More Charter Arms Revolvers Approved for California

Good news for Cali shooters. In the press release they did not say which guns were approved for sale.

Charter Arms, Dayton, OH, July 13, 2010-Fifteen more Charter Arms Revolver models have just been approved for sale by the state of California. California and a few other states require extensive testing before allowing new models of firearms to be sold inside their state. The California State conducted tests cover performance, construction and safety; and these tests take place over a period of months.

Please DON’T ask me about the Charter Arms Rimless Revolver! I am so tired of listening to ridiculous excuses from Charter Arms that I refuse to blog about it until it has been shipped. Well … maybe I will blog about it if they finally admit that it won’t ever be shipping.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • jaekelopterus

    Charter Arms has ignored their home market at their own peril. I may just purchase one of their rimfire revolvers if they become available at a reasonable price. As for the CARR, it’s the coolest handgun concept of the 21st century so far but I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • Quintin

      Get a Taurus, they are all over Gunbroker.

  • Todd

    For some reason I have always wanted to buy a Charter Arms revolver but don’t know anyone who has ever owned one to get feedback from. They seem well built but the last time I walked in to buy one I walked out with a S&W 642 instead. What are the reasons I should own a Charter Arms revolver?

    • I have the 44 special 2 1/2″ barrel I have only shot it once at a police pistol range how far distance was not sure but did good the first time I shot on the range , it has more kick than I would prefer , but I liked the gun , that was the only time Ive shot it. I used to have a 45 long Colt 4 3/4 barrel which was easier to shoot , maybe it was heaver. but I like the the little 44 special , it would be an easy carry wepon , and no mistake about the power of this little baby. ha.

  • Jeff Young

    Someone asked for feedback on owning and firing a Charter Arms revolver.
    I own a Charter Arms Undercoverette, five-round revolver chambered for the .32 H&R magnum cartridge. Since the .32 H&R magnum cartridge is next to impossible to find anymore, I fired two boxes of .32 S&W Special rounds through my new revolver. It’s just as well. The .32 mag round would probably have kicked like a mule. My .32 Charter Arms revolver is well-manufactured, lightweight at 19 ounces and very compact in all dimensions. Thanks to the smaller .32 round the width (thickness) of the pistol is almost as thin as a semi-automatic pistol. I fired my new revolver at an indoor pistol range. Even with milder, .32 S&W Special cartridges, the kick with this compact, lightweight pistol is noticeable but not uncomfortable and is controllable. My judgment is that for the Charter Arms revolver, being in the economical price range, is worth the money you pay. The quality is very good, although I’m not qualified to adjudge the quality as excellent or superior. I’m satisfied with my purchase. That being said, I am considering trading my .32 Charter Arms back to the gun store where I purchased it and use the credit to purchase a Charter Arms rimless revolver chambered for the 9mm Parabellum and the .380 ACP if and when the new revolver ever becomes available. While the .32 S&W Special is more powerful than the 9mm and .380 ACP, the widespread availability and economics of using both the 9mm and the .380 ACP in one revolver are attractive. Charter Arms in my opinion is a decent gun brand. Critics in the past have been unkind. The company’s pistols are definitely NOT Saturday Night specials. I have seen and know what marginal quality pistols look like. Charter Arms is better than that. If you want Colt or Smith & Wesson brand quality by all means go for it, but be prepared to spend twice the amount of money and accomplish the same things you would do with a less expensive Charter Arms pistol. My only criticism of Charter Arms is their odd manufacturing marketing foray into multi-colored pistol frames. Is there really any true consumer demand for something like that? I have no personal desire for a blue, gold, red-framed revolver. I prefer the traditional metal finish. Charter Arms should instead reserve their capital expenditure for the manufacture, marketing, advertising, and distribution of the upcoming rimless revolvers.

  • Which is best for overall self defence the 2/1/2 inch barrel or the 3 inch barrell on the 44 special Charter Arms Bulldog. ? Im not sure but it sounded as though it said you could shoot a 357 Mag round through the 44 special ? dont sound right to me ?