Home On The Range – The Bond Ranger

The Bond Ranger in .45 Colt/.410 GA. Can Do An Admirable Job of Providing Home Defense.

~ By D.K. Pridgen

Bond Arms Rangeror 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.

Front and rear sights are integral to the barrels.  While most of the six Bond derringers models have trigger guards, the Ranger does not – as is more historically correct.  The Ranger has a slightly extended grip allowing for an extra finger, providing additional recoil control.  Speaking of the grip, a nice looking set of black ash grips, complete with a stainless star badge emblem, finished the Ranger off.  Like all the Bond derringers, the Ranger is a good-looking gun that exudes quality!

RANGE TIME

On target at 21 feet, Cor-Bon’s 225-grain DPX +P load (Bond does not recommend +P loads in .45 Cold, but it was all I had!), at an average of 802 fps, produced nice five-shot groups from each barrel, with the bottom barrel going into 1.51 inches near point of aim, while the top barrel’s 1.96-inch group was about 10 inches high.  For a small handgun with fixed sights and a trigger pull of 7 1/2 pounds, this is really impressive! (For those unfamiliar with derringers, barrels are never regulated to the same point of impact.   Dropping the distance to 7-feet eliminated the difference, though.)

Switching to .410 loads, I found Federal’s PD Handgun 1/2-ounce #4 pellets, with a velocity of 868 fps  covered about 11 inches at 12 feet, and 7 inches at about 7 feet.  Federals PDH 000 buck pellets, traveling at 877 fps dropped into 4.5 inches, while Winchester’s 3-inch 000 load, at 822 fps, made an elongated pattern of 5.5 inches.  (Four 000 pellets weigh in at 280 grains, 5 at 350.)  I found these 000 patterns impressive and comforting.  Four of the five .36 diameter pellets rattling around in a chest cavity like billiard balls would be nothing for an attacker to sneeze at!  And the second barrel can deliver the same thing again!

The Ranger arrives in a nice looking padded carrying case, with the black Bond Arms BAD driving holster strapped inside.  They have quite a collection of holsters for their derringers, most of which can be ordered to fit a 4.25-inch barrel.  I asked them to send a selection and Bond furnished their BAJ, a rough-out IWB holster with a metal belt clip, their BMTC, a lined Cowboy holster with retention strap, that also uses a metal belt clip, and a pocket holster, the BAP All were sized for shorter barrels, which were also supplied.  With these four holsters anyone should be able to carry a Bond Arms derringer comfortably.

LAST SHOTS

I believe the Ranger, loaded with modern high performance loads or either Federal or Winchester’s 000 buck .410 loads, would do a good job of handling two-legged threats, at least until I could reach something carrying even more firepower.  The Bond Ranger, or even one of their other offerings, would seem quite at home defending the homestead!  PP
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Reprinted by permission of  PocketPISTOLS ™ Magazine

Comments

  1. says

    Article’s closing comments: “believe the Ranger, loaded with modern high performance loads or either Federal or Winchester’s 000 buck .410 loads, would do a good job of handling two-legged threats, at least until I could reach something carrying even more firepower.”

    Give me a break! Two shots at close range, 10 hits with .36 cal balls and you think you will need to look around for something with more firepower? Get real.

    I consider my Bond to be the best bottomline survival/home defense weapon I could own. It goes everywhere with me.

      • David says

        If two shots aren’t enough I have my J-frame as back up! Most folks would do it the other way around. I prefer something thats starts with 4.

      • mark says

        Gordon I just got a brand new Century 2000. I got it from Brazos Moon. I AM IMPRESSED! What a finely crafted and designed weapon. As soon as I get the money I’m going to get a Texas Defender. The weapon is a perfect carry conceal weapon, but I was equally impressed with the holster. Every aspect of these weapons are made with American quality and craftmanship. I’ll definatley be back for another one.

  2. Ray Marotta says

    I treated myself to a Bond Arms RANGER for an early birthday present and LOVE it. The fact that these fine weapons are not available in California and Massachusetts made it even more attractive to me.
    I just returned home from my annual long(4000miles, 20 days) motorcycle ride and alternated carrying my Ranger with my Colt 1911. I stopped in Albuquerque and fired both weapons at an indoor range. I put 100 rounds of .45 Colt through my Ranger and, at seven yards put 8 of 10 into the x-ring. This indoor range would not allow the firing of any shotgun ammo so that’s a pleasure I’m still looking forward to.
    BTW…I usually carry my Ranger in a trouser pocket.
    Thanks for a fine piece.
    Ray Marotta
    Lyons, Colorado

  3. David L. Campbell says

    Bond Derringer

    The first time I ever saw a .410 shot shell Derringer was in the movie “Assassination” with Charles Bronson. Ever since then I have wanted to own one. I did some research and found Bond Derringer. I discovered that Bond Derringers and accessories are 100% American made and decided that was the one for me. My wife and I now own one a piece. I have the Snake Slayer .410/45 Long Colt and she has the Texas Defender 357/38 caliber. I received a Taurus Judge for my birthday and we also own several other handguns. We still carry the Derringers more than any other guns that we own. We ride a Harley Davidson Softail Classic and the Derringers are the perfect size for concealed carry. We are now looking to buy more barrels for both guns. The wife wants the pink handles with the Bond Girl engraved in the handle too. I highly recommend Federal Premium .410 handgun Buckshot ammo; whither it’s 2 ½” or 3” for the Snake Slayer or a .410 barrel. It’s lethal for self defense in self defense distances.

    David & Karen Campbell

    Statesville,North Carolina

  4. Jim Quimby says

    I know a Navy SEAL who carries one. That’s enough for me. You could write me a thousand-page doctoral dissertation on terminal ballistic performance, gelblock test, TKOF, the orgasmic satisfaction of carrying a shotgun IWB, the positive impact on the economy, and reduction of the deficit due to the Bond Arms derringer, and I’d still take the Navy SEAL’s stamp of approval over yours.

  5. says

    I have the American Arms version of the 45 Colt/2.5 inch .410, and while its not the first gun I’d grab if things went bump in the night, it is an intriguing defensive choice. Some may malign the .410 buckshot as an effective fight stopper, but I wouldn’t care to be shot with it. Soft lead round balls were known (as the late Elmer Keith put it) for stopping power “all out of proportion to their weight and caliber”.

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  6. Jimmy Brown says

    I have tried several retail stores and nobody has the bond arms ranger 11 in stock.are they behind at bond arms manufacturing or why no one has them in stock.

  7. David Austin says

    I am the very proud owner of a new Bond Arms Ranger 2. This is one of the finest small concealable derringers made anywhere IMHO. What makes this handgun so perfect, It’s MADE IN AMERICA! Thank you Bond Arms! Awesome work!

  8. Patrick P. Boily says

    To all:

    I read your comments and I get the goose pimples. My Ranger II will be in my hands tomorrow the 13 of November 2012.
    I keep looking at photos of the weapon and I am more exited than when I was waiting for all other weapons that I own. I did not need it. I just had to have one.

    Pat. Boily

  9. Brian Belwood says

    Just got in my third BA, not sure why owners spend so much time bothering to target shoot these little cannons, slip in the 410s either 2-1/2″ or 3″ w/3/0 and your good to go! i carry mine in a hi rise with a nickle size slot cut out to the trigger, with the saftey off yes saftey off the hammer still has to be pulled back and trigger pulled to fire, this allows it to be drawn quick pulling it out of the holester with the trigger and not reajusted in your hand , this also stops the heavey trigger pull that has been talked about?, believe me that will get you either 8 or 10 .360 projectiles heading to your point of aim in less than 2 seconds when you fan the hammer, in most laws pertaining to shooting some one in self defence it better be pretty close so why fool around , love thes guns and hope that it never gets to a point where i use it more than showing others the awsome fire power of this true personnal protection beast, this is just my assisment and opion of this great made in the USA firearm, Brian

  10. Daniel Parker says

    Dear Gordon i would personally like to thankyou for making the finest Derringer in my humble opinioon on the market Bar none.I’ve had the Privelege on several occassions to handle and fire these splendid handguns.The craftsmanship that goes inro each of these is phenomenal.Absolutely superb.The finest Derringer i’ve ever experienced.And the wide array of Barrels and caliburs is amazing in its own right I hope to own one of my own sometime in the near future.Thankyou again sincerely yours Daniel Parker

    • Tom says

      I have been enamored with the Ranger II since the write up in American Rifleman. I spent a lot of time at the Bond Arms booth at the St Louis NRA Convention last May. Needless to say, I finally found one. I have seen many Ranger I’s, but had to have the Ranger II. I had a Taurus Judge, but traded that on a S&W Governor. The Ranger II now looks to be my CC weapon of choice.

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