Are Charter Arms Revolvers Any Good?

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    Are Charter Arms Revolvers Any Good?

    I hear so much negative stuff about Charter Arms. I was wondering if it is true. I'm new to the carry and conceal world, and was wondering what I should buy? I have some Idea of what i might get. First choice S&W .38 Second Choice Ruger SP 101 .38 Third Choice Taurus .38 I'm kind of short on cash so I might go with the Taurus for now, and maybe later trade it for a Smith. I would like some input from all the Carry Conceal folks out there.

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    I don't know about Charter Arms but I have a Taurus 85 Ultra lite, .38 special, that I really enjoy. S&Ws are better but for the cost difference, I'm very happy with my Taurus. Good shopping!
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    I dunno about charter arms - might be fine - I have a Taurus 85CHULT .38 snubby ultralight - bobbed hammer myself and am very happy with it. No pocket snags when pulling it out.
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    I haven't dealt with the Charter Arms so can't help you there. Instead of a .38 you might want to look at getting a .357. Cost is going to be about the same, but with the .357 you can shoot .357 or .38 from it. The .357 is a much superior defensive round compared to the .38.
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    My buddy's family has never had much money.

    His grandfather carried a charter, so did his father, and so has he. They still have all 3 of them.

    None have ever given any issues. They may not have the fit/finish of other more expensive guns, but they still do the same job.
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    +1 on Taurus. I have two Model 85s, one steel frame and one ultralight. Both have factory bobbed hammers. Both are completely reliable, and cost quite a bit less than comparable S&Ws..
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    I have three of the old style 44 specials. They are good guns. They will get loose if you fire a lot of full house loads or +P ammo in them. Their quality control has left something to be desired over the years from what I've heard. I guess I've been lucky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    I haven't dealt with the Charter Arms so can't help you there. Instead of a .38 you might want to look at getting a .357. Cost is going to be about the same, but with the .357 you can shoot .357 or .38 from it. The .357 is a much superior defensive round compared to the .38.
    You bring up a point that i always wondered about. Realistically, would the .357 be that much more superior in say a snubbie? I mean since there isnt much barrel for the bullet to spool pressure, wouldnt the short barrel negate any real gains? Not saying that the .357 wouldnt be more powerful but would it signifigantly be more powerfull than say a 9mm in the same package? Thanks for any and all answers.
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    I like Charter Arms. My Dad had a Pathfinder convertible for years and it was a great gun. He'd still have it if it hadn't been stolen. I have a Bulldog .44spl that I picked up cheap a couple of years ago ($165) because it had some pitting on the outside of the barrel. I've shot it and carried it a fair amount and never had any trouble with it, I think it's a great gun. In fact it's out getting a bit of customizing done on it now.
    If I was looking to buy a new one I'd probably go for the Off-Duty model. All of the reviews I've read are positive and it is very light weight with an enclosed hammer, nice for pocket carry. Here's the Gunblast review: Charter 2000 "Off Duty" .38 Special Revolver

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    I've had some experience with Charter Arms revolvers. The workmanship is definitely substandard to Smith & Wesson in every respect. They do function and are accurate at close range. The 2 revolvers I've shot belonged to friends and were very loose fitting and poorly finished. I would hesitate to use one as my primary defense weapon.
    Taurus on the other hand makes very high quality guns. The fit and finish is just about equal to S&W.
    Since you're short of cash, you might consider a used Smith or Taurus which would sell for significantly less than new. Also, a blued gun will be less than a stainless model.
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    Its not as pretty as a Smith but doesn't have the Smith price either, have a fairly new bulldog pug .44. Shoots everytime and lands where I point. No problems!

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    Thanks for the input. I would like a 4 inch barrel instead of a 2 inch but it would be hard to carry. I couldn't believe the price of the charter .38s new, they were around $345.00. Although the Rossi's were around $260.00 like I said I may just put a Taurus or Smith on Lay way

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    I like mine. 2 .44 Specials, 1 .38 Special Off Duty, 1 .327 Magnum. I also own a Smith 340 M&P .357, a Taurus .38 Special Ultra Light, and a .357 Ruger. They are not as nice looking as the Smith or the Ruger, but I don't mind sweating all over them and abusing them a bit.








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    Quote Originally Posted by Danimal View Post

    Thats a decent looking peice, I think I'd like one of those. I wish they made that one in a hammerless

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghettokracker71 View Post
    Thats a decent looking peice, I think I'd like one of those. I wish they made that one in a hammerless
    I saw a 4 inch barrel Charter at the gun store.

    Quote Originally Posted by tom1965 View Post
    I saw a 4 inch barrel Charter at the gun store.
    I think Ruger has a 327 also

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