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I've been wanting a CCW .44 spl forever....since I sold my Taurus 431---and had my 3rd Charter...fell out of love with their customer disservice dept....haven't found a Smith 696....how expensive would it be to take a stainless GP100 3" and find a gunsmith who could convert it to a 5-shot .44??? I don't have the foggiest idea what would be involved, but it'd be a lot...I'd want all stainless...anyone know about it???
 

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You'd have to have a custom cylinder made, and the barrel changed. I don't know what else, if anything. It would be cheaper to buy a 44.
 

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You're right....looks like the S&W Nightguard will be it...either the .44Mag 6-shot or the .44 spl 5-shot....and I like the .45......I gotta get a night job!!!!!
 

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Man they're expensive! It's still cheaper than paying for a 3" GP100 and then paying another $500 for a conversion.
 

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Dey proud......real proud!!! I appreciate the research, Deputy...I gotta lay eyes on it...won't buy on hope....then I gotta change the sights to XO big bead and open v Express...I'll have 800 before I'm done...if I get it for 700----the new S&W already has the sights....for around 1000-only downside is I like stainless...I'm a'sniffin'...I'll find one ....thanks again!!!
 

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3rd Charter
what's goin' on with the 44 spl Charters? what kind of track record have ya had with them?

dis-service from the company, product, or both?
 

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Original Bulldog...early 70s....great....had/shot for a few years..great...a few screws loosened...no problem

Bulldog Pug 87-nickel...carried a short while....never fired....sold due to hard times....

Bought used original Bulldog...a 70s model...that had been carried in a truck...in about 2001....had a problem in that sometimes you'd pull trigger....cylinder would turn but hammer wouldn't rise/fall....I gave $10 for the gun(worked in a pawn shop)...called Charter 2000 customer service....told them I wanted to have the gun re-blued....they didn't do nickel jobs....told them in great detail about the mechanical problem....got the gun back after paying them the roughly $85 they'd asked....in a timely manner, I must say, and the blue job was pitiful....looked like it was done at home...didn't look good at all....I called...they told me....well, we didn't charge you much...we know it's not that great....I told them it was nowhere near the quality they ship with...they acknowledged that and said that's the best they'd do for that money.....I dry-fired the gun about 50 times...had the slipping happen again....maybe 3 times....sold the gun back to the pawn shop to cover my investment...and that was the end...
The gun store/range I use says they(their gunsmith) has trouble with about half of what they sell...parts are hard to get....the company has changed hands since the 70s at least once....I don't think I'd trust them again...passed several deals up....an "I don't care" attitude doesn't get it when you call a company and tell them all the details...they quote a price...you pay in advance, then they haven't fixed it....not with a gun......maybe a watch, but not a gun....
 

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I have had a Bulldog for two years (bought it new), sent it back to the factory because of the cylinder gap being to large, got it back (fixed) in two weeks and have put over 800 rounds of Blazer 200gr GDHP through it with out a hiccup. Maybe I just got lucky but I like mine, light and easy to carry.
 

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Is yours stainless? Was it new about two years ago? How were they to deal with??? I loved my first one...I'd like to find that the quality/service problems were better...you can buy two Bulldog Pugs for less than one Smith....
 

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sheepdog said:
Is yours stainless? Was it new about two years ago? How were they to deal with??? I loved my first one...I'd like to find that the quality/service problems were better...you can buy two Bulldog Pugs for less than one Smith....


Yes it is a stainless gun and it was brand new Charter 2000. Called them and told them the problem and the lady said to send it in, so I gave it to my dealer with a letter and off it went. I have taken and done some fitting of the trigger and trigger frame, installed a ligter hammer spring, and an old stile bobbed hammer.
Now I see were Crimson Trace is coming out with laser grips for it, witch I will get if I get a good price on them. Have three sets of them now and they serve there porpoise.
 

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Thanks Wizard it's my always gun.
 

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They have great balance...used to carry mine inside the lining of a jean jacket...gun and 4 speed loaders...don't bulge a bit and pretty fast...
 
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