The Charter Arms Rimless Revolver was announced in November of 2008, but since that time, it has not been shown in public. No samples were on the floor at the 2009 SHOT Show because of “patent issues” company reps said.
Later, when Charter Arms missed their release deadline of April 2009, one of their reps told me that “late July” was the new target date to ship these revolvers. This time the delay was blamed on customer demand on their existing product line.
Now, all links have been removed from the Charter Arms website that referenced the CARR. A Google search will still locate the information page, but I could not find a single link to it from anywhere on the Charter Arms site. Additionally, the information on the page found through Google still shows a shipping date of April.
I sincerely hope that Charter Arms is ready to go with this revolver in July. The design looks very interesting, and there are a lot of people that would like to have a revolver that can easily chamber the same ammunition their autoloader shoots.
Ultimately, Charter Arms did produce the rimless revolver, but under the model name of Pitbull. It took years for the company to get the gun into production, but with a mechanism like what they have developed, the extra time in development is good. It helps Charter Arms to figure out where all of the problems are and fix them before the guns ship. All designs have quirks, and it is nice for a company to put an emphasis on fixing the problems before the guns ship.
The Charter Arms Rimless Revolver, aka the Charter Arms Pitbull, is currently available in .40 S&W and 9mm, but it is not yet available in .45 ACP. The big bore .45 cartridge will possibly be available later from Charter Arms in the Bulldog (.44 Special) frame. Those guns are not yet in production.