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Old 11-22-2014, 21:46   #1
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Charter Arms "Classic" 3" 44 Special

I'd read a long time ago Charter arms was going to reintroduce the "Classic Version" of their 44 special in blue with 3" bbl.

On the companies website, and online, have not seen any sign of them. just the regular 2 1/2" and 4" versions, and the much older 3" models.

Anyone know if they maybe came and went quickly as a short, run, are still pending, or maybe just a dropped idea???
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Old 11-23-2014, 06:43   #2
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isn't that what Son of Sam used in the 70's?

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Old 11-23-2014, 07:22   #3
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this article from May of 2010 says it was due out in June of that year. I guess it's safe to say it's probably not going to happen :-(


http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/201...am-bulldog-44/

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Old 11-23-2014, 08:24   #4
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Doh, that is a shame. The new company seems to have really improved quality control over various entities that took over in the 80's and 90's. But I do like the classic looks of the older guns (and the three inch bbl).

Yes it was used by the Son of Sam killer. It was a pretty popular gun in the day, not sure why it got tagged so close to him. Also used by the lead Detective Character in the book "Red Dragon" and later movie Manhunter with Glaser Safety slugs. There was also rumor that very likely is totally untrue that it was used by Sky Marshals in the 70's again with Glaser Safety Slugs (no idea where that came from, but pops up now and again).

Can't really think of anything it could do now better than a Glock 30S or 27 (other than leave a much higher bank balance on purchase) but still a neat little package.
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Old 11-23-2014, 08:27   #5
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I think I saw a shot of that on GunBlast, some pre shot show trade show. I FF a lot when he stands and talks to salesmen so not 100%. It's on the website though.
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Old 11-23-2014, 14:09   #6
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isn't that what Son of Sam used in the 70's?

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Bulldog .44....one nasty revolver. Used by Son of Sam and also the zebra murderers in San Francisco(black on white murders) Big honking 240 gr bullet
I bought one years ago as a car gun...fairly accurate and has served me well numerous times.
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Old 11-24-2014, 04:02   #7
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I really want one. It fits my hand perfectly (the new ones).
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Old 11-24-2014, 07:40   #8
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A very interesting revolver back when it was in production.
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Old 11-24-2014, 11:41   #9
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The current production bulldog is 2.5". The velocity loss is minuscule at 1/2" difference

All the grips fit

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Lets see if I can get this video cued up to the right place.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...F22i5QQk#t=193
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isn't that what Son of Sam used in the 70's?

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Old 11-24-2014, 19:11   #12
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They came and went ...the 3 inch classics ..came out a few years ago...you can see the "New" Classics on Gunbroker ever once in awhile ..saw one a few weeks ago..
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