Charter has a long history in revolvers. That said, I've sold them for my employer and have spent some time handling the different models. First off, I'd have to say they are terribly "gritty." From opening and closing the loading gate to cocking the hammer and pulling the trigger these guns feel cheap. If I had to have a gun and didn't have much money to spend I'd buy a Charter over a High Point any day! If, however, you want some quality in your piece, I'd suggest stepping up one price point to the Ruger SP101. Whatever you do, at least handle one before you buy. We had one come into our shop that the hammer would fall randomly without trigger contact when pulled back to single action. I'd only trust them as double action onlys now -if I had to use one. That's my two cents worth.