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Charter Arms
Professional

S

ince the founding of Charter
Arms in 1964 by Douglas
McClennahan, the company's
series of affordably priced, compact,
double-action revolvers has continued
to grow in both its diversity of models
and frame sizes. McClennahan had an
innovative approach to revolver design
that allowed Charter to make its guns
lighter and less costly to produce, and
the company's recently introduced
Professional is another fine example
of this design philosophy.
Our test sample for this evaluation was the six-shot, .357 Mag.chambered model of the Professional,
however, a seven-shot .32 H&R
Mag. variant is also offered. The
Professional is a double-action
revolver with an exposed hammer that
allows it to be cocked for single-action
fire. It employs the larger cylinder
and frame of the Charter Bulldog XL,
making it a mid-size option with a
profile comparable to other middle
weights, such as the Ruger GP100 or
the Smith & Wesson 686. However, its
partial aluminum construction reduces
its weight by as much as half a pound
when compared to all-steel .357 Mag.
models of similar barrel length.
This version of the Professional
incorporates the features that have
kept the .44 Spl. Bulldog selling well

for decades. The barrel, frame, cylinder
and controls are all made of corrosionresistant, matte-finish stainless steel.
Unlike some other double-action
revolvers, Charter Arms models do not
have a removable sideplate. Instead,
the firing mechanism is fitted into
the one-piece frame from below, and
held in place by the one-piece trigger
guard and grip frame. This design has
two notable benefits, the first being
that the frame is stronger. Secondly,
the trigger guard and grip assembly is
a separate component, which allows it
to be made from a different material,
such as the lightweight, aircraft-grade
aluminum that Charter Arms uses.
The one-piece 3 " barrel shares the
same profile as other Charter models
currently in production. The bore
is button-rifled with eight grooves,
instead of six, to provide a better gas
seal and reduce bullet deformation.
The full-length, flat-sided under lug
shrouds the spring-loaded ejector rod,
while the front sight base is a milled
extension of the barrel.
The topstrap of the receiver
is deeply grooved with a
square notch above the hammer to form the rear sight.
The grooved cocking spur of
the hammer is relatively short,
which reduces the chance of it

The revolver used in this evaluation was a six-shot .357 Magnum, however, Charter
Arms also offers a version of the Professional with a seven-round cylinder chambered for
.32 H&R Mag. Both guns feature a proprietary Blacknitride+ finish and walnut stocks.

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snagging on clothing. It is positioned
relatively low to make it easier to
reach with the thumb of the shooting
hand. A frame-mounted transfer bar
safety, located between the hammer and the firing pin, prevents the
revolver from firing if dropped.
The cylinder's yoke is fitted into
a protective slot in the frame rather
than being exposed along its front
edge like some other designs. The
cylinder is supported by a threepoint lockup; it rotates clockwise
and swings out to the left side when
the flat, serrated cylinder release is
pressed forward toward the muzzle.
A cylinder stop on the frame is not
required, which aids in quicker reloads
when using a speedloader.
The rounded trigger guard houses
a curved trigger with a grooved face.
The double-action trigger pull of some



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