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Charter Arms Police Undercover No. 73840 38 Special, $402

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Almost a copy of the Pitbull, the Undercover felt good, but with nearly no grooves in the barrel, it vastly underperformed. It functioned, so it passed, but that was as far as we can go.

Charter Arms Police Undercover No. 73840 38 Special, $402

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Home Defense
Concealed Carry
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Weight Unloaded
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Back Strap Height
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Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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On both the Pitbull and the Police Undercover, we liked the softish grips. The profiles of the grips were also thinner side to side.
The two Charters also had full-lug barrels and enclosed ejection rods. The trade-off for protecting the rods is more weight.
We were puzzled when we began shooting the Charter -- accuracy was horrible. Gunsmith Jack Everett of Jacks Gun Shack in Tactical Firearms discovered very shallow rifling grooves in the barrel.

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