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 Post subject: EAA .22LR/.22MAG 8 shot Bounty Hunter revolver
PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:16 am 
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Earlier this week I paid $300 for an 8 shot EAA Bounty Hunter .22 single action 4 3/4” barrel revolver with 22 LR and .22 MAG cylinders. These revolvers are made in Germany by Weirauch, and the polish fit, finish, and blue is top notch. The frame is steel, and grip frame aluminum, grips are oil finished walnut, and there’s a transfer bar safety so you can load eight rounds. It’s a lot of gun, for $300, and has a lifetime warranty.

There are a lot of good features to this revolver. It loads from half cock, and the recessed holes in the cylinder index perfectly with the ejector rod without holding the cylinder. This avoids the objectional feature of other brands of transfer bar safety revolvers (other than the special run of Ruger Flattops and the New Vaquero) that do not index the holes behind the ejector rod, and makes this one easy to load and unload. The weight and balance of the gun approximates a Colt Single Action, so it’s good practice for shooting a big bore Peacemaker type revolver. Windage is dead on, and the gun shoots slightly low, so the user can file the flat topped front sight to bring up elevation. The frame is blued steel (attracts a magnet) and the aluminum grip frame matches the steel parts perfectly. The walnut grips take boiled linseeed oil, and have no varnish or lacquer to come off. Here’s a .22 single action revolver that loads, handles, points, shoots, and unloads like the real deal.

There are some downsides, though. The barrel may be pinned on, and not screwed in. There’s a solid pin through the frame, that mars the looks and original configuration of a cowboy gun. There is also a solid pin below the barrel that seems to hold on the front of the ejector housing. The action seems gritty, although a little use ought to slick it up. And like the originals, the rear sight notch is blocked when the hammer falls. All that said, this revolver costs new over two hundred dollars less what a new Ruger version would cost new and “feels” much more like a big bore single action than the lighter Ruger.

There are times a .22 revolver is just the ticket for having fun outdoors. Recoil is nonexistent and there is less noise that inspires low lifed, ill bred, and poorly raised cell phone Judases to call the law on neighbors at the sound of gunshots. Since you can buy .22 shells again, it’s slighly cheaper to shoot .22 LR than shooting reloaded 38 Special wadcutters. For a “first handgun” or an extra hog leg to keep around for practice, these should be ideal. The German made quality of these guns is a quantum leap over the very cheapest .22 single actions, and they fit in a standard sized Colt sized holster. For those who like spending more money shooting a .22 than a centerfire revolver, there’s an extra .22 Mag cylinder in the box. EAA has been importing these guns for many years, and a lifetime warranty is nice to have.

Yet no outdoors revolver is better than the special run of Ruger 44 Special Flattops. If you don’t have a 44 Special Flattop already, you want one and don’t know it yet.

It’s a shame there’s not a .22 LR Ruger Flattop, but at half the price these .22 Bounty Hunter revolvers are god practice for shooting the genuine article.:)



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 Post subject: Re: EAA .22LR/.22MAG 8 shot Bounty Hunter revolver
PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:26 am 
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The .22LR Bounty Hunter is on my list of guns to be purchased.
I had a .45LC Bounty Hunter pistol and loved it.
I should have kept it. I foolishly sold it to fund a different buy.


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