I aquired a charter arms off duty .38spl who sold it to me because he couldn't get it to work right. I picked it up for a song and tried my hand at it, but still couldn't figure it out.
Sometimes when you pull the trigger the gun will function normally, other times the cylinder will bind and the gun won't budge. I have to reset the cylinder to get it to work again.
I replaced the extractor which I thought was the problem but it didn't help.
This revolver isn't worth much brand new and its not in the greatest shape cosmetically, but I do want it to function. Any smiths out there that think they can solve my problem for a reasonable price?
Call Charter Arms. When I had a problem with a customer's gun years ago, I called and was told as long as it says Charter Arms, they will fix it forever.
Worth a shot.
Look at this schematic
When the trigger/cylinder binds try pulling back on the #9 Cylinder Latch to see if that lets the action function as it should.
If you can pull back on the latch and get the action to function next you should open the cylinder and look at the #15 Cylinder Latch Release Screw
The Cylinder Latch Release Screw should set flush with the frame. It is screwed into the Cylinder Latch and can move in or out which can allow the binding you are experiencing. If its not positioned correctly screw it in or out so its flush with the frame. A small amount of blue Loctite or finger nail polish on the its threads will help hold it in place