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Charter Arms Old Glory

Charter Arms Old Glory

According to the information I’ve been sent,¬†Charter Arms is set to reintroduce a version of the Undercover revolver called the Old Glory.

The Charter Arms Old Glory is a five-shot revolver chambered for the classic .38 Special cartridge. The gun is +P rated, so full power self-defense loads are perfectly fine in this handgun.

The Undercover is a 16 ounce revolver similar in size to the J-frames from Smith & Wesson. It has an exposed hammer and can be manually cocked for single-action fire if desired.

Barrels are 2″ long and have a full-length underlug to protect the ejector rod.¬†Sights are fixed: a front ramp with a notch in the rear of the top strap.

American Flag Revolver

This version of the gun – the Old Glory – sports a semi-custom finish of red, white and blue. The stars and stripes of the finish are clearly designed to mimic those of the flag of the United States of America.

The MSRP of the gun will be $469.67. Currently, I do not know if this will be a limited edition run, or something that could be in the company catalog for years to come. It is my understanding that this gun used to be sold by Charter Arms prior to the most recent gun buying frenzy. If it is reintroduced, it would be another sign that the market is returning to a more normal posture.

Charter Arms makes revolvers with a wide range of finishes including pink, green, lavender, gold and others. Some of the more interesting colors are the Tiger Stripe-style finish available on the .44 Special Bulldog and the Cougar finish on the Undercover Lite.

I’ve had the chance to shoot a number of the company’s revolvers in the past. Generally, I’ve been pleased by them. [note: You can read my review of the Off Duty revolver here.] I’ve found the triggers tend to arrive a little heavy and gritty, but smooth out pretty quickly.

I have seen a number of the company’s guns at my local dealer with some minor imperfections that should have been caught in final inspections before leaving the factory. I suppose that is the same with many companies, but if at all possible, I would suggest trying to find one at a local dealer to inspect before laying down your money.

If you are looking for a revolver sporting the American flag, I would suggest you consider this one. The finish isn’t for me, but it might be for you.

By Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a gun writer, amateur historian and - most importantly - a dad. He's done a lot of silly things in his life, but quitting police work to follow his passion of writing about guns was one of the smartest things he ever did. He founded this site and continues to manage its operation.

4 replies on “Charter Arms Old Glory”

I am considering buying the charter arms old glory 38 special (in good condition)from a local gun dealer who
has it on consignment for $299.00. Do you think that this a good buy? Thanks

Tough for me to say. Assuming it functions correctly, $299 isn’t bad for a working revolver. I might try to push for $250-275, but that’s just me.

If you like the design of the gun and the money seems ok to you, go for it. The company is still selling them new, but the current MSRP is $462. So $299 sounds like a reasonable price.

-Richard

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