Charter’s latest contribution to the affordable revolver market: the Pitbull .40. It’s an American-made, stainless steel 5-holer. According to Charter’s Trip Banks, it took their engineers two years to perfect their new moon-clipless extractor design. Perhaps they should have worked on it a little longer. . .
I loaded up the Dangerous Doggie with five rounds of fotay cal – the rounds snapped nicely into place – and took aim at a metal target. The wheelgun seemed accurate and not as snappy as you’d think. The only problem: two of the five rounds failed to fire. Even after clicking around the horn again. Figuring I’d done something wrong, I reloaded for another go.
Same result. A 60% score. Then I punched the extractor bar to empty the gun. Only four of the five rounds popped out. One of the casings that actually fired was hanging on for dear life in its cozy cylinder, apparently not wanting to sample life on the dusty desert floor. Being the half-full guy that I am, I figured at least we’d gotten up to 80% in the ejection department.
That’s when Trip went to work with his little Victorinox to pry the little bastard out of there. The gun’s MSRP is only $429 (figure street’s somewhere around $375) and it comes with a lifetime warranty that follows the gun. Probably a good thing, too, as you’re likely to need it.