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Charter Arms 74420 Bulldog 5RD 44SP 2.5"

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Model: 74420
Condition: Factory New
Bud's Item Number: 38055
UPC: 678958744200

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Known for its rugged reliability and stopping power, Charter’s Bulldog is a versatile revolver for personal or home protection. With a barrel length of 2.5”, this .44 Special is one of the larger revolvers to qualify for concealed carry. This safe, reliable revolver is powerful enough for serious home protection, but has the size and functionality for effective concealed carry!

If you are looking for a safe, reliable revolver powerful enough for serious home protection, but with the size and functionality for effective concealed carry, Charter’s .44 Special is an outstanding double-duty choice for the job.

Finish Akote
Type Pistol
Action Recoil Operation
Caliber 44-40 Winchester
Barrel Length 4.44"
Capacity 13+1/16+1 (Grip Extension)
Safety Passive Firing Pin
Grips Blue Polymer
Sights Buckhorn
Weight 21 oz
Finish Stainless
Type Revolver
Action Single/Double
Caliber 44 Special
Barrel Length 2.5"
Capacity 5
Safety Hammer block Only
Grips Black
Sights Fixed
Weight 21 oz

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17 Reviews. Average Rating: 4.9 of 5 Stars! [4.9 of 5 Stars!]
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Reviewed By: Billy J on 05/21/2015 Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
I had a Chaarter Bulldog many years ago and I loved it. This is a great gun, I love this caliber and it makes a great defensive round and an old favorite! Buds delivery was quick and convenient.

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Reviewed By: MARK G on 11/27/2014 Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
bulldog is awesome!!!!!!accurate with nice double and single action triger.....

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Reviewed By: Jason S on 06/29/2014 Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
Put 50 rounds through my Buds acquired .44 Bulldog. Nice bark with some cowboy action rounds from Blackhills ammo. Not to bad of a kick all in all an excellent weapon for the price. Dealing with Buds was great!!!

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Reviewed By: Donald W on 05/23/2014 Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
Bud's came through again with a great sale! Smooth transaction and fast shipping. This revolver is a great bargain. Not a S&W, but as close as you can get, especially at this price. Single action is very light and the double action surprisingly smooth. The only down side I see is that the edges are a bit sharp and could use some beveling. I think a few minutes with some wet and dry sand paper would do the trick. Large caliber in a light weight revolver should make this gun an every day carry.

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Reviewed By: Randy R on 04/30/2014 Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
Charter Arms is making a fine product that rivals, and in some areas, surpasses compact revolvers by S&W, and Ruger.
The Bulldog .44 has been in the Charter line up for decades and must be selling well to have remained in production for so long.
The SS model has a nicely blasted, matte finish and it took a moment to realize the grip frame/trigger guard is aluminum with the same finish - pretty good job Charter Arms! The pistol fits the hand very naturally with no odd dimensions. Hammer cocking is a rather longish pull, smooth with a "rolling" feel to it. DA is very goo at maybe 10 pounds, short throw, and the hammer cocking to about 60% of where it does when hand cocked. There is a feel of "new metal" moving inside...not gritty per se' just brand new parts that will smooth out over time. Repetitive manipulation of the action reveals zero hitches, binding, or tight spots.
The Bulldog reminds me of the (old) Colt Agent with it's beefy barrel, but also because like the Colts, the cylinder rotates to the right meaning as rotational stress is placed on the cylinder ratchet the entire rotating unit is being forced into the frame. This is one of the strong points of Colt and also Charter Arms because under hard recoil, even if the cylinder were to unlatch the hand is present to retain the cylinder in the frame. On S&W the cylinder rotates to the left...the hand essentially trying to push the cylinder out...minor to some, major to others. Also, the barrel-cylinder gap is nicely CLOSE! Just a few thousandths of an inch excess cylinder gap has a major impact on velocity, and on snub-nose revolvers one would like all the velocity possible! Other the years S&W has been a bit inconsistent with BC gaps...my 4" .500 shoots 100fps faster than my 6.5" .500 due to the 6.5" having a "generous" BC gap. It's nice to see that Charter Arms understands what they customer wants and has taken the time to ensure the working aspects of the pistol are put together well. The "fit" of all functional parts is excellent. The only detraction from "perfect" is with aspects of the cosmetic fit. The barrel extends below and above the "flat" of the frame...doesn't affect function one iota, but to the nit-picker it would be a detraction. The neoprene grips are Charter branded which indicates built to fit this frame, yet they protrude 1/8" above the frame at the back. The barrel's bore is not concentric to its outer profile...again, not a function issue, merely cosmetic as compared to the way an S&W is put together.
Areas I think are superior are the narrower cylinder stop notches and generously relieved scallop into the notch - zero chance of a chamber skip. The cylinder crane fits inside the frame which while not as aesthetically pleasing as the way Smith does it, it mechanically better. Already mentioned the "reverse rotation" cylinder, and tight BC gap. Also, front and back of the cylinder is generously beveled. The sights are also superior...reverse wedge front - wide blade, with a wide, deep channel that it is easy to pick up and allows enough light on either side of the blade to assist in fast aiming.
The Bulldog is only slightly larger than a J-frame...about one inch longer - with it's 2.5" barrel, and about 1/4" wider through the cylinder. It weighs 19.6 ounces according to my calibrated postal scale. That's 5.1 ounces more than my M-642 PRO. Considering the Bulldog is pushing out approximately 100 lb-ft more kinetic energy, the trade off seems reasonable. Aside from the person who must shave off absolutely every ounce possible, the bottom line is that if one can and wishes to CC a J-frame, one can CC a Bulldog .44 just as easily, and the .44 special is considerably more powerful.
It's a shame that S&W or Ruger has never managed to figure out the unique market (some would say novelty) that exists for a genuinely compact .44 caliber, but for Charter Arms this means the Bulldog has no real competition, and I suspect they sell all they can built each year.
I was going to give it a 4 star rating due to the cosmetic imperfections, however the more I factor in the mechanical pluses the more I realize this little gun deserves the full five stars!

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