Charter Arms Pit Bull .40 S&W Rimless Revolver

    The Charter Arms Rimless Revolver was originally announced, along with pricing, about two and a half years ago. I never thought the day would arrive when the gun would actually go on sale, but it is finally here.

    The Pit Bull .40 S&W Rimless Revolver allows the use of .40 S&W cartridges without the need for moonclips. Richard Johnson had the opportunity to handle the revolver earlier this year and wrote about the rimless system

    Ecker explained that the revolver headpsaces off of the case mouth, and that the “plungers” that hold the rimless cartridges float. Working with some dummy rounds, the .40 S&W cartridges dropped right in the cylinder, and ejected just like any other rimmed cartridge. Frankly, it is a neat system.

    The Pit Bull is built on the same frame as the Charter Arms .44 Special revolvers. The cylinder holds five rounds. The barrel is 2.3″ long and it weighs 20 ounces. A double-action-only (DOA) hammer option is available on request. The MSRP is $455.

    From the press release …

    After firing, this unique system allows the shooter easy ejection of spent cartridges for immediate reloading. Charter Arms has taken the difficulty of rimless loading and ejection to the simplicity of the rimmed cartridge in the revolver industry.

    Nick Ecker, president of Charter Arms, said, “The Pit Bull is the ideal revolver for law enforcement officers to use as their back up, because they can now carry a revolver that utilizes the same ammo as their sidearm. And for the .40 caliber enthusiast, it gives them the first revolver that shoots their ammo without utilizing moon clips.”

    Earlier today I spoke to the PR firm representing Charter Arms. The acronym CARR (Charter Arms Rimless Revolver), which was used in the press releases over the past couple of years, is not longer in use by the company. It is officially called the Pit Bull.

    Steve Johnson

    I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!