Charter's Pathfinder is a great introductory revolver for the novice shooter. It has the look, feel and weight of a higher-caliber revolver, allowing you to gain proficiency while using relatively inexpensive .22 ammo. This standard action Pathfinder in .22 Long Rifle or .22 Magnum features a 2" barrel, 6-shot capacity and weighs in at only 19 oz. The Pathfinder has a stainless steel frame and finish with full-size black rubber grips to make this a comfortable shooting pistol.
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Submitted By: Aurelio Hurtado de On 11/15/2015
I own some 30 firearms including most calibers in handguns, 45, 40, 357/38. 9 mm, 380, 22 LR, 22 mag, I bought this gun for my wife due to size, caliber and prize, I took the gun to the range and was pleasantly surprised with this gun's accuracy. I fired 150 rounds and then when I took my wife to the range, she was in love with it. Loading it and emptying it was something she did not have a problem with. All my pistols are too hard for her to move the slides so she wants nothing to do with them. My revolvers are too big for her taste but the Pathfinder was a winner from the beginning and for me too.
[5 of 5 Stars]
Submitted By: Aurelio On 10/20/2015
When you weigh the pros and cons this is a very good choice for a lady or for a first timer. It's light & easy to shoot and when confronted with an attacker the one with the gun has the upper hand regardless of the gun. Everything the use of the .22 magnum is predicated on requires accuracy from the firearm and I've yet to find a 22 magnum that would shoot as good as a decent .22LR.
I've heard two reasons for this a lack of accuracy in .22 mag guns. The first being that manufacturers use 22 LR barrels for the magnum because it's simply cheaper than making special barrels just for them. This would mean the diameter would be .001 off and the twist rate would not be optimized for the 22 magnums loads. The second I've heard is that the ammunition is simply made rather cheaply. As people compare it's price to the 22LR and manufacturers quickly learned that high dollar 22 mag ammo didn't sell well, they cut corners to keep cost down. In particular there seems to be problem with the consistency of rim thickness which leads to problems with accuracy.
Having said that, unless you are in it for competition, this is a good gun for protection specially in the home for both first timers and ladies.
[5 of 5 Stars]