Derringers and North American Arms for concealment: What’s your thoughts?

Derringers and North American Arms for concealment: What’s your thoughts?

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    Derringers and North American Arms for concealment: What’s your thoughts?



    In certain situations I can see how these would come into play. The Bond Arms 357 Magnum 2 Round Derringer is such a fun fun to shoot. Recoil is nothing as I have tried it with 38 Special, 38 +P and 357 Magnum with 125gr and 158gr bullets, respectively.

    I carry my North American Arms a lot, as a backup gun or for discrete carry alongside a Sig Sauer P365.

    What are your thoughts or approach to these novelties?


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    Fairly certain with the NAA is better for you to carry some round noses in it instead of hollow points, because a .22 out of a pistol wont get any expansion at all. Nice guns however, I heard of someone using a NAA as a "swimsuit gun" because it was stainless steel and they didn't worry about it getting wet, but that seems a little too far fetched for me.
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    I have always wanted a derringer, but have never justified one for carry. My pocket-carry is a Sig P938 9mm with a spare magazine which is about the same size and weight as a derringer. I own an NAA-22M which I carry in my sweat pants in the winter or my swim trunks/shorts in the summer until I shower and get dressed. It doesn't pull my pants down and there are other guns available around the house. I occasionally carry the NAA-22M for deep cover when the Sig P938 is too large.

    I am comfortable when I am carrying a 1911 in either .45 ACP or 10mm. I am uncomfortable carrying just the Sig P938 9mm and even more so carrying just the NAA-22M outside the house. I am a go big or stay home guy.
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    It’s always good to have options.
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    The only time I ever even considered spending any money on a derringer was when I did Cowboy Action Shooting matches. They had an event for "vest pocket guns" and it was understood that meant a derringer. I have never considered one for carry - even as a third string backup to the backup.
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    I think they're outdated novelty guns in a world of reliable micro guns that fit in a pocket.

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    My guns go from big to little. Alexander Arms AR-15 in .50 Beowulf and NAA-22M.


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    Quote Originally Posted by entertainment72 View Post
    I think they're outdated novelty guns in a world of reliable micro guns that fit in a pocket.
    ^^^This. Carry what you'd like, but there are lighter options with more shots available.
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    The only derringer I would carry or hold out like that would be a Hi stander derringer way lighter and slimer and DAO no need to cock

    I really really dont like the Bond arms guns had owned a lot of them and sold them pretty quick ..Heavy bulky nasty recoil just not fun .


    The NAA stuff is ok but you are only getting a few shoots and a pain to reload unless you get on the pricy break top models ..I rather have a semi auto like a 1908 or baby browing

    Edit to add if the bond arms were made DAO no safty just a heavy trigger I would love them ..The idea of a last ditch gun that require you to cock the hammer and push a safty bar is silly imop ..Why I like the hi stander guns slim sleek no safty no mess just pull and fire

    Why a lot of leos back in the 70-80 carried them as back up could have them in a jacket pocket or what have you and be talking to somone it goes wrong they can just pull the trigger bang bang there you go
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    They are obsolete guns that are novelties.

    Nothing against them, but I would not rely on them for a self defense weapon. Unless they were my only choice. Which they aren't.
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    An NAA Mini has been my most frequently carried weapon over the past 20 years.
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    Whether or not some people dislike them, they have a place for others.
    I do like the NAA minis and have carried them in the past.
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    I prefer my LCP. It is very light, compact, and easy to conceal with better firepower for it's size. I find the mini-revolvers & derringers awkward to operate under stress. Just my .02 worth!
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    Better options that weigh less, have more rounds, and are easier to CC.
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    My NAA Mini is my pajamas/swimsuit gun. The folding grip makes it MUCH easier to shoot.
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