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Charter Arms Launches Pitbull World’s First .40 Cal Rimless Revolver

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Shelton, CT, – August 10, 2011 – Charter Arms, manufacturer of American made affordable and reliable revolvers for forty-seven years, has released the world’s first .40 caliber Rimless Revolver. Serious caliber enthusiasts will appreciate this model built on the same frame as the Charter Arms .44 Special.

The Pitbull has a five shot; 2.3 inch barrel with a 416 stainless steel matte finish frame with Charters full rubber grip. With an overall length of 6 ¾ inches it weighs 20 ounces and has a fixed frame rear sight and a ramped front sight with a standard hammer. A DAO hammer is available upon request.

The Charter Arms .40 caliber provides a rimless cartridge extractor assembly and a method of use that solves a long felt need in the firearms industry. It provides a dual coil spring assembly located in the extractor to allow the insertion and retention of a .40 caliber cartridge in each chamber of the revolvers’ cylinder.

After firing, this unique system allows the shooter easy ejection of spent cartridges for immediate reloading. Charter Arms has taken the difficulty of rimless loading and ejection to the simplicity of the rimmed cartridge in the revolver industry.

Nick Ecker, president of Charter Arms, said, “The Pitbull is the ideal revolver for law enforcement officers to use as their back up, because they can now carry a revolver that utilizes the same ammo as their sidearm. And for the .40 caliber enthusiast, it gives them the first revolver that shoots their ammo without utilizing moon clips.”

Founded in 1964, Charter Arms manufactures a full line of revolvers made by professional, skilled American craftsmen in Shelton, CT, in the heart of New England’s “Gun Valley.” Steeped rich in tradition with unmatched customer service, Charter Arms revolvers are consistently associated with personal protection because of their strength, reliability and accuracy. All Charter Arms revolvers are covered by a lifetime warranty.

For more information, visit www.CharterArms.com or call customer service at (203) 922-1652.

7 Responses to Charter Arms Launches Pitbull World’s First .40 Cal Rimless Revolver

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  2. Tam

    August 12, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I guess Smith’s patents from the Model 547 have expired then?

  3. DonM

    August 12, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Does it come in .45 ACP?

  4. Montie

    August 12, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I just know you would have been asking a similar question when Colt’s 1872 “Open Top” was announced.

  5. GunBuff

    August 17, 2011 at 8:38 am

    I kind of like full moon clips – who makes .40 cal speedloaders?

  6. curtis

    August 27, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    As of 8/27/2011 it is on Charter’s website….can’t wait for the 9mm

  7. SteveL

    September 7, 2011 at 5:38 am

    I had the opportuntity to shoot one at the Blue Trail Range Outdoor Expo in Wallingford, CT last month.

    The gun is very impressive; surprisingly accurate, recoils less than the .44 Special Bulldog and shoots the very common .40 S&W.

    The only “quirk” to this gun most people will discover is there is a trick to loading it. You can’t just shove the rounds straight in the chambers. You have to hold the nose of the bullet at a slight angle and give it a twist. This is because the spring loaded ejectors stick up when the chambers are empty, blocking the round from being loaded straight in. Chambering the round presses the ejectors down. Hence, speedloading this gun is not practical. I see it filling a niche as back up or off duty gun in the same caliber as a .40 S&W primary handgun. Yes, there are micro sized .40 S&W pistols on the market, however this neat little Charter revolver is easier to shoot and hit with than the tiny .40 S&W pistols are and I think if Charter offered a shrouded hammer version or DAO concealed hammer version (aka Smith & Wesson Bodyguard style), allowing it to be fired from inside a coat pocket, they’d have a real winner.

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