Charter Arms Serial Number Year

Charter Arms
Founded1964; 56 years ago
FounderDouglas McClenahan

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.


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.

Lets take a look at a vintage 1970's Charter Arms Undercover. Thanks for Watching 45 Alfa Charlie Papa.

000001 - to date 2000 - 2011 CHARTER ARMS 2000 over SHELTON CONN marking. This is the updated serial number info that I have - based upon around 800 data points The earliest 1st Gen - 0 to 19,000 have NO barrel ADDRESS and s/n is on lower right corner on right side of frame. Charter Arms AR-7 Explorer Semi-automatic Rifle, c. 1970s, serial number A107636,. Charter Arms, Model AR-7 Explorer,.22 caliber rifle, bearing serial number 111-69858; Charter Arms, Model AR-7 Explorer,.22 c aliber r ifle, bea ring serial. Variants Armalite AR-7 Explorer; Charter Arms AR-7 Explorer; Charter Arms Explorer. Serial Number: 658564 Year of Manufacture: 1981-1982 (a sales receipt reflecting the serial number of this revolver dated 1982 is present) Caliber:.22 Short, Long and Long Rifle Action Type: Single and Double Action Revolver with Swing-Out Cylinder Markings: The right side of the frame is marked “658564”. The right side of the barrel is marked “CHARTER ARMS CORP. 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.

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.

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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]

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] Keepvid pro download.

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]


  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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Charter Arms Serial Number Year Chart

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Jan 8, 2013
Had a tough day yesterday with my Dad who is not in good health. Sadly, my mom and I decided it was time for him to relinquish his 2 revolvers. Like taking away the car keys, this really sucked. Both are Charter Arms (1st Generation: 593xxx; 798xxx) Undercover .38 (one blued the other stainless) that have less than 25 rounds and have been kept in superb shape - built in Stratford, CT. I gather from some quick research that the revolvers are probably 20-25 years. Any experts with first-hand experience with these beauties?