Whatever happened to the Charter Arms rimless revolver? At SHOT two years ago, it was “going to be out soon”, and then last year at SHOT it was going to be “ready in August”. Now you can’t find hide nor hair of it on Charter’s website.
I’m actually kind of disappointed by this. If there is one thing that I’m in love with in terms of defensive firearms, it’s compact revolver chambered for “service” autopistol cartridges, such as 9mm, .40 S&W, or .45 ACP. Right now, the only “major market” offering that does that is the Taurus 905, which is chambered in 9mm and, due to it being a Taurus revolver, has a lousy trigger.
If you’re willing to spend about $800-$1000, you can buy a used Smith & Wesson 547 in 9mm, which oddly enough doesn’t use moonclips, but rather some teeny tiny wires that seem rather fragile. There is also a Smith & Wesson 940 J-frame that uses moonclips, as well as versions of the Ruger Speed Six and SP101 that utilize moonclips to 9mm cartridges. The problem is that all of the above mentioned guns are rather expensive, especially when compared to the Taurus. You can also find 2 inch versions of the 325 in .45 ACP from S&W, but those are also expensive.
I’d give up at least two teeth for a compact wheelgun from S&W or Ruger in 9mm. The new LCR, a J-frame, the SP101 – it doesn’t really matter. If they made it with a decent trigger and compatible with all the other usual J-frame/LCR accoutremont, priced it right around $500 and it’ll sell like hotcakes.