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TAFFINTESTS the siXgunner himself: guns, gear & more John taffin CHarTer’s new .40 s&w revolver! the charter Arms pit bull is a 5-shot .40 s&w revolver, compact, reliable and very affordable. i t’s been my experience dedicated sixgunners, especially those with more than a little gray in their beard, have several attributes in common. Of course, one is the fact we all appreciate fine handguns, with fine being defined as any sixgun or semi-auto which functions 100 percent reliably, always goes bang when the trigger is pulled, and shoots to point of aim. Fit and finish are definitely important, but can be overshadowed by function. Old sixgunners are also enthralled by fighter planes of World War II, classic cars of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, and dogs of virtually every description. When it comes to the latter, I’ve had everything from litter runts, to mutts of unknown heritage, and even purebreds. No matter what their ancestry, all dogs often put humans to disgrace when it comes to loyalty and unconditional love. Like every boy growing up I had many dogs, and as I married and the kids came along, we made sure they also experienced the love of dogs. There is something inbred in dogs of every type which especially makes them protective of young kids and women. I always wanted to have a pair of large purebred dogs and this goal was achieved in 1995 with Red and Wolf. We got them as 6-week-old Malamute puppies and they grew to be huge, lovable and gentle dogs — except when they were in their protective mode. The grandkids could do anything to those dogs, and my youngest granddaughter was especially attracted to them, with one the .40 pit bull scores 5; Zombie usually being found on each side of her. dog-gone good gUns Dog zero. pesky Zombie dogs … targets fired at 7 yards with the .40 pit bull revealed good accuracy for self-defense. Other “DOgS” S everal other “dogs” have also been very important to our family for more than 40 years. Back in the mid-1960s, Charter Arms did something very radical; they intro- duced a 5-shot blued double-action revolver, aptly named Bulldog. Although it was not much larger than a Colt Detective Special, it was chambered in .44 Special. I had to have one simply because of the chambering, however it soon became a very important member of our family. In those days, we did a lot a camping and the .44 Bulldog went the springs which hold the rimless cartridges in the .40 pit bull cylinder are barely discernible. the .40 pit bull (r) is virtually identical, other than chambering and ejection system, to the .44 special pug and bulldog. everywhere with since I could fit it into a pocket or in the top of my boot. When the kids were in high school, we rented a motor home and traveled into a “Gun Free Zone,” however the .44 was stashed within easy reach in the motor home. Three times in my life the fact I had a gun defused a possibly dangerous situation, and two of those times were with my family, and it was the .44 Bulldog which protected us. When Diamond Dot began fly fishing it was only natural for her to stash the .44 Bulldog in her vest. There was only one problem; she had a propensity for being dunked in every Continued on page 98 38 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • MARCH/APRIL2012

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