New Charter Arms Rimless Revolver (CARR)

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Charter Arms have issued a press release heralding their “revolutionary new rimless revolver” the Charter Arms Rimless Revolver (CARR), that will go on sale Q1 2009.

Problem: The major drawback to rimless semi-auto cartridges in revolvers is they require specially made revolvers. These low-production, somewhat scarce and, highly-specialized revolvers are limited to sometimes fragile and expensive moon/half moon ammunition clips. Generally, only revolver aficionados and collectors bother with (.45ACP and 9mm Parabellum) rimless revolvers. While they may sometimes be fired without the specialized moon clips, generally the ejector rod will not eject the free-floating fired cases (got a pencil?).

Solution: Charter Arms has come up with an affordable revolver that chambers rimless semi-auto rounds in the same manner as a standard rimmed-cartridge revolver.

The first caliber on offer will be .40 S&W which will be followed by .45 ACP 3-4 months later and 9mm Parabellum (that will also be able to chamber .380 ACP) 3-4 months after that. All will be able to handle +P ammunition.

Initially only snubnosed models will be produced (2″ barrel for 9mm and 2.2″ barrel for .40 and .45ACP).

The MSRPs are:
9mm: $399
.40 S&W: $449
.45 ACP: $449

Although revolvers that fire rimless cartridges are not new, I am sure these will sell well. I think quite a few auto pistol owners but may balk at the thought of having to stock up on revolver caliber ammunition, but would be tempted by a revolver that chambers their favorite pistol cartridge.

Hat Tip: Ammoland

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Scott t Scott t on Feb 27, 2011

    "Nothing short of a SL Variant-type speedloader design is likely to force a cartridge past a spring-loaded extractor."

    i am not sure what a sl variant type speedloader is.

    "The HKS speedloader for the 547 covered quite a bit of the cartridges. Thus, it couldn’t force the cartridges all the way into their chambers"

    i dont know if thats true or not. it seems if they made a speedloader for a rimless cartrige they would have taken that into account and it would have been developed to push the cartridge until the spring caught the groove in the casing.

    the product sounds like a liability rather than a speedloader.

  • Si Si on Aug 24, 2011

    The Pit Bull is out as 40S&W, Charter Arm model 74020 SS 5 shot 2in barrel, 20oz, typical Charter Arms design. The 9mm is for late 2011 and the 45auto after that. This is per correspondence from Charter Arms mfg. It has been a long time since the 2009 announcement. Could e a good Taurus 905SS2 substitute.