Charter Arms Redesigning 9mm Pitbull

Charter Arms

Charter Arms announced on Facebook that the company is redesigning the 9mm Pitbull revolver. The Pitbull is the company’s “rimless revolver” that is designed to shoot traditional auto cartridges without the need for moon clips.

According to the company, the new design will reduce capacity from six rounds to only five. Charter Arms stated this was done to help improve case extraction. Spent case extraction has been a problem for a number of shooters, and I will be interested to see what can be done to improve this.

The company is advising that the redesign is currently underway and should be completed in about 4-6 weeks. Current 9mm Pitbull owners will be able to send the existing guns back in August for a free upgrade.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Cymond

    I was excited about the Pitbull when I read about it years ago, but it was vaporware for a while. A 9mm revolver would mean fewer types of ammo for me to buy. However, I’ve lost interest.

    It’s interesting that it doesn’t need moonclips, but I’d rather have a Ruger LCR or S&W 986. The Pitbull will have to compete on price.

    • iksnilol

      Doesn’t the Chiappa Rhino have a 9mm cylinder available? Must admit I really want a .357 revolver that I can convert to 9×19 so that I have one less type of ammo to practice with.

      • Giolli Joker

        Yep, the Rhino is available in 9mm (with moonclips).

      • Nolan

        It does, but it requires moon clips from what I understand. Less ideal, since moon clips are very easy to damage.

        • iksnilol

          How fragile are they? I mean, I would like a revolver (especially a cool one like the Chiappa) but I would also like the 9×19 commonality.

          Only other option I know of is the M47 Medusa, and that sucker is a rare one.

          • Soupmanson

            Ruger SP101’s in 9mm are out there. Family member had one for a few years and sold it without giving me a heads up. On my bucket list. I do have some full moon clips for it though.

          • Iksnilol

            The SP101 seems like a “boring” revolver. In Norway I need a “valid” reason. So I am thinking the Chiappa Rhino. It is easy on the wrist, they have upgraded the trigger (+ you can polish it), and it looks cool/fits my theme.

            I am thinking the version with the long barrel (15 cm) since it is going to be a comp gun. .357 for competition, 9×19 for cheap practice/plinking/commonality.

      • AC11

        Chiappa offers the Rhino with two cylinders, (.357 and 9mm), and the revolver is expensive. (Over $1K) That might be tolerable if you get a lifetime warranty and stellar customer service. The warranty is a year and the customer has to pay for shipping both ways after 15 days. Called them recently for Rhino information the sadly the person I spoke with was incompetent and that is being nice.. First I was told the model wasn’t being manufactured yet when in fact I found two retailers who have it in stock. Second I asked for a UPC code and none could be supplied. (Not a misprint, no one in the entire Ohio office had it. This is a THEIR product!!) Third I asked for the MSRP on a Rhino variant and the rep couldn’t give me an exact number.

    • hikerguy

      I think a 9mm revolver, or any other, like .45 AP is a good idea. Some folks just prefer revolvers for one reason or another. Some like both and like the option of ammo commonality.

      • DrewN

        A .45 LCR with the 3″ barrel would be fantastic.

  • Kjk

    It’s cool if them to give customers the option of sending old guns in for the new model. Most wouldn’t do that

    • hikerguy

      Smart on Charter’s part. Keeps giving customers a reason to come back in the future.

  • Speaking of 9mm revolvers, what happened to the Korth Sky Marshal?

    • Anonymoose

      Probably not in full production yet, and it’s unlikely that we’d ever be able to get them because of “sporting purposes.”

      • After looking at ATF Form 4590, it looks like the Sky Marshal should be importable as is with an alloy frame. If steel, it might need “target” grips or some other nonsensical “target” feature.

        • The finger groove Hogues would suffice for “target grips” since they have finger grooves and a thumb rest of sorts (the speedloader cutout). That’s enough to earn the points on the Glock 26 and 27.

  • gggplaya

    wish they would offer one witb a longer barrel. Would be much better for target shooting.

  • Zebra Dun

    Sounds like a winner.
    for those who shoot 9 mm it gives a revolver to play with.

    • Anonymoose

      Blackhawk Convertibles tho.

  • sam

    The curse of the rimless DA revolver strikes again 🙁

    • 3XLwolfshirt

      I guess I just don’t understand the appeal. I’d rather just use moon clips and have the extra round.

      • sam

        I see your point. I don’t know that I’d be on board with having five shots in place of six, in a platform mostly sized for six :S I’m phobic about moon clips tho since they’re another somewhat breakable part.

        Not that I’m a 9mm revolver fan overall. I’ve read about the benefits, it’s in keeping with my ideas about cartridge design (I like the idea of shorter ones with higher pressure for similar performance) but long story short I’m a 38 user instead.

  • Anonymoose

    Still waiting for the .45ACP model.

    • Sulaco

      Didn’t they do one model in .40 S+W?

      • Anonymoose

        Yeah, that was the first version they made.

  • klmspider

    I’m excited about better extraction. I’ve fired about 500 rounds through my 9mm pitbull, and can’t say that I EVER had all six cylinders extract. Very rarely does it extract all six, when NONE have been fired! Those little extractors with their even smaller springs just haven’t worked out for me! (Although I do hate to lose the extra round capacity)!

  • Soupmanson

    I will probubly get one of the new “improved” models. I would like to see Ruger make an LCR in 9mm too.

    • kipy

      You know there is a LCR 9mm…