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Old October 21, 2014, 09:04 AM   #1
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Charter Arms Pitbull: Yes, No, Maybe?

Just looking for opinions from people who have fired this gun.

http://www.gunblast.com/images/Chart...l/DSC02068.JPG

It's a rimless revolver, offered in 9mm and .40 S&W. It uses a spring mechanism in the extractor to hold the casings, so no moon clips are needed. I like the idea of stockpiling a single caliber and I'd like to carry my full-sized auto when camping, etc. while keeping a wheel gun for concealed carry.

I know there are a lot of Charter haters. That's why I'm a little skeptical about it. Not sure I can count on quality. But I hate moon clips and have heard that if you don't get a lemon these can be pretty nice. Thoughts?

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Old October 21, 2014, 12:02 PM   #2
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I would love to get one too, but am holding off due to the overall Charter Arms quality reputation.

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Old October 21, 2014, 01:10 PM   #3
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Yes

Been wanting to get one in 9mm to match my hipoint carbine, only time i shot one was at the range (borrowed). I like it but grips were not comforting for me, and its a 9mm so ammo is every were and recoil is easy to control.

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Old October 21, 2014, 03:23 PM   #4
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I have been interested in one for some time now, but because of issues with other Charters, I would like to shoot one first.
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Old October 21, 2014, 03:56 PM   #5
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overall Charter Arms quality reputation.
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Not sure I can count on quality.
Don't have a Pitbull, so can't speak to that.

Do have an Undercover, and I can tell you Charter's support is good, and easy to deal with.
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Old October 21, 2014, 04:10 PM   #6
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I don't have any experience with the Pitbull, but have no fear of Charter quality. I think those issues are a thing of the past. One gun very high on my short list for things to buy is the Charter Bulldog. The 40 S&W Pitbull may have some ballistic advantage over the 44 Spcl. Bulldog, but I just don't like the idea of the extra mechanical devices needed to fire rimless ammo in a revolver. Be it little spring thingies built in the cylinder, or moon clips. Just something extra that could break, or get lost.
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Old October 21, 2014, 04:25 PM   #7
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I would say yes, I used to have a 44spl thin barrel Bulldog and loved it. Don't remember what I loved more but that's another story, 40S&W should be pretty stout out of a snubbie.
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Old October 21, 2014, 04:27 PM   #8
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charter makes quality handguns. don't let OTHER peoples fear of the quality sway you from buying one. I have shot dozens of charters and all were sweet shooters. if you want one, get one. if you think they have a qc issue, then try before you buy, but I have not heard a lot of charter horror stories, and never seen one I wouldn't trust
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Old October 21, 2014, 08:55 PM   #9
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I am in the middle of reviewing a Charter Arms Bulldog in .44 Special, and I know that is not the same caliber as you were asking but the quality on the Bulldog seems solid. It has held up pretty good so far.
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Old October 21, 2014, 09:35 PM   #10
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They just came out with a .45 Auto version at the NASGW Show.

That's the one I'd get.
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Old October 21, 2014, 11:51 PM   #11
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I will freely admit that I have never fired a Charter. I came into a little money and decided to buy a 32 H&R magnum and a 44 special. Those aren't always easy revolvers to find and Charter sells them both. I went to a gun show this summer intending to buy one or the other Charters, if not both. I handled about a dozen and just could not bring myself to buy one. The fit and finish was not good. Are they even made of steel, or an alloy? I don't know for sure, but I suspected an alloy. They looked and felt low-quality to me.

I am not a gun snob. I own a number of Taurii, military surplus, a Turkish 1911, a Hungarian High Power... most of my firearms are inexpensive. I am not a hater. And I believe folks when they say they have good Charters. All I am saying is handle one before you buy it. If it looks and feels good to you, go for it. I would have been very disappointed had I ordered one online sight unseen.
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Old October 22, 2014, 08:03 AM   #12
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They just came out with a .45 Auto version at the NASGW Show.
Cool.

.45 ACP's easier to find than .44 Special.
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Old October 22, 2014, 08:14 AM   #13
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Thanks for the feedback, everyone. That's encouraging to hear! I'll definitely want to handle the gun before buying it but that's just how I am about any purchase. Also, I hadn't heard about the .45. Very cool!
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Old October 22, 2014, 08:57 AM   #14
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Ammo availability alone it makes for an easy choice

.44 is hard to find and expensive. Never considered charter before, but love the idea of a compact .45 acp.
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Old October 22, 2014, 09:41 AM   #15
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They just came out with a .45 Auto version at the NASGW Show.
Cool.

.45 ACP's easier to find than .44 Special.
Still uses springie thingies built in the cylinder!
Now on the other hand a 45 Colt snubbie!

I did read one comment on another forum saying that loading rimless ammo with the springie thingies in the cylinder was a pain. Might want to look into that before you buy.
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Old October 22, 2014, 10:06 AM   #16
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I know this is a little off the main thread topic... but less common ammo types are readily available if one is willing to order them online. I do it frequently. Sometimes the drivers even drop it off without my signature. The whole enterprise is easier than many think it is. I also use ammoseek.com to see prices and links:

http://ammoseek.com/ammo/44-special
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Old October 22, 2014, 02:35 PM   #17
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I find 44 special at Academy or LGS's without much trouble. If you already have a 44 magnum it will come in handy. Since the 45/410's are selling so well, 45LC is fairly common. 45acp is one of the easiest calibers to find.

They all feel about the same to me. I think the ballistics are pretty similar. A revolver is simpler with the rimmed ammunition, but one in 45acp would be handy because that round is so much cheaper.
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Old October 23, 2014, 07:19 PM   #18
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Now on the other hand a 45 Colt snubbie!
.45 Colt? Who would want that?




I guess I would That round is a 99.9% pure lead hollow point that I cast and powder coated. There's no coming back from that.
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Old October 23, 2014, 08:55 PM   #19
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Maybe not as nice but pretty darn close....My Charter Arms Bulldog stacks up quite favorably against my S&W 642.



I'd love to have a 9mm Pitbull but can't find one anywhere.....
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Old October 23, 2014, 09:48 PM   #20
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Just got a Bulldog and am confident that it will be just fine. The company changed hands a few times and some were better than others. I think they've got things squared away now.
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Old October 23, 2014, 09:59 PM   #21
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I think they are nifty guns!!! I just sort of shy away from them due to the... spotty... reputation of Charter Arms manufacturing! However, I've heard it's improved in recent years.
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