Charter Arms On Duty Revolver

The new Charter Arms “On Duty” revolver is a double action .38 Special snub-nosed revolver designed for concealed carry. It has a low profile, partly concealed, hammer that allows it to be used in single action but is also less likely to be snagged on clothing.

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It features:

* Lifetime warrantee
* Exclusive eight-groove gas sealing barrel,
* Exclusive three-point cylinder lock up, no screw side plates,
* Hammer block safety system
* Charter’s fastest factory revolver-lock time.


Cartridge: .38 Special + P
Barrel length: 2″ stainless steel
Frame: 7075 aluminum alloy
Capacity: 5 round
Weight: 12 ounces

The MSRP is $400.

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  • Valhalla

    Do you know if any Police agencies/FBI(and rest of alphabet soup) issue backups such as this?

  • Tom Stone

    A gas sealing Barrel, Like a Nagant?

  • Tom, I don’t think so.

  • redmanlaw

    I love a classic .38 snubbie. I shoot my Ruger SP 101 with light .357s and .38 target loads more than anything I own.

  • Don

    I’m a big fan of the classic snub for both general use and backup.

    My Likes:
    2″-3″ barrels fit inside any pocket.
    The grips are smaller than an auto.
    5 round cylinders are thin enough to not pattern.
    5 rounds is enough unless you anticipate being in a gang war.
    I always feel like they ride nicer, pretty much anywhere, ankle, small of back, shoulder, hip, pocket…
    Hammerless or shrouded hammer versions fire from your pocket reliably.
    Revolvers shoot through bad ammo.
    You can’t jam a revolver with a limp wrist.
    They don’t leave brass behind.
    .357 will never be too little power.

    Oh also, what ever happened to that charter arms model that was rumored to be made that would eject rimless cases without moon clips?

  • Gene

    I understand the 9 mm and 40 sw will be out early 2011 the 40 first than the nine to follow

  • Vince

    I just recently sent a new Charter Arms Bulldog back to the factory for warranty repairs. It had a sticky ejector rod and a hammer screw that came loose when you’d fire the gun.A quick Sixteen day later the gun came home with both problems fixed but with a replacement cylinder that was seriously unfinished. I’ve never seen so many machine marks on a gun in my life. This was not what I expected. Very unprofessional. Lesson learned.

  • Billy Davis

    Would like to know if you can fire a .357 shell through a .38 special pistol. I dont know and i dont want to blow my hand off to find out.

  • Brian

    I shot a charter arms on duty today. At 15 yards we could put one of 5 rounds in a 3″ bulls eye and the other 4 were all close. This 2″ barrel gun was very impressive.

  • Hal

    What’s the best round to fire in a charter arms 38 snub made in 1985, I know they can’t handle +p, what grain should I use?