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Old July 17, 2018, 08:05 AM   #1
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Eaa Armory "Windacator" Python?

Is there anyone that can give some details on these revolvers? I know they are made in Germany which is usually a good sign. The manufacture is Weilrauch. Which by the way makes of the the finest Air Rifles. However, I get the idea they are two separate distinct manufacturers.

The firearm from what I gather or solid guns, but for a lack of a better term "Crude" by comparison of some of the revolvers in the same class, but of course those costing 3 or three times as much. However actually a well built firearm.

I also read that they bought out the tooling equipment from Colt and are based on the Python. (True or untrue I could not tell you)

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Old July 17, 2018, 09:49 AM   #2
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They are nice revolvers ... I had an opportunity to shoot a snubby 357 a few years back. Solid gun.

What are you seeing price wise?
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Old July 17, 2018, 09:57 AM   #3
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They are nice revolvers ... I had an opportunity to shoot a snubby 357 a few years back. Solid gun.

What are you seeing price wise?
That is the thing. Some very nice prices for 357 around $288- $300.
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Old July 17, 2018, 10:17 AM   #4
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Twice that for a SW or Ruger ... weekend plinking I’d go for it
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Old July 17, 2018, 01:45 PM   #5
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No connection with Colt.
Doesn't belong in the same sentence with "Python".
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Old July 17, 2018, 02:24 PM   #6
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Yea, it sure ain't no Colt. I've had a couple on trade in. I would rate them as 3rd
class revolvers. You would be better served looking for a nice police trade in
S&W m10 or similar. I'm not a fan or Taraus & Rossi either but they are better
guns by far. Germany put out some decent SAs but I have never seen any DAs
out of Germany worth serious consideration. Not including extreme hi end stuff.
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Old July 17, 2018, 07:40 PM   #7
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No connection with Colt.
Doesn't belong in the same sentence with "Python".
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Old July 17, 2018, 09:47 PM   #8
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Bought my 3rd Vindicator 2" 357 in magnum snub. Made of solid steel & is no lightweight Poly stuff it's a Tank. Handles 357 in magnum ammo with ease & very accurate up to 20 -25 yards. Just make sure you clean it properly after "EVERY"
session. It's not pretty like Smiths or Rugers et al. but i does what it's supposed to do. The only negative that I could tell was the DA is weight about 13+ lbs. I had my GS do a trigger job & got it down to just under 10 lbs. Even my wife can handle it for a limited time(it weighs a ton).
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Old July 24, 2018, 07:40 AM   #9
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Might want to check that claim of made of solid steel...
Some advertisers list "steel frame."

Even EAA is confused about it...

https://eaacorp.com/guns/handguns/wi...-weihrauch-112
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Old July 24, 2018, 09:51 AM   #10
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No, EAA isn't confused, they just didn't write the paragraph very well. They include the following disclaimer:

*Can not sell 770125 & 770123 SC, WI, IL, or any other state with melt down point laws.

Those two weigh less than the others, so between the weight and the low meltdown caution we can assume that those two are the models with the alloy frames.
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Old July 24, 2018, 04:19 PM   #11
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The .38 is an alloy frame, the .357 is steel, the ones I have handled anyhow. I had a Windicator (Pronounced Vindicator), .357 last year, but my sister fell in love with it so it's now her home defense gun. Very rugged handgun. Not pretty, not a Colt or S&W, but a nice durable weapon. If you use the search button, several of us on here have researched them in old posts.
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Old July 24, 2018, 04:25 PM   #12
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For just slightly (30 bucks), you get the Taurus 65 or 66. 7 shot and pretty rock solid and isn't based off a melt point gun.

Is Walther pronounced Valter?
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Old July 24, 2018, 10:59 PM   #13
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I have the 357 Magnum 2" model. Yes, on the guns chambered in 3 57 Magnum the frame is steel. One complaint U have read about the 2" model is the uncrowned, unfinished muzzle. That is because the guns with a 2" barrel can not be imported. So they bring them in with a 4" barrel and 2" barrel shroud . Then cut the barrels back to 2" after they are imported. The raw steel at the muzzle, and lack of a crown does not bother me. It shoots well, and accuracy does not seem to suffer from the barrel not being crowned.
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Old July 25, 2018, 08:22 AM   #14
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For only 300 to 400 more you can get a S&W or a Ruger. Maybe even a used Colt.
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Old July 25, 2018, 07:56 PM   #15
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For only twice the cost or more you can get a S&W or a Ruger. Maybe even a used Colt.
for
There, fixed it for you.
Function wise the Windicator works just as good. Some people want a reliable shooter without an extravagant price tag!
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Old July 26, 2018, 11:51 AM   #16
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I like my Windacator but . . .

I've had the snubbie Windcator for over a year now. It shot fine out of the box and then developed a problem with the cylinder locking up. Took it to a Smith who "fixed" it and then it developed the problem of a free wheeling cylinder. Hmmmmm . . . . Sent it to EAA and got it back recently (By the way read ALL the directions in the manual for sending it in for repair. You have to prepay return shipping.) It's running fine now. A youtube search shows that the cylinder lock up problem is not uncommon with these guns. I like the gun but it's a "You get what you pay for gun." It's about as good as a $300 gun can be.

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Old July 26, 2018, 04:30 PM   #17
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Python? No connection. No idea where that notion originated.

Best thing about the "Windicator" is that it was originally called the Vindicator. But somebody held a copyright on that name and after a small number were made they had to change it by stamping a W over the V. They recalled the guns already sold and stamped them. The folks who didn't return theirs wound up with collector pieces.
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Old July 26, 2018, 09:19 PM   #18
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Out of curiosity ...

In the photos, the Windicator profile does bear a certain resemblance to the Colt Python. However, the cylinder release latch doesn't look at all Colt-like, and appears to be similar to those found on S&W revolvers. In operation, is it push to release like S&W, or pull to release like Colt?

Internally, is the lockwork based on Colt or S&W, or is it different from both?

[Edit to add] Oh ... and will the Windicator accept classic wood stocks such as seen on the Python?
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Old July 26, 2018, 10:26 PM   #19
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Is Walther pronounced Valter?
In Germany, yes.

And in German, Volkswagen is pronounced "Folksvagen."
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Old July 27, 2018, 06:46 AM   #20
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There are no imported grips for the Windicator.
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Old July 27, 2018, 11:53 AM   #21
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There are no imported grips for the Windicator.
That's why I'd like to know if Python (or other Colt) grips will fit.

For example, the Armsor M206 .38 Special snubnose comes with tiny wood grips. Pachmeyr rubber grips made for the Colt Detective Special fit it with no modifications.
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Old July 28, 2018, 02:09 PM   #22
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I pointing out that even the word Germany isn't pronounced "Germany" in German.

No. There are no grips that factory fit the Windicator. None.
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I pointing out that even the word Germany isn't pronounced "Germany" in German.
Ja, es wird ausgesprochen "Deutschland."
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Oh ... and will the Windicator accept classic wood stocks such as seen on the Python?
Oh....and why in the world would you want them?
The Windicator is not a beautifully finished classic. Not that the finish is terrible, but the black rubber grips they come with look just fine for what it is. Plus they feel great.
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Oh....and why in the world would you want them?
Because I prefer to look and feel of wood stocks.
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