Arminius HW Revolver Series

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Arminius HW-9ST - .22LR
Arminius HW-9 - .22 caliber revolver
Arminius HW-9 ST - .22 caliber revolver
Arminius HW-3 - .22 caliber revolver
Arminius HW-4 - .22 LR
Arminius HW-5 - .22 caliber revolver
Arminius HW-357 (New model) - .357 Magnum
Arminius HW-357 with unfired rounds - .357 Magnum
Arminius HW-357 - .357 Magnum
The newest version of the HW-357 - .357 Magnum

Background Information

The name "Arminius" refers to a line of revolvers manufactured by the German firm Weihrauch. These revolvers were named after the chief of the Germanic Cherusci tribe, Arminius (latinized name) who led Teutonic warriors during the later stages of Roman Emperor Augustus' reign. Over the past fifty years the various models have been imported into the United States by different companies. The most well known of the United States importers would probably be Firearms Import & Export (F.I.E.) of Hialeah/Miami, Florida. Researching the various Arminius revolvers imported into the United States over the past five decades can be confusing since the various importers often renamed the models to make them more marketable to U.S. gun buyers.

For example when Herters imported the HW-7 22 caliber revolver it was called the Herter's Guide Model. When F.I.E. took over the importation the name was changed again. L.A. Distributors of Brooklyn, New York imported the the HW-5 and called it The Omega while the HW-3 was entitled the Dickson Bulldog.When Arminius decided to start making a .357 magnum double action revolver in 1977 the company called it the HW-357. But F.I.E. gave it the dramatic name of the FIE Titan Tiger.

In the nineties F.I.E. went out of business and European American Armory (EAA) took over the importation of Arminius revolvers. Naturally EAA changed the names yet again. The HW-357 magnum revolver became the EAA-Arminius Windicator and was given a heavy full shroud barrel. EAA also began importing the various Single Action Army clones made by Arminius. As stated earlier confusion is understandable.

Arminius HW series revolvers can be seen in the following production(s):


Title Actor Character Note Date
Badlands Martin Sheen Kit Arminius HW-9ST 1973
A Pain in the Ass (L'emmerdeur) Lino Ventura Ralf Milan Arminius HW-3 1973
A Pain in the Ass (L'emmerdeur) Jean-Pierre Darras Dr. Fuchs Arminius HW-3 1973
Shaft in Africa Richard Roundtree John Shaft Arminius HW-3 1974
A Police Commissioner Accuses (Un comisar acuza) Gheorghe Dinica Paraipan Arminius HW-3 1974
Death of a Hoodlum (Muerte de un quinqui) Paul Naschy Marcos Unclear model 1975
Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man Marc Porel Alfredo Arminius HW-3 1976
Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man Ray Lovelock Antonio Arminius HW-3 1976
Blood and Diamonds (Diamanti Sporchi Di Sangue) Carmelo Reale Marco Unclear model 1977
Blood and Diamonds (Diamanti Sporchi Di Sangue) Criminals Unclear model 1977
The Police War (La Guerre des polices) Marlène Jobert Marie Garcin Arminius HW-3 1979
The Professional Robert Hossein Commissaire Rosen Arminius HW-3 1981
The Duel (Duelul) Ion Ritiu Rica Pasarin Arminius HW-3 1981
The Gendarme and the Gendarmettes "The Brain"'s henchman 1982
The Man in the Brown Suit Police officers Arminius HW 38 1989
The Man in the Brown Suit Security Arminius HW 38 1989
Batman Forever Tommy Lee Jones Two-Face Arminius HW-9 ST 1995
Hard Rain Ricky Harris Ray Arminius HW-9ST 1998
The Baader Meinhof Complex German terrorists Arminius HW-3 2008
White Material Angry African woman in crowd Arminius HW-3 2009
The Girl Who Played with Fire Georgi Staykov Alexander Zalachenko Arminius HW-3 2009

Additional Versions

See FIE Titan Tiger. Also made by Arminius and imported into the United States by F.I.E. in the seventies and eighties.

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