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Charter Arms Bulldog

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Charter Arms Bulldog Police Issue - .38 Special (also available in .357 Magnum and .44 Special)
Charter Arms Bulldog - .44 Special
Charter Arms Bulldog Pug Stainless Steel - .44 Special (current manufacture)

The Charter Arms Bulldog was a no frills, inexpensive revolver first sold in 1973. The Bulldog was relatively lightweight and compact, which made it popular as a backup revolver. Police detectives in the 1970s and 80s used it in waist and ankle holsters, and it was designed to fire the more powerful .44 Special and .357 Magnum rounds. The .44 Special Bulldog revolver gained notoriety after it was used by Son of Sam serial killer David Berkowitz in his murder spree.


(1973 - present)

Type: Revolver

Barrel Lengths: 2.2 in (55.9 mm), 2.5 in (63.5 mm), 3 in (76.2 mm), or 4.2 in (106.7 mm)

Caliber: .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .44 Special

Capacity: 5 or 6-round cylinder

Fire Modes: Double-Action/Single-Action

The Charter Arms Bulldog and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Notes Date
Blade Runner Harrison Ford Rick Deckard Used as a part of the LAPD 2019 Blaster 1982
Manhunter William Petersen Will Graham .44 Special 1986
Above the Law Daniel Faraldo Tony Salvano 1988
State of Grace Gary Oldman Jackie 1990
China O'Brien II Frank Magner Frank Atkins Early model 1990
Cynthia Rothrock China O'Brien Early model
Trouble Bound Michael Madsen Harry Talbot Charter Arms Pug 1993
Patricia Arquette Kit Califano Charter Arms Pug
Bad Boys A carjacker 1995
Virtuosity Kelly Lynch Madison Carter 1995
The Frighteners Jeffrey Combs Milton Dammers 1996
Pride and Glory Ramón Rodríguez Angel Tezzo 2008
The Keeper Steven Seagal Roland Sallinger Charter Arms Pug 2009
Burning Bright Briana Evigan Kelly Taylor 2010
Seven Psychopaths Long Nguyen The Vietnamese Priest .44 Special 2012
Killing Them Softly Ben Mendelsohn Russell 2012


Title Actor Character Notes / Episode Date
Hunter - Season 4 Gilbert De la Pena Chico Gomez "Renegade" 1987-1988
Big Sky - Season 1 Ted Levine Horst Kleinsasser "Bitter Roots" (S1E15) 2020-2021
Fear the Walking Dead - Season 6 Chinaza Uche Derek "The Holding" (S6E11) 2021
Alycia Debnam-Carey Alicia Clark
Colby Hollman Wes
Better Call Saul - Season 6 Giancarlo Esposito Gustavo Fring Hammerless; "Hit and Run" (S6E04), "Black and Blue" (S6E05), "Point and Shoot" (S6E08) 2022

See Also

  • Charter Arms - A list of all firearms manufactured by Charter Arms.

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