Charter Arms Bulldog .44 Special (modification)

Charter Arms Bulldog .44 Special (modification)

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    Charter Arms Bulldog .44 Special (modification)

    I have a Charter Arms Bulldog .44 Special 3" (1980).

    When I practice pulling the pistol from a coat pocket, the hammer spur catches and drags.

    I don't think that I need a single action option since I would most likely be shooting defensively at 10 feet.

    I am planning to have a gunsmith either "bob" the hammer or saw-off the hammer spur. If I do the latter, then I will basically have an SP101 -- only in .44 caliber.

    I would welcome advice. Should I modify the gun?


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    At one time, a company (cant remember who) made a hammershroud that attatched under the grips and kept the hammer covered. It allowed snag free carry without cutting the gun. The shroud had slot in the top that would allow the user, if he was deliberate to thumb the hammer back into single action if desired. Try searching around using 'hammer shroud' . If I find the name of the company, I'll post it.
    If I couldnt find that shroud, then yes, I'd bob the hammer and have the single action 'hook' removed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdsumner View Post
    At one time, a company (cant remember who) made a hammershroud that attatched under the grips and kept the hammer covered. (SNIP)
    Waller offers a bolt-on shroud for Colt snubbies.

    Bianchi used to have their Lightning grips, but I think those were made for S&W J-frames.
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    I think the charter bulldog is not really "collectable", so it is probably okay to bob the hammer. But personally I feel uncomfortable modifying a gun in a way that cannot be reversed.The idea of adding a shroud is interesting, if such could be found. And 44 special is a "cool" caliber! So you would have a real nice carry gun.
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    If you go to the Charter Arms site they sell a snag free DA hammer that is "easy" to install. You could also send it back to them for installation. I have an old Bulldog that I want to send back for refurbishing and also to have a DAO hammer installed. It seems pretty easy and relatively inexpensive to have the manufacturer do the work.
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    Bob the hammer. It is easier to draw anyway. Steve48

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Goose View Post
    If you go to the Charter Arms site they sell a snag free DA hammer that is "easy" to install. You could also send it back to them for installation. I have an old Bulldog that I want to send back for refurbishing and also to have a DAO hammer installed. It seems pretty easy and relatively inexpensive to have the manufacturer do the work.
    That's what I'd do, then if you decided to switch back further down the road you could just drop in the original hammer and you're right back to factory spec.
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    Yep - $25

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    Quote Originally Posted by maclean3 View Post
    That's what I'd do, then if you decided to switch back further down the road you could just drop in the original hammer and you're right back to factory spec.
    Jack
    This is a good route to go.But either way you will have a very nice carry piece. .
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    I'd have Charter do the alteration. A factory worked alteration might be treated better in a court of law.

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    My only comment on the issue is that if you do it , be shure and remove the SA ability of that hammer . Decocking a hammer with no spur is a ND in the happening .
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    I have a charter pug with the bobbed hammer........the trouble is, it sometimes gives a light primer strike........something to consider when doing it yourself.........Charter's hammer deal would most probably be the route to go so it will be done right........
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    I have 3 of the older Charter bulldogs. One of them has the hammer spur removed but not as far as the picture shown in a previous post. I can still thumb cock or drop hammer if careful but it has enough meat not to light strike the primer. Sorry I can't post a pic. this mod did make a big difference in carry.
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    Just curious, how much might a .44 Bulldog run these days? I like the caliber personally, and have been thinking about pickin up a smaller weapon for summer carry. (Primary is a 5" 1911) I'd feel more comfortable with this option over a .38 or .380 semi-auto.

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    About $325.00 around here. My dad carrys one and loves it. Big chunk of lead and no more recoil than my .38 with +P ammo.

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