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Posted: 3/9/2013 12:54:03 PM EDT
I'm pondering buying one and I like how chunky they are. Opinions please. Seems to be mostly a novelty gun though. And pricey. But I still want one.
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 9:50:37 PM EDT
They are just a novelty range toy. I own a cobra 38 spec. Trigger pull is about 12lbs
Link Posted: 3/9/2013 11:21:41 PM EDT

Bond Arms makes a nicer one, in my opinion.
Link Posted: 3/10/2013 6:15:22 AM EDT
If you’re buying it just for a novelty: go for it.

If you’re buying it for a CCW: there are plenty of better opinions out there.

Just my $0.02
Link Posted: 3/10/2013 7:55:18 AM EDT
They are a bit pricey. I am told they run around $750.00+.

I just picked up a NIB Bond Arms Snake Slayer for $420.00. I would not use it for a primary CCW sidearm. It is the same size as my Kahr PM9, which is more suited for CCW. I plan to use it mainly for cowboy action shooting, but I could see me throwing it in saddle bags of my ATV loaded with .410 shot shells for snakes.....

Link Posted: 3/10/2013 8:21:12 AM EDT
Definitely not for CCW. I'll check out Bond Arms too. "Big Jake" can be blamed for my attraction to it.
Link Posted: 3/10/2013 1:26:48 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/10/2013 1:31:15 PM EDT by myco4you]
I got an American .38 and the machining was so rough on one of the chambers,the fired brass was a bitch to remove.

The company told me "too bad" when I asked for warranty repair.


I asked to speak to the owner,and was told "She is too busy to hear about your gun"
Link Posted: 3/10/2013 2:13:49 PM EDT
Did some research. Gonna go with a Bond when I do buy. I found this interesting link also:
Lawsuit
Link Posted: 3/10/2013 4:58:19 PM EDT
I bought one in .45ACP quite a few years ago on a whim. VERY nice gun, but so impractical that, by the time I got home, I was wondering why I had bought it. HEAVY trigger, HEAVY recoil, SAO, only two shots, shitty sights, inaccurate past 7 or 8 feet and keyholed once you got past 10-12 feet. Actually, it's not really that much smaller than, say, an LCP or a J Frame. With mine with the wood stocks, it really wasn't much thinner than a J Frame cylinder, either. I ended up trading it for something else, I can't even remember what right now. Interesting novelty, but not very practical at all.

Bub75
Link Posted: 3/12/2013 12:24:11 PM EDT
American quoted me a price of $710.00 for the Mdl. 1! That is way too high. About $250 less for Bond Arms. No brainer.
Link Posted: 3/12/2013 2:43:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Sheepdog44:
American quoted me a price of $710.00 for the Mdl. 1! That is way too high. About $250 less for Bond Arms. No brainer.


I have seen some Bond derringers go for as little as $350.00 on GunBroker.......They didn't last long!

Link Posted: 3/13/2013 3:07:00 PM EDT


Had so much fun reading the lawsuit in the link had to post my American Derringer in 45 Colt/.410.

It's a belly gun and if you play poker only with friends should never need. I used for occasional Cowboy Action side matches.. and style points only.

Many, many years again believe I heard that the son of the female owner of the company at the time was killed in their plant while gunsmithing a "problem"
gun.

While I have not shot mine a lot, have no issues. Never cared for the trigger guard on the Bond as not period correct.

Best.
Link Posted: 3/14/2013 5:20:17 AM EDT
Sweet pic! Not all the Bond guns have that trigger guard, and I understand its removable. That's the one I'm eyeing...45 LC/.410
Link Posted: 3/14/2013 5:45:01 AM EDT
I have 3. Two in 22 cal. and the other 45/410. They are in my safe somewhere. I always have the "you'll shoot your eye out" when I handle them. I bought them 20 years ago and thought they were cool. Now - they are still cool, but not thought of or taken out and shot.
Link Posted: 3/14/2013 6:51:55 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Sheepdog44:
Sweet pic! Not all the Bond guns have that trigger guard, and I understand its removable. That's the one I'm eyeing...45 LC/.410


The trigger guard on my Snake Slayer is removable.....

Link Posted: 3/16/2013 8:45:35 PM EDT
Back in the mid 90s under Clinton I bought a ADC M7 lightweight derringer in .380 ACP. Now there are a bit smaller guns but this thing is featherlight at 7.5ozs! Recoil is stout even for such a small cartridge/lightweight. I haven't shot mine in over a decade as I gave it on to my sister for a very long term loan. Never had any mechincal issues with it. Best accuracy is at contact distance ie less then 15'.




CD
Link Posted: 3/17/2013 9:21:07 AM EDT
Originally Posted By mic214:
They are a bit pricey. I am told they run around $750.00+.

I just picked up a NIB Bond Arms Snake Slayer for $420.00. I would not use it for a primary CCW sidearm. It is the same size as my Kahr PM9, which is more suited for CCW. I plan to use it mainly for cowboy action shooting, but I could see me throwing it in saddle bags of my ATV loaded with .410 shot shells for snakes.....

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y71/mic214/Firearms/Bond1-1.jpg


A buddy of mine has has one of those in 45/410, I could not hit a barn, standing inside of it, with a traditional grip. If you look at it, your middle finger is at the same level as the trigger, so if you use your trigger finger to pull the trigger, it is very uncomfortable. I tried using my middle finger to pull the trigger, leaving my index finger along the barrel, no go for me.

I started pulling the trigger with my support hand trigger finger, and that is the ticket, I could hit 8" steel plate at 7yards pretty consistently, with a standard grip, I could not hit it at all.
Link Posted: 3/17/2013 10:02:04 AM EDT
For a range toy, buy a Cobra/ Davis. I've got 2 davis's.
Link Posted: 3/18/2013 9:09:59 AM EDT
Used to carrry an American Derringer... its's a well made gun, but it carries like a steel brick in you pocket. Eventually I switced to a pocket .32 auto because it was much lighter and I had many more chances for a hit.
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