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Early Charter Arms revolver

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by tbeb, Jan 6, 2003.

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  1. tbeb

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    Has anyone ever heard of a pre-1964 Charter Arms Saturday Night Special .38? It looks like an Undercover model but I think model name may have been "Saturday Night Special". Any info is appreciated.
     
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    Since posting I've been told by the seller that the pre-1964 was simply called a Charter Arms .38 special. He says it may have been Charter Arms first revolver.

    Is it worth more than a working gun or is seller trying to scam me by making me think it's a collector's item? Can somebody who has a blue book tell me what one is worth that's 98%? Thanks.
     
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    I doubt there is collectors value to any charter arms revolver,i've seen at lease one early one that was nib that sold for 160.00 on a online auction.If you do a search on auction arms or gunbroker i think you'll find a couple of early charters in the 130-150 dollor range.BTW i think the early charter arms were decent pistols for the money.
     
  4. Nick96

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    As I recall, Charter began production around 1964. I suppose there may be some collector value in one with a low serial number, but not much. Like $200 for something similar and newer for $150. Charter did make some 20th anniversery limited edition models. Highly engraved and well finished .38 "Undercover" models. These would be of more "collector" value I would think.

    Never heard of a Charter "Saturday Night Special". Though they may have picked up that name from the "anti-gun" folks since they were cheaper than the premium priced S&W and Colt small frame revolvers of the time.
     
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    I only saw a picture of gun, and other info is through email correspondence. I do not think seller knows what he has. Origianal Charter Arms Company was born in 1964, so gun cannot be a pre-'64. Gun also says "Undercover" on the barrel. What he's got is an Undercover in excellent condition that's worth $145. Sorry for the confusion...
     
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