Gun Report

Charter Arms Pitbull 9mm No. 79920 9mm Luger, $465

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The largest of the revolvers in the test, the Pitbull was by far the most accurate. With the size increase comes added weight and the bulk of the bigger grip. Concealing this revolver in an ankle holster would be very difficult, so as a true back up, it might be too big. As a primary carry gun we liked it, and because it operates without moon clips, this six-shooter competes favorably head to head with the five-shot S&W 638.

Charter Arms Pitbull 9mm No. 79920 9mm Luger, $465

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Here is the key to the Pitbull operation: The spring-loaded plunger (arrow) pops out and engages the case groove. Shells going into the cylinder can sometimes stick if the cartridge is not vertically square with the chamber. A minor point. Ejection worked best with the muzzle up.
For carry, the exposed hammer does present some opportunity for the Charter to get hung up on clothing, but we didn't experience that problem in our testing. The exposed hammer also allows the gun to be shot single action for better accuracy.

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