Aftermarket Grips on a Charter Arms revolver?


April 29, 2007, 11:04 PM
I managed to inherit a Charter Arms 2000 Undercover .38. (Model 73820, this baby here:
(ok, get the laughter out of your system :neener: )

I'd love to put some aftermarket grips on it, especially something like a crimson trace. Do any of you know if grips for another model of revolvers would fit on this thing? I realise it's a longshot, but I figure I might just ask.

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April 30, 2007, 06:20 AM
I'am having the same problem finding grips
for my Charter arms revolver,there's just
not much to pick from.You might try doing
a search on auction arms and gunbroker
and see what pop's up.

April 30, 2007, 12:22 PM
One place to do some looking would be on the tables at a local gunshow. You'd be amazed at some of the stuff that turns up and a lot of it can be had very cheaply.

IMO, one of the best all-around grips for the little Charters is the Pachmayr Compac. Still cataloged, still inexpensive, and both Midway and Brownell's still list 'em.

You could also make some calls to local shops (especially those who've been in business a long time) and see what they might have laying around. Might be a medium-long shot, but ya never know.

I wouldn't hold my breath until Crimson Trace announces a model for your UC. Charter hasn't been much of a player in the market for several years and new molds are extremely costly. While you might be able to modify some existing model, doing so would certainly void your warranty. They'd also cost about half-again as much as you could reasonably expect the revolver to be worth, assuming Excellent condition.

April 30, 2007, 01:17 PM
I had a couple of older Charter Arms Undercover revolvers...I liked them They were not the best finished guns on the market, but they served their purpose and went bang everytime I pulled the trigger.
I found that any grip made for the S&W mod. 36, would fit them like a glove. I don't know if that's still the case.

May 1, 2007, 02:34 PM
Ok, i'll see if I can find a cheap pair of grips for a J-frame and see if I can make 'em fitbefore I get the grips I really want.

May 1, 2007, 03:06 PM
I have Pachmayrs ( on my old .44 Spl. Bulldog. Of course, I bought them many years ago. I don't know if they still make them for Charter Arms revolvers, but it would be a good place to start.

May 1, 2007, 04:59 PM
Another vote for the Pachmayr.

May 3, 2007, 11:05 PM
I got ahold of someone's old wooden J-frame grips. they mostly fit, except the frame lug seems to be about an inch farther back than on the J-frame grips I found. Something I should be able to handle easily.

May 4, 2007, 12:24 PM
I had good luck with Eagle Secret Service Grips. Don't know if they still make them to fit Charter Arms, but they did.

/Cap S

May 4, 2007, 02:24 PM
Charter Arms has 5 different grips for their revolvers. I just ordered the small rubber grips for my Bulldog.

May 4, 2007, 02:32 PM
I have an old set of grips. Pacmayr, I'm pretty sure. I think they were for the .44. But they fit on my .38 when I had it, they are very big. (thick) Almost comical on my little undercover. Fills the hand nice though.

If one of you guys want them PM me. $3.00 to cover shipping and they are yours.

May 4, 2007, 04:07 PM
Another vote here for the Pachmayr Compacs on the .38 Undercover. I have a first generation Charter Undercover, with the exposed rod that the youngest daughter keep strying to sneak away from me when I'm not looking.

I picked up a set for under $10 at a local store in the bargain bin.

I also heard that any Charter Arms grip will fit any Charter Arms revolver, except for the little .22 they sell. e.g. a Bulldog grip fits an Undercover etc.

They will sell you their current version of the Pachmayur grips from the factoiry, if you want. But you'll certainly find it cheaper at a local show or store or online.

FWIW Safari makes a nice Speedloader for it too.

Overall an underrated revolver.

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