The C H Revolver 38 Special – Prize Or Junk?

The C H Revolver 38 Special – Prize Or Junk?

Made in Spain in the late 1920s and early 1930s, many flooded into our country and were purchased because of their low cost. There are no videos on this revolver on Youtube – so here is a desktop review on one… Some call these revolvers dangerous junk – I’ll let you the viewer make up your mind…

Readers Comments (36)

  1. JOSE ANTONIO OSORIO RODRIGUEZ December 8, 2020 @ 9:22 pm

    The bad reputación of the spanish handgun productions comes from WWI production for french contracts who buy all production they can buy not only for acreditated makers. The post WWI production return to quality standards and are a very decent guns. When you use a gun must considerare the pressure values of the ammo when this gun was produces. Moderno cartridges for the same periods is not the best choice for ancient guns. You must try cowboy loads for it’s.
    Of course if you hand recharge your ammo must considerare this. Trade Marks like Gabilondo and Cía, Duque, etc was a finest quality guns.
    Have a nice day!

  2. It isn’t CH Revolver Company. It’s OH, that means Orbea Hermanos.

  3. How can I know if my revólver it’s from Spain ?

  4. I believe your theory of 357 in the 38 is correct for the cause of the bad rap of kabooms.

  5. Did you put k frame grips on it ?

  6. General George S. Patton Jr. December 8, 2020 @ 9:27 pm

    Hand ejectors, change the grips for wooden ones

  7. Every single s & w revolver I own that has been shot much has endshake.

  8. The law of natural selection would say, if its been fired more than a few times and it has survived more than 80 years than chances are it should be safe to use 😉 lol Interesting Revolver mr FC

  9. Nice review sir.

  10. WOW…I never knew.  I do remember the CH Revolvers but never heard the stories of them blowing up.  I think one must always be cautioned on anything that ‘looks and feels’ cheaply constructed and remember to never shoot hi-power loads on something unknown.  Sometimes, just because you can, doesn’t mean that you should…most learn that the hard way…lol

  11. imperialfragments December 8, 2020 @ 9:40 pm

    nice find. I have a few different Spanish firearms and find they are built quite well.  happy shooting 🙂

  12. Good Morning!
    Could you tell me the model and specifications of this Pachmayr hilt?

  13. I can’t believe anyone would knowingly load a .357 round in a .38 spl gun.
    Having said that I did buy some ‘.38’ reloads once several years ago some of which did seem to have a lot of report and recoil when I took them to the range. A few years ago I happened to be looking at a mixed box of .38 ammo I had purchased over the years when I came across some of those reloads and I suddenly noticed that they were a bit longer than the rest of the ammo. Flipping the ctg around to read the headstamp I saw .357 to my shock and awe! My Taurus M85 had no trouble digesting them and still shoots just fine , but I will always be careful to check out commercial reloaded ammo from now on!

  14. I believe you are right about 357 Magnums being fired in them, and the type of people that make comment about something like this being made out of cast iron have absolutely no idea of what they are speaking of. But it’s also true that many Spanish made arms of that era were made from lower quality steel than otherwise identical guns made in other countries. It’s fairly well documented that many Spanish made Mausers were made of softer steel. While they don’t typically "blow up" faster wear of moving parts are not unknown. This is very likely the case with the CH revolvers which were a copy of the Smith built to a lower price point.

  15. Awesome video! Thanks for the history lesson!

  16. When it comes to bad things happening to a gun I tend to side on the side of human stupidity. I have witnessed someone who put 357 loadings in 38 brass, forgot that they did so and loaded those rounds in a gun meant only for 38’s and blew out the cylinder on one chamber and cracked the top of the frame. 

  17. Does that Spanish one have a serial #.  Friend has one w/o numbers and has no idea how old it is.

  18. For some reason, the cylinder release looks slightly different and the notches that rotate the cylinder (the term escapes me atm) seemed different from S&W to me on the CH before I saw the logo on the side plate.

  19. Short story , a 1917 build spanish revolver given to me buy great aunt , came with 38 short colt , 38 s&w and 357 ammo , 4 of the magnum where used , when I asked , she said they kicked like a mule , had clylinder magged at a machine shop , all is well. Useing a mid range unique loading with 158 SWC’s , very nice weapon , excellent blue and 0 end shake , for a long time I wondered how long this 357 thing has been going on with these weapons. How about a peek at the internals of the weapon soon ? Curious if there like colt , S&W , or like mine , which is very very fragile. Checked my sisters 1907 M&P and the 357 would not fit.

  20. General George S. Patton Jr. December 8, 2020 @ 10:04 pm

    Not with those grips man

  21. Hugo Anibal Perales Puentes December 8, 2020 @ 10:04 pm

    The .38 Specials +P can also damage the Spanish copies of the S&W revolvers made in the 20s or 30s, even the ones made in later decades.

  22. Great VR

  23. Orville Joder Jr December 8, 2020 @ 10:05 pm

    I own a Orbea Hermanos brand copy of the S&W Model 10 K Frame 38 Special revolver, and I love it.

  24. What ammo would you suggest in it? I have .38 special right now that fits nicely but I thought it might not be ok to use.

  25. Endshake is not excessive imho otherwise it’s a trip back to s & w.

  26. The Hermanos Orbea / Orbea Hermanos are *the best* Smith and Wesson licensed copies of their time.
    Quite unusual, aswell. Especially their early break action .44
    I own a .32 long 92 model and it is a shooter! Cheers!

  27. I do think you are right. The CH revolvers got the bad rap from people loading them with the 357 mags. Good video my friend!

  28. A couple of questions, please. what brand of stocks(grips) do you have on the South American CH revolver(not the S&W) in this video and is it marked .38 Largo on the barrel?

  29. Qual o país que é fabricado

  30. You do some really good videos, this is no exception. B-)

  31. Stock grips are under the new ones

  32. Anthony Browning December 8, 2020 @ 10:14 pm

    I learn a lot from your videos. It was this video that first brought these revolvers to my awareness. But I think your identification of this as a CH revolver may be wrong. I have one, not as nice as yours, and I think it is OH, Orbea Hermanos, or Orbea Brothers. They are some of the better quality revolvers of the Spanish S&W copies from the mid 1920’s. Unfortunately, someone must have abused the one I have as mine has a little bit of end shake. How much end shake makes a revolver dangerous?

  33. The CH looks better built than some of the cheaper guns of today…What a nice gun and the memory of dear old dad…that is worth more that any price put on it…..
    I would rather have any of my fathers guns and tools than anything I could buy today. Ya can’t buy memories!

  34. Many early Spanish or Eibar .38 revolvers were chambered in .38 Long Colt , which allowed .38 Spl.s to be loaded and fired safely if in std velocity loads, but because ,38 LC had no shoulder in the cylinder charge holes they would seat and chamber .357 and +p Spls…

  35. Thoughtful review, interesting old revolver. Do you have any insights on Miroku 38 specials?

  36. Qual o país que é fabricado

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