I was fortunate enough to get my hands on BA00012…not easy to find, but worth the look! This is my 3rd Bond Arms handgun; I already had the Snake Slayer and the Texas Defender. I have a CHL in Texas and I am carrying almost 100% of the time. The weight of the Backup is noticeably less than my other two, and it “fits” in my pocket better. No printing and no extra bulk. You DO feel more recoil than even the Tx Defender with .45 Long Colt or .410, but the size is worth the tradeoff. It is hard to argue with the ballistics of the .45 ACP…but I will tell you, like ANY CCW firearm there are tradeoffs. The shorter barrel takes some distance of the efficacy, but let’s face it, for personal protection you will likely be within 10 yards anyway. I fired 75 rounds this weekend from 3 to 15 yards…accuracy was great in close, and a little looser at longer distance. If this is your primary carry gun, then you will need to be aware of the distance limitation. 8 out of 10 stars. If it is a secondary or truly a backup, then I give it 12 out of 10 stars. But for people like me who need to dress business casual or in a more professional setting it is by FAR the most comfortable and strongest package I’ve found. I have a larger frame in my off-the-body backpack, but the Backup is ALWAYS within reach. I strongly recommend continuous practice with your CCW, because I can say from first hand experience that under stress in a “social” (served in 3 different conflicts while active duty military) situation your aim may suffer a little….so this is an absolutely fine CCW, just practice enough knowing your aim will suffer under stress. As for ammo? I found Hornady and Remington to be the easiest to eject after firing…there is no ejection help like my other two, so select ammo knowing you need to manually pull them out. SO! Carry this with no fear! Practice with it and select your defensive carry ammo based on stopping power AND ease of ejection. Carry six additional rounds with the speed-strip that Bond Arms sells and there is NO reason you can’t confidently depend on this comfortable, but extremely powerful handgun for your primary personal protection when you need it!
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