CHARTER ARMS’ Rimless Revolver

The major drawback of rimless semi-auto cartridges in revolvers is…

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The major drawback of rimless semi-auto cartridges in revolvers is that they require specially made revolvers. These low-production, somewhat scarce and highly-specialized revolvers are limited to sometimes fragile and expensive moon/half moon ammunition clips.  Generally, only revolver aficionados and collectors bother with (.45ACP and 9mm Parabellum) rimless revolvers. While they may sometimes be fired without the specialized moon clips, generally the ejector rod will not eject the free-floating fired cases.

But Charter Arms has come up with an affordable revolver that chambers rimless semi-auto rounds in the same manner as a standard rimmed-cartridge revolver. They will first offer the .40 S&W chambering (see availability below) followed by the .45ACP and 9×19 mm Parabellum (the 9mm Parabellum revolver will also chamber factory .380ACP).  All three of Charter Arms’ Rimless Revolvers (9mm, .40 and .45) are rated for higher velocity +P loadings.

Now the average gun owner can own an affordable, trouble-free revolver chambered in these popular semi-auto rounds without the need for specialized ammunition clips and a specialized gun.

If more power is needed, step up to +P ammo.  The advantage with Charter Arms Rimless Revolvers is they will fire any mix of cartridges while maintaining 100% reliability.  For plinking with .45ACP or 9mm surplus and discounted military type ammo, the affordable Charter Arms Rimless Revolver will prove to be very economical and it’s also a .380 revolver.

The secret is the patent-pending Charter Arms Rimless Revolver Round System.  Basically, when a round is loaded into the chamber a specialized spring engages the cartridge’s ejector groove.  When the cylinder is opened and the ejector rod operated, it extracts and ejects the fired cases.

Availability:  First quarter of 2009 the .40 will be available, about 90-120 days later the .45ACP and 90-120 days after the .45ACP will come the 9mm.   Please see above models for more information.

MSRP Prices:  9mm $399.00, .40 $449.00, .45ACP $449.00

For more information on this and other Charter Arms products, visit www.charterarms.com

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  • Checked again with Charter Arms 2-26-13,Mrs.Echer advised that it would be this fall, before the .45acp version goes into production,she also advised that as of now the 9mm Pitbull is the most sought after of any of their revolvers,and is back ordered at the factory.Looks like a long wait on both.

  • Want to get a 9mm,to go with my other 9mms,like revolvers,they are more reliable than a lot of people give them credit.Also want a .45 cap version called charterarms they advised that it would be out this year 2013,due to conditions in firearms market,they are so busy keeping up with demand it has been too hard to come out with the new gun.

  • C0untZer0

    I wrote to Charter Arms last week asking about a target date when the 9mm would be available and I heard back from Dee Ecker that they are just beginning to ship to distributors. Unfortunately they are already backordered on the 9mm revolvers by 12 weeks.

    I called LGDs in my area and none of them knew the 9mm Pitbull was shipping. One LGD made calls to distributors and got back to me with a price of $380.00 but he also warned that he thought the 12 week back-order time might be a little optimistic.

  • Marvin Cohen

    I purchased the .40S&W . No recoil perceived with standard ammo and it is shooting to point of aim at 15Ft. I look forward to adding the .45 and 9mm.

  • Michael B.

    I have the .40S&W ‘Pitbull’ and love it. Fabulous weapon. Functions flawlessly and performance improves with every box of shells I run through it. Anybody know if they are still going to release a .45ACP and the 9mm/.380 revolvers any time soon? These revolvers in these calibers are the perfect companions to my autoloaders. I can’t believe they aren’t being marketed more aggressively.

  • Pete

    REPOST WITH TYPOS CORRECTED:

    Charter issued a press release for their Rimless Revolver in Nov 2008 that said it would go on sale in the 1st quarter of 2009. This is the 2nd quarter of 2011. Still no show. They just teased us again by showing their prototype at this year’s shot show.
    The Charter Arms Rimless revolver reminds me of Boberg Arms 9mm pistol(Google it).
    Both companies:
    • have had a prototype of their gun for years
    • have claimed for years that production is right around the corner
    • have a production deadline that keeps receding like the end of the rainbow.
    Now I think of it. They both remind me of the Ruger XGI! Anyone remember that no-show from the early 80s?

  • Just sittin’ here waitin’ on the 9mm Rimless Revolver, with a 4″ barrel to hit the shelves. Really wan’t the the 9mm but if the .40 and the .45 were offered with the longer barrel also, I’d buy all three.

  • Gordon Lief

    Good for Charter Arms. I love my Taurus PT92AF and almost purchased a Marlin 9mm carbine, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to spend almost $600. I like revolvers and semi’s, and this is a great idea. Instead of buying .380 and .32 etc., I can now have one gun that will work as well and I can share the ammo with my other 9mm’s. Let’s get them on the market.

  • Matt

    i dunno about everyone else but I’m glad that you can shoot both .380 and 9mm out of the same gun.
    It would be really nice if they went the next step and lengthened the cylinder enough so that you could shoot both .40 S&W and 10mm out of the same gun. Heck with the .45 you could go all out. There are a lot of rounds available where the bullet measures .452 I could only imagine. .45 ACP, .45 GAP, .45 Super, .454 Casull, .460 S&W Magnum. Not to mention the shotshells.

  • JC Nowlin

    I’ve wanted this exact 9mm revolver ever since I have been in the market for a lightweight carry weapon…

  • Robert

    They’re not out yet. Charter is producing their current models at maximum capacity ot feed demand. Look for them in late 2010.

  • Tony P

    I’ve been trying to get a 9MM C.A for awhile and still no luck ….If anyone could point me in the right direction it would be great???

  • Dan Buck

    I want 2 .45 ACP revolvers. How soon? This is the absolute answer to .45 ACP carry. What’s the delay? This is inovation at its finest.

  • Dan Buck

    I want 2 .45 ACP revolvers. How soon? This is the absolute answer to .45 ACP carry. What’s the delay?

  • Tom Howerton

    I’ve been struggling with the issue of finding a carry weapon for my wife. She finds the recoil of a J frame revolver painful and also finds it difficult to rack the slide on most semi-automatics. This gun would be perfect for her in 9mm. I’m looking forward to your releasing this weapon. It will be perfect for her. Thanks to you for showing the world a dose of “good ole American ingenuity”.

  • Geoffrey Boyd

    WOW, well my revolver shopping list just got shorter. I will put my pennies away and wait for the 40 S&W one !! Hope they have it in a snubby !!
    I have thought about this and always wondered why a gun manufacturer would not get this done. Congratulations charter, you win the cigar.

  • Ken A

    45acp revolver in lefty maybe

  • Frank Collins

    It just makes sense to carry a 9mm auto-loader as the duty weapon and the 9mm revolver as my BUG. No need to carry two different bullets or calibers! Why people didn’t make one before now is UNBELIEVABLE!!

  • bobby

    Dear Santa,
    I have been dreaming about a small 9mm revolver to side my other 9mm guns. The same ammo makes it all so much easier and simpler.
    9mm is still the cheapest ammo out there. What better way to teach yourself effective trigger control and proper usage of a revolver than to shoot one’s reindeer?
    A lifetime warranty to boot? It’s a no-brainer!
    Please Santa, I am looking forward to owning charter Arms Revolver in 40S/W. It is a great caliber.
    Your Friend,
    Bobby C.

  • Thomas E. Wilson

    I am looking forward to owning charter Arms
    Revolver in 40S/W. It is a great caliber.

  • ROV

    I just love it! I have been dreaming about a small 9mm revolver to side my other 9mm guns. The same ammo makes it all so much easier and simpler. As soon as this new wheel gun is availavle, please, let me/us all know and we’ll run for it head first!

  • L. Pit

    The concept is great for a duty back up. Has there been anything on a speed loader for these guns??

  • I have heard of your new 327 mag revolver and am looking forward to purchasing one when it becomes available. Also, I will want a 45 ACP rimless revolver when it too becomes available. Please notify and perhaps sent a list of dealers in my area within 50 to 100 miles of my zip code.

  • LDK

    Soon as the 9 mm revolver is available, I want to order one. Please let me know when I can do so.

  • This is the perverbial best of both worlds!

    I’m a 9mm shooter and reloader who hasn’t a single wheelgun. When the 9mm version of this gun is released, I’ll be there dropping my four bills!

    Why?

    1) 9mm is still the cheapest ammo out there. What better way to teach yourself effective trigger control and proper usage of a revolver than to shoot one that’s still relatively inexpensive on the ammo side of the equasion?

    2) Ammo standardization. The less calibers I have to worry about the better. Once again, I reload 9mm, so Charter’s inclusion of a revolver into the ranks of 9mm firearms means that I can have a three gun battery when I include my semi-auto pistols and my carbine. 3 different defensive weapons, one standard ammo. Perfect!

    3) A lifetime warranty to boot? It’s a no-brainer!

    While there are those who poo-poo Charter’s offerings, I say let the product speak for itself when it’s released. Charter has shown a willingness to innovate and their quality control seems to be on the rise over the last couple of years.

    This could be a serious home run for Charter!