GUN .38 SPECIAL small frame

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  1. ThomasAJ

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    I'm looking at getting one. around 400$ or less. Charter Arms is one of my interest. anyone know anything about, or have experience with them?

    Seems like a good company looking at the background. Plus lifetime warranty is a plus IMO.
     
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    Or a 637 if you prefer the exposed hammer.
     
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    How are the Taurus small frame .38's?
     
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    You must not of looked to deep because Charter Arms are horrible guns.
     
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    A cheaper alternative to the S&W's. MUCH better than Charter Arms.
     
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    We ordered a Charter Arms .327 Mag for a customer a couple weeks ago. The gun arrived with the cylinder freezed up - so we had to send it right back.
     
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    The price difference in the Taurus Ultra Light and the 642/637/etc is so small, it's not worth it to get the Taurus.
     
  10. Definitely a S&W J frame. Either the 642 or 442 would fill the role you're looking for.
     
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    It is a shame because Charter Arms is a local company.
     
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    Also 642 with 38+p is plenty. MG I'm sorry I don't know how you do it. The nice thing about the jframe is it is my everywhere gun. Disappears iwb or in a jacket pocket.
     
  13. I haven't come across anything more concealable than a J-Frame that is reliable enough to trust my life to. Right now, mine's sitting in an ankle holster attached firmly to my leg.
     
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    J frame size comparison
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    I have heard the recent Charter Arms are coming a lot better, but i still wouldn't buy one.

    look into a Smith J-Frame, lots of options, steel, alloy. A used one should be right in your price range. I have a 442 I carry regularly.
     
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    what about ruger? also reading into .357 mag doesn't seem like a bad load in comparison. I'm rather split between the two.
     
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    The Ruger SP101 is significantly larger than the J-Frame series of S&W.

    If you're talking about their new LCR I'd wait on that one for a while. Both of Ruger's newest pistol designs (SR9 & LCP) had safety recalls within a year of being released.
     
  20. Other than Ruger's new unproven plastic framed revolver, all of Ruger's offerings are significantly heavier than a J Frame. If you're interested in carrying the thing, stay away from the Ruger.
     
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    i like the Taurus 817 with the 7 shot capacity
     
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    since moving to Cali a lot of my guns aren't legal unless i buy new clips for them. so this is going to be my house gun until i go back home to Washington. then itll end up in my pocket for the daily.
     
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    MG and Laurel, do you guys sit next to each other on the couch with different laptops and post?
     
  24. Sometimes. I'm at work now though. We are not exciting pandas.
     
  25. Magazines. They're not clips. :)
     

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