Gun Report

Charter Arms On Duty No. 53810 SAO-DAO 38 Special

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Better sights and rounding off the trigger would greatly improve this revolver.

Charter Arms On Duty No. 53810 SAO-DAO  38 Special

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Law Enforcement
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 On Duty was capable of single-action fire while offering minimal exposure of the hammer tang. This was a tradeoff with shielding the inner mechanism from foreign objects and the possibility of snagging an outer garment. The On Duty’s cylinder release was tucked out of the way but required precise movement for smooth operation.
The front sight was smooth, and this promoted glare. Its color so closely matched the rear sight notch that we had difficulty finding a sight picture.
Rounding the edge of the trigger would provide much greater comfort to the shooter.

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