Charter Arms’ new On Duty revolver is designed for concealed carry and back up.  The key change in this revolver from other Charter models is the semi-shrouded hammer.  The On Duty is made so that just the tip of the hammer spur sticks out so it may be used as either a double-action or single-action revolver.

There is very little hammer surface to hang up on clothing, but if it were to hang up, the high rear rails (sides) will most likely dislodge the clothing during the draw.  Rarely does single-action mode get used in self-defense, but on the range or when plinking single-action mode can make slow firing easier for new shooters- and revolvers are especially good for new shooters.

The above does not exclude the adrenalin factor that is always present during a self-defense situation; Pumping a trigger can have the pull weight of the Titanic’s anchor and probably not even be felt.  However, a heavier trigger pull actually works to the revolver’s advantage over a semi-auto in most folks’ hands as it can help to some degree by preventing accidental discharges.  Any good firearms trainer will tell you that the goal is to get out of the situation unharmed and if you can do that without launching lead, all the better- always.

Combine a 7075 aluminum alloy frame with a 2-inch stainless steel barrel and tough innards and you have a very compact 5-shot revolver weighing in at only 12-ounces.

The On Duty is Chambered in .38 Special + P.  Today’s modern .38 Special loads are way beyond the days of 158 grain lead solids and round noses, and who remembers that 200 grain slow motion so-called special police load of the last century (makes us sound old doesn’t it?).  Let’s face it: The .38 Special is a highly-effective round for self-defense, especially with today’s ammunition.

MSRP: $430.00
Model number: 53810
Availability: Now

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