I haven't looked at Charter Arms much lately, I did own a couple of Bulldogs, a .22 revolver, and a .38 Spl snub nose and can say the quality was all over the place. Charter Arms has gone into bankruptcy a couple of times with the latest having a hiatus of several years before returning and each new owner has had a different idea on gun quality. The one Bulldog and the .38 were of fair quality at the least, the Bulldog was actually pretty good considering price. The other Bulldog and the .22 were real dogs and I could not get rid of them fast enough, in fact I almost couldn't get rid of them period. Timing regularly went out on both of them, the cylinder would not remain lined up with the forcing cone, and the latch mechanism prematurely wore. Granted this was 20 years ago but with the financial problems the company has had I haven't given them much more than a glance since. The quality may be there today but as I can get a comparable price for used S&W guns on several equivalent models I would rather go that route.