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Charter Arms
Founded1964; 56 years ago
FounderDouglas McClenahan
  • The Charter Arms web site as of August 2011 no longer lists this model under the products category. Also in 2008, Charter Arms announced a new revolver: the Charter Arms Rimless Revolver. The new revolver would be able to load and fire rimless cartridges such as the 9mm,.40 S&W, and.45 ACP without the need for moon clips.
  • There is no public listing of serial number/ year ranges for Charter Arms, but if you call Charter at 203-922-1652, give them your serial number, they can tell you. What is an account number for charter? Charter Arms Undercover Serial Numbers.
  • The original ArmaLite AR-7 (designed by Eugene Stoner of AR-10/AR-15 fame) was introduced in 1959, and discontinued in 1973, when Charter Arms bought the rights to the design. Since I have never seen an original ArmaLite AR-7 with a serial number below 50,000, I SPECULATE that serial numbers began at 50,000.

Charter Arms Co. is an American manufacturer of revolvers. During its history from 1964 to the present day, Charter Arms has produced revolvers chambered in the following calibers: .22 Long Rifle, .22 Winchester Magnum, .32 Long, .32 H&R Magnum, .327 Federal Magnum, .357 Magnum, .38 Special, 9x19mm Parabellum, .40 Smith & Wesson, .41 Remington Magnum, .44 Special, .45 ACP and .45 Colt. The most famous revolvers manufactured by Charter Arms are the .44 Special Bulldog and .38 Special Bulldog Pug.

Check out the Charter Arms thread on The Firing Line sponsored by S.W.A.T. They have a lot of info on this weapon. If my memory is correct you have 1965 or slightly later first generation gun. I am seeking a close manufacature date on the never -fired Undercover 38 spl Serial Number 121811 that I inherited several years ago. I will be making him one of my pocket holsters for using the Charter Arms for EDC. Blued finish (and very nice blue job I must say) 1 7/8 inch barrel Walnut grips with checkering and Charter arms medallions. Seem to be oversized grips but factory original. Serial number 2455XX Right side of barrel 'Charter Arms' and under that 'Bridgeport, Conn.'


Douglas McClenahan, a young gun designer who had previously worked for Colt, High Standard, and Sturm, Ruger founded Charter Arms in 1964 to produce handguns. His first pistol was a five-shot revolver called 'The Undercover' chambered for .38 Special. McClenahan's innovation was to avoid using the side plate designs manufactured by other revolver makers for a one-piece frame, giving the new revolver a strength that allowed it to safely shoot high loads.[1] McClenahan also reduced the number of moving parts used in the gun and created a safety device for the firing pin.

The company, then located in Stratford, Connecticut, went bankrupt in 1996, but the Charter design and mark were resurrected by Charter 2000, which was founded by the Ecker family. The new company capitalized on the fame of the old Charter Arms revolvers. Operations were moved to Shelton, Connecticut.

Basing their new line of weapons on the basic Charter Arms design, the new company has made a few improvements such as the use of a one-piece barrel and front sight. The one-piece barrels of the new models are machined with eight grooves instead of six for higher velocity, flatter trajectory and better accuracy. The new models feature a completely blocked hammer system so that the gun cannot fire unless the trigger is held in full rear position.

In addition to reintroducing the .38 Special Undercover and the .44 Special Bulldog, Charter 2000 produces revolvers chambered for .22 Long Rifle/.22 Magnum (the Pathfinder), .357 magnum (the Mag Pug) and .38 Special (the Off-Duty and the Police Bulldog).

In 2005, Charter 2000 announced that it would be filing for bankruptcy, blaming the costs associated with nuisance lawsuits for their financial trouble.

In September 2005, MKS Supply entered into an agreement with Charter Arms where MKS Supply would handle the sales, marketing and distribution for Charter Arms.[2]

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In 2008, Charter Arms brought the new Patriot revolvers to the market.[3] The Patriot revolvers were chambered for the .327 Federal Magnum, and were available in 2.2' or 4' stainless steel models. The Charter Arms web site as of August 2011 no longer lists this model under the products category.


Also in 2008, Charter Arms announced a new revolver: the Charter Arms Rimless Revolver. The new revolver would be able to load and fire rimless cartridges such as the 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP without the need for moon clips. Initially, the revolver was to ship in early spring, however, reported problems with the patents delayed the introduction.[4] Charter Arms set a release date of April 2009 for the CARR. However, Charter Arms missed this deadline, and company representatives have suggested the release date may not be until 'late July' of 2009. The CARR which was subsequently called the Pitbull finally reached production in August 2011 and the first Pitbull models had a 2.3' barrel and were chambered for the .40 S&W cartridge as this is the most popular U.S. law enforcement round and would enable the Pitbull to be used as a back-up gun to the .40 service pistol.[5]

In October 2010 MKS discontinued the sales and marketing of Charter Arms. Charter now has taken over the sales and marketing function.

At SHOT Show 2018 Charter introduced the .41 Remington Magnum Mag Pug and the .45 Colt Bulldog XL.

Historical and cultural significance[edit]

  • The .44 SpecialBulldog revolver gained notoriety after it was used by Son of Sam serial killer David Berkowitz in his murder spree.[6]
  • A Charter Arms 'Undercover' .38 Special model was used by Arthur Bremer to attempt to assassinate George Wallace in 1972.
  • A Charter Arms 'Undercover' .38 Special model was used by Mark David Chapman to murder John Lennon in 1980.[7][8]
  • A Charter Arms .38 Special was used in the murder of Police Officer Daniel Faulkner December 9,1981


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Charter Arms Bulldog .44 Special
Charter Arms Target Bulldog .357 Magnum
  • The Bulldog: .44 Special
  • The Bulldog XL: .45 Colt
  • The Target Bulldog: .357 Magnum
  • The Undercover: .38 Special
  • The Undercoverette: .32 H&R Magnum
  • The Mag Pug: .357 Magnum and .41 Remington Magnum
  • The Patriot: .327 Federal Magnum
  • The Pathfinder: .22 LR and .22 Magnum
  • The Off Duty: .38 Special (similar to the Undercover but with a bobbed hammer and weighing 12 oz (340 g))
  • The Dixie Derringer: .22 LR and .22 Magnum
  • The Pitbull: .45 ACP, .40 S&W, and 9×19mm Luger (same frame as Bulldog and Pug)
  • The Southpaw: .38 Special (similar to Undercover, but made for left-handed shooters)[9][citation needed]


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  1. ^Charter Arms FAQArchived August 22, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^'MKS Supply Partners With Charter Firearms'. Shooting Sports News.
  3. ^'Charter Arms .327 Fed. Mag. Snub Nose Revolver Is A Real Hot Rod!'. Shooting Sports News.
  4. ^'Charter Arms' New Revolutionary Rimless Revolver'. Shooting Sports News.
  5. ^Charter Arms websiteArchived June 25, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
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  8. ^'The Gun that Killed John Lennon - Unearthing a Relic - Nymag'. New York Magazine. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  9. ^'Southpaw'. Charter Arms.

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