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Old November 6, 2014, 07:28 AM   #1
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Picked up a Charter Arms 9mm PITBULL !

I have been complaining about the low production numbers on these things for the longest time, I even joked that Charter Arms was only making 4 of these a year, but I saw one pop up on Kentucky Gun Co earlier this week. By the time I created an account the gun had sold.

Before I went to bed last night I ran Gun Watcher and there weren't any 9mm PITBULLs for sale anywhere.

This morning I ran Gunwatcher and I was shocked to see that Grabagun had a Charter Arms 9mm PITBULL. Since I already have an account there with my FFL setup and everything and I snagged it.

I haven't even done a review on my S&W 929 yet... but I'll get to it.

One of the things that happened to me with the 929 is that loading the moon clip was way more of a pain than I thought it would be so my first range session was cut short by loading the clip and de-mooning it - very time consuming without a tool.

I won't have that problem with the PITBULL
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Old November 6, 2014, 07:35 AM   #2
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You need to let us know how that Pitbull shoots. Interesting pistol.

As far as moon clips go, most folks load a bunch to take to the range, vs loading them at the range. A 929 would be sweet.
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Old November 6, 2014, 08:05 AM   #3
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Grab-A-Gun still has one in stock for $440.81

http://grabagun.com/charter-arms-arm...-2-ss-5rd.html

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Old November 6, 2014, 08:09 AM   #4
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As far as moon clips go, most folks load a bunch to take to the range, vs loading them at the range
I was so excited my brain was addled. Getting 8 rounds into the TK Custom clip was not easy, I used an Irwin bar grip to pop the last rounds into place, but I rushed off to the range, shot the first 8 rounds and then realized I'd left my bar grip at home.

I hadn't done any forward thinking, hadn't ordered extra clips or a loading tool...

I now have 10 additional clips and a loading / de-mooning tool on the way.
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Old November 6, 2014, 08:11 AM   #5
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Every time I write the word "clip" I cringe as if waiting for someone to correct me and say "Its a magazine - not a clip!"

But they really are clips
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Old November 6, 2014, 03:45 PM   #6
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Yes, really would like to hear your experience with the Pitbull.
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Old November 6, 2014, 05:02 PM   #7
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Very cool please post a review
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Old April 12, 2015, 02:17 AM   #8
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Well my PITBULL broke tonight.

I was dry-firing it, with Snap-Caps in the cylinders and I heard a weird "clink" and then the trigger locked up. I can't cock the hammer manually either. The cylinder swings out and closes OK, but the hammer won't go back.

I'll take it apart tomorrow to see what I can see.
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Old April 12, 2015, 04:18 AM   #9
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Looking forward to the diagnosis.
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Old April 12, 2015, 11:53 AM   #10
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I can't find a good disassembly tutorial for the PITBULL and I don't know enough about revolvers to just wing it.

I am contacting Charter Arms.

This revolver really hasn't had that many rounds fired through it - maybe 100 or 150 rounds, and when I've dry-fired it I've always had snap-caps in the cylinder.
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Old April 12, 2015, 02:43 PM   #11
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Hi Count, there is a cylinder latch screw on the breach face. IIRC, if it is screwed in too far, it can block the trigger function. But I don't have a CA here anymore to reference it.
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Old April 12, 2015, 05:25 PM   #12
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Well my PITBULL broke tonight.

I was dry-firing it, with Snap-Caps in the cylinders and I heard a weird "clink" and then the trigger locked up. I can't cock the hammer manually either. The cylinder swings out and closes OK, but the hammer won't go back.

I'll take it apart tomorrow to see what I can see.
Don't fiddle with it, contact Charter Arms. They have a well deserved reputation for excellent customer service and they will make it right.
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Old April 12, 2015, 06:13 PM   #13
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I have been complaining about the low production numbers on these things for the longest time, I even joked that Charter Arms was only making 4 of these a year, but I saw one pop up on Kentucky Gun Co earlier this week. By the time I created an account the gun had sold.
You've been looking in the wrong place. Gunbroker always has 9mm SS pitbulls. I look all the time. They have 8 right now for around 450. I have been looking for a blue 9mm one or a 40s&w, those are harder to find.
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Old April 12, 2015, 07:44 PM   #14
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The prices for the 9mm PITBULL on Gun Broker came down quite a bit since the end of last year.

I was unwilling to pay the Gun Broker premium.
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Old April 17, 2015, 09:58 PM   #15
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Someone on another forum speculated that it might be a broken transfer bar.

I called Charter Arms, gave them my serial number and they're sending me a paid FedEx airway bill.

Its been fairly painless so far...
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Old April 18, 2015, 08:20 PM   #16
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I think you will find CA customer service to be very good.
The CAs aren't the junk some think.
Please keep us informed.
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