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Old 10-31-2017, 05:36 AM   #1
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Default Charter Arms?

Anybody have much experience with charter, specifically the new pitbulls?

For some reason a 5 shot .45acp wheel gun that doesn’t need moon clips is intriguing to me.

There doesn’t seem to be a whole ton of info out there about the pitbulls.
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Old 11-05-2017, 07:47 PM   #2
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i got a barely used charter arms pitbull 9mm revolver recently. im a revolver guy and already have a ruger blackhawk 357/38/9, plus a bond arms derringer 9mm, both of which i love. verdict on c.a.: some sharp edges make it quite uncomfortable after 50 range rounds; very snappy recoil; its no-moonclip system works well though when loading the rounds must be exactly centered on each empty cylinder; if you are a semiauto pistol guy the c.a. pitbull is an ok complementary revolver. while 9mm ammo is cheap, my c.a. will find a new home as the bad outweighs the good for me and i still prefer my snubbie revolvers speedloaded with 38 wadcutters.


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Old 11-06-2017, 06:14 AM   #3
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Good info thanks for the report!
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Default Charter Arms?

you are most welcome. imho the best revolvers for semiauto rounds are ruger blackhawk convertible single actions. rugers are more expensive than charter arms but are much better pieces. do try to see if the birdshead grip of the ruger new vaquero 45acp fits your hand before buying, it is not for everyone.


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I owned a burdshead vaquero.

I’m not interested in a single action or anything that big, presently.
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Back in the 80's when I went to work for U.S. Customs, we could purchase and carry privately owned weapons. The S&W Model 60 was the hottest selling small revolver on the market. They were so popular, they were selling for near $600.00 retail. So as a junior Special Agent, that was bit outside my price range.

One of our range masters told me to look at a Charter Arms Undercover model .38 revolver. I picked one up for a whopping $128.00 out the door. I was using it for a strictly a back-up or off duty carry gun. I put a set of rubber grips on it, and started carrying it. I soon found out my qualification scores were better than some other agents who carried the Model 60. The factor was the little Charter Arms had a much better sight than the S&W.

It obviously wasn't the same craftsmanship of the Model 60, but it was affordable, reliable, and it fit the bill at the time. I still have that little beast with it's well worn finish. It still serves me a "truck gun", warts an all.
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I've carried a Bulldog .44 as a backup since it first came out in 1973, still going strong (new springs every 3K rounds though) an no problems with it at all.

I have looked at and am considering the PitBull in .45ACP as backup to the Para Ordnance P14 I carry.

Charter is like pretty much ever other mainstream firearms manufacturer, most of their production is pretty good, once in a while you will get one that is sub par, witness DR. M's battles with S&W recently, and that was a Custom Shop gun!
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I've carried a Bulldog .44 as a backup since it first came out in 1973, still going strong (new springs every 3K rounds though) an no problems with it at all.

I have looked at and am considering the PitBull in .45ACP as backup to the Para Ordnance P14 I carry.

Charter is like pretty much ever other mainstream firearms manufacturer, most of their production is pretty good, once in a while you will get one that is sub par, witness DR. M's battles with S&W recently, and that was a Custom Shop gun!
Yeah I think when we spoke on the phone about my Smith and Wesson we somehow got on the topic of charter arms and I remember you mentioning having carriednine since the dark ages lol!
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