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.

 

bond arms barrels polished

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.

bond arms accessories

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.

bond arms ranger II

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.

Comments

  1. says

    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.

  2. Willaim Thompson says

    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

  3. Dana Carrier says

    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”.

  4. PEP 35 says

    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)

  5. Danny Herold Sr says

    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.

  6. Adam says

    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.

  7. says

    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 .

  8. Frank Seymour says

    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.

  9. Robert Osmondson says

    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.

  10. William says

    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.

  11. Warren Burns says

    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!!!

  12. Martial Pepin says

    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

  13. Gary L. Kronk says

    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.)

  14. Mark Rajchel says

    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.

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