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?
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…