Bond Arms Handguns Factory Tour – .410 Pistol Manufacturing

Custom Engraved Bond Arms Handgun .45 ACP

Custom Engraved Bond Arms .45 ACP

Bond Arms Handguns Factory Tour Written By: Major Pandemic – Full original article here.

I am fortunate that my real job takes me all across this great country and I found myself on the far Southwest side of Dallas Fort Worth and close enough that a trip to Granbury Texas was not an epic adventure. The trip to Bond Arms facility was both fun and educational where I met the owner, Gordon Bond, many of his staff, and of course his robots… yes, robots.

The first task is to actually find the Bond Arms facility which is actually a task in itself. Gordon loves his customers but his secure facility is not equipped to handle visitors. In fact, the facility is surrounded by a security fence with electronic gate, and the entry is also secured by a giant thick steel gate with Bond Arms handgun handles.

Bond Arms Raw Barrels

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bond arms handgun interchangeable barrelsOnce pulling open the massive door, Gordon greeted me and pulled me into his office to talk about the background of Bond Arms and describe and walk through the idea of how his handguns are produced. You will notice I keep saying Bond Arms “handguns” and not Bond Arms “derringers”.

Gordon noted that the “derringer” name has been really tainted as a cheap/junk gun which in some cases lack the durability to safely shoot the round they were intended for. Bond Arms handguns are a different class altogether. From my perspective, Gordon is not blowing smoke on that claim, Bond Arms’ handguns are among the finest “derringer style” handguns ever made and some of the most highest craftsmanship handguns of any type.

bond frames readybond 3d gunPart of that quality is due to Gordon’s brother, the original founder, taking a derringer design and then completely redesigning nearly every aspect of the firearm. The Bond frame itself is not a cheap alloy or inexpensive carbon steel, each Bond handgun is made from wax loss stainless casings. This delivers a superior frame to any other double barrel handgun on the market.

bond arms backupThe safety was also redesigned to move from left to right versus the other way around to allow the safety to be kicked off with the right hand thumb. The hammer was widened to ease cocking, and a completely new rebounding hammer design was created to deliver the safest and fastest double barrel handgun on the market. The Bond Arms hammer transfer bar auto-indexes to the next barrel so all you need to do is shoot-cock-shoot versus worrying about kicking a switch over to another barrel.  Additionally, the hammer will not hit either top or bottom firing pin without the trigger being fully depressed. A removable trigger guard was added for those that wanted an extra margin of safety.

bond arms backup barrelsThe extraction system was also redesigned to actually work and the action itself was designed to lock more securely, deliver a more ergonomic opening, and offer barrel interchangeability. One of “the” features of the Bond Arms handguns is that any barrel length and caliber offered by Bond Arms can be swapped out with any Bond Arms frame. Gordon went a step further and created sets of various grips and grip sizes which can also be swapped between the frames. Technically, all the Bond Arms frames are the same, some models feature different finishes or have a removable trigger guard, so if you have a Bond barrel, it will fit on any Bond lower receiver. This firearm’s interchangeability is one reason Bond owners keep coming back for more barrels, more handguns, and more accessories.

 

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Bond’s accessories are impressive as well. I can not think of any other firearms manufacturer who has put so much thought and care into their accessory line. In fact, I doubt any other manufacturer has an accessory line as comprehensive. Bond Arms features a huge array of gun barrel options ranging from .22lr to .410/.45 Colt in many different lengths, grips that range in size shape, material, and color, knives, leather hand crafted CCW purses, very high quality holsters that include CCW, Nylon apparel, the “Bond Girl” accessory line, and display boxes. Bond has everything you need to accessorize, carry, load, and show off your handgun.

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WAIT A MINUTE… A TWO SHOT BOND ARMS HANGUN AS A DEFENSE GUN?

I will get into this on a deep follow up review article, but the answer is the Bond Arms two double barreled handgun is a viable defensive handgun with substantial stopping power in the larger range calibers. One of Bond Arms customers used a .410/.45 Colt chambered version to instantly incapacitate an attacker with one shot. Moments later the attacker died – the .410 Buckshot load has proven to be a devastating man stopper statically beyond that one attack.

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Statistically, 99+% of attacks only involve 1.25 shots from the defender; which indicates that almost no attacker likes to get shot twice. Personally, I would rather have an G20 10mm on my hip with my DPMS GII .308 over my shoulder with hard plate body armor on however, sometimes concealment, rational judgement, or convenience dictates just a Glock 26, a slim Walther PPK, or in this case an extremely concealable double barreled handgun is slipped in a front pocket. I generally prefer to have my Glock 19 on my side, however there are times where that does not work with my wardrobe and I feel perfectly well armed with a Bond Arms handgun. I like them so much I have two handguns with barrels in .45ACP, .410/.45 Colt, and .357 Magnum. Shoot them once and you will be smitten.

BACK TO THE FACTORY TOUR

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After the production overview we headed out to meet his staff, see the production process in action and say hello to his robots.

 

yellow robot 2The raw wax lost casings come in and are precision CNC milled to exacting dimensions, after that they are handed off to the yellow robot twins.  Gordon wanted to employ robotics to deliver about 60% of the frame and barrel’s precision grinding, finishing, polishing. The main drive to robotics for Bond Arms was that it would take nearly a year for a person to reach the level of speed, precision, and accuracy that the robots can achieve on this extremely critical high skill finish step. A major issue Bond Arms was able to overcome with robotics was removing the potential for sickness, personal schedules, vacations, turnover, and personnel issues to impact this critical production step which did previously halted and backed up the entire production process.

Gordon has been working for over four years with a robotics team to create this use of robotics in the firearm industry – to my knowledge it is an industry first. That effort and the production capacity and efficiency has allowed the set of robots to pay for themselves in just over a year. I was certainly fascinated, however the robots deliver entertainment value as well. Gordon’s granddaughter also loves to set and watch “yellow”, as she has named them, for hours according to Gordon.

After that step, the frames are handed over to skilled finishers who perform the final 40% of finishing and polishing before firing control and grips are installed. The barrels follow a similar CNC milling and finishing process, however they begin as billet stainless steel, versus cast wax loss forming. The barrels are CNC machined bored, rifled, chambered, finished via the robots, and then passed to final assembly.

bond arms handguns guns ready to be shippedbond arms shooting rangeThe barrel and receiver meetup and are paired based on customer and dealer orders.  Although Bond Arms has established quality control steps along the production process, they perform one last complete inspection along with functionally test firing each handgun in their in house test range.

Of note, Bond Arms attempts to reuse and recycle almost everything. Packing is reused and even the massive crates from the robotics were recycled to create portions of the shooting range and the range table. They specifically added the indoor test range to cut down on the drive time required to test fire the guns at a local range. Bond Arms is cutting edge from many aspects and even a bit green as well.

FINAL THOUGHTS
It’s a funny thing to be out in Granbury, Texas and meet two robots. In fact what Gorbon Bond is doing is nothing short of amazing as I could find no other reference to automotive robotics being used in the firearms industry. He actually was told by over a half dozen robotics firms that it could not be done, however one company shared his vision and now Bond Arms could be the most technically advanced manufacturing firearms company anywhere because of it.

Bringing a firearm to market is tough, even in the current gun sales bonanza environment, however Bonds Arms has continued to grow since it was founded in 1995. Part of that recipe has been the quality and service they continue to offer at a premium level plus a drive to continue innovation far beyond the norm of even very large firearms industry giants. Really… the titans of the firearms industry should be touring Bond’s facility.  Pick up a Bond Arms handgun and you will immediately be impressed with the quality of the firearm. Bond Arms have delivered thirteen SASS – Single Action Shooting Society world championships, so there must be something to these firearms, beyond just showpieces.

Look for an upcoming review on these great high quality handguns. The factory tour left me impressed to say the least.

SOURCES
Bond Arms – http://bondarms.com

Written By: Major Pandemic – Full original article and many other great reads can be found on MajorPandemic.com.

  • http://yahoo.com John Chrobak

    Wow, I enjoyed the tour. I didn’t know how much time actually it took to build one of these awesome FireArms. Thanks for the tour. I will be looking into one of them in the future.

    John.

    • les schmehl

      I have one and its the best

  • madlander

    All I can say is ,” Ditto” The writer said it all !

  • Willaim Thompson

    I am looking forward to getting my own Bond Gun. I think when I get it I will look to getting an additional barrel. I like the 410/45 and the 38/357 combos. Budget and the wife says I can’t do it until the fall. BUMMER

  • Dana Carrier

    Loved the tour, really want one bad. When budget allows I will purchase one in either .357 or .45.
    Thanks for the insight on how you do it “well”.

  • W S graham

    my son recommended you

  • PEP 35

    I HAVE A DERRINGER ON ORDER 5 MONTHS AGO, VERY ANXIOUS TO RECIEVE. I READ YOUR COMMENTS EVERYDAY. IN CANADA ITS VERY TRICKY ………….
    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
    PEP 35 (SIGNED)

  • Danny Herold Sr

    I Love my Bond Arms Texas Defender. It delivers one helluva of punch. But I seem to be having a slight problem with it now that Arthritus is setting in on my right hand. I find the trigger pull to be very strong and hard to squeeze sometimes. I guess I can take it to a local GunSmith to see if they can lighten the trigger pull unless anyone has any other thoughts.
    I still enjoy and am proud of the reaction I get from when I fire it or some of my friends fire it to ‘test’ it out. They are really surprized and go looking to get one themselves.

    • Joe szabo

      Pull at the bottom of the trigger

  • Adam

    Really enjoyed the artical of more intimate details of what happens inside of a great handgun that I hope to purchase in the near future.

  • eddie622210

    The tour was great, can you have one custom made?

    • admin

      You will have to go through your local dealer to get your Bond Arms Derringer.

  • http://pep35 Martial Pepin

    I finally received my RANGER 11. now I need a 22 mag barrel 4.25. I showed the gun to some of my friends now they all want one!
    Thank you for something very special .

  • David

    How do you shoot 1.25 rounds?

    • Dale

      You can shoot 1.25 rounds statistically just like American families once averaged 2.5 kids. I agree and LOVE my Bond Arms! Nobody’s gonna want stopped by two bangs!

  • Frank Seymour

    I own a BOND ARMS hand gun and I am totally pleased at the way the gun functions! I also have two barrels, the 410/45LC and a .38/.357. Both work the same, GREAT! I would recommend everyone have one of these guns, if not just for the fun of shooting the weapon; but also for self-protection in today’s society.

  • Robert Osmondson

    My son bought a Ranger II and I a Snake Slayer as well as 4 barrels,21/2,3,31/2 and a 41/4. We are well satisfied and highly recommend Bond to everyone.

  • William

    I now own a Ranger II and I must say “WOW”. I think Bond Arms has a great product and I hope they continue to manufacture these Hand Cannons in the same fashion that makes them the best 2 barrel Hand Gun in the world. Keep it going and don’t change a thing.

  • Warren Burns

    I bought a Bond Arms .45/410 barrel for my .38/.357 that I used for SASS Cowboy Action Shooting. I’ve been carrying it when I go out gold prospecting with my metal detector here in Northern NV. So far I’ve shot several rattlesnakes with some .410#9 shot, they were rather large, but they’ll bother no one again!!!

  • Martial Pepin

    In what way can I purchase a 22 magnum for my Ranger II ? In Canada ????????????
    Would this be sent by mail, Purolator, or ……….
    (signed) M. Pepin

  • Gary L. Kronk

    Purchased a Mini.45. I am 70 years old, arthritic and wanted a backup for my Judge. I only use the .410 function for shooting skeet with my revolver, so the Mini was perfect. Two points: 1. Recoil was not as bad as my .41 magnum.
    2. Perhaps we should start shooting skeet with derringers. I’m hoping to by a Defender with a 3″ barrel in .45/.410. By the way, I do use a wrist wrap for full loads (I’m told most gun manufacturers can’t cure arthritis. Pity.)

  • Mark Rajchel

    Nice tour! I was shopping at my local gun shop one day, looking for a Cobra Derringer, and saw the Bond Arms handguns accidentally. Just looking at it made me put down the Cobra and buy the Bond arms. The fit and finish is fantastic. Has a great feel too. You’ll never regret buying one. If you can’t fit it into your budget right now, or the spouse won’t let you get one right now…….buy one any way! It’s worth it.

    I have the Texas Defender with the 45/410 3″ barrel.

    P.S….I recommend anyone living in Massachusetts and California to move to one of the other 48 states, in order to legally own one of these beauties.

  • S.L

    I heard Bond Arms is coming out with a Cali version. Is this true?

    • admin

      Yes! We are in the final stages of approval and will have more information sent out to everyone very soon.

      Be sure to signup for a free brochure so we can alert you when its available.

  • Bernie W.

    My son is a police officer, I think one of your guns will make a great birthday gift.

  • Gerald Jackson

    Do you have a 357 & 44 mag combo ??

    • admin

      We do not have a barrel that will accommodate that combination yet. All of our multi-ammunition barrels have the same bore size.

  • Steven Raines

    I found my Bond Arms the next town over Johnson City, TN it came with the 410/45clr and I love the solid feel and the craftsmanship that went into this fine hand gun

  • HOWARD G. BUTLER

    I have a Texas Defender with three extra barrels. I do not like the direction of the trigger pull. I read that you make a frame with a different direction of pull. What models have it. Thanks. HGB

    • admin

      The frames on all of our models is the same design. However, if you have an older model we can do an action upgrade on it where we will update the trigger and hammer which all of the newest models currently have. For details go over to our FAQ Page here.

  • dominick

    I was thinking about buying one of these. i mentioned it to a guy at work and he just happened to have one. He brought it in the next day and i was amazed at the beauty and quality of the firearm. Now i am just waiting on my Christmas bonus to buy one!!

  • Robert B.

    Enjoyed the tour. Have a Cobra but look forward to a Bond Arms. Checking for near by dealers.

  • http://www.Hippiebob.com Hippie Bob Hunter

    I recently bought a Texas Defender along with a good friend of mine. This amazing gun shoots like a cannon (410 defense rounds) and is accurate. I have a number of hand guns; Ruger, Glock; Colt; and Keltec. Bond Arms is superior to most. Put one in your hand; fire a few rounds and you too will become a happy Bond gun owner. Happy life, knowing you can defend it… Hippie Bob

  • Bruce Liggett

    Love my cowboy defender in 45/410…My everyday carry pistol

  • Michael Kozlik

    I bought a Texas Defender back in the day( late 90’s). Wow! You folks nailed it! I love that weapon. Back then the dealer I got it from was saying this is a ” nice” little peashooter! (.357 mag.) I own 3other hand guns and by far the ” pea shooter” is my best for concealed safety! Will be getting one of those .410 barrels soon. Thank you for making me know I am safe!

  • JEP

    I am retired law enforcement and working security now. Recently I purchased the Texas Defender 357mag/38spl just for my collection, but once I fired it…wow! was I impressed. Yes, it has a punch but not the jump out of your hand type. At 25 feet it is very accurate. I have found that if you adjust your trigger pull to the bottom of the trigger, it is a lot smoother and not near as hard and if you use a two hand grip, and cock your derringer with your left thumb, this allows you to maintain a firm grip for both shots. I have replaced my 40 cal sig sub compact as my conceal carry weapon with my Texas Defender and feel very comfortable with the change.

  • Scar Scott

    I have one, with 4, soon to be 5, sets of barrels.
    Awesome little handcannon!

  • http://www.180movie.com JoeMagic

    You have a California compliant model? EXCELLENT! Looks like your nearest dealer to me is 80+ miles away. How do I get my local gun dealers to offer the California legal Bond guns? I want one…or maybe two!

    • admin

      The best thing to do is go to your local dealer and request the gun, they can either contact us or go to their distributor to start stocking the Bond Arms Firearms.

  • Harold wingard

    Have a bond in 45/410 and 357 love booth of them

  • Hydrotech757

    Wanted one for a couple years. Finally saved enough for a ranger/Driving holster. Found only 1 at the gun show. The cowboy defender in 357/38spl. Bought it and ordered the black ash grips with two tone star and black driving holster. The 410/45 barrel is next. One way or another I’m getting (building) my dream carry gun so I can put away the ruger LCP.

  • richard w baca jr

    hi, i got the 410/45 colt cowboy model. i love it. it is now my favorite conceal carry i got. i was wondering when you are making a .223 barrel? thanks for an awesome gun, rich

  • R S

    My USA Defender just arrived in 45 long colt/410. I own a variety of guns and this particular gun is by far my favorite. Unique design with all the power of much larger framed weapons. In CT. We have to carry concealed and that is hard to do when all I want is to show it off. Great product.

  • David K.

    Not only do these people make and sell quality guns and accessories their customer service is equally good. My Snake Slayer IV is beautiful and I’m pleased to own such a fine American made product.

  • Thomas (Tom) Reed

    I’ve had my Bond fire arm for just over a month now and have fired it several times. I has been the most fun to shoot as a 38 special and I waiting anxiously for the 9mm barrel and holster I have on order. I was surprised the recoil of the 38 special was so manageable. Thanks, Bond Arms, for a great pocket gun and personal defense weapon.

  • Cliff Thew

    I guess “Bond Arms” is an OK name for a company (especially if your name is Bond). But when that company delivers pure quality in their products, customer service, provided information, marketing and design, perhaps “Bond Quality Arms” would be more accurate. Like everyone I have talked with or read, I am totally sold on this product. I am afraid I will be adding barrels to my collection at a regular rate. Great Job Guys!!!

  • Dennis Midgett

    I have a Defender 410/45 & 9MM. When I buy a gun, I first study all aspects. Then I buy the BEST! Most of all quality. I chose Bond Arms.