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Charter Arms OFF DUTY 38 2.0 CH ANOD/SS 5SHOT

Model # 53811

Charter Arms Off Duty 38 Special Caliber with 2" Stainless Finish Barrel, 5rd Capacity Stainless Finish Cylinder, Anodized Finish Aluminum Hammerless Frame & Finger Grooved Black Rubber Grip
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Full Description
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.
Type Revolver
Action DAO
Caliber 38 Special
Barrel Length 2"
Capacity 5Rd
Hammer Style Concealed
Grips Finger Grooved Black Rubber
Sights Fixed Front
Weight 12 oz
Frame Anodized Aluminum
Frame Size Small
Cylinder Finish Stainless
Barrel Finish Stainless
Overall Length 3.75"
Left Hand Model No
Youth Model No
UPC 678958538113
Customer Reviews (1)
Light weight less strain on neck/shoulders
I found it one the lightest revolvers within the .38 caliber. I have a separate brand revolver, black in color, but I wanted to try out having a silver colored one instead as a CCW, so I chose this one. I really like this one and am satisfied, for the price. The advertisement read 12 oz, the booklet it came with from Charter Arms read 14 oz, but when I weighed it on my scale it was 13.37 oz, still a very light weight. Speed-loaders fit. The cylinder has a tight and clean fit onto the gun/frame, with very little gap space, and very little toggle or wiggle.

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.
Review by Burt (Posted on 5/10/2020)
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