Can $40 buy a unique and useful 22lr pistol?
Charter Arms Explorer II
22lr w/ 8" barrel
A friend of my Grandfather is selling off a lot of his collection. He showed this to my Grandfather and offered to sell it on the cheap. It's never been fired, has a broken rear sight and doesn't really seem to want to feed. All the guts were pretty nasty, so I gave it a good once over and it's cycling better but I have yet to attack the feed issue. We're going to put a slight bevel (or chamfer) on the bottom of the chamber and see how that does. It won't be some Bubba gunsmith job. My Grandfather is a retired Naval Machinist, so it will be done right.
The Explorer is one of the ugliest guns I have ever seen. Like some Third World Mauser made out of plumbing parts. But it's also pretty unique and very light. With the 8" barrel and big boxy body, you'd think it wouldn't point well. I believe the body and barrel body are all made out of aluminium. Plus, you can store a spare magazine in the grip. Should make a good little truck gun. It might even get thrown in my camping pack.
The internals and magazines are all interchangeable with the AR7 style rifles. So spare parts are available of the InterToobs. It was also the basis for the Buck Rogers gun!