You never know what you're going to find, pawn shop crawling, and when I went into my favorite pawn shop today, I found a little jewel under the glass.
It's a Charter Arms Off-Duty, the original version with the exposed hammer spur, of course in .38 Special. It's a five-shot, snubnose revolver, suitable for concealed carry. It seems to be an aluminum framed gun, and I admit that I'm not that familiar with the history of this particular model, but I suspect that this one should be used with standard pressure ammo only..
However, a quick checkout indicated that the gun locks up tight, indexes properly, and has transfer-bar ignition. The double-action pull is heavier than the single-action pull, which has a little creep, but breaks cleanly. The little gun shows very little wear, and I suspect that it was carried a lot more than it was shot.
The small fame feels good in my hand, and it seems to have the original grips. This is a small frame revolver of the type normally seen during the early 1970s and 80s, and I suspect that it is from that era. The "old"Charter Arms went bankrupt in the 1990s and I believe that this little pistol is from that era.
The "new" Charter Arms is another company that bought the rights to the name of the company and the model names. The company today is s still manufacturing firearms.
I admit that I'm always on the lookout or a Charter Arms Bulldog, their revolver chambered in .44 Special. This little revolver will go away soon, as I told my daughter that I'd keep an eye out for a nice, clean, solid little small-frame .38 Special revolver. This one seems to fit the bill.