Charter Arms Mag Pug .41 Magnum, a handful.

There are guns that can do a little bit of everything and there are guns that are very purpose built.  I believe the new Charter Arms Mag Pug in .41 Magnum is a purpose built revolver.

Initial Thoughts 

The five shot cylinder held up well over 150 rounds with no problems with no lock up or end shake developing.


Fixed sights with the front sight serrated to keep light reflection to a minimum.

Somewhat over-molded rubber stocks are well textured with finger grooves. These helped some with the recoil.

The trigger pull was not bad at all, breaking under four pounds in single action and about 12 1/2 pounds in double action.

Range Time 

3 rounds fired off hand at 30 feet.


We managed to get 150 rounds down range with the Mag Pug between myself and several of my friends. I want to mention the recoil on this little revolver is stout but with correct technique and range time, it can be managed. This handgun would serve the hiker, hunter or camper well where space and weight are limited. As for home defense or concealed carry, it would suffice but not ideal being a bit too much for such a task. As with any firearm, you would need to spend the time at the range getting acquainted with it becoming proficient enough to run the gun with confidence, and with a revolver with such recoil, you will need to put the time in.  If you are looking for a small and lightweight magnum revolver the new Mag Pug is worth looking at.


Weight: 23 ounces
Finish: Stainless
Frame: Stainless steel
Grip: Full
Barrel length: 2.5″
Capacity: 5-shot
Caliber: .41 Mag
Hammer: Standard
MSRP: $423


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3 Responses to Charter Arms Mag Pug .41 Magnum, a handful.

  1. John Dalusio October 9, 2018 at 6:36 pm #

    Ooo-rah, Marine. The Charter Arms .41 Mag Pug most definitely qualifies as a hand cannon. I have three other .41 mag revolvers (S&W Models 58 and 657, and a Ruger Redhawk), and all weigh much, much more than this 23 ounce Charter Arms entry. The size and light weight make the little Charter relatively easy to carry, but it has brutal recoil. The .41 mag is virtually as powerful as its slightly bigger brother, the .44 magnum, and hits with just as much authority. I actually carry the Charter Arms .45 Colt Bulldog (another relatively new Charter Arms entry). The .45 Colt kicks less than the .41 Mag, and with Buffalo Bore Heavy .45 Colt (225 grain lead hollow point with a 1,050 feet per second muzzle velocity), it will serve well as an anti-personnel round. But the .41 Magnum Mag Pug is a lot of power for the money in a light package. There is commercial .41 Special ammo available, but at $35 for 50 rounds, it is expensive, and does not yet come in a hollow point version.

  2. Michael J. Wynn October 31, 2018 at 9:51 pm #

    Forget the commercial .41 special ammo-its a hybrid. I own one of these Charter Arms guns and the Winchester 175 gr Silvertip is awesome to shoot in this gun as is the HSM 41 mag cowboy load. Give them both a try as they both are fun to shoot in this revolver. They also make it a viable self defense gun.

  3. William November 30, 2018 at 4:33 am #

    I’m ordering one of these to include in my back woods bush flying survival/floatation vests. Although I’ve used other firearms for airplane/survival guns – this is a good option for use in dangerous game country. Small and lightweight – but with a big bite. It should fit the bill, and with proper hard cast lead projectiles – serve well against critters with teeth and claws

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