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Charter Arms Undercover

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Early Model (1970s) Blued Charter Arms Undercover with 3" barrel - .38 Special
Early Model Stainless Charter Arms Undercover - .38 Special

The Charter Arms Undercover was a no frills, inexpensive, five-shot revolver first sold in 1964 and was the first firearm manufactured by Charter Arms, which was a new company at the time. The Undercover became quite popular as a backup revolver due to its compactness and light weight - At just 16 ounces, the new gun was the smallest, lightest steel framed revolver in the world with the fewest moving parts. McClenahan's innovation was to avoid using the side plate designs manufactured by other revolver makers for a one-piece frame, giving the new revolver a strength that allowed it to safely shoot high loads. McClenahan also reduced the number of moving parts used in the gun and created a safety device for the firing pin. The Undercover gained notoriety after a .38 Special model was used by Mark David Chapman to murder John Lennon in 1980.

The Charter Arms Undercover and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Notes Date
Creepshow Leslie Nielsen Richard Vickers 1982
8 Million Ways to Die Jeff Bridges Matt Scudder Early model, stainless, without front sight 1986
8 Million Ways to Die Alexandra Paul Sunny Early model, stainless, without front sight 1986
Point Break (1991) Gary Busey F.B.I. Special Agent Angelo Pappas Early model with Pachymar grips 1991
Donato and Daughter Dana Delany Lt. Dena Donato Early model, 2" barrel 1993
Route 666 Mercedes Colon Mary 2001
Daredevil Paul Ben-Victor Jose Quesada 2003
Max Payne Mark Wahlberg Max Payne 2008
The Other Guys Mark Wahlberg Det. Hoitz 2010
Broken City Mark Wahlberg Billy Taggart 2013


Title Actor Character Notes / Episode Date
FUBAR (2023 TV Series) Arnold Schwarzenegger Luke Brenner Pink Lady 4" barrel / "Take Your Daughter to Work Day" (S1E01) 2023
Monica Barbaro Emma

See Also

  • Charter Arms - A list of all firearms manufactured by Charter Arms.

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