Charter Arms is breaking the mold with their latest new gun, a 7-shot small-frame revolver chambered for the unlikely .32 H&R Magnum. Charter Arms is calling it the Professional, unveiling it at this year’s Concealed Carry Expo.
The Professional combines classic and new-school features with its all-steel frame and durable black nitride finish. It has a foolproof and snag-free rear trench sight paired with a high-visibility green fiber optic front sight.
The double- and single-action revolver has a 3-inch barrel, a fully exposed hammer and a square-butt frame. The Professional’s stand-out feature is its 7-shot cylinder and uncommon .32 H&R chambering.
The .32 H&R Magnum cartridge is a lot like what 38 Special is to .357 Magnum compared to .327 Federal Magnum. It and .38 Special have similar energy at the muzzle, while shooting a lighter bullet at higher velocities. Depending on the load .32 H&R Magnum makes between 200-300 foot-pounds of force at the muzzle.
This should make the professional a soft shooter even though it weighs just 22 ounces unloaded. Thanks to the 3-inch barrel it’s not going to sacrifice a lot of power and still be small enough for concealed carry.
“The .32 H&R Magnum caliber has always been an underrated caliber that’s ideal for concealed carry and well-suited for the range,” said Charter Arms president Nick Ecker. “We knew once the Professional model came off the production line … It’s a winner.”
The major advantage of .32 H&R Magnum is its smaller diameter, which lets Charter Arms squeeze an extra round into the cylinder. In the concealed-carry world, seven shots is competitive, considering that revolvers can be easier to carry for some people, especially people with restrictive dress codes.
Overall the Professional measures in at just under 8 inches long with its full-size contoured walnut grip. Charter Arms has partnered with Galco Gunleather to produce custom holsters for the Professional at launch.
Charter Arms has built a reputation for making reliable revolvers affordably, and the Profession is no different. With a suggested retail price of $438 real-world prices should come in at $400 or less.
This is an interesting development from Charter Arms. While the company’s bread and butter is short-barreled concealed-carry revolvers in .38 and .44 Special, they have been busy lately making interesting guns chambered for uncommon revolver cartridges, including 9mm Luger, .40 S&W and .45 ACP.
It seems like Charter Arms is doubling down on their decision to build these niche revolvers, and it’s paying off.