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- Great gun, barrel/muzzle has been chopped! (review by oldironhead on 11/20/2013)
This little gun is everything you would want in a snub-nose revolver. Can't beat the price and it is reliable. The only drawback on the snub-nose vs. the 4 inch Windicator is that the snub-nose used to be a 4 inch! The gun was imported with a 4 inch barrel and then crudely cut-down to 2 inches! The muzzle is not crowned or finished, but this dies not affect performance. The muzzle's edges are quite sharp! Be prepared to pay a gunsmith to crown, finish, and blue the muzzle. EAA does not advertise this; only after calling EAA and upon inspection of the firearm will you find out. But for the price, you can't beat it.
- Awesome! (review by Eric on 11/18/2013)
I bought this on a whim figuring it was cheap enough to be a throw around gun just to have some fun with. This was my first purchase from CenterfireGuns. It shipped quickly and with a tracking number.
My first impressions at the FFL were; heavy and the double action trigger sucks, really heavy pull. The finish was decent, really shiny, not as bad as some older review I have seen. Although the barrel was clearly cut on a lathe and the end was neither finished or crowned. Very little movement when in full lockup, no hammer push off, and indexed perfectly on all 6 cylinders. Cylinder gap was at .006", not bad. The cylinder release button was smooth and the ejector rod worked perfectly.
I took it to the range a few days later. With American Eagle FMJ 38 special this thing handled beautifully. There was almost no recoil at all and my SA shot groups were within the 9 ring at 10 yards off hand. Pretty good for a "cheap" 2" barrel.
Then I tried some Remington 357 JSP magnums. The recoil again was very manageable and the gun was pleasure to shoot. Although there was some serious muzzle flash with the 357s. My wife was able to handle the 357s just fine in both single and double action. Again my SA shot groups were about 3-4" or so off hand @ 10 yards.
Since I don't intend on this being used for anything long range, I didn't shoot past 10 yards.
After about 250 rounds of factory ammo it was still performing flawlessly. The double action trigger is not so great, the pull, in my estimate was about 15 pounds and after a box of 357s the serrated trigger was really starting to do a number on my finger. I will probably end up grinding it down to a smooth finish then refinishing it.
It was no harder to clean than any other revolver, the cylinder removed easily and that was as far as I broke it down.
The one major issue I have with it is the cut on the barrel. The outer edge was extremely sharp, almost razor sharp, but I took care of that in about 2 minutes with a dremel and some fine sand paper. I also painted the sights as they were a bit tough to see if not in really good light. Aside from filing down the trigger I will probably polish and blue the muzzle. I'd crown it but the tool costs near what the gun cost!
Bottom line, it's not a Smith, or a Ruger. However for what I paid, this is a great gun and so far I trust it to go bang when I want it to. Can't beat that for $292 after the FFL fee. I will probably end up moving my wife's bedside SP101 to the safe and replacing it with this and replace the 38s with 357s since the recoil was so little.
At least I won't cry if it's ever confiscated by the police after a breakin. I'm going to stop referring to this as "cheap" and instead go with "cost-effective" :) BTW, my HKS 10-A speedloaders work perfectly with this and it fits great in my Galco J-frame holster.