Bond versus American Arms Derringers

Bond versus American Arms Derringers

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    Bond versus American Arms Derringers

    I am thinking of picking up one of these. This is not my first 410 derringer, but did not research enough last time - so want to make sure I am getting the best (for me) this time..

    I would love info from shooters of these on their differences, and how smoothly they work. Loading, safty, etc... It will be a bug and occasional primary carry.
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    I can link to the other current Bond thread, but did not want to hijack it. Likewise I have read a few old thread discussing derringers (on this and several other sites), but have not seen a formal discussion between the merits of the two favorites.

    I could not blindly operate the safety or barrel selector regularly on my "other" brand derringer - hence the search for something better.
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    Oh and a specific question to any Century 2000 users, is the finger guard removable?
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    Someone bought a Bond just very recently and posted about it - no link to hand tho.

    I have shot with a Bond, and for what it is - seemed pretty OK, if a bit snappy (predictably!).

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    I have a Bond derringer. It's the top-of-the line as far as derringers go. It's built like a tank and weighs as much. I only carry it when the 'ol S&W 638 won't work.

    I love mine. If you must have a derringer, it's the one to get.

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    Will add this question, and preferences between 2.5 and 3" chambering?

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    Well, the 2.5" is more concealable, but you gain some velocity with the 3" (I hear) and I assume shotshells will be more usable if you plan to use it as a snake gun. Shotshells are practically useless out of mine--I couldn't put any pellets on paper at 5 yards out of mine. If you are going to go with a long barrel here, you might as well carry a snubbie if you are carrying it for a backup.

    Oh-BTW-I think the trigger guards are removable on all of them. Mine is, and I have the "Texas Defender."

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    3" 000 buck shot has 5 shot, 2.5" has 3 - .5" for 40% more shot sounds good, but not sure about any other "costs".

    Would probably rarely shoot shot shells out of it, although I might carry a few around when at the ranch. Often a stick is a good choice for snakes - not as loud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eprn View Post
    I have a Bond derringer. It's the top-of-the line as far as derringers go.
    I agree, my only complaint is the trigger pull is super heavy on the Bond I shot.

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    Hey,

    I was the guy who just bought the Bond arms derringer, here is the thread:

    http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...ad.php?t=30376

    To be fair I have only shot the Bond Arms model and simply handled the American Derringer gun. And that was all it took for me. The Bond is HEAVY and after shooting 75 2-1/2" shells the day I bought it I would NOT want anything lighter. The bond just felt higher quality. It has a lifetime warranty. I even had a few questions about the design and I called the company had a human answer the phone on the first ring and he answered all of my questions and talked my ear off a little. (This is refreshing after my Taurus debacle)

    I asked the gent who I talked to about wearing the gun out shooting it too much especially with a magnum caliber barrel. He sorta chuckled and told me I was welcome to try, and if I did he would fix or replace it. I suspect he laughed cause I would need an orthopedic surgeon first!!!

    I like this little ******* so much that I think I am going to buy a Century 2000 or a Snake Slayer and carry both, one primary and one BUG (I know many would question my decision but I am getting real good whit this gun and I like the idea of 5 pellets of 000 buckshot in each barrel).

    Anyway, if you are on the fence do yourself the favor and grab one if you have the $$$ to spend, I doubt you will be disappointed and even if you don't carry it it is a hoot at the range.

    I was also surprised at the accuracy of the buckshot. At 15 feet I could hit a "chest sized" target every time and the spread of the 3 000 buck pellets was about 3-4" from center of aim...I would NOT want to me in the receiving end. And with #6 shot it is a WICKED snake gun.

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    Great review. Since you are planning on using it as a cw, I assume it has no real quirks when it comes to draw and fire (evolving the safety, cocking, or trigger). I will most likely try to call a friendly ffl sometimes next week.

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    I find that the safety is easy to slip off either before or after cocking (your choice) and that the hammer is easily cocked with a rotating motion, tipping the barrel from about 30 degrees up to parallel with the ground.

    It WILL take practice, but I have always thought that single actions were pretty fast to bring into action.

    People complain about the trigger...the trick is to roll the pad of your booger hook DOWN and the effort you need to spend is greatly reduced.

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