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Any Charter Arms fans out there?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by MinnesotaFats, Jan 25, 2014.

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  1. Hondo 60
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    Hondo 60 Member

    Sep 6, 2009
    Freeport, IL
    johnboy711 - new Charters are OK, nothin to write home about.
    If you want a gun you can be REALLY proud of, try a vintage Smith & Wesson Model 10-5 (1960s-1970s).

    My first ever handgun was a Charter - after going back to the factory 2x it's OK now.
    It's reliable & looks decent.
    My 2nd handgun, was the afore mentioned S&W 10-5.
    OH MY GOSH! What a difference.
  2. bannockburn

    bannockburn Member

    Apr 24, 2007
    One of my first guns was a Charter Arms Undercover, purchased new in 1976 for $88. I bought it mainly because at the time S&W J frames were hard to come by and cost considerably more when you did find one. Quality on the Undercover was so-so, with overall fit and finish being okay but there were numerous problems caused by the frame pins constantly backing out and the cylinder assembly screw coming loose. I eventually sold it and picked up a used S&W Model 36.

    I have seen the current production Charter Arms revolvers at the local gun shows and they appear to be better built and finished than the one I had so many years ago. I especially like the look of the Off-Duty model with the black anodized frame and polished stainless steel cylinder and barrel.
  3. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    Northeast PA, USA
    Since the Ecker family is back at Charter Arms the QC and new products are back up where they should be. IMO if Charter Arms keeps doing what it's now doing it will be 3rd in line behind S&W and Ruger for revolvers. It's nice to have another good American handgun company around...

    My oldest son wanted a small short barrel .38 Special stainless revolver that holds 6 rounds instead of 5. Charter Arms was my only choice and we are very happy with that revolver!
  4. eastbank

    eastbank Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    several years ago i wanted a light .22 mag revolver and was faced with a fairly large out lay, but i found this used charter .22 mag with a 6" barrel at a good price(150.00) and made in stradford conn and in ex condition. and it has been a very good accuret revolver, fast forward to last spring when this SS factory bobbed hammer 3 " barreled .44 special in ex condtion also a stradford made gun was offered to me in the box for 225.00 i bought it and it rides with me quite alot with 200 gr HP,s. ex revolvers at a very good price. eastbank.

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  5. lowercase

    lowercase Member

    Aug 6, 2008
    Pacific Northwest
    I like Charters and own 6 of them.

    I carry a new-production Bulldog .44spl.

    Great lightweight gun.

    Pic of Bulldog with my S&W 642.

  6. TPD211

    TPD211 Member

    Aug 8, 2009
    Central Florida...I hate it here
    I bought a Pitbull in 40 S&W with a 5" barrel. I really like it. It handles well and is fun to shoot. The 40 has a snappy kick to it, more than 38 but not as much as a 357. The non-moon clip system works well. This compliments my Mechtech Carbine.

  7. Kaeto

    Kaeto Member

    May 2, 2006
    Lincoln Park, Mi.
    My primary carry is a Undercover Southpaw.

  8. JERRY

    JERRY Member

    Jun 5, 2003
    heres an old school "off duty". 100_9301_zps9237c65e.jpg

    tried in vain to find a local trade of my PM45 for an old school 3" bulldog .44 (like EASBANK's) and cash....
  9. tommy.duncan

    tommy.duncan Member

    Aug 30, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    My wife loves her "Lady Chic" revolver. It shoots well and its reliable. She has about 1k through and no problems.
    I have put a few hundred rounds down the range too.
    They aren't S&Ws or Rugers but not bad for what they are.
  10. contender

    contender Member

    Jan 13, 2003
    West central Texas
    Recently traded into an old polished blue undercover. Frame appeared to be almost plum in color. Was a drawer gun i guess for a lot of years. Older version as there is no ejector shroud.

    Did not really want it but it was part of a multi gun trade for another gun that i did want. I had ever intention of trading/selling it off.

    Took this old Charter to the range and was surprised. The trigger was not bad at all and it shot to point of aim. Can't say that about my last new S&W 642.

    I have always thought of Charter as nothing more than a drawer gun. Something kept around for an emergency but never used otherwise. In other words, the typical gun that people bought who were not into guns but wanted an inexpensive gun for defense, bought a box of shells with the gun 30 years back, and still have the same partial box of ammo with the gun today.

    And that may be what i stumbled upon. An old Charter that was bought for peace of mind, hardly ever shot, and put away.

    I like this old Charter enough to keep it. It will not replace my Ruger, Colt, or S&W revolvers. But it has my respect for what it is and what it can do. Time will tell on the durability issue. I don't plan on babying it or abusing it. Just going to enjoy it and have it around as needed.

    Did I get lucky? I have no idea. Before this trade, I would never have considered owning a Charter. Now that I have experienced this one and have some trigger time behind it, I just might not be so gun shy on the Charter brand if I run across one that interests me and the price is right.
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2014
  11. Deltaboy1984

    Deltaboy1984 Member

    Nov 21, 2008
    Johnson County Texas
    I had mine for over 2 years and I love it.
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