This is a discussion on Charter Arms Bulldog within the Handguns forums, part of the Gun Forum category; I never paid much attention to Charter Revolvers. If it wasn't a S&W, Colt, or Ruger I wasn't interested in owning it. So I was ...
I never paid much attention to Charter Revolvers. If it wasn't a S&W, Colt, or Ruger I wasn't interested in owning it. So I was down at my favorite Pawn shop Saturday looking at what he had in the case and spied the used mint condition Charter Bulldog .44 Special. Just out of curiousity I checked it out and couldn't believe how light it felt. I left without it, but after I got home I checked out some reviews online and was surprised to learn that almost all of the people who owned them loved them. There were very few bad things said. So I went back to the Store and got it for 275.00, and that included a free full box of Winchester Silvertip .44 Specials that the owner said came in with the gun. The entire gun is made from Stainless except for the one piece aluminum trigger guard/grip frame which is pinned into the main frame. The little gun weighs only about 20 ounces and the ballistics of the .44sp is about the same as a .45acp. Checked it out by putting 5 rds into the ground in my yard and the gun functioned fine and recoil was not too bad. I will take it to the range when I get some target ammo. It kind of reminds me of the old H&R Revolvers. Cheap but 100% reliable.
I have three....one exactly like yours, and two TARGET Bulldogs with fully adjustable sights and a 4 inch barrel.
There is only one problem with your/my model...they hit really low with the Black Hills ammo I bought for it. I mean like about 8 inches low at 15 yards low.
I am not sure what ammo they intended to use in it, but at living room ranges it would do fine. They MAY have designed it to use the old Remington 240 grain round nose lead mild factory load. I am not sure. I just know my target bulldogs are dead on at about 20 feet with the Black Hills load.
I do not intend to use them much further than that anyway. It's a belly gun. One of the best I think.
I also do not like that the empties only get ejected half-way out the cylinder. Then you have to pluck them out with your fingers.
but then again, at the ranges it was designed for, you probably will only use one to three rounds anyway.
I have one with the original small grips. It would put a blister in the web of your hand between the thumb and first finger before you could go through a box of ammo but a great close range personal defense weapon where you only need several quick DA shots to center mass. Elmer Keith LOVED the .44 Special!
That's one of the 3 revolvers I've been considering for a concealed carry. The other two are Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskans, 44 magnum and 454 casull. Problem with the Rugers, is they're about as rare as a tomcat in a dogfight. So that .44 special has good stopping power? Better than .357?
Charter makes a "Southpaw" revolver.
The cylinder swings out to the right.
I don't know of any other makers who have that.
As a lefty, I am very fond of mine.
I'm a lefty too and I noticed them. I want to love a revolver like everybody else, but I just can't abide by switching hands before and after I pull the trigger. I tried a 686 to see if I could get used to the idea. I didn't. I traded it. The Charters have my attention but some of their stuff is just ... not good lookin'. I liked the Target model some. I should get pick one up one of these days.
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.
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.