Charter Arms hasn’t had much luck here at TTAG. Our review of their Undercover .38 revolver was something less than entirely complimentary. Our review of the Target Mag Pug was something less than something less than entirely complimentary. Just yesterday, I got a call from Charter Arms Veep Terry Rush. Mr. Rush corrected a technical point about Charter’s manufacturing process (text amended), apologized for the .38’s quality issues and asked if he could send another sample. And a Chic Lady. Being a happily married man, I told him to send the Chic Lady gun instead—if only because I wouldn’t be caught dead with one of their hot selling Pink Lady revolvers. Although I might be caught dead without one. Where was I? Oh yes, so, today, they’re press releasing their new, shiny shoes. I mean wheelguns . . .
Charter Arms will introduce two new revolver models at the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers Annual Meeting and Expo in Louisville, KY November 3 – 5, 2010. The Chic Lady and The Chic Lady Off Duty Revolvers will make their debut at MKS/Hi-Point Distributors, booth No. 711. Nick Ecker, President of Charter Arms said, “Our loyal customers repeatedly stated their desire for Charter Arms to produce a revolver with a high polish finish, creating a sophisticated and elegant look, so we listened.
Listening’s good. And Charter’s sales to women are great. The cynically sexist amongst you might suggest that this reflects a lack of discrimination amongst the fairer (and more balanced) sex.
Terry resembles that remark. I mean, resents. He reckons his company’s guns are perfectly positioned between Smith & Wesson’s pricey products and Taurus cheap-as-chips revolvers. And he reckons Charter’s quality makes them the value-seeking revolver’s buyer’s best choice.
We’ll keep an open mind about that quality thing. Meanwhile, an alligator case! Pink!
Both models are finished in a high polish stainless steel, pink anodized frame, rubber grip, 2 inch barrel, 5-shot capacity and weigh in at 13 ounces, presented in a faux alligator pink attaché case with high polish stainless steel trim. It’s the ultimate piece every classy lady would want to have in her own private collection.”
The Chic Lady has a standard hammer while The Chic Lady Off Duty has an internal hammer (DAO) double action only.
Both lightweight gun models have a comfortable grip capable of fitting a small hand or can be easily changed out to a Crimson Trace Grip. To acquire an accurate sight picture, each model has a serrated front sight along with a smooth action and quick release cylinder.
Both firearms models have a hammer blocked safety system ensuring the revolver cannot fire unless the trigger is held in the full rear position when the hammer falls.
So to speak.