At just 12 ounces, the Off Duty from Charter Arms is a light, sleek, no-snag concealed carry revolver that packs a five-round fist full of .38 Special. Shown with Crimson Trace Lasergrips and a matte stainless steel finish. Sean Utley Photo
Located in Shelton, Connecticut, Charter Arms currently produces over 70 variations of compact revolvers, with a diverse selection of calibers, barrel lengths and frame finishes. Their revolvers often cost less than their competitors, but this doesn’t make them cheap. All of the parts are constructed in-house or by vendors within 50 miles of the plant.
The new Off Duty is a double-action-only (DAO), 5-shot revolver chambered in .38 Special. The concealed hammer is a tried and trusted configuration providing a sleek, no-snag profile that’s ideal for concealed carry. The judicious use of aircraft-grade aluminum to complement the steel components keeps the revolver’s weight down to just 12 ounces. This is achieved through the use of a lightweight aluminum frame. However, despite its light weight, the Off Duty possesses the requisite strength to handle +P ammunition.
Charter revolvers use fewer interior parts than other designs, which results in greater reliability. The barrel, underlug and sight are all milled from one piece of steel. Eight-groove button rifling provides a better gas seal and reduces bullet deformation. The frame provides a three-point lockup for the cylinder, and the yoke is locked in place by the frame instead of a retaining screw. Finally, the ergonomics of the trigger have been worked to do away with pinching of the trigger finger.