Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Penman, Apr 12, 2008.
These are cheap guns and you get what you pay for. When the crane is held on by a screw instead of a shaft that goes back into the frame of the revolver...you have a cheap gun. The cylinder stop is a stamped out piece of sheet metal. A used Smith would be a better gun, no matter how long you have to save for it. I paid $272 for the new Charter and not too long after bought a really nice used Smith for $289.
UN-current Charter Arms product
I've read that the CA isn't the best gun to have however I inherited an undercover .38 spl with a 1 3/4" barrel.
How do I find out:
1-how old it is (6 digit SN beginning with 733###) and
2-depending on the age - is +p inadvisable?
I fully understand that you aren't able to know the gun but a smith (learner) said it was tight but didn't know about whether the increased pressure of the +p would make a difference, and I don't plan on shooting boxes through it just don't want it to cause damage to itself or me.
I, too, was on a tight budget when I bought a new CA Undercover .38 Spl for $295 late last year.
Fresh out of the box it had a cylinder gap of .011". I don't have the capability of checking muzzle velocity, but I must believe that gap bleeds energy & degrades velocity.
Also, accuracy/repeatability from a fixed bench is, in my experience, really poor beyond 5-6 yards.
It is a nice size/weight for a pocket gun (which is what I prefer to CCW carry) but I now wish I'd continue saving for a S&W snubbie.
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