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Charter Undercover Police 38Spl

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Buckeye63, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. Buckeye63

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    image.jpeg I just picked this up a couple of days ago , A Charter Undercover Police 6 shot 38spl , Steel frame , Alumium grip frame , 2.25 inch barrel, I replaced stock rubber grips to wooden grip panels... Weighs in at 19oz on my digital scales ..
    Uses the Charter Bulldog frame ...as the 44spl & 357mag
    Not bad 19oz steel frame 6 shot 38spl +P revolver...
     
  2. OneFreeTexan

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    The Undercover is one of the most under rated guns there is.............in my humble opinion. I have several, some all blued, some stainless. Fairly light weight, easy to conceal, and alway, always go ‘bang’.

    What more could you ask?
     
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  3. Buckeye63

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    Different holsters for my Bulldog frame Charters (44spl,38spl)
     
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  4. Fiv3r

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    My Pitbull .45 has turned me onto the CA guns. I would be willing to say that the .45 fills the roll the .44 special might have for me.

    I think my next revolver will be a CA in .38. Either a polished undercover or off duty with internal hammer. Nice guns that don't pull my pants down. I'm more apt to have it on me when i need it.
     
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    Interesting.

    My Dad still has an original Undercover (5 shot) that he purchased in the 1970's.
     
  6. ontarget

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    Love my 1972ish Undercover.
     
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  8. Buckeye63

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    Top left , Bulldog , Don Hume,
    Bottom, Tagua , no name
    ( originally a K frame holster I cut and
    replaced snap )

    The Ruger SP101 is roughly the size of a Charter Bulldog
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  9. larryh1108

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    Another older UC fan.
    The oversize rubber grips help a great deal with recoil.
    Nice, inexpensive revolvers!
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  10. PapaG

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    I enjoy my two original issue Charters. 3" Bulldog and 2" Undercover. The 44 is my mushroom hunting buddy and the 38 likes to go for walks in the park.
     
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  11. Drail

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    I have been shooting and carrying and fixing Charter revolvers for quite a few years. The most important thing to know about these guns is that you must constantly check every screw on the gun because they WILL shoot loose - especially the .44 Spl. models. If you don't stay on top of them you will lose one and the gun will stop running. They are pretty good revolvers for the money. Do not run any +P loads - just standard weight bullets at moderate velocities. I have never seen anyone blow one up but I have seen plentry of Charters that people beat to death from heavy use. They are not a good choice for a gun you take to range frequently and shoot 200 rounds from. But they are perfect for carry use.
     
  12. Buckeye63

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    I practice with standard pressure ammo in my Charters . I will run my SD ammo to check POI and extraction..
    My new Police , I planning on carrying Federal 130gr 38spl +P HST
    My alumium framed 38spl Charter , that weighs 12.5 oz , my carry is Hornady 110gr FTX standard pressure
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  13. Drail

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    Knock yourself out dude. I cannot understand the logic and reasoning behind building a Charter frame out of aluminum (yes I know it is the current "trend"). A steel Charter is only 19 or 20 oz. and has plenty of recoil. Continued use of 110 gr. loads will erode the forcing cone on any revolver. The bullet jumps the gap very quickly and then hot gases go to work on the forcing cone. I would stick with 140 to 158 gr. loads in a .38 because they take more time to accelerate.
     
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  14. Buckeye63

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    The 5 shot Steel frame 2 inch barrel Charters weigh 16oz
    A standard pressure 110gr 38spl used for SD .. and practiced with limited (check extraction and POA ) will less likely have ill effects.... The +P 110 maybe a different story .. .. ..

    But I agree ..with you , Feeding 110gr isn't the best idea ...
    I practice with 130gr FMJ 38spl
    Or 148gr LWC
     
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  15. Fiv3r

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    One of the reasons I went with a .45 acp over the .38 was I don't feel the need to hot rod the .45 to get it up to effective speed. The .45 can just fart along at low speeds and smack with a 230gr. No need to up the pressure or crank on the forcing cone.
     
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  16. SteadyD

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    The two tone with high polish? That’s a nice looking 38.
     
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    I would be all over a CA if they offered models with a better front sight. Something with a night sight, fiber optic, etc.

    As it is I may get a 44 special at some point.
     
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    I have a few CA's and I like them. I appreciate that they are available in calibers I like and that aren't necessarily common.

    32 H&R magnum - I leave it out for my wife on the rare occasions I'm out of town:

    44 special - I like to carry it in my coat pocket on cold days:

    45acp - I bought it because... uh... I didn't have one:
     
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  19. Buckeye63

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    Sights .... Who needs sights!!!!???
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  20. MedWheeler

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    I have three of the five-shooter versions. The first was bought new the day I was sworn in on the job in 1987. The second was inherited in 2010 when my dad, also a one-time lawman, died. His was made in 1966 (year of my birth.) The third, a stainless model, was purchased used a couple of years ago, and was made around 1985.

    They're all solid little shooters. I carry the stainless one sometimes, and my dad's on and around his birthdays and death anniversaries.

    I'd never heard of a six-shooter version, though.
     
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    Isn't the Off Duty a 6-shooter?
     
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    I wonder how the newer very light frangible rounds will do in a 38 snubby. While they are standard pressure the bullet is just 85gr and speeds over 1200fps. The recoil is noticeable lighter and trajectories at defense distances may be slightly flatter but not significantly. They are very easy to bring back on target quickly.

    But it will be awhile before any visible flame cutting may be noticeable.
     
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  23. Buckeye63

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    Undercover Police is the 6 shot 38spl
    built on the Bulldog frame ... It's basically the same size as the Colt "D"
    frame .. But mine with the wooden panel grips weighs 19oz ...
    Which is light for a steel frame revolver.
     
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  24. Drail

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    19 oz. is VERY light for a steel frame snub. I still remember the first time I picked one up. Wow. I carried my Bulldog for years and many times I would almost forget it was on my belt. Doug McClanahan came up with a really good design, mass produced it and sold them for a very fair price. And that was in the 70s long before anyone was thinking about polymers or exotic alloys here in the U.S. While they cannot compare with S&W or Colt they are still a most excellent "in your face" defense gun.
     
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  25. SteadyD

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    I really wish Smith and Ruger would both make a lightweight 6 shot 38 special as well. Taurus, Charter, Colt, and Kimber are all on board...
     
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