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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 Melonite
Type Single Shot
Action Single/Double
Caliber 357 Sig
Barrel Length 4.4"
Capacity 8 1 45ACP / 10 1 22LR
Safety Trigger/Firing Pin
Grips Purple
Sights Bead front
Weight 21 oz
Finish Black
Type Not Valid
Action Break Open
Caliber 45 Long Colt / 45 ACP
Barrel Length 3.85"
Capacity 28
Safety Thumb, Grip & Integral Locking System
Grips Green
Sights Contrast Sights
Weight 21 oz
Finish Gray
Action Not Valid
Caliber 45 Automatic Colt Pistol (ACP)
Barrel Length 5.3"
Capacity 36 rd
Safety Manual, Firing Pin Block
Grips Flat Dark Earth
Sights Bead front
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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15 Reviews. Average Rating: 4.9 of 5 Stars! [4.9 of 5 Stars!]
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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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Reviewed By: Antony B on 03/26/2014 Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
Very happy with this gun. I owned one of the original CA Bulldogs, and the quality is much better on the new guns. Picture misleading, as this is NOT a Charter 2000. This caused some confusion with the purchase... Charter Arms folded, was reorganized as Charter 2000, then they went out of business due to a lawsuit, and now the company is once-again Charter Arms... Gun seems small for a .44, and the kick was quite manageable. My old Bulldog with the 2-1/4" barrel was much more violent and hard to shoot. Good gun, good experience. -Tony

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Reviewed By: Dave S on 03/19/2014 Rating: 4 of 5 Stars! [4 of 5 Stars!]
I bought this puppy and went to the range. It began binding up after a box of ammo, so I sent it back to Charter. They fixed it, no charge, and now it's fine. Charter gives a lifetime warranty. Good for them!

That is the only con.

The pro's:

This snub nose is very light, but the recoil is easily manageable. The .44 cartridge is MUCH more powerful than a .38 Special. Something like 340 foot pounds of energy, versus about 220 in .38. And the bigger diameter .44 slug puts more energy into the target.

This snubbie is almost as small as Charter's .38. Maybe just a tiny bit bigger, but it's not real noticeable. I would certainly pick this one again, over a low-powered .38.

Very comfortable grips. Stainless, so it will hold up to every day carry. And the big barrel hole is as intimidating as a Colt .45!

Over all, this is the one to get, rather than any of the Charter .38's. I am very happy with it. Love to take it to the range and burn thru a box of hot ammo. I think you will, too. You will feel very safe and secure packing heat like this.

One final thought: you get what you pay for. If you pay a couple hundred more for a S&W revolver, you will see the quality. But for the money, this Charter Arms .44 is excellent. Probably more than most folks will ever need.

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