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Old December 2, 2012, 10:53 AM   #1
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Charter Arms 9mm Pitbull... experience?

Hi,

I spend most of my time over in the semiauto region of TFL, but I have been considering the purchase of a 9mm revolver for some time.

I know both Charter Arms and Taurus make 9mm revolvers, but I would rather stay away from Taurus if possible.

Any of you folks familiar with this, and willing to share your impressions and experience?
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Old December 2, 2012, 04:26 PM   #2
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Hmmm... nobody?
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Old December 2, 2012, 05:39 PM   #3
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I presume you are thinking of the new Pitbull rather than the older one using the 9 mm Ferderal round. I have read a couple of reports on the .40 S&W, but have seen nothing on the 9 mm.
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Old December 2, 2012, 05:41 PM   #4
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Sparks1857:

I've thought about it but always come to the conclusion that a 9 mm round is going to perform better out of a 3 to 3 1/2 inch semi-auto barrel than a two inch revolver barrel. I've had good and bad luck with Taurus handguns. With Taurus, it seems like a hit or miss proposition...you might get a good one, you might not. I've heard the same of Charter Arms but have no personal experience with them. If you are looking to try some different type of ammo in a revolver, why not consider one chambered in .327 Federal?
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Old December 2, 2012, 05:57 PM   #5
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I am attracted to this for a couple reasons. I really like the 9mm round, and reload for it. I'd rather not have to stock yet another caliber of ammo if I don't need to.

I also think my wife might find it appealing, as she has some trouble racking the slide of semiautos. Even if she doesn't, I would. The Charter Arm revolver doesn't require moon clips, which is an interesting design feature.

I've heard that 9mm is affected less by short barrel lengths than .38 or .357, and that the muzzle energy is compromised less.

Yes, this is the new Pitbull that I am interested in. My understanding is that some their earlier QC issues have improved in recent times.
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Old December 2, 2012, 08:54 PM   #6
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You guys are teasing me.

TBS, Keep your Taurus.
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Old December 3, 2012, 05:41 AM   #7
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TBS, Keep your Taurus
???

Did you read my post? I guess not.
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Old December 3, 2012, 07:26 AM   #8
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I think it is a good idea, but after reading this guys review (http://www.yankeegunnuts.com/2012/10...s-pitbull-9mm/). I'm going to wait a year or two. I will keep my 310 on my hip. That's my 0.02$.
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Old December 3, 2012, 08:52 AM   #9
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After reading the yankeegunnuts review, I would have to say, at the bare minimum, to wait one year and see if Charter Arms works out the kinks. There will probably be many more reviews available to view during that time. Actually that's good advice on any new model of anything, guns, cars, computers or otherwise.

I have seen the Smith & Wesson Airweight .38 special for sale at my local gun shops for $349. That's a decent price for a "name" handgun. When my wife is ready to start carrying concealed, the S&W Airweight will likely be the handgun.
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Old December 3, 2012, 12:04 PM   #10
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Due to the different measuring standards,I would think that a 2" revolver barrel would be very close to a 3" auto barrel,since the auto length generally includes the chamber,whereas the revolver doesn't include the cylinder length,except for the cylinder gap loss,of course.
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Old December 3, 2012, 01:22 PM   #11
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If you really wanted to try out the idea, I'd order the gun through Davidson's who has a lifetime guarantee. If you ever have problems with it, youre covered. Then after putting some rounds through it . . . . come back here please, and give us your report !

I doubt you'll find much in terms of reviews on this gun yet.
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Old December 3, 2012, 06:48 PM   #12
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Quote:
???

Did you read my post? I guess not.
Yeah I read it, i don't know what I was thinking. TBS, I'd rather get the Pitbaull. I might even get one as i have about 5000 rounds of 9mm ammo.

FYI, I carry a S&W .38 snub.
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Old December 3, 2012, 07:02 PM   #13
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The Charter does not need moon clips. I BELIEVE the Taurus does. Quality is about the same.
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Old December 4, 2012, 05:56 AM   #14
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I've got one of my local gun guys looking for one... I'll report in if/when I get one, for sure. Intriguing concept. Another interesting feature is that it will fire .380 ammo as well.
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Old December 4, 2012, 09:12 AM   #15
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Here is a link to a youtube, Gunblast review on the Charter Arms .40 caliber Pitbull.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjqhm7osV3g

I've got to admit that it's a fascinating concept. If Charter Arms get this right, I might be interested in getting one in 9mm as well.
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Old December 4, 2012, 05:01 PM   #16
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We're having trouble tracking one down...seems they're rather scarce.
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