FIVE CHOICE LOADS FOR THE PITBULL 9MM
Revolvers chambered for rimless semi-auto cartridges can be finicky when it comes to the finding the right load, and so it seems with Charter Arms’ Pitbull in 9mm. But I found five decent choices that all deliver the goods in terms of consistency and the kind of accuracy one should expect from a snubnose revolver with fixed sights. 01 Black Hills 124-grain JHP: This load proved to be the most accurate out of my test gun, delivering some tight groups, including a 0.75-inch three-shot cluster at 12 yards off a sandbag rest. The load clocks at an average of 1,228 feet per second over a chronograph set 20 inches ahead of the muzzle. 02 Sig Sauer 115-grain JHP V-Crown Elite Performance: I got a 2-inch group out of this one at 12 yards with an impressive average muzzle velocity of 1,221 fps. While plinking at some chunks of broken clay targets, this round broke them some more. 03 Armscor 124-grain FMJ: At an average of 1,095 fps, I got a group spread of 3 inches with the best three of five coming in at an inch. For those who like an FMJ in 9mm, this might be a good choice. 04 Sig Sauer 115-grain FMJ: This Elite Performance round may be intended more for range use, but at an average muzzle velocity of 1,196 fps out of the Pitbull’s 2.2-inch barrel it’s an attention-getter. My best three-shot cluster came in at just under 2 inches. 05 Browning 147-grain X-Point BPX: Streaking out of a snubnose revolver at 1,022 fps, this one got my attention, not so much for accuracy but for robust ballistics. Off a sandbag, they grouped OK at about 2.5 inches, but in a gunfight, who’s going to stop and break out a ruler?