The Charter Arms Patriot was a short-lived line of revolvers chambered for the .327 Federal Magnum. Â In all, three Patriot models were manufactured between 2008 and 2011. Â The three models were the standard model, the Target Patriot and the Crimson Patriot.
The standard model patriot was a 2.2″ barreled revolver with a cylinder that held six shots. Â It had a fixed ramp front sight and a foxed notch rear sight.
Due to the relatively short barrel, it appears the gun was designed for concealed carry. Â Unlike the company’s Off Duty revolver, the Patriot had an exposed hammer, allowing the shooter to work the gun in double-action or single-action modes.
The standard Patriot revolver weighed 21 ounces while unloaded. Â Rubber grips were standard on the gun. Â Charter Arms only offered this gun with a satin stainless steel finish.
MSRP on the gun was $536.00.
The Target Patriot
This version of the Charter Arms Patriot features a longer barrel (4″ vs. 2.2″) and has an adjustable rear, target-type sight. Â The barrel has a full length underlug, which is likely to help tame the recoil of the little magnum cartridge. Â The Target Patriot carries a $593.00 MSRP.
The Crimson Patriot
The Crimson Patriot was also chambered in .327 Federal Magnum and had a 2.2″ barrel. Â The gun shipped from the factory with the Crimson Trace LG-325 Lasergrips.
The Crimson Patriot shares many of the features of the standard Patriot revolver.Â The Crimson Patriot is a six-shot, exposed hammer revolver made of stainless steel that weighs 21 ounces unloaded.Â It has fixed sights, using a ramp front and notch rear.Â The big difference is the addition of the rubber overmold Lasergrips.
The suggested retail on the Charter Arms Crimson Patriot was $768.00.Â Considering the standard Patriot retailed for $536.00 and the Crimson Trace LG-325 Lasergrips retailed at $299.00, the Crimson Patriot retail price represents a significant savings as compared to adding the grips yourself ($768 vs. $835).
|Patriot||Target Patriot||Crimson Patriot|
|caliber||.327 Federal Magnum||.327 Federal Magnum||.327 Federal Magnum|
|capacity||6 rounds||6 rounds||6 rounds|
|weight (unloaded)||21 ounces||23 ounces||21 ounces|
|sights||fixed||front ramp, adjustable rear||fixed with Lasergrips|
|finish||satin stainless steel||satin stainless steel||satin stainless steel|
|grips||rubber||rubber||Crimson Trace Lasergrips|
Charter Arms Discontinues the Patriot Line
The Patriot revolvers were discontinued by the end of 2011. Â Charter Arms did not make any announcement regarding why the handguns would no longer be produced. Â I can only assume that the line was canceled due to sales. Â If the company was selling a boatload of them, I would expect that Charter Arms would have continued the production. Â It looks like the total time these revolvers were made is about three years.
Here are a few videos of the Charter Arms Patriot being shot:
The original Charter Arms press release:
Charter Arms introduces the new Patriot in .327 Federal caliber with 2.2 barrel fixed sight and 4â€ barrel with adjustable sights to their extensive line of quality revolvers. The new Patriot .327 features a stainless finish and full-sized grips.
Built on the same frame as the popular â€œBulldogâ€, the new 4â€™â€™adjustable site model is an excellent choice for shooters who are looking for a revolver for target shooting and maintaining proficiency, the front target sight and square-notch rear sight provide a crisp, clean, sight picture for improving accuracy.
The 2.2â€ barrel model will prove to be a reliable and potent carry gun, If you like punching the center out of targets or popping tin cans on a Saturday afternoon, the new Patriot will be an accurate and affordable addition to your collection.