by Jeff Quinn – Gunblast.com
photography by Jeff Quinn & Boge Quinn
April 20th, 2009
If you have never handled a Bond, forget everything that you know about derringers. For over 150 years, the term “derringer” has been used to describe what most think of as a cheap, light, short, two-barreled last ditch backup gun. Manufacturers in the late nineteenth century jumped on the popularity of Henry Deringer’s small pocket guns, and started cranking out pistols of varying quality to satisfy the market. Ever since, derringers have been available that chambered small caliber cartridges into pistols that were cheap to build and sell. For what they are, these derringers serve their purpose, and certainly can put two reasonably quick shots into an opponent at close range, but are sometimes lacking in quality of materials, manufacture, safety, and power. Some of these pistols will slam-fire, and can also fire if dropped on their hammer. Most on the market today are made from zinc alloys, and work pretty well, but lack the quality and size to chamber powerful big bore cartridges. read more →
Over the past 12 years Bond Arms has redefined what what a derringer is and perfected the art of pocket pistol design, but do you know the history of this legendary gun?
What is a Derringer?
The term derringer is a generalized misspelling of the last name of Henry Derringer, a famous 19th-century maker of small pocket pistols. Many copies of the original Philadelphia Derringer pistol were made by other gun makers worldwide, and the name was often misspelled; this misspelling soon became an alternate generic term for any pocket pistol, along with the generic phrase palm pistol Derringer’s competitors invented and used in their advertising. The original Derringer pistol was a single-shot muzzle loading pistol; with the advent of cartridge firearms, pistols began to be produced in the modern form still known as a derringer. (source: wikipedia.org/derringers) read more →
by B. Gil Horman
Handguns chambered to fire .410 shotshells present a unique set of advantages and challenges for shooters. The ability to fire a mix of bullets, slugs, buckshot, birdshot, and specialty .410 loads makes these pistols exceptionally flexible in their applications. However, shot pellet size, barrel length, and barrel rifling all work to influence how shot travels and patterns.
The purpose of this study is to provide a sample of controlled test results to give shooters a better sense of how .410 shotshells may perform when fired from a handgun. read more →
Shotshell-loaded pistols are the bee’s knees in poisonous-snake country.
The unseasonably warm South Texas weather slowed deer hunting to a crawl. With only 15 minutes of daylight and a 30-minute walk back to the truck, I left my blind a little early. I was sweating, and little gnats swarmed around my face. I brushed them away in aggravation as I walked along a well worn cow path that cut through the prickly pear cactus and mesquite brush. I had walked in on that same trail and other than a few cottontails bouncing in and out of the brush, I hadn’t seen living thing.
As I swatted the gnats from my eyes, I slipped in full stride, losing my balance and nearly falling headlong onto the ground. Somehow I managed to find my balance and righted myself. I looked down at my boots, expecting that I’d stepped in a fresh cow pie and slipped. To my surprise, there was no cow manure on my boot soles. What the heck had I slipped on, anyway? I looked behind me and saw the source of my slip — a huge diamondback rattlesnake coiled up no more than 15 inches from my legs, preparing to strike! He’d never rattled. read more →
We recently got to spend some time shooting the bond arms guns out at the Mike Dillard Ranch. We were able to discus the different ammo types, there’s nothing quite like a 410 pistol. We also have Mike Fire off a few 45lr pistol rounds.
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Cowboy Chronicle Magazine
~Colonel Ashland Guthrie, SASS #60066
The genre of so-called snake charmer guns has been around a long time. From what I have studied of American Old West history, the old cowboys and ranch hands really had no special firearm on their carry to dispatch snakes. They often just opted for the Colt or Schofield, or maybe a Winchester lever gun, or a Greener smooth bore to squelch the tail shake of a nasty rattler along the cattle trail or around the corral.
The New Derringer
Small double stack barreled “belly” guns were most often encountered in the gambling houses or paddle wheel river boats held next to a spare ace by sporting men. Such guns were likely used in self-offense when a card hand went bad or another cheat was discovered dealing from the bottom of the deck. They were probably not regularly seen around the stockyards or ranches as a normal tool of the working man. read more →
America’s 1st Freedom – Bond Arms Review
~ Laurie Lee Dovey
The Backwoodsman Magazine – Bond Arms Review
In the mid-1800′s, Remington developed a double-barrel, pocket pistol, designed to fire a .41 cal. rimfire round. Mostly used for self-defense, in close quarters, like across the card table from a low down card-cheating snake. Carried in vest pockets on riverboats, hip pockets of miners in the Alaska gold rush, and ladies muffs in the Victorian Era, the Derringer was chosen as daily partner with a one-two punch.
The Remington design of two stacked barrels, pivoted to swing open for reloading, has existed in many forms over the years, but has never gone out of production. Today, there are several companies producing versions in various modern calibers, but top of the line, is Bond Arms of Texas. read more →
~ By Tim Stetzer
uns and knives pretty much go hand in hand. If you find a guy who hunts, shoots, o uses a gun on the job, there’s a good bet that he’s got a blade on him as well. Guns and knives are the two tools that helped found this country and helped open up a lot of undiscovered territory around the world. They still make a good match in the modern world and the firearms companies know that. It’s not uncommon for firearms manufacturers to offer a knife or line of knives with their logos on them.
Usually, these knives aren’t made by the gun manufacturer themselves; they’re contracted out to folks who make knives for a living. One of the latest such collaborations is from Bond Arms. If you aren’t familiar with them yet, Bond Arms is a Texas-based company that makes a series of ultra sturdy over-and-under derringers in calibers from .22 Long Rifle to .45 Colt and .410 shotgun rounds. They’re very popular in the Cowboy Action Shooting circle, and for folks who want a compact sidearm for personal defense around town or on the trail. read more →
The Bond Ranger in .45 Colt/.410 GA. Can Do An Admirable Job of Providing Home Defense.
~ By D.K. Pridgen
or the last decade Bond Arms has made a plethora of calibers and six different models of derringers, including their most recent offering, the Ranger. While previous Bond Derringers had 3 or 3.5 inch barrels, the Ranger has stretched to accommodate 4.25-inch barrels with the longer tube improving shotshell patterns and helping tame recoil (certainly not inconsiderable with modern .45 Colt loads and .410 buckshot).
Derringers, in the running for the original pocket pistols, have been around since the 1860′s when they had only a single barrel. When Bond Arms decided to could improve upon the century-and-a-half old derringer design they chose a number of areas to focus upon. For material of construction they chose a stainless steel capable of handling standard and+P loads of the calibers their derringers would use, and gave it an attractive satin finish on the gun’s exterior. Parts are precision machined and just a few minutes of handling shows they fit very well as a result. This machining also allows for easy user barrel swapping. (Perhaps I should point out while the Ranger arrives with the longer barrel, it accepts any of the other interchangeable barrels Bond offers – 14 total, in 12 different calibers.) In the safety area, Bond also designed a cross-bolt thumb safety, rebounding hammer, and spring-loaded firing pin into the system. read more →