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Old 11-01-2011, 12:18 PM   #1
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Default Charter Arms Bulldog Query

Does anyone own an old model Charter Arms .44 Special Bulldog?

This is one of those guns that never made it to the top of my "must have" list and I have always regretted it...if you own one, or have owned one, I'd greatly appreciate your opinion on this powerful belly-gun...

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Old 11-01-2011, 03:38 PM   #2
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Have owned one, back in the 70s. You pretty much summed it up- powerful, belly gun. Not comfortable to shoot. Significant muzzle flash/ flip. Moderately well built.
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I found one at a gun show in September. It is light and has quite a bark. I bought a Ruger Lipsey's Vaquero in 44 special at the same time. The Ruger is twice the weight of the Bulldog and you can really tell the difference in recoil. I do carry the Bulldog owb on occasion. I have ordered the full rubber grips from Charter Arms to help take some of the bark out of the Bulldog.
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Had one back in the early 80's-
Pretty good low priced gun (at that time) but not pleasant to shoot-
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i shot one some in the 70's. decent quality but as noted earlier it did jump a bit. it belonged to a friend. i did like it enough that i have been thinking about tracking one down for myself.
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I own a newer version of the bulldog. It is my wife's favorite revolver. I have put a few hundred rounds through it and it is still like new. I like CA firearms.
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A mean flash/blast even with the then common .44 spec loads. Recoil was awesome to say the least. I was/am not particularly recoil sensitive but it was to much for me to enjoy shooting it, and the wife? Not a chance. Replaced it with one of the earliest Colt Officer's ACP- this was mid-80's. Had to get different springs and replace a front sight that struck out on it's own.. but definitely easier than that ol Charter .44. Again, back then .44 spec were downloaded for older revolvers. Nowadays, the .44 stuff they market would likely knock yer fillings loose. JMO, YMMV!
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