Gun Report

Charter Arms Off Duty 5381 38 Special

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GUN TESTS GRADE: A
The Off Duty started off with a gritty trigger but soon slicked up; it was the lightest and most compact in this test.

Charter Arms Off Duty 5381 38 Special

Gun Details

Manufacturer
Model Name
Model Number
Surplus/Collectible
Concealed Carry
Recreational
Competition
Price
Caliber/Gauge
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Capacity
Weight Unloaded
Warranty
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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Accuracy averaged about 2 inches due to the grip size and trigger pull.
The Charter's ejector rod is nested and in two pieces that snap into the frame. The lock-up was the tightest of the three, our testers said, leading to confidence in its reliability.
The serrated cylinder latch was large and speedloader friendly.
Empty cases ejected nicely out of the Charter Arms, as they did from the Rossi and RIA. Function with all three was uneventful, which is what we want.

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