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Old January 18th, 2016, 10:54 AM   #16
 
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If you look around you can find the 6-shot 9mm Charters, also for me, a 5-shot medium frame 5" 9mm revolver offers no advantage over my dead reliable, rock solid 6-round 9mm Blackhawk, and both likely shoot equally as well.

I also am getting into some "Practical Handgun" competition shooting, and had previously thought a 6-shot 9mm DA revolver would be a great trainer/range gun, since 9mm range ammo is nearly 1/2 the cost of .38. A .22 is just not the same.

I'm looking forward to seeing what Charter can do with my gun, I wanted to get maybe a few 1,000 rounds of cheap .40 range ammo and reloads through it, to see if it holds up before I explore any deeper into Charter Arms' pistol caliber revolvers. I'm a wheelgun nut and I have an affinity for pistol caliber revolvers, so I had high hopes for a shootable .40 revolver with a usable barrel length.



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Im sure if you search long enough on the internet, you can find a reviewer that has had trouble with anything. My Pitbull has never experienced any of the symptoms in the second review. It can be a bit of a learning curve to eject fired brass. You have to hold the revolver straight up, and stroke the ejector rod briskly or the ejectors can jump the rim. its because the 9mm casing is tapered, and as it ejects farther out of the chambers, it becomes looser, and then there is room for the casing to slip past the ejector tabs. IF you follow the procedure that Charter describes in the manual, and that I just restated above, the revolver ejects properly every time.

Loading the revolver doesn't requires "wiggling" of the cartridges, you simply start them in the chamber, then press them into place. Is it different than simply dropping them in, like a rimmed cartridge? Sure, but its not difficult, and certainly not as troublesome as the second review describes.
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Loading it is easy, you just push the rounds in.

I like the added "perk" that once they're snapped in, they won't fall out of the cylinder when it's open.
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Revolvers in auto clibers are great for reloaded ammo too short to feed etc.
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Charter just emailed me saying my .40 is on the way back to me, we'll see if they worked it out
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I can't even verify that the 5" I want is even real... See the communications from Charter

From: Dee Ecker <dbecker@charterfirearms.com>
Date: January 18, 2016 at 10:56:38 AM CST
To: Jim Landis <jimlandis2000@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Did you make a 5" 9mm 9x19 (parabellum) revolver?

We made a 5" mostly for shipping to Canada. I do not think is would be the 9mm FED, but make sure the City of Manufacture is Shelton CT and check the serial number.

Diane "Dee" Ecker
Customer Service Manager

Charter Arms
18 Brewster Lane
Shelton CT 06484
203-922-1652
203-924-2861 (Fax)

On Sun, Jan 17, 2016 at 10:11 AM, Jim Landis <jimlandis2000@yahoo.com> wrote:
I see one for sale on Gunbroker--- didn't know you made a 5"

I presume it is NOT the 9mm federal, correct?

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So now the Canadians get all the cool stuff, what are we, chopped liver down here?

Next they'll introduce the Gas Plasma Rifle in the 40 watt range ~~only in Mexico and Uraguay.
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I can't even verify that the 5" I want is even real... See the communications from Charter

We made a 5" mostly for shipping to Canada. I do not think is would be the 9mm FED, but make sure the City of Manufacture is Shelton CT and check the serial number.
What Dee is saying is that the current Charter Arms company did not make the 9mm Rimmed cartridge revolvers, and if is marked with Shelton, CT(current location), then it is indeed a 9x19 revolver. You can also tell the date it was manufactured by the serial number, as the prefix is the year of manufacture.
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What Dee is saying is that the current Charter Arms company did not make the 9mm Rimmed cartridge revolvers, and if is marked with Shelton, CT(current location), then it is indeed a 9x19 revolver. You can also tell the date it was manufactured by the serial number, as the prefix is the year of manufacture.

Yep, agreed and understood. It's just that the FFL that is selling it has no pics (says its drop shipped) and therefore I can't see pics, can't see which city is stamped on the gun and also can't see the serial number

So I have no pics, no spec sheet... Just the word of the FFL that he's sold these before and they are 9mm Luger 9x19 caliber... And they are 5"

Fishy/odd

All I wanted is a fun, unique, revolver for the range---

I'm thinking I'll just save my money and get a convertible vaquero some day

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Just wait until Shot Show is over because there might be some other cool revolver shown that you'll end up wanting more.
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It's real, they exist, just like mine in .40.

I would just use that same money and get a convertible Blackhawk stainless that will last 100x longer and do the same job. Plus single actions are a boatload of fun
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Mystery solved... Here's a different FFL that selling the 5" model (see pics on this one)

Charter Pitbull 5" Adjustable Sights SS 9MM 79950 : Revolvers at GunBroker.com
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I would jump on that one immediately. Its a 6 shot model. Any of the newest ones will be a 5 shot
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I would jump on that one immediately. Its a 6 shot model. Any of the newest ones will be a 5 shot
Apparently they don't make these 5" barrel length anymore (not even in 5-shot cylinder)

So this is unique... Just not sure $500 worth of unique
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