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Old 09-02-2012, 12:23   #1
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Charter arms 38 special off duty model

I had been looking for a revolver that was reasonably priced and looked good. I found this at my local pawnshop price wise was 130$ and it looked in almost new condition. Any advice on these models? as I am new to snubbies. I also purchased a desantis pocket holster.


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Old 09-09-2012, 19:04   #2
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Fire a box (better two boxes) of ammo through it. If the gun works every time, you have a very practical off-duty handgun.

I own a Charter Arms .44 Bulldog. Put many rounds through it. A decent quality, always reliable handgun.
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Old 09-09-2012, 19:13   #3
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I shot 100 rds through it. It actually worked great I used cheap magnatech ammo 5 of them didn't go off so I'm thinking I better get the good ammo with it.


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Old 09-09-2012, 21:56   #4
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If the primers of the rounds that didn't go bang showed they had a solid primer hit, the problem is with the ammo, not the handgun.
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Old 09-12-2012, 03:45   #5
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I have had a few CA's. I had an old school Undercover with a 3" barrel that was sicly accurate (wish Inever traded it), a couple Bulldog .44's that carried and shot well but ammo was just too expensive (wish Inever traded them), and an Off Duty that IMHO carried better that a Smith Airweight...it IS 4 oz lighter, though I was going through a Kydex and formed leather phase then and holsters were a problem...wish Clipdraw made a clip for them like they do for Smiths and not the retarded Universal one (still wish I never traded it).

CA's have always been good to me, and it sounds like you got an awesome deal....ENJOY!
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:20   #6
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If the primers of the rounds that didn't go bang showed they had a solid primer hit, the problem is with the ammo, not the handgun.
Yep it was the ammo, I checked the primer hits and they were solid.Thanks for the info ChiefWPD.



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Old 09-12-2012, 09:39   #7
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Older Charter Arms (not Charco, Charter 2000, etc) were well-made.
Their newer offerings not so much.
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Old 12-07-2012, 14:06   #8
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I carried a CA 38 spl off and on for 25 years as a back up. Loved it, wish I had it back but needed the $$$ at the time.
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I, too, had the older Charter Arms .38 snubbie with the unshrouded barrel. Worked great!

Avoid the newer ones with the shrouded barrel. The one I had kept trying to shed the shroud.
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Old 12-13-2012, 18:47   #10
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I have the CA "On Duty" model, SS + polished alum, 5 shot with shrouded hammer for no-snag draw and only weighs 13 ounces. Love It!!
It has a couple hindred rounds through it and is perfect, of course.
Only downside is the aluminum scratches easily, but I don't care since I'll never sell it.

I had a CA "Pug", 5 shot, blue, .357mag for 12 years as an off-duty carry, but it was 22oz. One of the few sidearms I ever shot enough to actually wear out.
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I have had a few CA's. I had an old school Undercover with a 3" barrel that was sicly accurate (wish Inever traded it), a couple Bulldog .44's that carried and shot well but ammo was just too expensive (wish Inever traded them), and an Off Duty that IMHO carried better that a Smith Airweight...it IS 4 oz lighter, though I was going through a Kydex and formed leather phase then and holsters were a problem...wish Clipdraw made a clip for them like they do for Smiths and not the retarded Universal one (still wish I never traded it).

CA's have always been good to me, and it sounds like you got an awesome deal....ENJOY!

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Old 12-15-2012, 17:40   #12
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I have an old Undercover that has worked fine. Are the current production CA's ok?
I like the idea of a 9mm, .40 or .357 pug.
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Old 12-22-2012, 15:58   #13
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I have a new stailness Bulldog, I really like it, I like it much more since installing pachmyars..
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I have an old Undercover that has worked fine. Are the current production CA's ok?
I like the idea of a 9mm, .40 or .357 pug.
Yes. I would say they are at least the quality of the ORIGINAL CAs if not better.
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Old 01-07-2013, 20:12   #16
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Older Charter Arms (not Charco, Charter 2000, etc) were well-made.
Their newer offerings not so much.
I agree about Charco and Charter 2000, but the new bulldog is as good, if not better than the original I used to shoot.
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Have been carrying the newer off duty for several years since the new owner took over (non charco/2000). Great pistol. Put many rounds through it. Not one hiccup. Accurate and all I can ask for in a light weight and easy to hide snub. This wheel gun goes more places with me than any other


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I had a very nice used undercover but even after spring replacement I kept having one or two not go off (out of 50). Tried several different brands but always had the odd misfire, not a real confidence builder. The guy I bought it from wanted it back so I obliged. Just make sure you run a mess of ammo thru it before you depend on it. To me they're like Taurus if you get a good one don't let it go, if not well then it goes on the block... Sounds like you got a good enough price to take a chance on.
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If the primers of the rounds that didn't go bang showed they had a solid primer hit, the problem is with the ammo, not the handgun.

I had so much trouble with Magtech that I cannot buy anymore. 30% misfires and subsequent fires from 2 to 5 repeat FP strikes. No other ammunition causes this problem for me. Check up on the headstamp.

I have Remington shells that fired with only a slight mark from the FP on them and Magtech that took many strikes to fire when the first was quite deep.


About Charter Arms:

I bought my daughter (a Lefty) a Charter Arms Lefty .38 Special snubbie and it has been flawless over 6 years now. Nary a hiccup.
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