Budget Revolver Review: The EAA Windicator .38 Special/.357 Magnum Review (and Score)

In this episode of TFBTV, James tests out EAA’s budget revolver, the EAA Windicator.  EAA says of the Windicator: “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! ” James puts this revolver through the paces on TFBTV today, and then rates it using his CCW review scoring system:

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James will review the following features and assign a value of 0 (poor) to 7 (excellent) for each:

Value
Size Efficiency
Trigger
Sights
Fit and Finish
Mechanics
Performance

There’s also a reviewer “tilt” point that can be awarded or deducted based upon the reviewer’s personal opinion. The addition of these 8 numbers is multiplied by two the get a score on a 100 point scale. The score is then saved to a spreadsheet archive which can be accessed with the above link.



James Reeves

• NRA-licensed concealed weapons instructor, 2012-present
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  • Vhyrus

    Hope you don’t bury this one like the RP9 vid.

    • ??

      • Vhyrus

        The RP9 review Patrick made earlier this week that mysteriously disappeared off of the site and youtube. Don’t think we missed that.

        #neverforget

        • Ah, gotcha. Wasn’t aware of that, I was too wrapped up swimming in a pile of new top secret guns and shooting Glock 18s in Smyrna the first half of the week.

          • PK

            Is it bad that I halfway believe you?

          • Yes, because you should alltheway believe me. I was at Glock HQ testing out a new gun and making it clap with the Glock 18. I think Glock Summer Camp was the best three days of my life. I posted some pics to the gram. There’s an NDA and embargo on the new gun(s), so those pics aren’t on there yet.

          • PK

            Now I KNOW you’re serious.

          • Tim

            “….and making it clap….”

            whoo-boy……

          • J.T.

            Has Glock made any indication as to when they are going to announce their new gun(s) to the public? I’m hoping we don’t have to wait until SHOT.

          • They did not give us a firm date but they seemed to indicate that it would be around or shortly after Labor Day.

          • PersonCommenting

            Please tell me it is a double stack 380 that is in every country but ours…

          • PersonCommenting

            “The gram”

            If youre ever in OK look me up, I think we could do great things.

          • Giolli Joker

            Unless there’s a Glock revolver and a Glock carbine, you can post photos… they all look the same.

          • Paul White

            I want to see a Glock 1911, just to upset every fanboy faction at once.

          • Porty1119

            A Glockteen-11 would potentially be interesting, depending on how it was executed.

          • The Glock 18 video is on James’ YouTube page.

    • PersonCommenting

      Why would they pull it? did it have something wrong with it?

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      I pulled it because I made several factual errors in the video. We didn’t bury it, simply wanted to make sure that we laid out facts.

      While at SHOT I spoke with someone in the Remington booth that gave me some info on the gun as I was passing through the booth. As a result of that I was speaking on the understanding that it had been entered into MHS when it hadn’t and that they chassis was user removable when it is stated in the manual that it shouldn’t be dissembled past a field strip by a user.

      Once I get a chance to get the RP9 back in front of the camera I fully intend on covering it, this time without the incorrect information.

      • Vhyrus

        If you’re gonna retract something at least put out a little post saying “Hey we messed up” don’t just ghost the thing like it didn’t exist.

        • Test Bacon

          Agreed. Having it suddenly disappear without an explanation leaves it open to conjecture and speculation as to WHY it was removed. The more jaded and cynical among us readers may even start to think that maybe you all sold out to Big Green.

          I noticed my earlier comment disappeared, hopefully it was because of possible foul language and not an attempt at silencing detractors.

          • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

            There are foul language filters, but I can’t tell you why your comment was withheld. That would be a Phil White question.

          • Swarf

            Well, there are language filters for some people.

            Others seem to be able to post like adults just fine.

          • int19h

            It’s the magic of the full Unicode character set. Learn it, and you won’t have to give a fuсk about filters ever again.

          • Swarf

            No ‮?tihs

            Shoulda thought of that myself.

          • retfed

            I wondered about that too. I was concerned that Patrick would turn up in a car trunk in the long-term parking lot at the Ilion, NY, airport.
            Am I too cynical and jaded?

        • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

          That isn’t my call.

  • Brick

    Would you have rather they called it the EAA Rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsgesetz?

    • the EAA Nazverkingut would be a good name imo

    • J.T.

      Gesundheit.

    • NINJA del TACO

      I see you like beef label monitoring also!

    • I seem to remember that EAA wanted to name it the Vindicator, but someone else already held the trademark. Windicator was meant to be a transparent dodge, playing off the Germanic pronunciation of “W” as a “V.”

  • PersonCommenting

    @TFBjames:disqus Known about these for a while glad someone has done a review on it finally. Nice little revolver for the money from what I have heard by personal youtubers.

  • Test Bacon

    Armscore 206 next?

    • Brett baker

      I’d watch that.

    • Devil_Doc

      I’d love to see an unbiased review of the .22TCM 1911 and bolt gun.

      • int19h

        And while we’re at it, the Novem 9mm integrally suppressed bolt-action conversion from said bolt gun?

  • Vhyrus

    The windicator is proof that taurus does not have the ‘saturday night special 38’ market cornered.

  • BlackSanta

    Great review. I actually used to appendix carry one of these in a 4-inch model. Had to keep pulling my pants up but it did the job until I could afford something smaller and better quality.

  • John Edward Nicholson III

    “This must be the crappiest thing they make in Germany.”

    Welp, Röhm exited the market in 2010 so I suppose. . .

  • derpmaster

    I’d buy one immediately if it came in 4″ and stainless. Obviously it’d be more expensive but who cares. I need a revolver for a fudd 3-gun match I’m planning (OU shotgun, revolver, and bolt gun).

    Sad that even used Rugers from the 70s are $500+ now.

    • Nashvone

      That actually sounds like fun. Can I skip the OU and go with a bolt action shotgun?

    • Swarf

      I would so participate in/watch that match.

      Hell, that’s a great idea. A three-gun league with O/U, lever/bolt/pump rifles and revolvers? Yes please. I’d love to participate in SASS type stuff if it weren’t for the required costumes and other hokey-ness.

      The speedier class would use pump shotguns.

      • Independent George

        Isn’t that more or less cowboy action? Coach gun instead of O/U, lever only, and SA revolvers.

        • Swarf

          Costumes. You’re leaving out the costumes.

          Also, 3 gun style instead of teepee targets 10 feet away and no “manufactured before 1899” restrictions. And not restricted to single action.

          Look, don’t go messing up my nice fantasy with complications from reality.

        • Swarf

          And don’t get me wrong, Cowboy Action shooting is really cool, and I love going to matches at my range, but I don’t have the talent or inclination to do the acting and costume wearing part of SASS.

          And the guns that fit in to their restrictions are expensive, to boot (as it were).

          • retfed

            I agree. I’d like to shoot SASS (and North-South Skirmish Association percussion-cap matches), but I’m not interested in dressing like Roy Rogers or Stonewall Jackson. I can shoot a Garand in matches without dressing like Audie Murphy, so why should I have to buy special clothes to shoot a single-action?
            I guess I’m just not woke enough.
            I like your idea of a revolver/double-barrel/non-auto-rifle three-gun match, though. I’ve had the same thought.

      • Phillip Cooper

        What is “SASS type stuff”??

        • Swarf

          Single Action Shooting Society.

          The cowboy action folks.

  • Big Al

    You know, you could have avoided the bluing concerns by getting a nickel plated one.

    • Phillip Cooper

      Pretty sure they aren’t offered that way.

  • retfed

    “It’s too heavy! It weighs a ton! Twenty-nine whole ounces! Almost two pounds!”
    You pathetic whippersnapper. Back when I was your age I was carrying a 34-ounce Model 66 concealed every day, on ten-to-twelve hour shifts. You kids have gotten so soft . . .
    Oh, wait. Time has marched on, and I don’t do that anymore. Never mind!
    Here’s a question that anyone thinking of buying one of these should ask: Is the cylinder geometry compatible with any common speedloaders (K-frame, L-frame, D-frame, “Mark 3,” etc.)?

    • Devil_Doc

      I have no idea, but i’ve seen speedloaders for it in person. The person that had it isn’t a “gun guy”, so I know it can’t be difficult to find.

    • Phillip Cooper

      Yes, they are. I have one of these in my safe and was able to get speedloaders at the LGS.

    • You joke, but there are more than a couple comments on the video that say that in all seriousness. There’s a guy that even said something like “this weakling is complaining about a 29 ounce gun and I carry a 40 ounce steel 1911 every day.”…OK, you do you. Some of us prefer lighter guns that we are going to carry for 12 hours a day just like some of us prefer to drive to work instead of crabwalk to the office, but whatever floats your boat, I guess.

  • Roadkill

    I handled one back around 2005. The trigger was so sharp, it literally cut my finger.

  • Kelly Jackson

    Serious question, does EAA just built knock offs of other guns? I get their bread and butter are CZ clones, and due to the joys of Sanders Socialism nobody held pateients on the designs but I saw one of their firearms that appeared to be an HK USP with a metal frame.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Licensed copies! They’re licensed copies, man!

    • int19h

      To remind, patents expire in 20 years in this country, and terms in most other countries are similar (so next time you hear someone from Kalashnikov complain about “unlicensed manufacturers”, you know where you should tell them to go).

      • Kelly Jackson

        The CZ75 was never patented in the first place for the good of all comrade.

    • EAA is an importer. But yes, their imports are often clones of other designs. The CZ75 clones are from the Italian manufacturer Tanfoglio. The Windicator is made by Weihrauch of Germany. They used to import from the Turkish firm Sarsilmaz, but this relationship seems to have lapsed. It was Sarsilmaz that made the USP-esque ST10.

  • gunsandrockets

    We need to see the Battle of the Budget Blasters!

    Please do a comparison video of the Rock Island Armory M206 .38 special revolver vs the Windicator .38 special revolver.

    (I note that both of those handguns are on the Commiefornia handgun roster, at least for now)

    https://www.turners.com/guns-handguns-revolver/browse/caliber/38spl/brand/european-american-arms,rock-island-armory

    • mazkact

      Couple of years ago I bought the 4″ RIA .38 SPCL Revolver. I had to see what I would get for just over 200.00. I love it and shoot it on plate racks often . So far so good.

    • Swarf

      And the Taurus 85.

      • Nathan Means

        I have had my little 85 for 8 years. My hands just fits on the houge grip on it. One time went shooting and took a few shots at 80 yards, 3. out of 5 hit the soda bottle.

  • Andy

    Yes, it is heavy on its own. Compared to the 1911 I normally carry, this is a feather. My Windicator weighs slightly more than 29 oz. due to a larger grip and carries very well with an Azula molded pancake holster. Yep, as James mentioned…no accessories available. Literally the only accessory available for this revolver is a larger grip available through EAA for about $50. If you have hands that don’t fit the supplied small grip, the larger grip is the one for you, especially with .357. This is a great revolver for the money. Serves me well on my hip, in my Jeep, or on the nightstand and I personally would have given it at least an 80% on the score sheet. Don’t be shy. Go get one!!

  • nova3930

    Far too many used J-frames out there in good condition to fool with junk like this…

  • mazkact

    Good video James. Just for grins sometime try cocking the hammer on a revolver with your support hand thumb like the SASS guys do. Once I tried it its the only way I shoot single actions and sometimes double actions. The RIA double action revolvers have a swept down hammer spur that lends itself to shooting in this way.

  • Don Ward

    The Windicator sounds like it was named by Lilly von Schtupp.

    • MR_Mr_Deplorable_Hapla

      “Vee-gates Meine Schotzie “, indeed

  • Isaac

    Hey all I’m going to say is this:
    1. I’ve got an easy 3,000 rounds through mine.
    2. For a disabled shooter (missing last two pads of the right index finger thanks to saw accident), it is actually a pretty legit way to get back on the range… my Glocks just no longer fit my weak side hand, this does.
    3. The damned thing has been in production since 1991 and is brought to you by the same folks who brought the EAA witness… pretty sure they’re sticking around.
    4. My dealer (who’s been a friend of my wife’s family since before we were born) has sold a ton of these… as of march 2017 they’ve had a grand total of zero complaints or returns.