Charter Off Duty, Value and .38's
As some may know, I have a thing for snubbies. I love'em. I am always on the lookout for a new one or a better one or the "perfect" one. I know, I know, perfection does not exist because it shifts as we approach it.
Anyway, I was seriously considering a Smith & Wesson 340 PD or M&P. They're very light and they pack a whale of a punch. They're a little pricey, too: you pay a lot for the difference between that steel cylinder and the scandium cylinder.
While I was on the subject of dollar-to-ounce ratio, I remembered that my favorite pawn shop, from which I bought my wife a .38 for her car, had a wide variety of bargain-priced .38's, some of which, IIRC, were very light as well.
So off I went. Well, the shop had a Charter Arms Off Duty. That .38 I bought my wife was a Charter, and I did a range report on it- it pleasantly surprised me.
The Off Duty was as light as the lightest Smith- 12 ounces. I also really liked the grip. It was two-fingerer (which I ordinarily do not like) but it had an interesting groove cut toward the bottom on both sides for your pinky to wrap back up onto.
And it cost less than half of what the Smith cost. Ballistically you do give up something when you go from .357 Magnum to standard pressure .38Special, but I sure don't feel outgunned with that standard pressure 158-grain lswc made by Buffalo Bore. And my previous experience with Charter was very positive.
So I got the Off Duty.
I've got to say it's the easiest gun I've ever toted around. J-frame Smiths are very easy to stick in a pocket and "have something" with. This little Charter is at least as easy. I love the doggoned thing. It's light, it goes anywhere - even in shallow pockets (man, I HATE shallow pockets- all CCWers probably do).
I think this one is going to be a keeper.
No range report yet- coming soon. Pic below, too.