Gun Report

Charter Arms Undercover .38 Special No. 73820

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If only it worked. We liked this little gun a lot, especially itslighter weight and unobtrusive finish. The Undercover had decentaccuracy, and the grips let us shoot the hot loads easily enough,but the DA pull didn't fire the gun half the time.

Charter Arms Undercover .38 Special No. 73820

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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The Charter's latch mechanism was adequate, but we'd have liked it to be tighter. The gun spit with the hotter loads. Charter permits plus-P loads, but not for a steady diet, so we didn't shoot many of 'em.
The grips needed to be trimmed to permit the easy and full ejection of the fired cases. This case is touching the rubber (arrow), but it ought to have flown out of the gun with the other four. Usually two fired cases would stay in the gun. The grips also bound up the speed loader.

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