Bond Arms Ranger II Review – American Rifleman

The Ranger II and Holster

Derringers have filled the small handgun role for many years, and Bond Arms Ranger II is a modern version of this iconic firearm.

By NRA Staff

There is no arguing that, when it comes to handguns, small is in. And there is no handgun that has been filling that role longer than the Derringer. First popularized by Henry Deringer in the early 19th century, and much copied since, in modern times the form is perhaps best represented by Bond Arms out of Granbury, Texas. The Bond Arms Ranger II exemplifies the later two-barrel style, and this single-action, break-open pistol is chambered to fire 2 1/2- or 3-inch .410-bore shotshells, as well as .45 Colt and .45 Schofield.

The gun features stainless steel construction with a brushed finish, is CNC-machined and is built entirely in the United States. Weighing more than 23 ounces, this handgun feels solid enough to handle a variety of loads, and thanks to the patented interchangeable barrel system, it can. All Bond Arms derringers will accept any one of the company’s 16 different barrels, available in 22 cartridge options, and new barrels can be shipped directly to the consumer.

Changing barrels requires only the action to be opened and the removal of the single hinge screw with a 1/8-inch Allen wrench. Replacement barrels come with sights and a spring-loaded extractor pre-installed. The extractor can also be manually pushed using a thumb extension to help remove rounds that may become stuck; however, the chambers are well-honed to aid smooth extraction. The blade front sight and notched rear sight are integral with the barrel, which starts as a solid piece of steel before the two barrel openings are bored out and rifled. Featuring 3-inch chambers, the Ranger II has rifling in only the last 1½ inches of its total length.

Bond Arms Derringers have several mechanical safeties to ensure their proper use and to protect against an unintentional discharge. The first is the rebounding hammer that acts as a half-cock position and prevents forward movement of the hammer. This also acts as a hammer drop safety so it will not fire if dropped on the hammer on top of a chambered round. The hammer will engage the firing pins only if the trigger is completely depressed.

The twin firing pins are also auto-retracting to help prevent accidental discharges when loading. A cross-bolt safety is also included above the grip. It completely prevents any hammer contact with the firing pins when activated. The cross-bolt safety can also be locked in the “on” position with an Allen wrench on a screw on the breech face. An internal locking device, located next to the trigger, locks the action and helps prevent unauthorized use. Many may also appreciate the inclusion of a trigger guard that is removable for those preferring a more traditional outline.

The grip design for the Ranger II adds a finger extension that provides a more positive grip, and the grip swell fills the palm comfortably. Also unique to the Ranger II is the smooth, black-wood-laminated construction with matching brushed, stainless steel Texas or Lawman star inlays gracing each side of the grip. The star matches one found on the attractive driving holster, a sturdy, black-molded leather cross-draw affair with distinct white stitching, a quick-release thumb break and a clever hook-and-loop attachment system that fits up to 1¾-inch belts.

Operation is straightforward and easily mastered. Simply rotate the frame-mounted, spring-loaded rapid reload lever downward to release the hinged barrel assembly, then rotate the barrel assembly upward, allowing the spring-loaded extractor to push the cartridges out far enough to grip and remove them, or load new ones. To fire, firmly close the barrel assembly, cock the hammer and squeeze the trigger.

The hammer face features a self-adjusting, spring-loaded block that alternates the firing sequence between the top and bottom barrels each time it is cocked. With a bit of practice and observation the shooter can determine which barrel to fire in which order—something that can be helpful if using different loads in each barrel.

The Ranger II was shot with both 000 Buckshot for patterning and .45 Colt for chronographing and accuracy testing at 7 yards. The trigger, at 7 pounds, 8 ounces, was comfortable to use, and recoil was manageable thanks in large part to the pistols weight and full-size grip. Cases also proved easy to extract.

Recoil with the .410 buckshot loads was stout, yet manageable, and it was significantly less with .45 Colt ammunition. The four-pellet buckshot pattern was also tight at 7 yards, with one group less than 5 inches and most averaging 2 to 4 inches. The upper barrel had a tendency to fire 5 inches above point of aim, and the lower barrel the same amount below point of aim at 7 yards with .410 ammunition.

The Bond Arms Ranger II provides .410-bore firepower in a small package and can be effectively used in a variety of close-range, personal-protection situations. Combined with various loads ranging from birdshot to custom defense loads to standard handgun cartridges, and the capability for quick barrel changes, it offers great versatility.

Manufacturer: Bond Arms, Inc; (817) 573-4445; www.bondarms.com
Caliber: .45 Colt/.410 with 3″ chambers
Action Type: single action, hinged, over/under
Frame: stainless steel
Barrel: 4¼”
Rifling: six grooves, RH twist, 1:12″
Capacity: two
Sights: fixed blade front, notch rear
Trigger Pull: 7 lbs., 8 ozs.
Overall Length: 61⁄4″
Width: 11⁄4″
Height: 41⁄2″
Weight: 23.5 ozs.
Stocks: black ash star
Accessories: plastic case, cross-draw holster
Suggested Retail Price: $649

 

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  • http://Google Bill

    When will the Ranger II be available for sale? Is it a direct sale or retailer sale? If retail, who in the Houston area might have.

    • admin

      Bill,

      The Ranger II is available. We recommend contacting Carter Country in the Houston area.

      • admin

        Bill,

        This model Ranger II is still fairly new and
        you may need to get one of your local dealers to order one for you.
        Carter Country has the regular Ranger that doesn’t have the trigger guard
        and the Ranger II has the trigger guard.

  • Marshall Border

    This ranger 2 is the cats meow in my book , for personal carry . I already have the rugar LCP and am lookinf forward to owning the Ranger 2 with the 410 & 45 barrel for personal carry …………..

  • d troutman

    have bond defender…would like to get the black handlles with the star….also the black holster with the star to match,white stiches….what will it take???? ddt

    • admin

      Mr. Troutman,

      Those items are available for purchase. To see/purchase visit our online store at http://www.bondarms.com, or call us at 817-573-4445.

      Thanks
      Bond Arms

  • Shawn

    I would buy one if I could find one!

    • admin

      Shawn,

      If you go here: http://bondarms.com/find-a-dealer you can locate a dealer near you.

      • Shawn

        Still trying to find one . . . Dealer ordered it months ago . . .

  • Larry Martinez

    Tried searching for Bond Arms dealers in El Paso, TX. as indicated in the http://bondarms.com/find-a-dealer but Academy Sports does not carry. Who can I purchase from in El Paso, TX.

    • admin

      Larry,

      Give us a call Monday – Friday 9am-5pm (CST) 1-817-573-4445 and someone can help you.

  • Ralph Eschbaumer

    After a bit of searching my gunshop was finally able to find me the RangerII I had been wanting. Unfortunately it came in a Bond hard case and did not have the padded carry bag. Can I purchase a carry bag for my Ranger.

    Thanks for a great weapon,

    Ralph.

    • admin

      Ralph,

      If you contact us by phone, Monday – Friday 9am-5pm (CST) 1-817-573-4445 and talk to Wally, Im sure he can guide you in the right direction.

  • George Zaldumbide

    Interested in purchasing a Ranger ii, do you know if these are legal for purchase in California?

    • admin

      George,
      Currently California does not sell our guns. If you have other questions you can always contact us by phone, Monday – Friday 9am-5pm (CST) 1-817-573-4445

  • http://BondArmsRangerII Johnny D. Davis Sr.

    Hey, that Ranger II looks sharp, looks great. I’ve handled this model and bing, bang on the target. I’m saving up for one so please keep them in stock. Thanks….. J. Davis

  • cw Shelby

    We just both a Bond Arms Derringer Set from a Auction. It has a 4.5″ 357 mag/38 SPl barrel and a 3″ 45 Colt/410 barrel, with 2 sets of grips and presentation box. I can not find this set in any of my books.
    What is the set called and what is the value. SN#58711. Would appreciate any help with this. It really is a spectacular set.

    • admin

      Most likely that is a set that someone put together, we have all of the display boxes, grips, and extra barrels on our online store that can be purchased for any of our firearms.

  • mike reddee

    what is the difference between the ranger I and II?does the rangerII have a removeable trigger gaurd?or is the Ranger II able to have one attached?is there a way I can purchase a snakeskin custom like the one you made for Ted nugent?

    • admin

      Mike,
      The Ranger II has the trigger guard, as you can see on the Bond Arms Ranger Info Page the guard is removable on all of our guns. The Ranger II has a slightly different frame to accommodate the trigger guard, so it cannot be fitted on a normal Ranger. However, both frames will fit all the different grips and barrels we offer in our online store.
      The custom snakeskin (and other skins) are currently in a development phase but should be available once we have proved the durability of them. Please signup for our mailing list so we can let you know when they are available for purchase.

  • Rod

    I am confused. Is the ranger capable of have one set of barrels, with one barrel in 410 and the other taking the Long Colt, at the same time. What I am reading makes me think that I have to change out the barrels to get the one or the other, not both at the same time. Thanks for a reply

    • admin

      The barrel it comes with will fire .410 or .45 long colt. you can chamber one of each or two of the same size round. This gun will also hold any of our other sized bond arms barrels so you can also shoot many other calibers.

  • bill rockhold sr

    just bought the ranger 2, definitlly worth owning. my first Bond gun. what are differences between thr ranger 2 and snake slayer 4

  • Tom

    TaDa!!!!! Got it Saturday. Too late to shoot it, but I will this weekend. I am already considering a 22 barrel and either a 9MM or 45 ACP barrel. I have been enamored with this weapon since seeing it at the St Louis NRA Convention last May. I have seen several Ranger’s, but had to have the Ranger II. Both NEED & WANT on this one. glad I had the patience to wait.

  • walkerbunnie@aol.com

    Is this Ranger II something a lady could carry? Or do they carry them?

    • admin

      Many women do carry the ranger II. It is just a little longer and slightly heavier than some of the other models.

  • David

    Have been thinking bout getting a snake slayer or similar with .45/.410 barrel here lately and ran across a Ranger 2 at a local gun shop that’s still new.It will be in my possession come Monday when my 3 day waiting period is over,cant wait to shoot it. ;)