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Charter arms 38 special off duty model

Discussion in 'The Snubbie Club' started by Marine123, Sep 2, 2012.

  1. Marine123


    Aug 7, 2012
    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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  2. ChiefWPD


    Dec 25, 2004
    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.

  3. Marine123


    Aug 7, 2012
    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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  4. ChiefWPD


    Dec 25, 2004
    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.
  5. pjva04

    pjva04 Snub Lover

    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 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!
  6. Marine123


    Aug 7, 2012
    Yep it was the ammo, I checked the primer hits and they were solid.Thanks for the info ChiefWPD.

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  7. Leigh


    May 22, 2000
    Eastern Kentucky
    Older Charter Arms (not Charco, Charter 2000, etc) were well-made.
    Their newer offerings not so much.
  8. FM12

    FM12 I need AMMO!

    Jun 17, 2007
    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.
  9. uhlawpup

    uhlawpup Gentle Soul

    Nov 18, 2003
    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.
  10. CC99


    Mar 15, 2001
    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.

  11. Have you learned your lesson yet!?

  12. DFin


    Mar 22, 2008
    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.
  13. picketpin


    Jan 25, 2009
    Bozone MT
    I have a new stailness Bulldog, I really like it, I like it much more since installing pachmyars..
  14. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012
    Yes. I would say they are at least the quality of the ORIGINAL CAs if not better.
  15. pjva04

    pjva04 Snub Lover

    Ugh...probably not
  16. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012
    I agree about Charco and Charter 2000, but the new bulldog is as good, if not better than the original I used to shoot.
  17. gunsup

    gunsup Junior Member

    May 1, 2010
    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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  18. 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.
  19. Forget to add, where's the pic? No pic it don't exist. :)
  20. janice6

    janice6 Silver Member

    Apr 4, 2006

    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.