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Charter Arms OFF DUTY 38 HAMMERLESS ALUM
Model # 53811
Out of stock
Charter Arms Off Duty 38 Special 5rd 2" Mill Aluminum Black Rubber Grip (Hammerless)
AVAILABILITYThis product is out of stock and we do not have an expected date when it will be back in stock.
Concealment can be a challenge with some revolvers but not the Off Duty. This enclosed hammer, double-action revolver is ideal for tucking in a waistband, under a shirt or in a pocket because the hammer will never snag on clothing at absolutely the wrong time. Constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum, this 5-shot .38 Special with a 2" barrel weighs in at only 12 oz. This model has a stainless steel frame, cylinder, and barrel finish.
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Customer Reviews (1)
- Light weight less strain on neck/shoulders
Grip – Feels very good, secure, comfortable, grippy. However, as the handle/grip is short, I purchased a replacement grip, wooden, longer – which now allows for the pinky to grip, whole. The wood grip I bought is very smooth and would not snag, adding to good utilization for personal carry.
Not a range gun per se, but for personal protection and concealment, it met my needs.
Trigger – I like it, strong, sturdy, consistent. Not as smooth as some higher priced of same caliber, but it does the job and feels reliable. I dubbed it a “Jeep like” trigger.
Ammunition – Among six different brands of .38 Special bullets. All of them fit this model, except for Hornady FTX, hallow point, Critical Defense, because the rim/back of the base casing is thicker, it will not allow the cylinder to close, and I fear could damage the gun if I were to try to force it shut. I have to be extra careful not to carry or load this Hornady when using this Charter Arms model. Some advertising and a vague note which came in the box case, refer to being able to use + P bullets, but I need to look that up to confirm, and I am not convinced yet that it can accept, so I will hold off, to reduce chance of damaging the gun, I can do without +P and it is not worth the risk.
Trigger Guard – It feels like a strong metal, but there is a light grey rubber coating all around it. At first it looked cheap, but it is of good strong quality, and feels good to the touch. I’m new to arms, and am trying to figure out why the builder placed the rubber coating on the guard. On the down side, rubber can snag onto clothing or reduce drawing from holster speed. On the plus side, when drawing bare-handed and preparing to hold and shoot, there is distinct difference between the texture of the guard vs. the actual metal trigger, so the shooter can feel and sense where their finger is, when holding the gun with the finger off the trigger, vs finger on the trigger, which to me seemed like an interesting feature, and I wonder if that was what the maker had in mind, for safety’s sake.
The Cylinder Latch – was the most concern for me; Mine was stiff, and I am not sure how to fix it myself. It is not stuck, it works, but requires a lot of force by one’s thumb. Compared to other manufacturers, this latch is very rough on one’s thumb skin.
The sales worker thought it would loosen over time, I sure hope so. I oiled it. Awaiting if it improves. With emergencies being rare, and having to reload after five shots in an emergency even more rare; If it persists I might ask my local gun store to try to repair it or send it back to Charter Arms for improvement on it. To open the latch, one pushes it forward, and because mine was on the tight side, I never have to worry about accidentally opening the cylinder.
Overall, I’m still very satisfied with this one. Range testing to follow/pending.
(Posted on 5/10/2020)
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