(GunReports.com) — Gun Tests Magazine has named the Charter Arms Pitbull 9mm Luger as the publication’s “Best in Class Revolver” for 2013.
Gun Tests Publisher Timothy H. Cole said, “Consumers can trust these awards because we don’t accept advertising, which allows us to choose guns solely on their own merits. The ‘Best in Class’ winners show accuracy, reliability, tight fit and finish, are often handsome, and offer a lot of value for the dollar.”
Every December, Gun Tests’ Editor Todd Woodard surveys the work of the magazine’s staff over the previous 12 months to select about a dozen Guns of the Year (GOTY) choices. From those Guns of the Year, the staff chooses the magazine’s “Best in Class” winners.
The exact test model was the $465 Charter Arms Pitbull 9mm Luger No. 79920, $465, originally reviewed in the March 2013 issue of Gun Tests
Woodard said, “As part of our new Bargain Hunter series, we wanted to challenge the conventional notion that a wheelgun chambered in 38 Special should be the de facto winner of any boot-gun showdown simply because it has always won those battles in the past.”
Austin Miller, who lead the test team for the article, said, “We found the Pitbull notable for not needing moon clips to use the 9mm Luger round. The Pitbull revolver makes this possible by using a dual coil spring assembly in the extractor that holds a standard rimless 9mm round in place, then ejects it like any other standard revolver. The Pitbull is not perfect, but it is vastly superior to other 9mm revolvers we’ve tested.”
The wheelgun joins a Kimber Pro CDP II, Howa’s Hogue Youth 2N1Combo, the Benelli Ultralight 10802Semi-Auto 12 Gauge, a Liberty Custom Leather Savannah IWB Holster, and Black Hills’ 60-grainM223R4 223 Rem. jacketed soft point round as the magazine’s “Best in Class” 2013 honorees.
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