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Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by Strutter769, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. Strutter769

    Strutter769 New Member

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    Hey there! Within the past month, I moved to a really remote area in northern WI, and before I left, my uncle gave me a little .25 pistol (apparently to protect me from beavers). I've always been a bit intimidated by guns, growing up with a step-dad who served in Viet Nam who "saw enough of them over there."

    Well, after a few rounds of this little .25, I'm hooked. Now, my birth dad has paid for some actual home protection, and next week I'll be picking up the EAA Windicator .357. I've done a ton of research and found mixed, but overall good reviews, and seems to be a good choice for self defense for a novice. So, since my wife is very concerned about her aim, especially under threat of an intruder. So, to help her feel more at ease (in addition to lots of practice) I'd like to have a laser grip or laser sight. I cannot seem to find ANY at all. I've also been told the .357's concussion is too much for any laser to handle, so they don't make lasers for them. Of course, I've also been told they ARE available. Are they? If so, might I ask that someone post a link for me?

    Thanks in advance!

    Roy
     
  2. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Google Crimson Trace Grips-
    Not sure if they make a set for your EAA tho-Doubt it -
     
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  3. FrontierTCB

    FrontierTCB Active Member

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    Remember you can also shoot .38 specials out of that .357, that should make it easier on your wife while getting acquainted with it.

    Plus it will be a little cheaper to practice. Good luck.
     
  4. Strutter769

    Strutter769 New Member

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    Thanks for the replies. I tried Crimson Trace and was told there are no lasers for ANY .357, because the percussion of the gun destroys the laser. I have since found that to be an inaccurate statement.

    Also, I do plans to practice with .38's but then I've read you should practice with What you plan to shoot. Well, for self defense of course, I plan to use .357, so I'm sure we'll practice with both to get the feel of each.
     
  5. Strutter769

    Strutter769 New Member

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    So I finally called EAA directly and just my luck, No lasers. But she recommended a "sight conversion kit" which I also can't find on the site. I assume this (if made for this model) would need to be installed by a gunsmith since the sights are fixed? If that's the case, I'll just pick up a bottle of "Glow On" and be done with it I guess.
     
  6. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Inaccurate is a understatement :confused:
    I've shot a Ruger Super Alaskan in the 454 Casull with CT grips ;)
     
  7. phildenton

    phildenton New Member

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    What he said, i know ct makes grips for various s&w revolvers, of many calibers, but i have no experience with eaa, im sure there is something for you. The most important thing is trigger time. I advise finding out about a local nra basic pistol class. Also check your local library for books & dvds. Remember to unload a firearm before dry fire practice or any instructional practice, etc. Safety first, always.
     
  8. Strutter769

    Strutter769 New Member

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    OK, since laser isn't an option, is my next option Glow-On? I just don't like that the rear sights aren't dimpled, which of course make painting a breeze. But I will just tape them off maybe 1/4" from the top edge then paint. I'm thinking about using 2 colors. Rear would be red, front green Good idea or bad?
     
  9. phildenton

    phildenton New Member

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    im looking at crimsontrace.com right now, they do indeed make grips for magnum revolvers, ruger gp100, sp101, super redhawk, lcr...
    s&w j frame [they even have one in pink, lol], k & l & n frames [which are usually chambered in some pretty hefty calibers]...
    taurus judge, tracker, etc

    i would check and see if one of the s&w or ruger grips will work...
     
  10. Strutter769

    Strutter769 New Member

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    I will do just that, thank you!
     
  11. pioneer461

    pioneer461 New Member

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    May I recommend professional training for both you and your bride? That way you won't pass along any bad habits you may have developed. Lasers are great sighting devices, but they're battery operated. Ever have a battery fail? Would you want to jump out of an airplane with a battery operated parachute? I recommend mastering the basics of pistolcraft before relying on the laser.

    I've never fired an EAA, so I have no comments on them. If .357 loads are a bit much for self defense, consider .38 special +P Self Defense cartridges. A bit milder than magnum loads, but still viable self defense loads.
     
  12. Strutter769

    Strutter769 New Member

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    Great post, Pioneer. Although not a professional nor a trainer , I will be shooting with my father-in-law who has years of experience. I completely understand he can certainly have bad habits, but I have no doubt he will preach safety above all else.

    My step-dad was in Viet Nam and says he "had enough guns over there." So, although not raised with any firearms in the house (or really any relatives or family friends owning any) I have a huge respect for all guns and clear understanding of how easily so much damage (i.e. up to and including death) can be inflicted in an instant. So, I'm definitely coming into gun ownership with eyes and ears wide open, researching all I can about my particular firearm. That's what brought me here!

    In my particular case (I'm 40), I've been kind of escorted into gun ownership, by moving to the middle of nowhere in north-central WI after growing up in suburban Chicago. What began as "take this .25 just as a precaution," has turned into my birth father buying my wife and I this Windicator. Now I'm like a sponge and eager to learn the ins and outs of it, the differences in ammo, and how we can get better and be ultra-safe with the weapon.

    All-in-all, I'm really excited about it, and unfortunate for me, picking up the revolver continues to be postponed for one reason or another. I'm hoping to have it Saturday and begin practicing!

    Thanks for all the tips, and please, keep 'em coming!