I admit to entering into this evaluation with more than a little trepidation. Charter Arms was founded in 1964 as a company that made dependable self-defense revolvers at a reasonable price. Over the years, the company has had its share of problems and had to fight its way back from the brink several times. It seems Charter has its share of skeptics.
On the other hand, I have spoken to a number of individuals who have saved their lives with a Charter and in one case (I was the evidence technician) a middle-aged woman who had shot and killed a rapist that had broken into her home and attacked her in her own bed. She was able to get a .32 caliber Charter Arms snubbie from the nightstand and stop the attack. This woman was not rich and if it would not have been for her affordable Charter revolver, she would have been in a bad way.