Charter Arms Pitbull in .45 Auto

Posted by Dee Ecker on 11 October, 2016

Review of our Pitbull .45 courtesy of Hunter Elliott, Rangehot.com.


New from Charter Arms for 2016!

Posted by Dee Ecker on 25 February, 2016

Check out our new additions to Charter Arms!

Nitride Finish
Nitride is a new, proprietary process that adds hardness to the finish of the revolver. It also reduces friction and wear. With a scratch-resistant surface and extended life in the rifling and chambers, Nitride keeps your Charter handgun looking – and working – like new!

A compact version of Charter’s classic .44 Bulldog, Boomer is designed specifically for concealed carry. It features a DAO hammer, full rubber combat grips and a matte stainless finish.

Review: "Charter Arms Bulldog: A Wheelgun for Everyday Protection"

Posted by Dee Ecker on 14 October, 2015

In 1872, Philip Webley & Son of Birmingham, England, introduced a small double-action (DA) revolver with a 2.5-inch barrel and a five-shot cylinder. Although compact, it chambered big-bore cartridges like the .442 Webley and .450 Adams. Webley later registered the trademark “British Bulldog Revolver,” and it became so popular that it was copied in several places, including Belgium, France, Spain and the United States.

Fast-forward 100 years and, in 1973, the American handgun manufacturer Charter Arms introduced a small, five-shot, DA revolver with a 3-inch barrel in .44 Special and called it the Bulldog. This carbon-steel-framed, blued revolver with oversized walnut grips weighed a mere 20 ounces but packed quite a bit of firepower in a compact, lightweight package. It caught on almost immediately and became a top seller.

Charter Arms is highlighted in our local newspaper with visit from CT State Representatives

Posted by Dee Ecker on 29 September, 2015


Our New Website

Posted by Diane Ecker on 12 August, 2015

We are excited to roll out our new website. You can shop for accessories and complete an order directly on our website. We accept all credit cards.

Charter Arms Vacation Closure

Posted by Diane Ecker on 24 June, 2015

Charter Arms will be closed for our Summer shutdown from July 4-July 12, 2015. We will re-open Monday July 13 at 8 am. Please do not ship returns or repairs during this time as no one will be available to receive the items.
We wish you all and very Happy Independence Day and safe Summer season!

Charter Arms 9mm Pitbull

Posted by Diane Ecker on 01 May, 2015

To all our Customers interested in the new rimless 9mm Pitbull: Please be aware that Charter Arms produced a “Pitbull” for 9mm Federal cartridges for a brief time in the late 80’s. The old model will have Stratford, CT on the barrel. The 9mm Federal was a rimmed cartridge and is no longer produced. This is not the same as the Pitbull 9mm rimless revolver produced currently. The new 9mm Pitbull model will chamber 9mm Luger rounds only. All new Pitbull revolvers will also have Shelton, CT on the barrel. The new model number is 79920.

Happy Customers are our Favorites

Posted by Diane Ecker on 08 April, 2015

"Two days ago I purchased a used Charter Arms Undercover 38 Special manufactured in 1982. I was having a problem using the thumb cylinder release and it simply would not release the cylinder. I called your office phone #866-769-4867 and talked to a very nice lady (I apologize I forgot her name) and told her of my problem. She then asked me to stay on the line and she might be able to correct the problem for me without sending the gun back to you for repairs. She then transferred me to Nick who walked me through, and corrected the problem over the phone. "Nick B" was extremely nice and it is apparent that he knows his trade. Mr. Ecker, I was in business for 44 years and I realize the important role that customer service plays and I must say you should be extremely happy on how your employees treat their customers. I want to thank each of you for your professionalism and kindness in helping me resolve my problem. There is no doubt that I will tell others about your great service and the next gun I purchase will be a Charter Arms weapon.

Again, thanks for solving my problem".

Firearm Safety

Posted by Diane Ecker on 22 March, 2015

Charter Arms are among the safest available today.
But safe firearms are only half of the story. Proper, safe handling of firearms is equally important. Please study the following basic safety rules. Learning and following these rules will help insure safe handling of firearms, and help prevent accidents.

As a responsible supplier of firearms, Charter strongly urges you to learn and practice the following safety guidelines. Additionally, we encourage you to complete an approved firearm safety training course.

Always treat every firearm as if it were loaded.

Think of it this way: "When the action is open the firearm is safe - When the action is closed the firearms is always to be considered loaded." Simply put, when the action is open the firearm can not be fired.

Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction.

A safe direction is any direction where an accidental discharge will not cause injury or damage. In a house or other type of building, the safest direction is angled down toward the floor with the muzzle of the weapon pointed toward a corner.

Always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.

It feels natural to place your finger within the trigger guard. But this is an unsafe practice. The best place to rest the trigger finger is above the trigger guard along the frame of the firearm. The only time your finger should be on the trigger is when you are ready to shoot. Learning this habit will help prevent an accidental discharge.

Always know your target, backstop, and beyond.

It's always important to know what your target is, but it is just as important to know what lies beyond your target--and what is going to stop the bullet. You must remember, that a bullet can and will travel a considerable distance, and you are responsible for the actions of the bullet. It's important to get familiar with your ammunition. Some have more power or velocity than others, even when used in the same firearm.

Always store your firearms away from unauthorized persons.

It is very important to store firearms in a safe place. You must make the firearm inaccessible to anyone who may not know how to operate it safely. This may include children, the mentally disabled and elderly people with any form of dementia. In addition, ammunition should be stored separately from the weapon.

Always be sure the firearm is safe to operate.

Before engaging in any type of shooting activity, be sure the firearm is safe to operate. This is especially important if the firearm has been in storage or otherwise unused for an extended period of time.

When cleaning a firearm, be sure no ammunition is present.

The most common response after an accidental discharge is, "I was cleaning the gun, and it went off!" When cleaning a firearm, be sure there is NO ammunition present. Keep the ammunition in another room until you have finished cleaning the weapon and are ready to reload.

Never accept a loaded firearm.

If you are offered a loaded firearm, DO NOT accept it. Have the person handing it to you either unload it or place it down for you to retrieve. Either of these actions will help prevent an accidental discharge, which could cause injury or death.

Never use alcohol or drugs before or while shooting.

Even though this seems like a common sense rule, some people will not admit when they are not in complete control of their actions. Just like when drinking and driving, your judgment and reflexes are impaired, and the likelihood of an accident increases greatly. We cannot stress this enough-JUST DON'T DO IT.

Always keep the firearm unloaded until you are ready to use it.

This rule is primarily for gun storage. An unauthorized person getting hold of your firearm is always a bad situation, but it will be far less dangerous when the gun is unloaded.

A Note about Self Defense

This is a variation on the "ready to use" rule. Obviously, an unloaded firearm is useless in a self defense situation. Therefore, when you carry a firearm for this purpose, it is loaded and considered "in use" whether or not you fire it. This underscores the need for proper, safe handling of your firearm.

These are only some of the many important safety rules for proper firearm handling, but they are among the most important basic guidelines. If you have further questions or concerns, consult your local firearms instructor, as well as the manual which came with your firearm.

You can also find firearm safety information at the National Rifle Association website: 


Charter Arms supports friends of NRA

Posted by Diane Ecker on 10 February, 2015

If you are planning an event please contact us! We are happy to support the Friends of NRA. We have had some Friends who have organized very successful events. See the comments below:
“All of us from the North County Friends of the NRA would like to thank you for your generosity in donating the beautiful turquoise pistol. The turquoise purse with pistol was the hit of the event. The winning bid for the purse/wallet/pistol was $1,650.00, to a beautiful young lady. Two other patrons finally gave up. Last year we raised around $38,000 and our teams personal goal for this year was $40,000 and with your help "Dee" and Charter Arms our team raised for the NRA this year was $40,023. That's not the final count but pretty close.Again, we could not have done this without your generosity.
Thank you from all of us here at the North County Friends of the NRA”. Scott and Ramona Lee