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Old 09-26-2012, 02:35 PM   #11
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Update: Gun was returned from Charter Arms in exactly a week, and the cylinder functions fine. Accuracy wise- it's just not there. I have let four other people shoot it, and like myself, they all get a good grouping but it is a good 12 inches low and left. I noted this when I shipped it to Charter Arms, but it was still the same upon return. If this was shooter error, I'd LOVE to practice more with it, but by this point in time and after shooting other handguns(including revolvers of the same caliber), I just can't say that it's shooter error.

I actually DID research this gun before purchasing it. Whenever I become interested in any item, I research the heck out of it. The only negative was the YouTube video with this gun. I read multiple reviews of the Charter Arms Undercover, which is the "non-colored" version of this gun. They were all good.

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Old 09-29-2012, 08:36 AM   #12
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Thats strange. I bought one as a bday gift for a family member, and it shoots to point of aim, though i did notice that any error on my part gets magnified, (no that family member doesnt have it yet, still a month til thier bday, but i had to do a quality check, yeah thats it)

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Old 10-31-2012, 01:49 PM   #13
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In all fairness to Charter Arms, I wanted to do an update after another month of shooting this revolver.

I haven't had any more mechanical issues with the gun and accuracy has improved to a satisfiable level. After having shot another 250 rounds through it, the trigger has loosened up a little bit and that has helped out with the accuracy. Still not as smooth as a S&W, but I've learned to work with it. I'll do another update in a few months to see if anything has changed.

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Make sure to put a couple drops of oil on the hammer (aka main) spring as well, that helped a lot. And my mom loves hers. Its no s&w, but it will do the job. Also, if you reload, the recipe that i found works well, is a 125 gr bullet (i used ranier) cci 500 primer, and 6.7 grains of hodgdon hs-6 smokeless powder. Any more than that and it will be stinging your hand after 8 or 9 rounds.

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Quality control is kinda unpredictable with Charter. I have 5 Charter Arms guns, an "Off Duty", snubbie .38 spl, good accuracy, cycles well, feels solid. No complaint.
I have a blue "Bulldog Pug", a .44 spl with 2.5" barrel, shoots straight, recoil is a little painful, but cycles well. I used to carry it a lot, it saved my bacon 7 times in about 15 years. I'll keep it as long as I live.
I also have a stainless Bulldog Pug, that is shabby, to put it mildly. The cylinder rides so close to the backstrap that when loaded, the cylinder won't even rotate unless you really strain to force the trigger back. The cartridge cases drag on the backstrap.
My stainless 3 inch Bulldog with pocket hammer is perfectly OK. Shoots well, cycles well, no complaint.
Last (and least) I have a target Bulldog, a .44 spl with a 4 inch barrel and target sights. Shoots pretty straight when I aim it kinda cockeyed to compensate for the barrel/front sight that is about 15 degrees off vertical, but it has suffered a broken "unbreakable" firing pin, which Charter fixed free of charge. It looks kinda shabby because the "finish" is easily scratched. I carry it sometimes when I work in my yard, but it is definitely not a "barbeque gun".
So 3 out of 5 are OK, 60%.

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I have a 642. Mine is great. No problems what so ever. I have put a lot of ammo through it.

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As I promised, I'll do another brief update. We both shot the Pink Lady for my wife's CCW course in December and shot it again this weekend. The trigger pull has really loosened up and that has really improved the accuracy. After the initial issues, we are both pretty satisfied right now.

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Great! I have a Charter Arms "Off Duty", a snubbie .38 SPL that I bought in 1987. Still functions well, easy to conceal, light weight.

(Not pink, though).

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I have a late 80s Undercover .38. It's not pretty. But it's effective. It's still part of the summer rotation. It fits nicely in riding jacket pocket.
Charters are kind of homely IMHO, but I'd pick the Charter over the equivalent Taurus.

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Buy her a 642 & paint it pink

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