Charter Arms Lavender Lady .38 special revolver
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  • Read on to find out why I believe it is and why women who are attracted to that lavender color can carry this little revolver with confidence
  • To get around the issue of no safety, a lot of people carry these with the hammer at rest on an empty chamber so as to avoid accidental discharge
  • The case is actually quite rugged and the combination lock is convenient
  • To its credit, the company used a rugged, reliable and proven design to create the Lavender Lady and the result is a great pistol that is light and small enough for concealed carry


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    Don’t let the looks fool you — the Charter Arms Lavender Lady .38 special revolver packs a lot of punch and is based on the company’s time-tested Undercover Lite model. Charter Arms has clearly picked up on the fact that women across the United States are getting concealed carry permits as concerns about personal safety are on the rise. The company is courting that growing market with both the Lavender Lady and its counterpart, the Pink Lady (with a frame cast in pink, of course).

    So, is this little, purple revolver a good choice for concealed carry? Read on to find out why I believe it is and why women who are attracted to that lavender color can carry this little revolver with confidence.

  • Charter Arms Lavender Lady .38 special revolver
  • Charter Arms produced the Undercover Lite revolver for years, but has recently made variations of the model in lavender and pink colors in an attempt to attract women wanting concealed carry guns.

    The Lavender Lady weighs a mere 12 ounces and is rated for +P ammunition, meaning it can accept .38 special bullets that are more potent than standard loads. Plus, since it is a revolver, it is simple and rugged — just pull the trigger, bullets fly out and jams are unheard of so long as you take time to properly clean and lube your pistol. This pistol is made of aircraft-grade aluminum and, as such, will hold up for decades with proper care.

    And keep in mind that the .38 special is a great defensive round. Hollow point bullets are very effective man stoppers and that particular bullet was used by the FBI until the law enforcement agency phased it out in favor of the .40 S&W caliber.

  • Charter Arms Lavender Lady .38 special revolver
  • Revolvers may be simple to use, but they are not perfect. The Lavender Lady carries only five bullets and that is a small number compared to comparable semiautomatic pistols that can hold 10 or more 9mm shells. Also, that hammer can get hung if you’re drawing it in a hurry and there are obstructions in the way.

    Oh, and forget about a safety. There isn’t one and that might make someone nervous if they are looking for a concealed carry weapon. To get around the issue of no safety, a lot of people carry these with the hammer at rest on an empty chamber so as to avoid accidental discharge. That may make the weapon safer, but it also means that you go from five bullets at the ready to four.

    On the plus side, however, they trigger pull is very heavy on these in double action mode so the chances of firing a shot is very slim when the hammer isn’t cocked.

  • Charter Arms Lavender Lady .38 special revolver
  • The Lady Lavender fits in the hand very well and the rubber grip makes the gun easy to hold. The short, 2″ barrel means that this pistol isn’t terribly accurate at long ranges, but this is meant for close quarters combat and is more than good enough for that.

    The pistol is quite fun to shoot, but be warned — this gun kicks hard because of the light frame. That means that it does take a little time to set up for follow up shots because the barrel kicks up each time the gun is fired.

  • Charter Arms Lavender Lady .38 special revolver
  • The Lavender Lady even comes its own matching case. The case is actually quite rugged and the combination lock is convenient. If you have children running around the house, keeping guns locked up is a must. The fact this case is convenient and can be unlocked quickly is great, too — you never know when you might need to grab that pistol in a hurry.

  • Charter Arms Lavender Lady .38 special revolver
  • Fortunately, the case is large enough to hold both the Lavender Lady and a box of 50 shells. It’s always best to be prepared, right?

    Charter Arms is clearly marketing to women with this pistol. To its credit, the company used a rugged, reliable and proven design to create the Lavender Lady and the result is a great pistol that is light and small enough for concealed carry.

    Apart from the obvious limitations of revolvers (the gun can only hold five shells, loading new ones quickly can be a chore and the hammer can snag on things), this gun kicks fairly hard. The recoil is quite manageable, but it might be a good idea to test this gun out and send some bullets down range before plopping down about $400 for one of these.



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