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recently traded for charter arms bulldog pug 44 spl,am curious as to age and value,thank-you,serial # 76370

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Hi James,
There is no public database to give you any exact dating. Based on that number if its the original Charter Arms company and build between 1967 & 1973. It should be marked Bridgeport Conn. Which in theory it could be. It would have 3 inch plain barrel no ejector shroud, blued steel walnut grips. That would very early Bulldog as they were introduced in 1973.

Now here the problem the Pug name was not introduced until 1986.
It should be 2Żö barrel with ejector shroud and full-length ramp front sight - blue only - with bobbed hammer and neoprene grips or with spur hammer and walnut grips.

The Company (1st Generation) Charter Arms Corp. ended when when company was in bankruptcy 1990.
These are say Bridgeport Ct or Stratford Ct.

It was organized  as as Charter Arms Co, aka Charco. These were marked Ansonia Ct. The serial numbers continued at 1,090,000. This was 1990 to 1999. They went out of business again.

3rd generation CHARTER 2000, CHARTER ARMS/MKS Marketing.  Marked SHELTON CONN. s/n's seem to have started over at 0001.

Your revolver is most likely a 3rd Gen gun. The value of your revolver will vary with condition, which model options it is has.  Blue or stainless, grip type or some double action only etc. There quality issues with these early on. They changed sub-contractors and they improved.
New they have list prices that run from $409 to limited editions $1595. There are fairly popular new one are often out of stock.  Street prices start about $380.
Used 3rd Gen $275 to $325 average assuming in good to very good condition. People try to ask $379 for used ones but they do not get it. These popular carry guns. The amount of them they don't turn up that often used. The US Air used these with Glazer Safty slugs, The serial killer Son of Sam used one these.  

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