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    Charter Arms Owners

    I have a Charter Arms 38 special
    undercover model. I think its a great
    carry gun for the money. Any Charter
    Arms owners have comments on the
    brand compared to more well known
    expensive revolver makers

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    I have a Charter 2000 .44 Bulldog. Small package for a big bore so it conceals well. Shoots well and recoil is very manageable with 200gr Slivertips or Gold Dot Blazer. Currently I have Corbon 165 gr rounds loaded. Some will say that Charter Arms' products are "boat anchors". That is not my experience and I believe this comes from the snob fraternity. Visiting many gun forums shows, that even Ruger, Kahr and Glock suffer from poor QC.
    How much did you pay for your Charter UC?

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    My first handgun was a Charter Arms Undercover. Great little gun for the money. It is one of the stake out guns in the house. The only concern I have is rather or not it can handle +P ammo.

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    I'm happy with my Undercover. It doesn't lockup nearly as tight as my SP101, but it's never failed me and the trigger is surprisingly decent. CA says you can use +P just not a steady diet of it so that's what I keep mine loaded with for SD. I picked mine up for $227 plus transfer so I'd say it's well worth that.
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    Have both an Undercover (spurless) and a Bulldog (spurless).
    They both have served me well.
    No complaints with either.
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    I have an early mod 44 Bulldog ( Son of Sam time frame) that has a lot of carry time and a lot of rounds thru it. looks rough but it works and I can't tell that much difference between it and my Colts,S&W,Taurus. jwr

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    Bulldog Pug .44 Spl. - purchased used last year. Had some issues not striking the primer hard enough - and therefore would not fire some rounds. Sent it back to Charter. Was told there woud be a charge to fix (small) - but it was fixed and sent back no charge. Worked great since the repair.

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    I had a stainless one that I carried in my boat to dispatch snakes with. The front sight fell off pretty soon, but the little gun never failed to go BANG!! Dont need no front sight when ya shoot them "snake loads" up close.

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    Had one for years, decent gun for the money.

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    I had an undercover .38 that served me well for years. I used to use it as a "walking around the property gun" and a fishing gun. Kept snake shot in it most the time but shot regular ball out of it a good bit and it never let me down.

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    Same here, mine is from the 70's 44spl it shoots great.It was reasonable
    purchase at a couple hundred bucks.It's not comfortable to shoot with heavy
    self defense loads.

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    I love all three of mine. I recently had some custom work done on one of my .44 Specials. Enjoy the gun porn.











    Forgot to mention that I also have a Ruger SP101 .357, and a Smith M&P 340. To be honest, the Charters almost always get the nod for EDC, and the .44 with the custom work is on my bedstand every night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FastDraw View Post
    My first handgun was a Charter Arms Undercover. Great little gun for the money. It is one of the stake out guns in the house. The only concern I have is rather or not it can handle +P ammo.
    If it's not since they reorganized a few years ago, I'd say no, at least not as a steady diet.

    Like this one of mine:



    1960's model.
    Actually, I've got some nice normal pressure Hornady 158 gr. JHP's in it for SD.

    I've fired a couple chambers' worth of +P through it, but I can just sort of hearing it say "gimme a break".

    Actually, Charter does NOT recommend +P in their current models either, if you read their FAQ onsite. Not for "durability" reasons, but because +P out of 2" barrel gains you nothing, because all the powder is still not burnt before the bullet leaves. I happen to agree with them on that for the most part, btw.

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    Here's my little pet 15+ year old bobbed Charter Arms Undercover...Always went bang and is pretty accurate for a snubby...I love it. The Pacmyers grips helped a lot. I have shot quiet a few +P's out of it with no issues. Still seems tight. Super Duper Carry gun IMHO...

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    I bought a bulldog 44 last year at Gander Mountain for about $350.00 with five shots & a 21/2 " bbl in the black finish its a great carry gun that i use every day, its light easy to conceal and its accurate & handles all the 44 ammo, a gun that i have no problems if need to defend one's self with, if the situtation should arise. great gun

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