August 3, 2011, 04:25 PM
In this video we go through the features of E.M.F. Co's new SASS double action revolver.
This is a Charter Arms Off Duty, 5- shot DAO in SASS dress.
We'll shoot some paper and ring some steel
August 3, 2011, 05:52 PM
Hmm. The thing that's kept me from some of Charter's more interesting offerings is the fact that it simply doesn't have the reputation for quality. I'd still rather be carrying something I felt confident in.
August 3, 2011, 07:02 PM
Claymore, I hear you.
I was testing this for a Wheelguns column in Combat Handguns magazine, and I have to say I was surprised by how smooth the action was compared to Charter Arms of my youth.
Personally I carry a 1911 every day of my life. In fact I was wearing one while shooting the SASS gun in the video. But, if I was unarmed and someone handed me a Charter Arms before going into town, I wouldn't have a moment's hesitation in taking it.
These guns should be shot enough to maintain competency and that's all, but that's the case with the tiny Ruger revolvers and autos or Kel tech, or even Rohrbaughs at a zillion dollars each.
Karl Rohrbaugh once told me that you only carry one of these little guns to defend your life. If you want to practice, get your 1911.
I think the Charter Arms will stand up to the use it is likely to see. I put several hundred rounds through this one without a hiccup.
August 3, 2011, 07:32 PM
On the other hand, I actually really enjoy shooting snubs and shoot mine (a 642) weekly. So as I'm looking to buy another snub come December, I'm mainly interested in one that can stand up to that kind of use. Ultimately it will probably be yet another 642/442, unless I can find a steel-framed J-frame that I like better.
Good video, and certainly not downplaying your review or Charter as a company. Maybe I'll take a second look at Charter next time a gun show rolls around.
August 3, 2011, 07:47 PM
Claymore, I completely understand your point of view.
BTW, I have an S&W 625 Night Guard in .45 ACP with a 2 3/4 inch barrel in transit to me right now. I love Wheelguns too, snubbies et al.
August 4, 2011, 12:47 AM
I think I'll stick with my Smith 442. 15+ years of daily carry and never an issue.
August 4, 2011, 11:28 PM
Dang. That thing almost looks like it came out of a Halloween candy bag (IMHO of course).
August 4, 2011, 11:36 PM
For daily carry - Colt lw Commander
I really do not like snub nose revolvers. But if I had to carry one, I would pick my S & W M60-10.
I have a problem with Charter Arms reputation also.
SASS - Ruger 3 screws.:cool:
August 7, 2011, 08:45 PM
Was thinking about getting one of those CA 38's but won't pay the extra $150 just to have SASS on it!!