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Old March 4th, 2014, 04:17 AM   #16
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My mom has had a blued charter in a different caliber for years. It's been a nice pistol. I bought one like yours new years ago my first large caliber pistol. I occasionally had problems with the cylinder jamming. It never went away and created enough angst that I sold it. A lemon I guess. I never attempted to send it in for warranty repair but should have. Mo

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File the front sight.
There is not much front sight to file. See the OP's photo.

I need to try different loads or sell it away.

Both target models with 4 inch barrels are right in there.

The one in the pic I posted is as light as a cap gun.

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The barrel shroud is also aluminum. Please do not file the front sight. I might want to buy it, but would instantly refuse any such bubba nonsense, and you would lose a sale. Here you must use only factory ammo, which makes for an expensive quest to find ammo that hits 'dead on', but then what is your life worth.
Dave...I will be coming your way in late April / early May, would you like me to bring it with me?

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The barrel shroud is also aluminum. Please do not file the front sight. I might want to buy it, but would instantly refuse any such bubba nonsense, and you would lose a sale. Here you must use only factory ammo, which makes for an expensive quest to find ammo that hits 'dead on', but then what is your life worth.
My Barrel is all SS. I agree about Not filing on the sight. Hitting to the exact point of aim is not that critical on a self defense gun which would be used at ranges less than 20 feet.

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Old March 4th, 2014, 11:30 AM   #20
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I Dont have a Charter Arms but I do have Rossi 720 5 shot snub, it has adjustable sights but I wish they were fixed. It had a timing problem when I bought but iI. Sent it back and it is fine now, I an working on a 300gn load at about 650-700fps for it.
I am suprised nobody mentioned that the CA bulldog was the choice of handgun used in the "Son of Sam" murders, not that was a good thing.

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Old March 4th, 2014, 12:49 PM   #21
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Years ago I read an article about a jewelry store owner that killed a robber with a Charter Arms Bulldog. He bought several of them, loaded them and kept them scattered around his store.

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Nice score!!! Charter Arms is a great company. Mine is an early Bulldog Pug with small wood grips. Its made in Stratford CT. As mentioned, need to wear a glove or recoil will tear up your hand after 20+ rounds or so.
They are underated and quality has vastly improved over the years. Company has an interesting history and a strong will to survive.
You can order replacement rubber grips from Charter Arms - That's what I did for my older Undercover model (same - Stratford CT.). Much nicer.

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Yup...the "Summer of Sam"

My LPO just happened to have one when I was stationed in Norfolk, VA and sure enough, the FBI DID give him a call and asked if he still had it.

That is how I got interested in one. His and Sam's was the 3 inch fixed sight model.

I had two of those previously, one steel and one not steel. I prefer the target version and the God / the universe/ the Baraka / fate blessed me yet once more when I first got here and there was a second target model in the display case at a local gun shop (LGS).

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You made a wise choice, I've had one in my cars for many moons and they are good shooters too.
I carry a Charter undercover and off duty too.
Charter was standard issue for the secret service and US Treasury dept. years ago.
The picture is a Charter 44 air weight target, one bad turnip green.
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You made a wise choice, I've had one in my cars for many moons and they are good shooters too.
I carry a Charter undercover and off duty too.
Charter was standard issue for the secret service and US Treasury dept. years ago.
The picture is a Charter 44 air weight target, one bad turnip green.
BUDS...that may be the one I also have. It feels like a cap gun it is so light.

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Old March 5th, 2014, 06:06 PM   #26
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I had a 3" fixed sight .44 Bulldog and it was a fine little pistol. Most likely the sights were regulated for the factory 246 grain round nose lead bullet. I carried mine as a truck gun in my 77 Ford F100 in a zipper pistol case on a shelf under the dash. The windshield leaked and the gun got a little rust so I cleaned it up and traded it for a like new, S&W 2.5" 686 and $200.00 boot at a local hock shop and never looked back. I really liked the Bulldog and I'd pick up another one if I could find a deal on it.

To the owner who has a Bulldog that's shooting 8 inches low. Before you start filing on that front sight...
Have a known good shooter shoot your pistol and make sure that whomever is firing the weapon, aren't anticipating recoil and dipping the muzzle as the weapon fires. I've seen that many times with cops on the firing range who complained that the sights on their Glocks were off. Maybe there's a Glock somewhere with factory sights that are off... But I've never had one on my range in over 20 years unless someone had been jacking around with their sights.

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love mine,good shooter......44 spec hits like 45ACP

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I have had my Charter Arms Bulldog .44 spl. a few months now,and love it. I thinking about makeing it my EDC now alone with two others.38 spl+p,.357 Magnum snubbies revolvers .I haven't made up my mind yet.


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Old February 13th, 2017, 08:14 AM   #29
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In 1980 I moved to Vancouver Island and joined up with a local gun club and discovered PRACTICAL PISTOL shooting. My first "practical" pistol was an ENFIELD .455 top break revolver, modified for .45 ACP.
( you can stop laughing now). After a few range sessions, I quickly upgraded to something more modern.

My next "practical" pistol was a 4" barreled CHARTER ARMS 5 SHOT .44 SPL BULLDOG. And I shot a few
"Practical" pistol matches with it, using reloads made one at a time with a LEE hand tool, and the ( actually quite practical) speedy strip reloaders.

AHHHhhh ...
Those good ol'days of innocence and FUN, when I shot simply for enjoyment and to practice GENUINE practical skills. The only one I was competing with was myself. And I was very proud of my ability to hit 5 out of 5 beer cans off the target stands at 25 yds.

And life was good.

But then, somewhere along the way, I got bit by the COMPETITION bug. Got tired of losing time on reloads and only having 5 shots on the higher round count strings. So I got me one of them thar' semi auto .45 ACP 1911 Govt type pistols. And I started in modifying it and shooting it FAST!! And revolvers, all revolvers, sort of took a back seat to the semis. In the years I shot PRACTICAL pistol, I personally owned over 100 of the 1911 Govt type pistols, but also about 4 dozen or so revolvers of various types ... Ruger Security Sixes in .357 Mag, Redhawks in .44 Mag, S&W revolvers of all types including several of the .45 ACP models, and a few ultralight .38 spl versions.

I never ever managed to win a sanctioned IPSC match with the semis ... best I ever did was 2nd overall in a Provincial qualifier. Which, if you were COMPETITIVE, and cared about trophies, was annoying. So from time to time, when the hunger for trophies got too intense, and I got tired of being an "also ran", I would "sandbag" and shoot an IPSC match with a revolver. And some times I would indeed get the tin for "top revolver". But this was never really as satisfying as I'd hoped, so I usually soon went back to the semis.

But ...
I always had a soft spot in my heart, and space in the gun safe, for a revolver or two.
Just for FUN!

AND,
of all the revolvers I have owned,
The Charter Arms Bulldog was always one of my favorites.

I kept that original Bulldog for several years, and considered it a great little BEAR repellent device, carried covertly in my belt, whenever I was wandering where Yogi and Boo Boo might interrupt the picnics, in a rectangular Canadian Army web mess tin carrier, . But eventually, I discovered that a Colt Commander would fit just as well into that mess tin carrier, with more shots, and a spare mag too. So the Bulldog, along with a .44 Mag lever action rifle, went to new owners, a couple who were homesteading in Northern BC ... with lots and lots of bears as neighbors. The Bulldog was the every day carry for the wife while working the land ... light, compact, POWERFUL, simple to use, no complicated manual of arms to teach to a non-shooter ... just grab and squeeze. Probably the best solution available for that couple.

So there ...
That is my story about the Charter Arms Bulldog ...
One of the most PRACTICAL pistols I've ever owned.
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