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GUNS Magazine September 2011 Digital Edition - Page 30
JOHN TAFFIN Charter Arms Patriot .327 Federal Magnum. uring the ’60s and ’70s as my kids were growing d up, we spent a lot of time as a family camping and roaming around the hills. By the time they all reached high school and I could see our time together as a group would be more and more difficult to achieve, we rented a motor home and spent some time traveling. In all of those outings my insurance policy was labeled “Charter Arms.” Our constant companion, whether in my pocket, the top of my boot, or in the motor home was a Charter Arms Bulldog in .44 Special. When they became available in stainless steel, a second “Dog” was added to the Taffin family and this became my wife’s constant companion while flyfishing. She also started with the blued Bulldog, however, it always seemed to wind up in the water at least once during every trip, and so the stainless Bulldog was a most welcome addition. It should be obvious to anyone how important Charter Arms has been to our family. Over the years Charter Arms has offered relatively low cost, dependable, easy-to-carry, double-action revolvers in .38 Special, .44 Special, .32 Magnum and .357 Magnum, for those whose self-defense needs are filled by a revolver. When the first J-frame-sized .38 Special Charter Arms arrived in the 1960s, the revolver was king. We are now living in the semi-automatic age; however, there is still plenty of room, especially when it comes to self-defense, for the simplicity and dependability of a double-action revolver. SELf-dEfENSE vERSATILITy Federal’s 115-grain JhP at 1,250-plus fps (above) is not only potent it is also quite accurate. Federal now offers a low Recoil .327 magnum round tailored for self-defense using an 85-grain jacketed hollowpoint at 1,200 fps. The charter arms .327 Federal magnum Patriot (below) is quite versatile, as it will handle four different rounds: .32 S&W, .32 S&W long, .32 h&R magnum and .327 Federal magnum. The Patriot .327 was tested with a variety of .32 factory ammunition (above), which covers a broad spectrum of power. The charter arms Patriot (below) is a 6-shot revolver built on the charter arms Bulldog frame. serious self-defense round. It should also make an excellent varmint and small-game round when chambered in a longer-barreled sixgun. That original loading is potent on both ends with muzzleblast and felt recoil comparable to the .357 Magnum. It is definitely not an easy shooting round for those who shoot very little but are looking for a selfdefense handgun. Federal has now addressed this by offering a Low Recoil .327 Magnum load using an 85-grain jacketed hollowpoint at 1,200 fps or so, from a 2"-barreled revolver. I’ve shot thousands upon thousands of rounds over the past half-century and it could be said I have a lot of experience shooting just about everything. Even so, for my self-defense use, and especially for Diamond Dot’s use, we will go with this much easier to handle Low Recoil round. Right Size Instead of using their smallest frame to house the .327 Federal, Charter Arms has chosen, and I’d say very wisely, to move up a step and chamber the .327 in a 6-shot Patriot built on the .44 Special Bulldog platform. The result is a most handy little revolver. The Patriot is all stainless steel, doubleaction (of course), 2.2"-barreled revolver with fixed sights. The revolver Restrained Power With the introduction of the .327 Federal Magnum several possibilities for revolvers opened up. The original loading, with a 115-grain bullet at 1,250 to 1,350 fps from a shortbarreled revolver makes the .32 a very 30 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • SEPTEMBER 2011