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So this post isn't actually about a Taurus revolver, I just appreciate the input from this community. I was looking for a truck, or trail gun. I was looking at picking up the eaa windicator in 357 4 inch or the rock island armory m200 4 inch, and I only really need one not both, what would you choose?
 

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Either are fine, but the RIA tend to run less money.

However, if it is going to be left in a vehicle, find a good way to secure it and maybe Stainless Steel.

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If I wanted a 4in truck or trail gun I would take the 357 because then you can also shoot 38. If you choose the M200 you can only shoot 38.

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I own a Windicator, a 4" .357 and it's a darn good revolver.
 

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Neither I'd get a judge, jmho, lots of ammo choices.
 

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I've got a 2" Windicator and it's definitely solid and goes bang every time you pull the trigger
 
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I agree with bang bang on the .357 being more versatile than .38 for a practical gun. If you were talking about collector pieces, I'd say there are many models of .38 specific revolvers I'd rather have than any .357, but from a practical standpoint, the advantage is with the .357. Good luck.
 

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I would get the Public Defender in SS, just my 2 cents......................
 

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I own and shoot an EAA Windicator with 4 inch barrel. I normally load it with .38 hollow points for social engagements, but keep some .357 magnum solids to hand for those wildlife encounters. It is a solid and quality revolver that I will keep . . .

. . . until I trade it in for a 4 inch Ruger GP100. That is the only way I'll let it go.
 
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Of the two you mentioned, EAA will look and shoot better. However it is pretty heavy. The RIA is what it is, reliable, not pretty and will go bang every time. I have tested the RIA , the 4inch model does not have a barrel crown, which does affect its accuracy. But it feels good in the hand. So it is a personal choice. They both have so so triggers. I have held and dry fired the EAA - it has better balance , but like I said heavy. Both will serve as a truck gun and decent range plinker. Now all that said, don't ignore used revolvers - in that same price range as a new EAA , you can find used Taurus revolvers that would in most cases be a step up from the EAA.
 
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There's not much you can't do with a 4" .357.

That being said, look around at the pawn shops and LGS in your area and check online for one of the MILLIONS of stainless Smith .357's that PD's traded in when they transitioned to bottomfeeders.

Personally, I'd rather have a 4" K/L frame Smith .357.

They are of known quality, armorer maintained- Smith would train LEO's in the depts to maintain the guns (I know a local dpet that had 10 members- 2 were Smith trained armorers) with factory back up if things got beyond them, shot very little (100 rounds a year was the norm back then), but carried a LOT so the exterior is occasionally a little rough.

You might end up paying a little more but you are getting a whole lot more gun for your dollar.
 
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Nearly $100.00 more for the .357 but in the long run you’ll be better off and glad you did . Takes s real man to shoot .357mags all the time but when the want for .38 comes around it sure makes shooting alot easier :D ! I shoot both but i sure love the .357mags and feeling that power behind it . However .38s’ are slightly cheaper . But last but least RA weapons are suppose to be good weapons but that EAA is a much prettier looking gun while the RA is kinda rough looking with the old S&W pistols from the 40s’ and 50s’ . My vote is the .357 EAA .
 

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I've compared the two, the EAA is a much better built gun. Thing weighs half a ton, very solid.

Never owned or shot one.
I have one of the EAA mini revolvers in .22 Mag and it seems to be VERY well built. It's my warm weather, shorts & flip flops concealed carry piece.
 

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4” 357 best bet if looking for truck/trail gun - MHOO.

Ran across a used 4” Security Six in 357 a couple years ago. Original grips and sights. Had had a trigger job. Shoots full power 357 DA all day long with minimal felt recoil.
 
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