Charter Arms Boomer…

Just came across a post on Personal Defense World on the new Boomer from Charter Arms. the Boomer is based on their Bulldog series of big bore revolvers. It’s a snubbie with a 2 inch barrel chambered in .44 Special. What’s not to love right?

What wrong with this picture?

Well, a lot.

This little beastie is sold as a self-defense weapon in a caliber big enough to “do the job” or something like that.  Except for a couple of things:

First, it comes with NO front sight. Yup, look at the photo, there is not front sight on the gun at all. Folks, snubbies are hard enough to handle properly but without a front sight you’ll end up with a hit rate like an NYC cop!

Second, it comes with a ported barrel which is fine on a competition gun but on a firearm that will likely need to be used in low light conditions (you know, when most attacks occur) a ported barrel will completely eliminate any hope of night vision. Given that the gun is marketed as an up close and personal defense tool (no sights) the chances are you will likely need to employ it in such a way that your clothes will probably catch fire after you miss the bad guy attacking you…

Really guys, guns sales are doing pretty well right now why do we have to come up with these gimmicky firearms that are as likely to get you or an innocent bystander hurt as they are to stop a bad guy?

A big thumbs down on this revolver…

God bless.

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11 thoughts on “Charter Arms Boomer…

  1. My hit rate was 3-shootings/8-rounds fired/7-gunmen dead.
    It was with a S&W Model-10 .38 Special (+P Winchester ammo).
    Maybe the new service pistols having a reported “12 lb. trigger” has something to do with it and, “tromboning”, where the oficers are looking at the slide movement? Then again, I used to shoot 400 rounds per day, seven days a week. Old School “Dinosaur” (ALMOST EXTINCT – BUT STILL FEARED) cop.

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      1. At times, while at the department range, the range officers would take masking tape and cover the front sight, then have us fire downrange on targets at 21 feet, 50 feet, and 10 feet. The reason is, to get an instinctive feel for bringing the weapon up, into the line of sight, rather than lowering the head to the sight. The revolver top-strap becomes Kentucy Windage. 7 feet distance point instictively at the belly. Same for 10 feet. 21 feet level with shoulders. 50 feet at the hairline. That is more or less what runs. The five-point draw must be absolutely smooth. Weapon, is a natural extention of the arm. Of the drills, without a weapon, point with your finger at different objects (except photographs of family members – psychological study indicates, that will subconsciously “green light” family members), while raising your hand up, into your line of vision.
        Charter .44, is really set for “bedroom” work, when up close to an intruder and there will not be enough light to see a front sight. Point at the belly. Also, a number of times, intruders grasped longer barrelled revolvers and the front sight, aided the unauthorized person’s grip. Shorter barrel and lack of front sight might possibly have a benefit but I always wondered why, if anyone grasped the business end of a revolver, why not simple fire off a round?
        Personally, Charter was made “the devil” in NYC when the Son of Sam case was active and the weapon became known. Charter should have shifted gears and gone along the lines of the S&W 624 Lew Horton Conversion-type, but I guess Charter’s management has their reasons for remaining lowball.

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  2. I agree the porting has to go. Just doesn’t work on this revolver in my opinion. As for the front sight, I’m good either way. This is a close range “Belly Gun” don’t you know.

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    1. Thanks for stopping in and commenting Brian.

      My take is that I’d rather have sights and not need them than not have them and need them. I can hit a man-sized target out to 15-20 yards with my S&W Airweight “belly gun” almost as well as most people can with a full sized handgun. and that is with the standard black on black gutter and ramp sights. I’ve never had them snag on anything and they don’t add any noticeable weight so why not include them?

      Take care and, again, thanks for stopping by and commenting!

      God bless.

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      1. I just recently figured out what this revolver is. This is the revolver that should have been carried by Inspector “Dirty Harry” Callihan as a backup piece. With this as a backup, there would be no need to tape a switchblade to your leg.

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  3. I like it. No front sight to snag on the draw, get a “BOOMBOOMBOOM” instead of a “pewpew”. I won’t be hitting anything past 10 yards, but if I know its going to be a long shot I should have brought a rifle. I guess they could have put a little nub sight on it. A gold bead would look good on the barrel.

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  4. Or make the channel on the top of the frame a little straighter and “U” shaped and it would be like the Colt Agent or the a little like the “guttersnipe” system.

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