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This is a discussion on Bond Arms within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Was just wondering if anyone here uses any of the Bond Arms guns for carry. Mine is a Bond arms Snake Slayer IV with the ...

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    Was just wondering if anyone here uses any of the Bond Arms guns for carry. Mine is a Bond arms Snake Slayer IV with the 45/410 barrel. Keep it loaded with 000 buck. Also have a .22 LR barrel for fun shooting. I also built a pepper popper/pigeon flipper to shoot with the 410 barrel using bird shot. A lot of fun.
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    Had one but sold it. Was too big and bulky for a two shot carry piece. It was a finely crafted gun though.

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    OP - Welcome to the forum!

    I think most will echo the sentiment above - the Bond derringers tend to be large and heavy for what they are. IMHO, there are many better choices for self defense available.

    You might also wish to look into the ballistics of 000 buck when fired out of such a short barrel. I'm thinking the penetration is probably not going to meet the FBI minimum of at least 12 inches. The .45 is probably a better option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10thmtn View Post
    OP - Welcome to the forum!

    I think most will echo the sentiment above - the Bond derringers tend to be large and heavy for what they are. IMHO, there are many better choices for self defense available.

    You might also wish to look into the ballistics of 000 buck when fired out of such a short barrel. I'm thinking the penetration is probably not going to meet the FBI minimum of at least 12 inches. The .45 is probably a better option.
    Have a look: I use Federal Premium 2 1/2" 000 buck
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    Interesting. Looks like the average was a bit over 10 inches, with some pellets penetrating more and others less.

    Not bad, but like I said, for the size and weight, there are many other better options. FBI minimums are 12 inches, with 15 desired.

    Cool guns, and I like the idea of interchangeable barrels. Just not what I would recommend, even as a backup weapon.
    The more good folks carry guns, the fewer shots the crazies can get off.
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    You're probably right. Probably not the best choice. Pros are 8 to 10 hits with 2 shots using 000 buck. High quality craftsmanship. Beautiful gun. Totally reliable. Extremely safe. Multable caliber barrels available, and also many frip and holster options. Even if you miss, if you smack em up side the head with it they are goin down.

    Cons, heavy for size. Somewhat expensive. Only two shots.

    I like it though. My favorite of all my guns. A lot of fun to shoot.

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    I just picked up a Bond Arms Texas Defender. It came with 40S&W/40S&W barrel. I have picked up a .45 Colt/410 barrel. I have done some target shooting with it. It is big and bulky. It is solid steel and well built. For me it serves a niche. As an aside, it is fun to shoot.


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    I want one of them, mostly as a fun gun, but I'm sure it would fill a decent BUG role if absolutely necessary.
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    My EDC is a Bond Snake Slayer with the .410/.45 3 1/2" barrel loaded with Winchester 000. It's what I'm comfortable with. I looked at options and the pros and cons of various types and calibers of hand guns. It boiled down to: at my level of training, with knowledge of how my body reacts under stress, with or without my glasses, and left or right-handed, I'm confident that the derringer is the best choice for me. I also have the 9mm barrel for it that I use for training and practicing the manual of arms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USA2RKBA View Post
    My EDC is a Bond Snake Slayer with the .410/.45 3 1/2" barrel loaded with Winchester 000. It's what I'm comfortable with. I looked at options and the pros and cons of various types and calibers of hand guns. It boiled down to: at my level of training, with knowledge of how my body reacts under stress, with or without my glasses, and left or right-handed, I'm confident that the derringer is the best choice for me. I also have the 9mm barrel for it that I use for training and practicing the manual of arms.
    Yep, couldn't agree more. I have mine loaded with 000 buck as well. One hit from a 2 1/2" 000 buck load will put 4 projectiles on target, each slightly larger than a 357 Magnum slug. If that don't stop a threat, nothing will.
    I have the 22 LR barrel for fun shooting. Plan on getting a 9mm barrel as well.

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