Charter Arms announced the “new” classic .44 Bulldogs will be shipping in September 2010. Â Modeled on the old-style Bulldogs, the new .44 Special revolvers will feature a 3″ tapered barrel, exposed extractor, and checkered walnut grips. Â Finish will be a high-gloss blue. Â The hammer will be exposed, and the cylinder will hold five of the big-bore .44 Special loads.
The image to the right is of an original .44 Bulldog. Â Photos of the new revolver have not yet been released by Charter Arms.
MSRP is $521.00 and the model number will be 34431 for those interested in placing an early order. Â The rep I spoke with said the new guns are in production now, so delivery should be on-time.
Update – October 2013
Charter Arms still lists the .44 Bulldog Classic as “estimated availability to be announced,” suggesting that this gun is still not ready for production. Â At this point, it is three years since the original announcement on the gun was made. Â In 2010, the model number was provided as 34431, but currently the Charter Arms website shows only TBD (to be determined.) Â Likewise the MSRP is listed as TBD instead of the previously announced $521.
I have not be able to determine if any of the Bulldog Classic revolvers made it into production during the past three years. Â It would seem unlikely.
I like Charter Arms as a company, and I’ve shot a number of their revolvers. Â For example, the Off Duty is a great concealed carry handgun that matches the Smith & Wesson 642. Â However, the extreme delay on the production of this gun is not unlike the multi-year delay on the roll out of the Pitbull revolvers (aka “Charter Arms Rimless Revolver”).
I just hope this gun eventually makes it into production. Â I don’t know if the .44 Bulldog Classic will sell a lot or not, but I know there are plenty of fans of the classic styling to sell out the first run of these guns.