The 1st time I mentioned a 9mm revolver on WTBGU!, was in the post What would you like to see released next week at SHOT… That won’t be! and in the last 2 days I have seen the new Charter Arms 9mm Pitpull mentioned by both GunsHolstersAndGear.com and The Shooting Wire.
To me this is among the most interesting concepts for a concealed carry revolver and I would really like to get my hands one.
The 9mm revolver isn’t a new concept, both Smith & Wesson and Ruger have made them in the past in the S&W 940 and the SP101, but neither company is still making one.
I am intrigued by this idea for a number of reasons…
1) The 9mm cartridge actually produces more muzzle energy from the extremely short barrels you find on a snub nosed revolver than a .357 magnum.
2) The 9mm uses less powder so it has less total energy available to create muzzle flash, concussion or recoil. I can’t say which, if any, of these are actually reduced, but there is less potential.
3) The shorter cartridge length would make reloads easier to carry and should make them easier drop in the cylinders.
4) The 9mm cartridge is currently less than half the price of .357, which will make practice more affordable.
The Charter Arms actually takes this idea a step further in that it does not require the use of moon clips that are easily bent; and it has one up on any likely S&W offering that it doesn’t have an internal lock!
But unless they contact me and offer me one for T&E, I’ll likely never shoot one and I definitely won’t ever buy one.
Why?… Because I’m a gun snob.
When I think handguns I think Glock, Smith & Wesson, Ruger, Kahr and Colt. That’s it (and even then I probably won’t buy another Kahr, it is a great gun but I think there is a better option; and I won’t buy a Smith & Wesson with an internal lock) It’s actually sort of sad!
What do you think? Are there any brands that you have no experience with that you write off just because they aren’t in your consideration set? Should I get over my snobbery and try a gun which could be extremely interesting? Would you every by a 9mm revolver made by Charter Arms or anyone else?
Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter if you want to go back and forth.
Lastly, if you are interested in Charter Arms, this WTBGU! Podcast interview with Charter Arms President Nick Ecker may also interest you.