Enter the Bulldog. I know Ruger makes a LCR in 9mm as well as the 9mm SP101 they re-introduced...but neither are all that cheap (and the SP101 is near impossible to find locally). To add to it, Im pretty sure both use moon clips and while Im not afraid of them (I own a 627 that takes them), I dont want to mess with them on the reg. I had been looking for a Pitbull locally, but no one had them. Monday while out of town for work, I wandered into a local Big R and noticed they had a new Pitbull on sale for $379...I snatched it up.
For those that dont know, the original Pitbull was a 6 shot and by what Ive read, they had some issues with the cylinder device they made to get around moon clips. If you search for reviews online, nearly all of them are on the 6 shot models. Not all of them are glowing. Not too long ago, Charter redesigned the Pitbull and took it down to 5 rounds. By what I understand, the 5 round design is far better.
Long story short, I took it out today with some 115gr Perfecta, 115gr Federal bulk, and some 124gr Blazer brass. The Perfecta was difficult to extract for some reason and the first 3 cylinder full sessions locked up on me. (Opening and reclosing the cylinder would fix it and the other 75 rounds ran just fine). The Fed and Blazer extracted perfectly and the pistol seemed to like the 124gr best. Loading ammo in the cyl is a breeze as well, you just push them in and they pop in place.
Finish wise, the revolver is a bit rough so Ill need to smooth out the metal in a few spots so it doesnt rub my hand raw. Fit is great, it feels solid and everything works as it should. Cyl timing is spot on and the barrel isnt canted. Besides that, the recoils is VERY manageable and the pistol is just plain fun to shoot. DA is stiff but smooth and just like my Bulldog, will smooth out in time with ample dry firing. Funny enough, it weighs in at 22oz vs the 19 the Bulldog weighs.
In the end, for $379 + the silly cheap cost of 9mm...this guy is going to be a fun and affordable addition to my range sessions.
Edited by smokehouse, 11 August 2018 - 11:58 AM.