Charter Arms snub revolvers?

This is a discussion on Charter Arms snub revolvers? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Fellow DCers, My wife wants a CCW, she likes the Ruger SP 101 but wants something lighter and in 38 SPL +P. She has handled ...

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 23

Thread: Charter Arms snub revolvers?

  1. #1
    Member Array glock45's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    florida
    Posts
    384

    Charter Arms snub revolvers?

    Fellow DCers,
    My wife wants a CCW, she likes the Ruger SP 101 but wants something lighter and in 38 SPL +P. She has handled the S&W airweights and likes them. Since it may be carried in a purse, I believe the shrouded hammer is a must.
    I have been checking the prices of S&W and Charter seems to be 25% lower. I wanted to learn about your opinions in terms of quality, reliability and durability of Charter Snubs. This will definitely not be a range gun. It would be used for CCW and some limited range practice for familiarity with the gun.

    Look forward to your comments...
    G21SF, G30, G36, Ruger SP101 DAO, S&W 642

  2. Remove Ads

  3. #2
    Member Array keboostman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Fairfax Station Virginia
    Posts
    265
    Get a S&W. While a Charter Arms may be ok, it may also not be ok; my experience is that they are inconsistent. The S&W will hold its value and you won't ever have to fret about its reliability.

    HOWEVER, a light weight 38 +P in any brand is no fun to shoot and well may be too much for a woman. I would suggest that you see if you can borrow a light weight revolver and let her shoot a cylinder or two before you decide. The Ruger may be a better idea. You said it's not a "range gun", but she still needs to shoot it enough to be comfortable with it and it needs to be such that she can do follow-up shots after the first one. I would never even consider a light weight snubbie for my wife.

  4. #3
    Senior Member Array ErikGr7's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Atlanta
    Posts
    1,108
    The older I get..the cheaper I seem to get

    If I was to buy a .38 special snub today I would
    just pick up this Rossi from Academy Sports for
    $259.00 You can shoot +p in it and with the
    extra weight it won't kick so bad. If it breaks
    send it in as it's covered by warrenties.



    ROSSI R35102 .38 SPECIAL + P REVOLVER

  5. #4
    Distinguished Member Array JerryM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    1,967
    I have owned or used Rossi, Taurus, and Smith revolvers. My advice is save money and buy the Smith now. I have a 640, 642, and a M60- 3". I carry the 642 most of the time when I carry a revolver.

    I found that what I really wanted was a Smith J frame and so the others were almost a waste of money. The trade in prices of the Taurus and Rossi are less percentage wise.

    If you want a steel gun the Ruger is worth considering.

    Regards,
    Jerry

  6. #5
    VIP Member
    Array shooterX's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    South Carolina
    Posts
    2,849
    I would by a J frame smith rated for .357 magnums, if she wants to carry .38spcl +p in it she can, but at least she has options.

  7. #6
    Member Array llred's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    312
    I carry a SP 101 .357 with the 3" barrel. It is a beefy gun, but it also absorbs most of the recoil of the .357. They make shrouded models in a 2" barrel so you might want to check it out.

  8. #7
    VIP Member
    Array GunnyBunny's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Victoria, B.C.
    Posts
    3,911
    My EDC is either a HK P7 or a Ruger SP101 3 1/16". Can't say enough about either.

    Never fired a Charter Arms, but saw the full line at the NRA convention in Phoenix a couple of weeks back. Can't say I was impressed.
    CCW permit holder for Idaho, Utah, Pennsylvania, Maine and New Hampshire. I can carry in your country but not my own.

  9. #8
    Member Array ev239's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    491
    I've got a Charter Arms Undercover and the folks are right that it's not even close to a S&W in terms of fit and finish. I've held on to mine because it's never caused me a lick of problems. It's light, goes bang every time and hits as well as any other snub I've shot. +P isn't unpleasant, but it's no pussycat so make sure she tries it out.
    Mine: Glock 36............Wife's: Ruger SP101 3"
    -------Ruger SR9....................Ruger SR9c
    -------S&W SW99 .45.............Charter Arms Undercover

    Hidden Defense - Personal gun & holster designs/reviews.

  10. #9
    Distinguished Member Array Arko's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Somewhere near Nashville
    Posts
    1,271
    Quote Originally Posted by ev239 View Post
    I've got a Charter Arms Undercover and the folks are right that it's not even close to a S&W in terms of fit and finish. I've held on to mine because it's never caused me a lick of problems. It's light, goes bang every time and hits as well as any other snub I've shot. +P isn't unpleasant, but it's no pussycat so make sure she tries it out.
    That about sums it up.
    Charter quality has come a LONG way, but the fit, finish and action just won't equal the Ruger. if that's not an issue, go for it. IMO, a great carry gun for the price.
    "Don't Tread on Me"

  11. #10
    Senior Member Array wormy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    1,137
    If she wants to carry in a purse you cant beat a S&W Airweight. These little guns are a dream to carry. Yea, they are light and re-coil is substantial in a +p load. I use Federal low-recoil 110g hydra-shock loads for the wife and they are very pleasant to shoot. I cant see carrying steel revolvers for deep concealment as they are just to heavy IMO.
    Oh yea.... save the extra money and go for the S&W. You wont regret it.
    Glock 22, 27 Gen 4
    Ruger SP101 .357mag
    S&W 637 Airweight
    Ruger Single Six
    Ruger Blackhawk Bisley 45 Colt
    Mossberg 835 Grand Slam

  12. #11
    Senior Member Array FastDraw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    589
    I've owned a Charter Arms Undercover for decades. It's seen very limited use through the years. There are better quality revolvers at there but the bottom line is Charter Arms gives you a lot of bang for the buck.

    Having said that it's never been my carry gun. It does a place in my house --- along with several others --- as a "hideout" gun........

    Be Alert and Stay Safe

    FastDraw

  13. #12
    VIP Member Array semperfi.45's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Over here now!
    Posts
    3,615
    IMO S&W Airweights (442 & 642) are the best first revolver (and maybe the last). They are the best value and quality in the snub category.

    A small snub chambered in .357 is hard for most to handle recoil effectively, but if you can handle the premium price I think the S&W 340M&P is the best of the bunch.
    Training means learning the rules. Experience means learning the exceptions.

  14. #13
    Senior Member Array Sky Pilot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Lorain County, Ohio
    Posts
    848
    Smith will indeed hold its value.
    Charter will work and work well, at least both mine do.
    "Deine Papieren bitte?" or "ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ !"
    (Choose only one)
    NRA Endowment Member
    "I bark at no man's bid. I will never come and go, and fetch and carry, at the whistle of the great man in the White House no matter who he is." -- David Crockett

  15. #14
    Ex Member Array PNUT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    TN
    Posts
    913
    It just needs to go bang. The Charter will do that.

  16. #15
    Member Array chepo06's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Houston , TX
    Posts
    194
    +1 S&W
    Dont mistake Kindness for Weakness!!!
    Kimber Ultra Carry II
    Kel-Tec PF-9
    Ruger SP 101 2 1/4" 357 mag

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. Are Charter Arms Revolvers Any Good?
    By tom1965 in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 56
    Last Post: June 5th, 2013, 03:06 PM
  2. Any news on Charter Arms Rimless Revolvers ?
    By Augrunt in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: July 27th, 2012, 12:57 PM
  3. 9MM snub revolvers: what's your pick?
    By tooldawg99 in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 86
    Last Post: July 13th, 2010, 06:32 PM
  4. I'm wierd I like Charter Arms revolvers
    By threefeathers in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 30
    Last Post: June 1st, 2010, 12:40 PM
  5. Charter Arms Rimless Revolvers
    By Gunney in forum General Firearm Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: February 21st, 2009, 06:19 PM

Search tags for this page

charter arms 38 snub
,
charter arms 38 snub review
,

charter arms durability

,
charter arms quality
,

charter arms reliability

,
charter arms revolvers any good
,

charter arms snub

,
charter arms snub review
,
charter arms snubbie
,
charter arms snubby
,
charter arms snubby review
,
charter revolver quality
Click on a term to search for related topics.