How much did your gun cost? Could you have bought a less expensive gun and more ammo? I have lamented before that people make fun of me for buying cheap guns. But I keep buying them because I like having lots of guns, and I have a genuine interest in firearms of all types.

I bought this Charter Arms Undercover revolver for $50, and my dad carried it several years. Now it is back in my hands. So I decided to shoot it until it breaks. After 350 rounds (plus that stack of 200 rounds on the table), the gun just keeps firing.

The Best Gun You Can Afford

No, it is not a match-grade shooting iron, but it will shoot minute-of-bad-guy groups all day long at 5 yards. If you can afford a high-end gun, good. Go buy one. If you cannot, buy the best gun you can afford and learn to shoot it well. All mechanical devices will wear out and break down. Some will do so faster than others. But despite the fact that people call Charter Arms revolvers “cheap” guns, I have never had one fail any more often than any other revolver.

This gun works. I would carry it as a defensive tool. If it one day breaks, I will have it fixed and move on with my life. I won’t curse the company that made it or the alloy used or anything else. I have no information telling me that this gun is more likely to break during a gunfight or a training session. Do you have that information about your gun?

Words to Live By…

Buy a gun. Buy ammo. Get training. Shoot often. That is the best advice I can give you.

About Kevin Michalowski

Executive Editor of Concealed Carry Magazine Kevin Michalowski is a USCCA and NRA Certified Trainer and is a graduate of the Force Science Institute Certification Course. He has participated in training as both an instructor and a student in multiple disciplines. Kevin is also a fully certified law enforcement officer working part time for a small agency in rural Wisconsin.