A Nurse with a Gun

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Pawn Shop Circuit: Undercover

I drove back over to Neil's pawn shop after work today to take another look at the Charter Arm's revolver he had in the case. It was a vintage Charter Arms Undercover, a 38 special snubnose. In it's day, the Undercover was a cost effective concealed carry piece favored by many cash strapped peace officers as a back-up gun.

Neil's example was a good one. A good bit of the finish was still there, although the frame had turned plum and the cylinder had bare metal showing. The Undercover was never the prettiest gun on the rack, it was just a hard working carry gun, so that was OK. Functionally it was a winner. The cylinder locked up well, and the trigger, although heavy, was smooth.

I thought about it a bit. Neil was wanting $159 for the Undercover. I decided to wait a while, not because the revolver was a bad gun, not because the deal wasn't decent, but because I wasn't sure I wanted to open up that door.

Now, I'm still thinking about that little hideout gun. $159 ain't bad.

JPG gives an expert synopsis of the Charter Arms Undercover.

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Blogger nature223 said...

there is something cool about the charter arms revolvers,their not colt's or smith's....but they are pretty well constructed non the less,and do carry and shoot well.
understandably pretty sharp kicking,but there and ready in a pinch,and no gun reloads faster,then a second gun carried ready as a just in case

11:07 PM  
Blogger JPG said...

Zave' - -
Good post. I've goten to where I look forward to reading your pawn shop circuit entries. I kinda hope you see fit to gather up that lil' wheel gun, if for no other reason than because I can't.

I began writing a comment on the background of the Charter Undercover, but realized it was getting pretty long. So - - I presumed on our association to write my own blog post, linking it to yours.


1:38 AM  
Blogger El Capitan said...

I bought that same revolver back in the late 80's, when it was all the gun I could afford. It never had any problems, and when I traded it for a Grendel .380, I soon realized I got the short end of that deal.

A few years ago I stumbled across a pristine Charter Arms Off Duty .38 at a pawnshop for $180, and didn't even pause before asking for a layaway card. I'd have no qualms about putting it up against a S&W Chief's Special or any other 5-shot .38 in a reliability contest.

4:16 AM  
Blogger Owen said...

your pawn shops are better then mine, that gun wouldn't be in this side of the countries pawn for less then 250$ I would buy it in a heart beat.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Jason said...

I came across your blog today after googling for home defense shotguns. After finding your pawn shop thread I greedily read every entry this afternoon!

Without question your blog was the most entertaining and interesting I have ever had the good fortune to stumble across. The handgun information and knowledge was fascinating. Your writing style is reader friendly, and makes a guy feel as though he would like to have a beer with you and shoot the bull for a few hours.

Good wishes to you and yours Xavier, and best of luck on your continuing pawn shop quest.

Jason from Ohio

11:25 AM  
Blogger Weer'd Beard said...

In .44 Spp I would have grabbed it.

When I ordered my reloading press package there was a mixup and the .45 ACP dies turned into .44 Mag.

Knowing it was only time before I got a .44 of some sort I kept them and grabbed a used set of .45 Dies from a shop that carries a lot of reloading gear.

You know you're a gun-nut when you have reloading gear for guns your don't own.

8:34 AM  
Anonymous gun papa said...

In my garage sale travels I come across some rare deals. A man and woman were moving from the ranch back to the city for work and as the man and I were carrying a nice bed for one of my daughters I could see a glass gun cabinet far off in a corner. "You have any guns for sale?" I asked as I thought I could make out an AK front sight from the distance. "Maybe" he said, and that was all I needed to get the "In". The long guns, to my sadness were not for sale, but he reached beneath the cabinet and pulled out 3 small revolvers. 38 Rossi, S&W Model 12, and a Blue "Pocket Hammer" Charter Arms "Undercover". I looked at each one hiding my interest. "I will sell them all for $150" I instantly broke out in an internal sweat hotflash came over me. I turned around and looked at my girlfriend who is no stranger to my Intervention worthy gun addiction. I had no obvious expression so she was not sure what I was feeling.
I looked over each gun as if I appeared unsure of my real interest. All the while, my insides screamed with excitement. Soon after I was leaving with 3 revolvers and, oh yeah, a bed. I made my girlfriend drive home while I fondled my score. I sold the Rossi and S&W for a very nice profit. I kept the LIKE NEW "Undercover". It is a blued, Stratford marked snubbie with a case hardened colored "Bobbed" or "Pocket Hammer". I made $450 on the resale of the two other guns, and essentially got the "undercover" for FREE.

4:39 PM  

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