The Arminius revolvers were made by a West German company (back when there were two Germanys, ours and theirs) named Hermann Weirauch. People have mostly forgotten, but from the 1950's to the late 1970's, West Germany was a big producer of inexpensive pistols, largely revolvers.
They ranged from awful (some of the RG's) to good value for the money, like your Arminius. However, they were inexpensive, and they were not as durable as a more expensive gun, They were mostly made out of precision cast zinc alloy. The designs took account of that, but it just isn't as durable as steel.
For low-powered cartridges, like 22 rimfire or 32 S&W Long, it is OK. I have an Arminius in 32 Long (32 Long revolvers with target sights were hard to come by) and it's a decent gun.
And I had a friend with one in 22, and that was OK too. But 38 Special is a different ballgame, and I have no experience with them in that caliber. I would assume that if is in good shape, lightly used and well cared for, it would work OK.
But with heavy use or neglect, a zinc gun is going to wear out sooner than a steel one, or even an aluminum alloy one. So basically, we'd need to know more about your gun to tell you much, and even then, many people have a low opinion of these West German revolvers as a class. Like I said, they tended to be built down to a price rather than up to a standard. I paid $300 for each of the 357's. I wouldn't sell them. Well maybe at 7 or 8 hundred I would start to compare a little sharper.
But $350 seems to be the number they were selling for on 357 with 7'. Your.38 in nice shape might be a little less. Unless you're a reseller, forget about what other people think.
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Use your own eyes and judgement when purchasing any used revolver. Icom Ic F25sr Software on this page. I normally get only brands like Colt, S&W, Browning, Ruger, or Hi Standard. I like nice guns that go up in value everyday and that I want the kids to have.
This Arminius is very unusual for me; but sometimes you look, you roll her over, you check the operations, and you hear a little voice in your ear that says 'Take me home'. Oddshooter Goofy's right, no way to get a real price w/o photos and specs. I don't have pics handy. But could get some. I got the gun probbaly 14ys ago, i needed a 22lr revolver to use a in-home laser target practice system. A laser stem goes in the bbl, you put runner snap caps in the laser fires when the vibration from the hammer drops makes it go off.
There is a lil electric pad that registers hits. Not sure WHY i bought it. The revolver was in a pawn shop. 99$ good condition. I had no idea it was a zinc frame gun. I have shot it alongside my rugger mk3 standard 22 pistol at the range since I no longer use the lil in home target laser thingy.
It's as accurate as my ruger 22. All i can say. 8 shot as i recall. I have not shot it in 2ys+/- due to 22 ammo crisis. Well, you guys got me curious so I typed in Arminius in Google and got their images; several hundred. Oh my gawd, I could be totally wrong about my post above.
Mine is gorgeous but, those Arminius photos are some of the absolute ugliest pistols I've ever seen. The hammerless model looks like a block of metal. The Carter 3 Album Download Zip File.
The double action ones have a huge hump on the grip. They look rough and unfinished. The only ones that look nice are the SAA's like mine. You can even see the case coloring effect on the SAA.
Mine has a 7' barrel which gives it a great look. I don't think I would even touch the others. Sorry about the beautiful guns comment without narrowing down to SAA. Doesn't look like the same manufacturer. There are two broad classes of revolvers with the Arminius brand name. The old ones, made back before World War II, were made by a company named Pickert.
There were cheap revolvers for the European market, and look like antiques. The post-war ones, made by Weirauch, are the kind I described in my first post. If you do a Google search for Arminius Revolver, you are going to see both kinds. I had forgotten that Weirauch ever marketed a SAA copy.
I have no idea if they made it themselves, or had some other European company make it and put the Arminius name on it. Some of the West German SAA clones were quite decent guns, as I understand it. Somebody out there probably collects the Weirauch guns, but value would really be just as shooters. • The Firearms Forum is on online community for all gun enthusiasts.
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