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CHARTER ARMS PROFESSIONAL

MANUFACTURER: CHARTER ARMS (DEPT. AR), 18 BREWSTER LANE, SHELTON, CT 06484;
(866) 769-4867; CHARTERFIREARMS.COM
8.25 "

3 "

5.3 "

ACTION TYPE: DOUBLE-ACTION,
CENTER-FIRE REVOLVER
CHAMBERING: .357 MAG.
FRAME: STAINLESS STEEL,
ALUMINUM TRIGGER GUARD;
BLACKNITRIDE+ FINISH
STOCKS: WALNUT
RIFLING: EIGHT-GROOVE;
1:16 " RH TWIST

Like other Charter Arms models, the
Professional's trigger guard and grip assembly are made of lightweight aluminum.

revolvers can be 12 lbs. or greater with
a rough or stacking trigger pull; the
trigger of the Professional tested exhibited a smooth double-action trigger pull
of 10 lbs., 2 ozs. Manually cocking the
hammer for single-action fire resulted
in a trigger pull of 3 lbs., 15 ozs.
As a member of the Professional
line, this revolver enjoys a few
upgrades not found on the standard
Bulldog models. The entire gun has
been treated to Charter Arm's proprietary Blacknitride+ finish that
increases the hardness of the surface
for improved wear and scratch resistance. It also toughens the bore for an
increased working life and reduces the
friction between moving parts.
The fixed front sight blade is
milled down and replaced with a
bright green fiber-optic pipe in a
square housing that preserves the
sight picture formed with the squarenotch rear sight. Many Charter guns
ship with compact rubber stocks; this
model ships with a fullsize, smooth
walnut stock with bilateral thumb

CYLINDER CAPACITY: SIX
SIGHTS: SQUARE-NOTCH REAR,
FIBER-OPTIC FRONT
TRIGGER: DOUBLE-ACTION,
10-LB., 2-OZ. PULL;
SINGLE-ACTION, 3-LB.,
15-OZ. PULL
WIDTH: 1.60 " (CYLINDER)
WEIGHT: 25 OZS.
ACCESSORIES: OWNER'S
MANUAL, HARD CASE, LOCK
MSRP: $407

SHOOTING RESULTS (15 YDS.)

VEL. @ MUZZLE
(F.P.S.)

ENERGY
(FT.-LBS.)

SIG SAUER
125-GR. FMJ

1308 AVG.
17 SD

475

2.91

3.32

3.15

SIG SAUER V-CROWN
125-GR. JHP

1298 AVG.
20 SD

468

2.97

3.30

3.13

WINCHESTER SUPER-X
158-GR. JSP

1134 AVG.
18 SD

451

3.23

3.51

3.39

.357 MAG.
CARTRIDGE

GROUP SIZE (INCHES)
LARGEST
AVERAGE
SMALLEST

3.22

AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD
N OTES : MEASURED

AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR

CHRONOGRAPH AT THE MUZZLE .

A CCURACY

10

SHOTS FIRED NEXT TO A

LAB RADAR

RESULTS FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE , FIVE - SHOT

15 YDS. FIRED FROM A BENCH REST . TEMPERATURE: 82° F. HUMIDITY: 19%.
ABBREVIATIONS: FMJ (FULL METAL JACKET ), JHP (JACKETED HOLLOW POINT), JSP
( JACKETED SOFT POINT), SD (STANDARD DEVIATION ).
GROUPS AT

rests, a curved backstrap and finger
grooves along the front.
Lightweight revolvers can be a
handful when firing full-power .357
cartridges, and the Professional is
no exception; however, the smooth
walnut stock helps the gun to roll
back in the shooting hand, which in
turn works to help manage felt recoil.
The cylinder yoke was a bit stiff to
swing out, but the cylinder would
spin freely once opened. The revolver
proved to be utterly reliable with
all of the ammunition tested, and it
operated properly throughout testing
with no mechanical issues or misfires.

The mid-size Charter Arms six-shot,
.357 Mag. Professional is a rugged, simple revolver that is an affordably priced
option suitable for concealed carry or
home defense. The .357 Mag. chambering allows for the use of soft-shooting
.38 Spl. cartridges for casual plinking
or target practice, .38 Spl. +P defensive
hollow points for more moderate levels
of felt recoil or full-power .357 Mag.
loads for use in the field. It's a flexible
option for those who are looking for
the added power of a magnum revolver
without the added weight of an all-steel
frame-at a price point that nearly any
shooter can manage.

Sights on the Professional consists of a fixed, green fiber-optic pipe up front and a
square-notch rear that has been cut into the revolver's frame.
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