What is a bulldog revolver? I have heard the expression but I am unfamiliar with it.
I am under the belief that it is a large caliber snubnosed revolver. Is this correct? And can anyone post pictures of their bulldog revolvers?
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July 30, 2007, 04:25 AM
The origins were late 19th century snubnose DAs with fairly big bores, mild power (black powder) and usually European origins.
I'm not an expert but I believe the concept started in England and then got copied on the mainland, Belgium and the like.
The most recent incarnation of the concept is the Charter Bulldog in 5-shot 44Spl. Strength is pretty marginal.
July 30, 2007, 05:41 AM
The origin goes back to Webley's line of pocket revolvers brought out under the trade name "The British Bull Dog" from about 1872. These were a double action solid frame revolver with a short barrel and compact grip, but chambered in large calibres like .442 and .450, so combined smalll size with good stopping power. They were tremendously successful, and were widely copied, notably in Belgium.
The name "British Bull Dog" or "Bulldog" thereby became synonymous with this type of revolver, combining small size with large calibre, whether or not actually made by Webley (rather tough luck for them, sadly)
July 30, 2007, 01:26 PM
Thanks for the information. Are there any modern equivalents?
July 30, 2007, 01:42 PM
During the time the Charter Bulldog was out of production, more than one gun writer referred to the Ruger SP101, when used with magnum ammo, as the modern manifestation of the Bulldog concept. Taurus made some big-bore snubbies, too; not sure if any are currently made. S&W made a few Airlite L-frame 5-shot snubbies in .44 Special, and also a few 3-inchers in all-stainless steel. The Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan is certainly a big-bore snubby, but it's probably too large for the Bulldog concept.
July 30, 2007, 04:03 PM
Charter Arms Bulldog with Pachmyar grips. Good shooter, but not real stout. It is my snake gun. It does shoot very well with cast bullets though, suprised me.