this
revolver prior to firing it was cleaning off all the packing grease I could reach, and using a small amount of Hoppes #9 gun oil to lubricate all the
This weapon fired 100 rounds of standard velocity, Italian made, Perfecta .38 Speciall FMJ ammunition. Then swallowed another 100 rounds of Federal
standard velocity Lead Round Nose. It then swallowed yet another 100 rounds of standard velocity Hornady target loads and 50 rounds of standard
velocity FTX self defense loads. Zero malfunctions. No missfires, light primer strikes, timing issues, or breakages of any kind to report.
While I realize this isn't really a bench mark for any firearm reliability test, generally speaking, for a 6 shot revolver, this isn't bad.
There isn't a lot of after market support. I'm still trying to track down a decent holster that will fit. The rumor is the S & W K-Frame holster will
fit the thing, but I don't feel like tossing money down the toilet for a rumor. I also don't intend to actively carry this weapon. If I do carry it I
will likely have it in a back pack or simply leave it in one of my vehicle compartments for "just in case" scenarios.
That said, for speedloaders, the HKS 10A loader works well, and 5 Star Firearms makes loaders that will work just fine with it as well.
Hopefully you get something out of this. If you are in need of a budget wheel gun that works, I highly recommend the EAA Windicator- Weihrauch
revolver. It comes in 2 inch and 4 inch varieties, nickel or blued, and in .357 Mag/.38 SPL or .38 SPL only.
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