Here at Bond Arms we really care what you think and we love to hear from you! Below are a bunch of recent testimonials from our customers.
I bought myself a new Bond Mini 45 for my birthday. Took advantage of the May sale on barrels and bought a new grip (I’m 6’3 215). I purchased the 4.25″ inch barrel (.45/410) and bought the Extended Blach Ash w/2 Tone Star Grip. I changed everything before I ever shot it the first time. I was shocked at how easy it was to do. When I finished, I took the gun to our backyard and fired it at my target. Once with a double .45 Colt load and a second time with a double .410 load. I have NEVER in all my 60 years of existence experienced such an adrenaline rush before/during and after firing any weapon. You have made the most amazing and most powerful conceal weapon on the planet. It’s beautiful and intricate. I have a carry permit but my current carry weapon, an M11 45, is now going back in my truck and my Bond “Mini-Max° is going in my pocket!
I currently have five Bond Arms derringers. One in each barrel length and one for carry. I love these guns and would recommend them to anyone. They are not as difficult to shoot as one might think and they conceal very easily. Get one, you will not be sorry.
With the present state of affairs in America, my husband urged me to get a gun for personal protection. I admit that I was looking elsewhere than Bond Arms. Mark advised me that most encounters are “up close and personal,” and who better to listen to than an Airborne Ranger combat veteran. He told me to take a look at your derringers. I looked. I was put off at first, only two shots and too small. I then read the testimonials, watched YouTube videos and the factory tour, and I was impressed. Quality and superior craftsmanship from design to finished product. I liked less recoil and greater accuracy that the Ranger II offered, but settled on the USA Defender for better concealment, the BAD driving holster and limited production of only 5,000 units. Finding one still available was an effort. I found one on line but had to wait till the end of the month to buy it. When I was ready it was gone. I searched everywhere and finally found ONE on auction. It was already becoming a collectible. I placed a bid and won it! Of course I had to have the matching Buck knife, which again is well made and beautiful. I then wrote the Bond Arms sales dept. to make sure I got in on the 50% off barrel opportunity; I was surprised when I was emailed by a Bond family member and told to call him directly to order my extra barrel and he would take care of me. I call that excellent customer service. I love the fact that Bond Arms is family run, a business that helps keep America strong. I plan to have a lot of fun with the .327 Fed Mag barrel, but I keep my gun at the ready with my .410 Flechettes. I’m reminded of my husband’s old army jargon: “This is my weapon, this is my gun! This one’s for killing and this one’s for fun!” Thanks, Bond for the peace of mind!
I have had my eye on Bond Arms and their “little guns” for a long time. I recently purchased a Ranger2 . I immediately needed to get to the range and check out my new purchase. My Ranger2 came with the 410/45 barrel so I loaded up on some 410 shells in both bird shot and some defensive rounds ammo. I figured the 410 would have the heftiest “kick” over the 45. I wanted to see the very worse kick the little gun had! I’m not a sadist but I wanted to be prepared and know what the worst kick would feel like … if the time would come to have to draw the little gun for protection I didn’t want there to be any hesitation or anticipation over how hard it would kick in my hand.
So I get to the range with 3 boxes of shells. To be honest I was a little bit concerned that I would squeeze the trigger and the Ranger would go flying out of my hand OR hurt so bad that it would be delegated to spend it’s life in the back corner of my safe … I only purchase firearms, I don’t sell them! To my surprise it is VERY manageable recoil!!!!! I am sure I pulled the first few loads expecting a nasty recoil which was never there. What an awesome “little” gun. I am/was so happy with my newest addition that I ordered two new barrels as soon as I got home. The hardest decision I had was deciding on which barrels to order. I ended up sending for the 357/38 in in the 4.25″ (match my holster that came with the gun) and the 22lr in 3″
I could go on and on about Bond Arms. I talked with at least a half dozen people at the range. I have talked to all my family members … I intend to send as many people as possible to be part of the Bond Family! I am so convinced on Bond’s products that I will be replacing my wife’s EDC with a Bond. I was so excited when I ordered my new barrels I forgot to order a T-shirt! The t-shirts biggest size is 2XL but I think I’d try and squeeze unto one UNLESS Bond would be good enough to order me a couple 3XL!!!
Thank you Bond Arms for manf such a sweet and USEFUL self protection items. The fit and finish is top shelf and customer service actually answers the phone with a human without a million telephone prompts. The lady that answered the phone for me, I called twice with questions, had immediate answers. I can’t say enough about this American made firearm and American company. I wish Bond all the best and hope they are around for a very very long time!
I’m now itching to get out and fire the .357 and .22lr
I am environmental geologist (that means I study and clean up polluted sites) . My work takes me into nasty places like abandon factories, meth labs, distressed urban sites and mobile home parks. The threats range from gang members to charging pit bulls to lunatics. I have been at this kind of work for a very long time. I have been shot at and had armed stand-offs. I have traditionally carried a Colt M1991A 45 in a New York City rig. However this was not enough. Firing 45 rounds at a charging pit bull is not likely to have a good outcome. Rounds bouncing off the street are likely to hit someone and the dog is likely to not get hit at all. My 45 is also a large gun to conceal.
I bought a USA Defender and it fills the gap well. In very bad situations, I carry both – the USA Defender with buck shot for pit bulls – and my Colt 45 for the pit bulls owner who likely will come charging in after I drop his dog. More often than not, I carry my USA Defender by its self in a shoulder holster.
Most of all, I like the size and power of the USA Defender. The use of buckshot increases the likelihood of hitting your assailant but not harming others due to the limited range. Its good for both humans and animals. Its size makes it easy to conceal. The sound is more than intimidating.
I call it my “Noisy Cricket”.
A real key advantage of the gun is that it appears to be a weapon of minimal force. So if you are ever in front of a judge having to defend your use of lethal force, the prosecutor is gonna have a hard time painting you as a bad guy with a 2-shot derringer. Its not what Gang-Bangers carry. Hood Rats also don’t like the double barrel – its not what they are used to and it unnerves them.
The size is perfect – as its not tiny but its big enough that you can get a good grip on it – and it will be noticed when you draw. I had to go into a particularly nasty trailer park recently in Craig Colorado. As I pulled up, a large male pit bull crossed in front of my car, with balls the sizes of oranges. He stopped, turned and looked at me. It was a territorial glare. I slipped on my holster with my Bond Arms USA Defender loaded with buck shot. I wore that gun on my right hip in the open with the retaining strap off – and the safety off. Turns out, there were a number of pit bulls in the park. Although I didnt have to shoot any, I am sure having my USA Defender at the ready, made me so confident, that the dogs chose not to push it. It was also big enough that the locals noticed it. If a cop would have rolled up on me, its likely he would not have gone ballistic seeing that I was packing only a Derringer.
I have also found that the TSA is less concerned about Bond Arms guns when they come thru in the luggage. I get far fewer questions etc when I am traveling with my Bond Arms gun than any other type of sidearm
As a geologist who spends a lot of time in rough conditions, I appreciate its durability and tolerance for dirt. Also, single action makes it safer to carry and – being an SA guy…I just love cocking the hammer. I have to confess that I have also fanned it. Not a good idea, but you can do it.
This is an excellent weapon – I depend upon my USA Defender with great confidence.
Its a very fine weapon.
It was a long wait, but worth every milisecond once my Ranger II arrived. My wife thought I lost it because I was giggling like a little school girl. I won’t get a chance to try it out until I get to the range this weekend though. When I first saw your line of derringers, they reminded me old westerns, I used to watch and knew I had to get one. This pistol is more than what I’d hoped for as far as construction goes. When you use the word “TANK”, it is obvious right away. This feels so solid and is so flawless with it’s actions, I am truly impressed. Thank you for taking the pride you do in manufacturing one of the best built anything, I’ve ever purchased.
I’ve been wanting a Bond Derringer for years now and decided it was time to order one, Ordered it through my local dealer, it took four months to come due to some lack of communication between my dealer and his distributor, but no big deal. I am very happy to have it and love the quality and workmanship that goes into making such a fine gun, also like the fact that an array of different barrels and grips are available for whatever model one happens to purchase, I personally got the Texas Defender in 45 Coly “ONLY”, and quickly after that bought a set of Texas Star Grips and the BAD Holster in black, overall a really nice combination. Excellent Customer Service is alive and well at Bond as well, had several occasions the communicate with Kelly and Gordon himself, they bend over backwards to make their customers happy. Great job guys, I will be back for more soon.
I had been looking at getting a Ranger 2 for quite a long time. I just purchased one at a local outdoors store. I bought several different loads of .410 shells and one box of 45 long colt cowboy loads to practice with. This pistol has lived up to all my expectations. I will carry it daily here on our Ranch to dispense the varmits I come across and I am looking forward to getting my CWP so I can carry it everywhere I go. Thank y’all so much for producing such a superior firearm !
Hello Bond Arms;
A friend of mine ( Jack Hitt) purchased a Snake Slayer a few years ago and he allowed me to shoot it. I couldn’t believe how manageable the recoil was firing 410 loads. He asked me to go on line and buy him a 357 barrel set for his derringer, and when I received it and took it to him, it went right together as you advertised it would. What made me purchase one was what happened when we fired the Snake Slayer at a target. Aiming to the same spot both shots hit the same hole at around 30 feet! Accuracy with a derringer? I never thought it possible, and the recoil was a joy. I have one of those derringers that copied the old Remington. It is a 38 special and it’s recoil is terribly punishing and after a few shots you are happy to stop shooting it. This Snake Slayer is a Joy to shoot!!! Your design is brutally handsome in looks and function and such a quality firearm, I know you all are proud to be a part of Bond Arms. Thank you for helping keep people safe with your quality products. I will be singing your praises to all who will listen! God Bless Texas!!!
I like the thought that went into making the pistol and that it’s made of quality materials. Your YouTube Videos were the deciding factor in buying this pistol. When the owner takes the time to make a video and talks about all the features it means a lot to me.
Amazing Quality, simple Design, great styling, superb ergonomics and kind/courteous customer service! I like most guns. This is one of my favorites. I own more than one, and have multiple barrels. Both my parents own one as well. Thank You
I wanted to drop note with my registration cards. In response to your question how did you hear about our product? My husband works for Sig Sauer as a gunsmith and he leaves for work rather early in the morning. One morning after he left I could not get back to sleep, so I turned on the television. Scanning the channels, I stop on what appeared to be a mini-info-mercial regarding this American made gun, made in Texas. It turned out to be a program about “truly American made” products featuring Bond Arms as one of the companies. I got to work, went online, to your website and sent it along to my husband at work. From that point on I was hooked. I told him I wanted one. He went in search of one at the several gun shops in our area with no luck. We found a gun show 10/13/13 in Manchester NH where I was able to hold one. On the Christmas list it-goes, Ranger is my choice. I find a gentleman that makes custom grips out of black walnut and he shows it in a custom box. Oh no, now what to do, decisions decisions.
I had researched this gun thoroughly before I bought it. It did meet all of my expectations. Very well made. shoots good & I like the ease of changing barrels, I would definetely buy another
I have just recently purchased this weapon and I feel no regret in any form. The weapon lives up to its Texas pride without any hesitation, a true example that in the US we make our weapons correctly. As for function the weapon does not disappoint, we are basically dealing with a ”show stopper” weapon and when it is loaded with 410 ammo you get that service in seconds. I have recently retired form the military and I only wish we had something like this in our kits. I would gladly take this weapon into combat with my sniper rifle. As for the weapon itself the Cowboy Defender is perfectly made; from the polish to the handles I have no complaints. In regards to accuracy the weapon does it’s job but remember you will not be engaging targets at 100+ meters this is a area weapon for those ”oh s**t” moments. So to conclude….I am in love.
Submitted by Miguel Carretero
Buying gas recently I was approached by 2 men demanding money. Thanks Bond arms for changing their minds. NO SHOTS FIRED. COWBOY DEFENDER 45 colt.
I just got my Bond Arms derringer back from you last week week week and and I am very pleased with the retro-fit done by Travis. The trigger pull is much lighter and alot more easier to pull than the old version. Also the wider hammer spur gives more purchase for cocking than the old one. All in all, a very good experience, the turnaround time was a little less than I previously thought at first and Travis even called me to make sure of the return address. I have bought two extra barrels, an extra grip, a Buck knife with a matching black ash handle and a holster since I first bought my derringer and couldn’t be happier. Thanks for such a great product and great customer service. You guys rock!
Submitted by Glenn Bordeaux
I just bought a Bond Ranger. It sounds dumb, but is seems to me to be a cross between a Swiss Watch and a Sherman Tank. I could not be more pleased with fit and finish and sheer strength. Yes I will buy another one for my wife and all the barrels for me… It will be a collection to be proud of…
I am female, 5’3, 120lbs and had no problem shooting the Texas defender with 45 LC. The recoil was nothing I couldn’t handle and I must say I have fairly scrawny wrists and hands. It did pack a punch but there was no pain from the recoil. I did change out my grip to the rubber extended one which may have helped. I also followed the tips given by bond arms when shooting. Love my new gun. For all the boys complaining about the recoil.. Omg really?? If I can do it you better be able to.
I finally had the opportunity to see your products in person.
I must say that it only took 5 seconds and I was hooked.
I went home from the gun store, cleaned my Glock 27 with Crimson Trace laser,
sold it and bought a Bond Arms Snake Slayer an hour later.
I can not express how pleased I am with the firearms you build at Bond Arms.
My wife now wants to sell her Glock 26 and purchase a Texas Defender.
You have certainly raised the bar and I will definitely tell everyone I know about your products.
God Bless America!!!
PS. Just got back from the range after taken my Snake Slayer out for our first real date!!!
At 15 feet, only “1” pellet missed the mark and even that lone pellet was close.
I was surprised at how tight the pattern was being such a short barrel.
I am absolutely amazed and completely in love.
No way I’ll ever give up this little lady!!!
Thank you Gordon and thank you Bond Arms!!! Still smiling,
The gun worked GREAT no problems. The recoil was not as strong as I thought it would have thought it to be. Just shot it with the 410 shells. Looking forward to the second barrel.
So easy to carry you won’t leave at home. If it’s not comfortable you won’t carry it. As far as 2 shots I’m not going in to a gun fight. I want it for protection.
As a little girl, I was so in love with the small guns the old cowgirls used to carry in their garter. It was the perfect combination, a lady could still look like a lady, but be well protected as well. My boyfriend bought me my first Bond Arms Derringer. It was exactly what I’d always wanted. The concealment a lady needs, without the bulge in her clothing. (He bought me the tactical bra holster as well.) Everyone said someone as small as me couldn’t handle a .45 Derringer, so I posted this picture for all to see!!! Great fun, not too much kick, reliable, safe, and by far my favorite one to carry (no purse necessary).
I Love my Bond Arms .357 Mag Cowboy don’t go anywhere without it.
I have the Cowboy Defender in .410/45LC, first time I shot it my finger stung a bit then the second shot I had a lower grip on it and when I shot it flipped out of my hand, fortunately it landed in sand. I shot about half a box of .410 shells after my first two shots with much better results. I bought a second barrel in .357mag/38spl with the coupon code but haven’t had a chance to try it out yet. There is a bit of a learning curve with these little guns, but that’s half the fun!
This is one of my favorite guns, I will never part with it.
Just got my Snake Slayer and I’m completely impressed! From the solid feel and the obvious attention to detail by the company (I’m an engineer so I tend to notice mechanical flaws although none to be seen on my Snake Slayer) to the conceal ability of such a powerful firearm (.45LC/.410 GA), I am absolutely satisfied with my derringer. This firearm more than fills the void of a pocket backup gun for driving as well as a primary weapon for night time outdoor quick chores. My wife likes it as well so I’m considering getting her one too. Thank you Texas!
From all that I had researched I knew these guns were built well and looked great but I was concerned about its shootability. I was presently surprised at how well both a cowboy load of 45lc and a 45lc JHP shot. Not only was the recoil very manageable but both shots were rather accurate. I plan to buy additional barrels. I have already picked up a couple accessories.
GREAT, shot 255 gr LC IN TOP AND 00 410 IN BOTTOM. At 20 foot did ok for 71 years old. Pulled shot low and right. But have to hold up right arm with left arm fell down three week ago but right pull is do to new trigger pull. Will have to get 9mm BARREL to figure out new trigger pull. Great gun, well made. If intruder came thru my front door , my first two shots with the new gun would have dropped them.
Love the Texas Defender. Fired it for the first time today.
I had a problem with a holster I had ordered and Liz in customer service took care of the problem in an excellent, efficient manner.
Customer service has been great with this company.
Got try my Bond out. Very positive shooter. Will get the job done. Very easy to carry and conceal. Plenty of choices in calibers to stand your ground with even with medical issues.
Glad to own it.
Thanks to you all!!!
First I will say that the delivery time was faster than I expected. I received it in 10 days. To change the barrels was a breeze. I had bought my original Bond Arms with the 3″ 45 long colt barrel. It was an experience to shoot a high caliber round from a small barrel. It’s called a hand cannon for a reason! Buying and firing the 45 colt/410 was even more exciting. From 15′ I fully covered a 3’x2′ target with 2, 2 1/2 inch 6 shot 410 shells. You know that feeling you get, when you get something you really enjoy, and it makes you crack that smile? That is what happened with me! Great product. Great fun.
Fired about 20 rounds of Long Colt .45 and a dozen .410 Defender rounds. Flawless performance. No miss fires, no issues of any kind. A home invader would not want to be on the receiving end of this gun since those conditions would likely be close quarters.
I first saw these guns a couple years ago and knew I would own one someday. About two months ago I purchased the USA defender and a 3 1/2 ” .410/45lc barrel. I have several pocket guns and none of them are very accurate out past about 7-8 yards, Bond arms is a little better. At ten yards with 3″ .410 personal defense rounds it destroys the target…or anything else you might shoot. Very accurate out to ten yards. Recoil is absolutely Manageable. My wife also has a carry license and now we are going to get her the mama bear. Not a novelty. Not a toy. This thing is a deadly, rock solid, and beautiful hand cannon!
Shot today for the first time. Very impressed with the quality, and design.
The 45colt is less brutal than the 3″ 410. The 38 is fun, and the 357 is pretty brutal also. I will order a 22lr barrel if they go on sale, and I am loading some 45colt, and 38special cartridges with a little less powder.
Would definitely buy again!
I am so proud of owning such a beautiful and well made product in America. Unfotunately 45/410 barrel is restricted to purchase in California. I am pleased for what I have.. Hopefully a New Bond Bullpup gets approved for California.
I loved the looks of the Bond Arms derringers, and decided to purchase the Snake Slayer in .410/45LC. I did not expect to enjoy firing it regularly. It’s has far less recoil, and better accuracy than expected. In fact, i decided to qualify with it to carry as an off-duty weapon. No problems hitting center mass at distances up to 30 feet. Here’s video of 000 buck at 20ft. https://youtu.be/5tGm5dTRy-8
This weapon is solid! The intimadation alone will deture anyone. I love this weapon and have co verted several that will be placing orders. You could use an iwb holster for it. Had a buddy make me one.
After a rattlesnake encounter in northwest Colorado hunting Elk in the mountains, I found that the BEST defense to a snake is YOU SNAKE FIGHTER BOND ARMS which I have carried on all hunting trips for 25+ years, also I have it in the glove box of my car for personal defense against two legged critters!
this ‘LiL’ Roscoe is awesome with every $$$ spent for it . The 357/38 spec. 4″barrel that can with it is spot on at 12 feet but the 3″ barrel I also purchased is sweet at .45 acp. and that’s my carry 80% of the time. It’s a beautiful mighty mouse!
I did not buy this for my Texas Defender. I use it for my Kahr P380. Good fit once its broken in and high quality. I have been unable to find anything comparable. I would love to find something as comfortable for my S&W Shield.
I am really enjoying this gun. I purchased it with the 410 barrel and have since
added the .38 and .22 Magnum to my collection. I enjoy the versatility of being
able to change the barrels. Sometimes the 22 Mag ammo can be difficult to get, so I can
change the barrel to another caliber and keep shooting.
I am somewhat of a beginner at shooting, and so enjoy your many videos and pointers
that you make available. My wife also enjoys shooting the gun.
I will provide a video and or pictures in the future. Thanks for providing a very well made
Now have 3 Bond arms guns and 7 barrels for them!
Your reputation is well deserved and earned…
Thank You Bond Arms and to the Great State of Texas.
I am able to openly carry in Wisconsin. I HAVE HAD MANY PEOPLE ASK , … WHAT IS THAT FIREARM ? Out of my holster can be seen my “Snake Slayer” , … reactions are ALWAYS WOW , … I HAVE TO GET ONE OF THOSE.
Just the other day , at the gas station , an example. The owner was so empresed , he had me talking “BOND ARMS” for over an hour. The next day , … I brought him a brochure that you folks had sent me , …. his brother was there , …. he two was excited to hold and see such a tool and work of art. Thank you for sending brochures to me, … I am proud to talk “BOND” everywhere.
OH , My wife asked me what I wanted for my birthday , … well , she just ordered me another barrel , … now have three , … she said , “I know you will have all of them , … lol , …I just smiled.
N.M. Hvarre , Wausau , WI.
Expecting a quality product I was not surprised to find the Snake Slayer IV holster was everything I was looking for and consisting of the finest materials and workmanship.
Saved up for 6 months for the Defender and was estatic when I finally got it. Haven’t had a chance to shoot it yet, due to not having the time right now, BUT I will! Was hoping to buy the .22 LR barrel with the extra barrel deal Bond offers, but that barrel isn’t part of that deal. Don’t know why, would be nice if it was.
I’ve been wanting this gun for a while now. Finally purchased it, had to wait a week before I was able to fire some rounds. I wont lie, it kicks like a mule, but best damn gun I’ve ever bought!.
I am a Disabled Veteran confined to a wheel chair and I needed some protection. That being said; I purchased the Snake Slayer IV, not only for the small size but the need for the hand cannon effect (shotgun). I have put many rounds down range and found the weapon to be nothing but entirely fun to use as well as totally appropriate for its intended purpose for protection! I have heard many individuals write reviews describing the enormous kick from the gun… to those individuals; I would suggest a BB gun… if you can’t fire a shotgun; this is not the weapon for you, very little kick. The weapon is very loud but that is to be expected. The weapon is also built like a tank. Dropped the weapon a couple of times on hardwood floors as well as concrete (accidently dropped). The only thing that kinda bugs me is the big forward sight on the gun… I really don’t see a need for it, most shotguns only have kinda like a BB for the front site (if anything at all). I understand this particular weapon will fire a multitude of various different kinds of ammo but the weapon is primarily for protection and from myself and all accounts I have read, it is not accurate past 20 or 30 feet (although both barrel do hit the same hole, everytime)… not supposed to have the accuracy of a sniper rifle. Incredibly good weapon for its intended purpose!
Finally opted for an extended grip for my cowboy, Have had the derringer for quite some time but found shooting
45 and 410 rounds caused slippage on recoil. Tried skate board tape but that can rub you raw also. settled on the double star extended grip, attractive, well designed and certainly helps control the recoil. The grip isn’t gauddy
and has some very nice checkering panels which feels good in the hand. I have one gripe,
Should have gotten these grips years ago. Definitely a keeper.
I recently purchased a Century 2000 in early May, 2016. I was initially going to spend less and upgrade my Beretta with some Wilson parts. However, it is fishing weather and we have seen cotton mouths at one of the spots we go to. I started thinking something for snakes would be useful.
I started watching youtube videos and reading reviews. I knew I wanted a .45 Colt/.410 barrel. It seemed like a 3 1/2″ barrel would be a good compromise. My previous solution to the serpent problem had been my .357 lcr loaded with shotshells. However, for me the best place for that gun is on my hip. That left me with an LCP in my pocket for defense. .380 is better than a .22 and a .22 is better than harsh language, however, I prefer something bigger.
So I informed my wife that I would hold off and save some more and get a snake gun. She asked how much it was and said, “Go get it. Happy early Father’s Day.” I love my wife. Next day I got my C2K. It’s an awesome little gun. Mine is the older style but it works very well. Trigger isn’t bad like some say, just a little different.
I found 2 1/2″ # 9 and # 8 pattern pretty good. Winchester Super Speed # 6 works really well too. I was surprised at the accuracy of .45 colt as well. What surprised me most was looking into the federal .410 handgun 000 buckshot. On paper and on tests it is pretty mean at close range. Even more surprising is that it is loaded with that and in my pocket when I leave the house now.
I still carry a 1911 on my hip. The C2K is a pocket gun. It is for up close, nasty work. I use the sticky holster they sell on the site in my pocket. It works, but is a 1 size fits all type holster. I am glad I have it. 2 days after I got the holster and started carrying it I feel I came the closest I have to clearing leather in the 7 years I’ve had my CHL.
I was at walmart at midnight ( I know, I know ) and apparently offended a couple of drunks as I walked around them to go in. They were standing in front of the door, blocking my entrance. Long and short as I was leaving the hair on my neck was standing up and I really felt they were going to make me shoot them. A terrible feeling.
During the whole encounter I had my hand on my Bond Arms pistol in my pocket. Having your hand in your pocket is a non-threatening gesture and can give you an option if things start heading south instead of grabbing the gun on your hip. Very glad I bought it. I plan on getting the BAD holster for road trips. I also am thinking of adding a backup in .45 ACP with the 2″ barrel. Looks like it would be a good “always gun.”
All in all, this is a very neat little gun. It can fill a good niche. I would not recommend this as a primary carry. However, as a back up, snake or utility gun, I would highly recommend it.
I bought this gun for a carry gun after shoulder replacement I’m carrying left handed I’ve only shot it 4 times .410 with my left hand it had a little recoil but manageable I will try my .357 barrel next I’m very impressed with it
I like the wonderful little gun i got and good to and easy to shoot
I own several guns,and the snake slayer IV is absolutely hands down the best gun that I have ever owned. I had a little trouble pulling the trigger and hammer as I have arthritis in both hands,so I watched a few videos on YouTube about bond arms guns,specifically about getting familiar with the gun and how to fire it,after that no problems, Mr. Gordon Bond explains how to properly shoot the weapon,I found out that I was doing it all wrong @I would suggest that everyone watch this video,it will make your experience much more enjoyable.And just let me say that this is a sweet shooting gun, very little recoil when shooting 45 long colt and 410 buckshot .This is and will always be my carry gun. Thanks again to all the folks at bond arms for the quality service and products that you produce.
I purchased the Texas Defender chambered in .45LC/.410. I conceal carry, but wanted a firearm to keep next to me in my car, within easy reach. After reading the reviews of Bond Arms and watching Youtube videos of all the bond arms firearms, I chose the Texas Defender. I only plan on loading it with 410 shells. As others have stated, this is one hell of a gun. Heavy, so well made, everything is so precise in the manufacture of it. Only in the United States will you have firearm this well made. Shooting it is a pleasure too! Recoil is not a problem. A bonus was the offer of another barrel for 50% off. I chose the 9mm. Thank you to the state of Texas and Bond Arms Inc. You really can’t go wrong one of their products.
I have had a Snake Slayer for some time, along with 2 extra barrels..a 45 Colt and a 45 acp. Also..got a BATF Holster and a Rosewood extended grip with the Silver Star. Looking forward to ordering a 327 Federal Mag barrel and a Faux Ivory extended grip. Recently had my first opportunity to take it to the range with the 45/410 barrel. Wow! It was fun to shoot. My range does not allow buckshot or birdshot, but my friend and I fired several 410 slugs and transitioned to 45 Colt. Shot a full box of 45 Colt Cowboy Ammo.
What fun to shoot! I am a retired LEO with 35 years of service, and own 26 other handguns. I am totally comfortable carrying this finely made weapon as a CCW! Thank you!
.45/.410, .357/.38 Spec., 357/.38 Spec.,
.327/.32 H&R, And a ‘Lil ‘Ol .44 Special
OOOHH YYEAAH ! PawPaw C
I purchased a 38sp Texas Defender. The quality and craftsmanship is outstanding. Just holding the gun, you can feel that it is solid and well made. Fun to shoot
The gun is very nice but it became even better when I received my extended grips. The little thing became much more easier to hold to and fight back at the recoil. The grips are kind of pricey to me costing one third what I paid for the gun.I was hesitant to order the grips but gave in and did it. Now over the high cost it turns out the purchase was a good investment because of the added control.
Naturally, I ordered the Snake Slayer with the 4.25″ barrel in .45 Colt/.410. I also ordered a 2.5″ barrel in .40 S&W and a 4.25″ barrel in .357/.38Spl. Using the .410 with 3″ Winchester PDX is a kicker. Literally. You maintain control of the gun, but you KNOW the catcher is out of commission. At 10 yards, the man-sized target had all discs and pellets inside the black. The .38 Specials and .357 Mag rounds went downrange easily enough, and I could have shot boxes of them. I figured the .40 S&W was an easily obtainable round, and this WAS a pocket gun… They KICK, almost as much as the .45 Colt’s and .410 PDX’s did. So, if I go to the range, I’ll practice with the .38 Spcl’s and carry with the .410 PDX’s. When hunting, I’ll carry the .410 with #8 for snakes.
I’ve wanted a .45 acp derringer for as long as I can remember and finally invested in the Bond Arms Backup. I have now put the extended grips on it and bought the .357 Mag barrel set which I can shoot Much better than the short .45 barrels. I would like to own the longer .45 acp barrels and I think they would be a lot easier to hit with. I am amazed at how far I can hit with the .357 barrels which are an inch longer. Trigger took a lot of break in and experience on how to squeeze it but keeps getting better with use. All in all, I like my Bond Arms Derringer and enjoy shooting it.
I have to say I have been considering a Bond Arms firearm. I have always been one to be averted to to common consensus to be honest. And in the world of semi- autos, well the derringer was an obvious choice. I grew up shooting large bore firearms (.44 mag, 357 mag, etc..) and the “modern” ammunition just seemed unappealing to me. To be honest I cant shoot a 9mm or .380 accurately for the life of me. Once I stumbled upon such a small, concealable firearm capable of shooting .45 colt (.410.. bonus!) I was immediately interested. After firing my Texas Defender.. Well I was in love. We are talking minimal recoil and accuracy for the range intended. The gun feels like a tank and I know that it will last me more than a lifetime. Definitely a work of art that will be passed down.. Bond Arms has some type of wizardry going on here. And for all those who are hesitant about carrying just two shots just have not shot one of these. Not a fan of big bore? Choose your barrel! which is another plus of what this company has to offer. Thank you Bond for your dedication to thinking outside of the box, standing strong by your products, and providing all with quality firearms with a classic, functional, and reliable design. In a complex world we often forget the value of simplicity.
Every time my Snake Slayer goes to the range, fellow shooters want to try it out. The first thing upon which they remark is how solid the firearm feels. After shooting, they remark on how surprised they were at how well such a small firearm handles the recoil.
I got to shoot 45 long colts with my snake slayer today, it preformed great very smooth firing for such a large shell. Looking forward many more trips to the range. No picture taking allowed at the range where I shoot.
Since receiving the “Texas Defender” (in 9mm) I have had the opportunity to fire it. The weapon performed very well and is quite accurate at 10 yds or less. Which is what I expected. This makes for an excellent self defense weapon at close range, where you would normally need one. The weapon is easy to carry and conceal. I would recommend this weapon to anyone looking for a close range self defense weapon that is very well made and reliable.
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This Snake Slayer IV really packs a punch! Does the job on the Snakes in and the Barn!
I just bought the back up recently, I was amazed at the accuracy and the recoil was not bad at all. I plan to get the 3.5 barrels soon in .410 I also bought the belt holster as well and it is nice to. I now switch off and carry this as my primary at times plus you can slip it in your jacket or pants and have some nice power with you always.I would recommend this gun or any of the bond arms guns to anyone. Thinking of getting one for the wife as well not sure yet what caliber for her but she likes mine just a little to much in .45 but the 9mm I think would be great or .38 no matter you can not go wrong.
the best short barreled gun I have ever shot it stays on target and not much kick
I’ve always loved the look of the Bond Arms Derringers, although they are so well made and stout that I hesitate to call them derringers instead of just “Small Handguns”. I finally, after looking at them for many years, picked up a Patriot with a 3″ 45/410 barrel and a Bond Driving Crossdraw Holster. I was absolutely blown away by the quality and how just insanely fun this handgun is to shoot! I immediately ordered the 3″ 44 spl barrel to go with it. This is my go-to everyday carry. It’s comfortable, easy to shoot, accurate, and fun. If you’re on the fence, get one. Just get one. You will not regret it. Also, as everyday carry arguments go, the best gun for self defense is the one you carry all the time and the one you shoot often and well. You do not need 10000 round capacity to defend yourself. What you need is a tool that you competently handle and use well. There is no reason that the Bond Arms Handgun can’t fill that roll for you. It certainly does for me.
The Snake Slayer works great and was fun to shoot. I used it as one of my three guns to qualify for conceal carry permit, ran 25 rounds of .45 Colt through it no problems and spot on.
shot a friends snake slayer a few years ago,and loved it.money was tight so it took awhile before I Finally got mine.got a deal on a Cowboy with 22 mag barrels,and then purchased the Snake Slayer barrels,which arrived on my birthday.spent the afternoon shooting,even got my woman to shoot it a couple times. truly love these little Cannons! just recently got the rubber grips[arthritis] so the 3 inch 410’s are less brutal,the 2 1/2’s and 45 LC’s are easy enough tho. accuracy was easy enough to figure out,as a couple watermelon can attest to. the quality of this gun is amazing! fit and finish are excellent,i am really lovin this Baby.,looking forward to getting another one soon. Thank you for making such a fun gun to shoot!
I did get a chance to put a few rounds through my new Bond Arms .357 Mag. The recoil was not as severe as I imagined it might be, was pretty loud with respect to my two Smith 686’s. Accuracy had some to be desired at 10 yrds. but will try some different ammo it may make a different, my groups were in the 12″ range so good enough I guess for close in but prefer a much smaller group. I have installed the extended packmyer grips which should help some.
I went shooting today , … Sunday m 4-24-16 , … indoor range with a bunch of bystanders in behind me , … unknown to me at the time , my shooting was being watched , … Now , … sometimes you can see as well as hear interesting things at the range. Usually after shooting you can see folks as they finish up being self assured , quiet or generally pleased with their performances.
Sometimes you may hear someone expounding how that they may be having an off day or be a bit Rusty. The only rust surrounding my shooting today , may be the Rust necessary to clean out of my onlookers pants , … LOL , … THANK YOU , “BOND ARMS” , had a Great Day shooting , …. .45 colt , Hornady Critical Defence loads , … and some OOO Buckshot in .410 , … My , “Snake Slayer” really aced it , … # 119690 , Holy Cow , … People behind me actually clapped. , …. Gordon and Crew , You guys Rock , … ! ! !
I really like the gun. I fired the 45 long colt. Great gun.
Very pleased with you once again. The BABS leather shell holder arrived today, and I must say that it is very high quality and it is a perfect match for my BMT holster. Thanks again. Mike J.
Very well made firearm, will be buying more barrels in the future.
I recently purchased a Bond Arms Snake Slayer in 3.5″ barrel .410/.45 LC. I was able to fire it the weekend of 04/16-17-2016. All I can say is WOW! I really like the way it handles and after firing about 30 rounds mixed of .410 and .45 LC, I feel like a kid with a new toy! I’m on a hunting lease in Central Florida and we had an unusually warm and wet winter. The Snake Slayer is just the medicine for a very, very, healthy rattlesnake, coral snake and cottonmouth population that has emerged this year. I also change to 000 buck for any upright snakes I may encounter while traveling the 3 hours to the lease and back. I’m a very, very, happy customer!!
The Bond Arms Derringer is truly an American Express pistol “Don’t leave home without it!” 45/410 really packs a wallop! I got the Snake Slayer and much prefer the extended grip for this caliber as well as the 4″ barrel over the 3.5″. Recoil is quite manageable in the .45 as well as the 2.5″ 410. The 3″ is leaves not doubt that you are shooting a hand canon! I also bought the Hagen overgrip and the regular rubber grips and took advantage of the 1/2 price 2nd barrel offer. Haven’t tried the overgrip yet, as I am enjoying switching out the barrels. The 2.5″ (snubnose) barrel in 38/357 with the regular rubber grip makes a quite concealable weapon! Absolutely a Bond Arms Fan!
I shot my Texas Defender 45 ACP. It was what I thought it would be. A good back up for my Glock 21 45 ACP.I shot 70 rounds, after 10 your hand gets tingling. This weapon is well designed and it has a lot of stopping power.
Very well made. Haven’t used it on my person yet. But I store my new snake slayer in it and carry it in my shoulder bag.
I have had my conceal carry for a while now , Never leave home without my “Snake Slayer”. When shopping in the community , (we can also openly carry) , I have had complete strangers come up to me and Thank Me For Carrying , very remarkable. They then admire the pistol and make known the interest that my carrying has garnered. This ladies and gentlemen of Bond Arms , … is one very fine tool. Thank You N.M. Hvarre , Wisconsin . …
Has a lot of stopping power and is flawlessly made, can’t find any problems with it. I like it very well and it is easy to canceal.
Just took my new Snake Slayer out for a day at the range. Decided to only use .410 ammo. My preference is 3” 000 buck(9pellets), 3” #4 shot, and Winchester 3” slugs. Due to the limited rifling, I found the 45 Colt not accurate, at 7 yds. The gun is fun to shoot and manageable. I put the oversize rubber grips on it. I just ordered an extra barrel,(used the 50% coupon), in the 38/357. My experience with Bond Arms has been excellent. Very helpful!! Already building a ”wishlist” for next year. Either the .22/.22mag or 9mm. Unless they come out with a 4.25” .17cal!
I just bought the backup, very nice gun like a small cannon. Great as a secondary or primary even with two shots. I have been looking for an ankle holster though and do not see one available anywhere, anyone know if there is one for this ? Can not wait to get 410 barrel.
Thank God for Bond Arms! My Texas Defender is a shining example of what good American craftsmanship is all about. It’s bold and solidly built, and every time I pick it up, I just have to say “Hell yeah!” Every time I bring it to the range people ask me about it and I’m proud to tell them about Bond Arms and their double-barreled handguns. Thanks Bond Arms for your quality products. Keep up the great work!
I just purchased my first Bond Arms Derringer.
I own H&K Pistols, Sig Sauer Pistols, XD Springfield Pistols, Rock Island 1911, S&W M&P 9mm, and a S&W Revolver.
Without a doubt this BondArms Derringer, along with my Ruger SP101 Revolver, is the best solidly built, well constructed, precision made,simple straight forward, functioning and designed handgun I own. It is the best for pocket carry.
thanks BondArms, and its made not in the USA, BUT in Texas!
You will not find a better two shot hand gun any where. Quality materials and excellent workman ship. The old saying that you get what you pay for is certainly true when you buy from BOND ARMS. None finer.
I just received the patriot . Absolute American perfection, like a tank, a ww2 Sherman tank. American made quality . After shooting the patriot I am hooked. I am proud to own this weapon .
What a fabulous firearm. I have the Patriot, and have just recently ordered another barrel in 357/38, and a couple of extras for it. When you first look at the firearm, automatically find yourself holding a quality piece of art. And the feel in hand, is solid. It fires rounds without effort, and the recoil is less than expected. Your sales/customer service employees, are very friendly and helpful. Keep up the fantastic work, we will be long time friends. And I just cant wait for Bullpup to make enrty. Sincerely, CHARLES FRALEY
I live in northern Maine and we are still snowed in. The weather forecast is expected to be in the forties for the next ten days so I expect the weather to break this week. I have two barrels .410/45LC and .45 ACP. I have several boxes of Federal and Winchester .410 OOO buck shot 3″ and some Winchester PDX1 defender ammo. I also have a box of fifty of .45 ACP 230g. Yeah, I”m psyched and ready. Top notch workmanship. For now I just pick it up feel it , admire it and pray the snow melts soon. My next barrel will be .38. I sure wish you had a .223. Thanks Bond. Ken.
Had a chance to fire the new Texas Defender the other day, and was very happy with the results. Firing, 3 different 410 ga shells & 2 .45Colt cartridges. 410’s were standard 2.5″ 7 1/2 shot & 000 Buck & Winchester PDX Shells. The .45Colt cartridges were , 1 cowboy load & 1 Winchester SilverTip. All shot very good, and control is very nice. Quality of the firearm is superb, However the trigger is a little stiffer than I would like to see it, but not bad. All in all, a fine firearm that I am looking forward to shooting a lot more. Thank you.
I love my new Bond Arms Patriot! Best built firearm I’ve ever seen. Easier to shoot than I thought it would be. After trying several different .410 loads, I like the Federal Premium .410 Handgun #4 shot and 000 Buckshot the best. I feel like loading the first barrel with #4 shot and the second barrel with 000 Buck would make a great combination for personal defense. The BAD holster is perfect for cc. I got the .22 long rifle barrel for plinking and have ordered the 4 1/4 in. .410 barrel for 3 inch loads. Thanks for a very high quality American made product.
I bought a 3 1/2 inch 410/45 colt Snake Slayer as a defensive item for when I travel. My anti-car jacking gun. When I 1st got it I thought the power was too much, I’m older & my tolerance to higher powered rounds is waning. But after 3 times at the range, I found a number of different rounds both 410 & colt 45 that work just fine. 2 1/2 #4, 410, like Mr. Gordon Bond discussed in one of his videos, works just perfect to protect myself & my family while we travel. And it’s good to know I can use any colt 45 round or ANY 410 rounds in my Bond Arms derringer. I Ordered a 357/38 barrel for fun at the range & plan to buy many more barrels & One of the “Back up” models in 9mm.
Bond Arms Derringers are truly one of the finest hand guns in modern gun smiting & mine will be passed down in the family as a keepsake & a symbol of the Power, Security & Safety that a person can provide for their family. Thanks to the Bond Family & Employees. God Bless you! You all make the world a safer place. K.Eaton
I fired it lots. .38/.357 and the 45 long colt I let a younger guy play with the 3 inch .410 he had a smile on his face so I gave him a few more rounds.
Thank God for Bond Arms! My Texas Defender is a shining example of what good American craftsmanship is all about. It’s bold and solidly built, and every time I pick it up, I just have to say “Hell yeah!” Every time I bring it to the range people ask me about it and I’m proud to tell them about Bond Arms and their double-barreled handguns. Thanks Bond Arms for your quality products. Keep up the great work!
– Cory R.
I bought the Backup this year and had a great time with it at the range. But I can not leave well enough alone and have since modified it. I bought the 4.25 matte barrel in SW 40 cal. and put on the extended rubber grips. As a pastor I find that people are sometimes apprehensive of me carrying a gun to the pulpit. My Backup is still small enough to carry in a shoulder holster under my coat to go undetected unless I’m getting a hug. Very few people even know I carry a gun. It is comfortable enough to carry all day.
I bought this to add to my Cowboy Shooting collection. I can get 2 rounds off in 2.5 seconds, One of my CAS fellow members showed me how he could get off 2 rounds in .56 of a second. The winner had a Bond .46 of a second.
Bond has the best customer service and fast turn around on orders.
My husband and I both own a Bond hand gun. I bought my husband the USA Defender for his birthday. He loved the gun so much that I bought myself the 38 special mini. They are well built hand guns. We are waiting for the BULLPUP to come out. We both want one.
First off, I love derringers and own models made by several companies. I love shooting them and generally carry one in addition to a main carry weapon. This is an unbiased assessment of all the brands I have, for anyone looking to purchase a derringer. I am not a gun writer, but have carried derringers on-duty and off prior to retiring, and for 30 years. I consider derringers fun range guns and have gone to the range with just derringers for a derringer range day. Most do not consider them range guns, but I love shooting derringers. My thought for this article is to help a new buyer evaluate the different brands fairly. I will give the plus and minus, as I see them, and my experiences dealing with orders or repairs. That I am posting this on a Bond site, for testimonials, does show my love for this brand. This is purely my opinion, based on my experience over the years. I will also add in a few tidbits that most gun writers miss and that I learned the hard way.
I own 3 Bond derringers, a Snake Slayer (.45/.410, 3 1/2″), a Ranger (.45/.410, 4 1/4″) and a Texas Defender (.40, 3″). In addition, I own several barrels to interchange, a .357 in 3 1/2″, .45 acp in 3 1/2″, and .22 mag in 3″. A Bond is what I generally always carry. The caliber is usually a .45/.410 since I live in the country. Snakes, skunks, and other critters sometime take exception to my “live and let live” policy, or try to push the boundries of it… and need to be dealt with (I mean seriously, does a skunk need to come up to the house and spray the vehicles several times a week, just to let me know he lives out in the pasture, under the barn?).
I have only had one problem with a Bond item. It was the ejector on the .22 magnum barrel. The ejector broke at the barrel during a long range session. I called to get an ejector to replace it and planned to replace it myself. Bond recommended I send the whole barrel to them to maintain warranty on it. I received a new barrel back in a few weeks. Wow, I expected repair, not a replacement. Top marks. The person I spoke to was really friendly (they are in Texas). Service was fast and ordering replacement grips and extra barrels from them was faster (2-3 days for me).
Bond derringers are very well made. I will not go into all the specs on them since it is listed on this site. They are slightly heavier than all the other brands, and slightly larger in the barrel lug area. Weight is the trade off for high quality, and using steel instead of aluminum or some metal alloy. Yes, you can easily coat pocket carry them but a holster or front pocket carry works best. There are also boot holsters and most are inadequate. A word of advice. Make sure the holster attaches to the boot with more that a clip. The gun weight on the top of the boot can make it come loose while walking or moving fast during an encounter (trust me, you hate to see you boot derringer and holster slide across the pavement). Run a cord through the boot pull and the holster or something. I finally had snaps put on the holster and boot to snap it in place. Bonds carry well in ankle holsters. I usually carry the Ranger around our place, in a pair of derringer suspenders, under a vest or over shirt. (there are sellers for these suspenders on the web…I replaced the back elastic with leather since elastic will die quickly due to having 23 ounces of weight sitting in the built-in holster on one strap). You generally have to use a derringer without a trigger guard for these suspenders. Which brings us to the next point.
Bond Arms has a trigger guard on some models. It can also be easily removed. I really like this. Most brands do not have trigger guards. The DoubleTap has a trigger guard too, but it is not removable like Bond Arms trigger guards are…you can have it both ways with Bond Arms.
For quick shooting, say in a self defense situation, a trigger guard is of no consequence since you are probably going to pull the trigger after cocking it anyway. But for more careful aiming or less stressful shooting situations, it is nice to have a place to put the finger safely away from the trigger after cocking the hammer, such as on the outside of the trigger guard.
Overall, Bonds are an excellent choice for a buyer. The barrels open easily with one lever push and lock automatically when closed. The extra choice of barrels in different calibers and lengths is outstanding. I prefer 3 1/2″ barrels. The reason is for added barrel length. The additional 1/2″ to a 3″ barrel is not much to conceal but adds accuracy. The 4 1/4″ barrels are very accurate but harder to carry in a pants pocket and generally need some type of holster. When you think of barrel length, remember that in a derringer, the cartridge inserts into the barrel. So you lose the length of the cartridge when you consider the overall length of the barrel. Example…. The case of a .357 or .45 colt is about 1.3″ long, basically the round is about 1 1/2″ long total. So if you insert that round into a 3″ barrel, you are actually shooting a weapon with a 1 1/2″ barrel (3″ barrel minus the 1 1/2″ round= 1 1/2″ of barrel remaining). So a 3 1/2″ barrel length in a derringer really gives you the equivalent of a 2″ barrel length, like a 2″ barrel for a snub nose revolver in .357 or .38. Since 45.acp and .9mm rounds are shorter, the same size barrel length gives you a little more usable barrel (about 1/4″). More barrel length makes the gun more accurate. With a 4 1/4″ barrel, we are talking about roughly 3″ of usable barrel length and that makes it more accurate. With practice, these derringers will hit the center target area at 7 yards when using a cartridge round.
****Super big tip, I recommend buying a .22 or .22 magnum barrel to match the same length barrel of the derringer you own. This is for practice. The barrels easily interchange in a minute. All bigger calibers have varying degrees of recoil when fired, and to some point, it is also subjective and depends on the shooter’s experience, abilities, etc… The .22 or .22 magnum has very little kick in a Bond derringer. Less recoil makes range practice enjoyable, you are able to shoot longer, and your accuracy will greatly improve. You can practice without the harder recoil, thus getting your accuracy down. Plus it allows you to use the derringer for plinking. I like the .22 magnum. It is more expensive to shoot than .22 long rifle, but is an excellent varmint round for snakes, rats, etc., and all around shooting.
As for shogun loads in a .45/.410 barrel, the pattern will spread more with a shorter barrel. But at the barrel lengths we are dealing with, it is a wide pattern already…so the difference in 3″ or 3 1/2″ versus 4 1/4″ barrels is minimum. At 3 yards, birdshot from a 4 1/4″ will cover a human silhouette target, with noticeable pellets outside the sihouette. This means pellets hitting outside the intended target in a self defense situation. The defensive shotgun loads for derringers have patterns much tighter at 3 yards and remain on target, but at 7 yards, there can be fliers outside the silhouette. This means a chance of hitting someone other than the intended target. Add in the stress of the situation, it becomes likely if others are near the target. The recommended defense loads are great, but meant for really close range, almost “breathing” range. About shotgun shells …. For derringer use, buy shells with smooth sides, not the corrugated sides. Most normal .410 shells, especially shot shells, have a corrugated plastic hull. Some makers use a smooth side shell. Buy these. The smooth side shells eject easier and I have never had one stick in the barrel. The corrugated ones expand more when shot and are hard to remove, often requiring a screwdriver or long rod poked down the barrel to eject it. This means that barrel is useless until that shell is removed. I had one stick so bad at the range, I just had to pack the gun up and take it home, with shot shell still firmly lodged.
Accuracy….. Derringers are built with one barrel sighted in, the other barrel will hit slightly higher or lower on the target. Generally the bottom barrel seems to hit most accurate for me on most brands, with the top barrel hitting slightly higher. I am guessing most makers manufacture their guns with the bottom barrel sighted in. But I have had some brands where the sights seemed to be just decorative. With the bottom sighted in and due to the design, this means the bottom barrel recoils more backward than up (as compared to the top barrel), allowing a quicker followup shot with the top barrel. But how you hold the gun and view the sights can change some of this visual line-up. Figure out which barrel you hit most accurate with, and cycle the action so that barrel will shoot first. Info on how to do this is somewhere on Bond’s site. That way, in a defense situation, you are more likely to score a hit on the first shot. Bond Arms are very accurate. I have found the bottom barrel to hit almost point of aim on my Ranger (4 1/4″ barrel) with .45 colt. The top barrel hits about 2″ higher, this is at 3 yard range… At 7 yards, I still hit center black and the top barrel hits about 3″ up. I do not generally practice to shoot past this range. With the shorter barrels, I tend to hit less accurately, but still in the center at 3 yards though not at 7 yards. Your experience and abilities will vary from mine.
As a few last things about Bond Arms, before mentioning how they compare to others, I will say the Bond Arms warranty is, hands down, a major deal. I have had to pay for repairs to other non-Bond derringers, that should have been covered. With Bond, I have not had any problems, other than the mentioned ejector they replaced. Also, I love the extended grips. They make the gun more manageable and do not add much to concealability problems. The Bond derringers I usually carry have these extended grips. Bond also sells other grips. I did buy the standard grip in Buffalo horn for my Texas Defender. Oh man, they are beautiful grips, fit perfect, and feel great. Grips like that make you appreciate the quality of the gun more.
I own the Alaskan model, .45/.410. I believe they call it the M4 model. It has a 4″ barrell. This is probably the most similar to a Bond derringer and started the .410 derringer phase. It is also the only other model of derringer I own that is made of all steel, like Bond (all the others are aluminum or some other type metal frame). This was the standard before Bond. They are very well made and have a traditional derringer design and grip, especially with the barrel release lever. They are harder to find new, cost more, and most are used guns. They do not have a life time warranty. I love the spring safety under the hammer that automatically releases when the gun is cocked. These derringers are slower to reload than a Bond, due to the traditional barrel release lever. You must unlock the lever and then relock it, this moves a cam that holds the barrel in place. The Bond relocks itself. Plus on the American Derringer, the release lever has a spring in it that requires you to push the lever in, before moving it… Then repeat to relock the barrel. Not pushing the lever in will cause wear to the release over time, and need for repair… not covered under warranty. I really wish I had known that when I got it.
I had a firing pin break on my derringer and it needed replacing. I had to pay to replace it. To their credit, I was driving to Austin and back in one day. I stopped in Waco at their store, early in the morning. They fixed it and I picked it up on the way back home that afternoon. They were polite and helpful. I got lucky with the timing of their shop and had called ahead the previous day. Top marks for service and repair. But still, I had to pay for a repair that should have been covered and one that would not have happened if I had been told or if it was in the product info when I bought the gun. All that aside, I love the gun. It is beautiful, well made, and gives that classic old west feel, especially with smokeless powder cowboy rounds in .45 colt (special smokeless powder still creates some smoke, awesome fun). I carried it right up until I bought my first Bond derringer, a Snake Slayer. Now I shoot the American derringer just for fun, it stays in a case. The Bond wins for everyday use and practicability… but the American is too fun, pretty, or whatever it is that makes me not sell it.
I own a Cobra in 9mm, a C9 model I believe. I carried it on-duty in my pocket. I chose 9mm since my on-duty weapon was a 9mm. Some people like to always match their backup weapon ammo to their main carry, if possible, so they can interchange if there is a gun problem (another plus for Bond’s different caliber barrels). This Cobra model is small and light. I saw some new Cobra derringer models at a recent gun show and they seemed larger than what I have. Maybe just my perception since I have carried Bonds for so long, and not this Cobra. It retired when I did. I bought the extra stag grips for it and like them. I had a problem with it, I do not remember what it was for sure. Maybe it was the lock up latch for the barrel and light striking on one barrel with the firing pin. Anyway, Cobra repaired it, no charge. But the gun did not have many rounds fired through it before it needed repair. Overall, other quality was ok and it took a beating when I carried it… but it does not match the quality of a Bond derringer or American. The smaller size makes it easy to carry but gripping it is kind of hard for my paws. My accuracy with it was limited to really close range. Maybe the newer ones are better, I do not know. I did see that many calibers are now available. Mine was made of some unknown alloy.
I have a Davis .22 derringer. It is really small, basically an old style derringer shrunk down to .22 size. I am not sure if these are still made. It was made of some alloy with barrel inserts. The size means it was easy to carry in a pocket or vest, but it was hard for me to shoot. I bought the Davis as a practice gun for the Cobra derringer. Quality was ok and I never had problems with it other than the finish chipping. But the small size meant it was not shot much and rarely carried. Accuracy was not that great.
I have a Double Tap in .45, the aluminum non-ported model. This is a double action derringer, no cocking of the hammer needed. This derringer is the only other model, besides Bond, that has interchangeable barrels, currently only available in .9mm and .45 acp. Supposedly, other calibers are planned. But honestly, at around $300 each for an extra barrel and the limited use of this derringer, I will not be a buyer even if that happens (unless in .22 or .22 magnum for practice). This slim gun fits easily in a back pocket or vest pocket. It weighs about 15 ounces It is well made and I like this derringer. If I am dressing where a Bond derringer may show, or can not go in a front pants pocket, I carry this instead. I have only shot it a few times since it is a recent purchase and have not taken it to the range yet. It does kick when shot. Due to the design, it hits you right in the center and web of the hand, along a thin line. Recoil is not distributed as in a normal gun grip. It is not a range gun or fun to shoot like a Bond. In fact, it is not fun to shoot at all unless you are like me and really like to shoot guns that recoil. The recoil may be too much for alot of people, so they will never practice enough with it to be comfortable carrying it. You can buy a rubber shooting slip-on grip to reduce recoil for practice. I did, and do not see that helping much. I bought the gun basically new but used. The previous owner fired it twice and was willing to take a $100 loss to sell it. He did not want to shoot it again. He was not small in stature either, so that may tell you something. It is built for defense only at point blank range and fits that niche quite well. It is easy to open the barrel for reload and automatically locks back when closed (DoubleTap and Bond are the best ones at this), and 1 set of reloads fits in the bottom of the grip, which is nice. The sights are almost non-existent and limited shooting in my back yard shows it kinda hits where I aim at 3 yards. I have not figured out which barrel is sighted in best yet. To me, this is purely an instinct pointing gun, extremely close range defense gun only. By design, it qualifies as a derringer. It does not have the more traditional look of Bond or any of the other derringers. And it does not have the versatility of use or availability of calibers as Bond or some of the others. Still, it perfectly fits the small niche it was made for, and given those limitations, it was not meant to be a fun gun or do much else.
That’s about it. It is long winded, I know, I am glad you made it this far. I know some will agree and some will not. Some probably already knew this stuff or could add to it. My point was to show my experiences, some differences and help buyers new to derringers understand them. Your experiences may vary. There are a few other derringers out there, such as the Hi-Standard (still available new), and some older no longer made models, but I do not currently own one, so I left them out. And yes, I am partial to Bonds. I compared the others to Bond since Bond is now the standard. Of the brands listed, Bond and Cobra are probably the most prevalent models out there at this point, with Bond being the major brand found in most gun stores and the highest quality. The others, including Cobra, probably require going to a gun show and buying from a seller you may or may not know. Lastly, I have tried to be fair to all brands as best as I could, based on my experience with the derringers I own. Bond Arms did not influence this article in any way, other than by the quality of their product. I am just a customer with a love for derringers.
I bought my Ranger II a month ago but the gun range I go to would not allow me to shoot the 410 shot gun shells. I was impressed with the accuracy of the weapon shooting the colt 45 round. This weekend I got to shoot the 410 round out of it. I shot a 12″ diameter target at about 30 feet and was impressed with the accuracy and the tightness of the pattern. Tried just point and shoot with about the same results. Really like the weapon and it’s versatility.
We purchased this derringer from Cabelas after going there to look at the “Backup”. The Patriot was so well finished that we decided that having a BAD holster included made the Patriot a better choice for us. When we got home we noticed that the breech end of the barrel had numerous tooling marks. These marks, while not affecting the function of the derringer, did in fact diminish the pride of ownership in the weapon. We took the derringer to the range and we were impressed with accuracy and reliability. We decided to see if we could polish the barrel to remove the marks and we were successful. We are impressed with our derringer and we would buy it again. We are impressed with Bond Arms and their after sale follow up. We would encourage them to be more careful with quality control inspections because those can be deal breakers. It would have been for us if we had noticed them at the store. I am happy that we didn’t notice them and worked through the problem ourselves because the derringer is great. We carry it with us and may consider purchasing another. We totally recommend Bond Arms!
What a great gun and fun to shoot! I have the Cowboy that shoot the 45 long colt/410 and had a ball shooting it. Great for personal protection or a backup gun. If you haven’t shot one you need to. I am looking forward to the new Bull-pup to come out. I want one of the first ones!
After 27 years in the Army and years in law enforcement in Michigan and Texas the Bond 45-410 is a fantastic backup or main carry. I started of with the 45-410 and love it so much I’ve purchased all the barrels for this one and three holsters, not to mention the ammo carriers. I feel confident that it will preform every time!
received my bad driving holster to go with my new snake slayer iv- both are ex quality well made.Gun Shoots great for cwp carry also trout fishing
The Ranger II is an fantastic gun. The handle is a perfect fit so it is easy to maintain
control. Bond Arms has made a great self defense weapon. I highly recommend you purchase this gun for self defense or conceal and carry. Thanx, Bond Arms. PJ
I bought a Century 2000 model for a personal concealed weapon. I am really impressed with it. I was packing a Beretta Bearcat 22 and I did’nt want to take a chance on it jamming at a critical time. I don’t have to worry about that with this gun. It is fairly light yet has plenty of take down power. Just right for my pocket. Thank You, Thank You, Bond Arms.
I Purchased the Snakeslayer IV with 4.25 in. Barrel 45L Colt/410. Liked the feel and the Weight of the gun in hand and packs a powerful Shot. Fine worksmanship and Quality and would recommend Bond Arms Derringers ot Anyone.
Got the Snake Slayer 4 around Christmas. Finnaly got a chance to fire it and what a nice piece. I fully expected a lot of recoil but it was really well balanced nothing like I was expecting at all. Great job Bond Arms!
I bought a ranger 2 last fall. I’ve had more fun showing it off to other gun enthusiasts. Built like a tank (pure quality). Made in the USA and darn good looking!
This hand cannon is a blast to shoot. Already ordered another barrel. I have had a number of people at the range ask about it. Looks as good as it shoots.
The fit and finish of this gun is unbelievable! Quality is superb! Recoil is very manageable with the .410 loads I have shot thus far. I will use my Patriot as my primary cc gun most of the time. The included holster is perfect! I was thinking of an extra barrel in 22 LR but was disappointed to learn Bond Arms 50% off offer doesn’t include 22 caliber barrels. I still highly recommend The Patriot and Bond Arms
I purchased my Backup a few weeks ago. So far I have run about 150 rounds through it. Fun little gun to shoot and well made (which I expected since I have owned a SS IV for a number of years). The only “problem” I have experienced is going back and forth between the SS IV and the Backup. The trigger on the Backup is so much better than the SS IV (I was never really in love with that trigger but I was getting used to it). The SS IV was sent in for the upgrade so I am hoping I will be back to enjoying both of them soon. Will let you know.
(Note From Bond Arms: The Triggers have been refined in the past few years, contact us if you want to look into the trigger upgrade)
Hi Bond family,
Last year I got my cc permit, I have many guns but none fit my definition of a cc gun. To me a cc gun would have to be something small enough to carry or put in my pocket without even thinking about it. I wanted to be able to take it with me without even thinking about it, like putting your keys in your pocket, just something you do every day without thought. I also wanted enough fire power to be confident it would do the job. I picked the mini 45 because of the stopping power plus the size. I got to say I love this gun, the quality size and power is everything I wanted. Because of the half price sale I got the 3″ barrel also to be used as backup in the timber. I take this gun with me every day, baca use as you know it does you no good in the safe. The Bond family was a pleasure to deal with.
Thanks for everything, Ron.
Just received my third barrel for my C2K, a 3.5″ 9mm. Only took a week and a half from order to receipt!
I absolutely love love love my little derringer! I have quite a few firearms and this one is my favorite by a long shot.
Being Texan, I really appreciate these being made in Texas for Texans! Will be ordering more barrels and most likely a driving holster soon.
Thanks so much and keep up the great work!
Have not had the opporttunity to take it to the range yet, but sure it will handle well. Very impressed with workmanship. Beautiful piece, and instant heirloom. Thank You. SCM
Have got fire it 21/2 Inch 410 shell in it but was easy to control with the shotshells.
QUALITY!!!! Built solid. The interchangeable barrels are everything you could ask for and more. Where else can you get such a wide range of calibers for one gun? Thanks.
I’ve had my Ranger II for three weeks now and I want to thank you for making such a perfect firearm. It is powerful, dependable, versatile, beautiful, easy to carry and a lot of fun to shoot. It shows pride of workmanship, which translates into pride of ownership and it is so “rock solid” strong that it truly gives me peace of mind. It is now my constant companion.
I have been around guns since I was a young boy and have owned them all my life. But I will say that I have never really loved a firearm like I do this one. It is special and I think that your company is special too. I think it has to do with making something worth having. In this modern world where most things are made “good enough to get by”, it is a pleasure to have something that is made “as good as it should be” and “better than it needs to be”. That’s what America used to be about. Thank you Mr. Bond, you make your country proud.
James in Maine
Purchased my snake slayer mainly for staying on even terms with the prairie rattler but it will also do duty as a personal protection weapon. Took advantage of the 2nd barrel at half price and ordered a 3″ 38/357. Broke it in yesterday at our back forty range on our property and was impressed. The hammer bit me once but adjusted my grip and all is ok. Thanks for building such a great versatile weapon all of which is done in the USA via Texas. Congrats from Montana
I purchased the Snake Slayer IV with 4.25 barrel in .45/.410 via a website and picked it up at my local gun dealer. When he opened the case to show me I was stunned. First of all, I was stunned by the size of it. I had no idea it was that large. When I held it I was amazed at the craftmanship. It is one fine pistol! I have since ordered the 2.5 inch barrel for 9mm, and the rubber grip as well. I can see myself doing business with Bond Arms for some time to come.
Just received my new bond arms driving holster and .357/38 barrel. Love the way bond arms does not forget you after purchase. They check with you often by email to be sure you are happy!
I have a bond arms little gun. Have several caliber barrels. Love it. Fun to shoot and can carry it in my pocket, but need a pocket holster cause I wear out my blue jeans too fast. This little bugger is accurate as any gun I have ever shot and a joy to use. You will not believe this next comment but my friends and I last summer in Iowa shot at a local range out in the boonies and I said I want to shoot the 100 yard target they put up three. My friend used his AK 47 the other used his 30-06 with scope and I took little pocket pal and shot ten shots. (.357 caliber) when we checked the targets they said holy**** you got 6 out of 10. Needless to say guess they want each a one of these. More than likely this was 99% luck but at 25 yards its just incredibly accurate. Love it.
After careful examination of many reviews, I recently purchased a Bond Arms Snake Slayer (.45 Colt/.410). Highly satisfied with the metal-to-metal and metal-to-wood fit and finish as well as its robust, well-engineered design. During its first range outing, fired fifty 250 grain cast semi-wadcutter .45 Colt rounds and a variety of .410 loads including birdshot, slug, and 000 buckshot through it (very impressive at up close & personal defensive distances from the target).
If gripped and the trigger pulled as clearly described in the Owner’s Manual, I found the recoil very manageable and the trigger pull clean & crisp. I am so impressed with this piece that I’m ordering another set of barrels today. The “Sticky Holster” and 6 round Quick Strips were also a great addition. Keep up the great work BOND ARMS!
I get to know about bond arms because of gallery of guns, a long time ago they put in their webpage a special but I didnt bought it then, but got my attention because I like different things and this firearm is indeed something different, I went to a journey of finding information and reviews about the company and their products and everything about this firearm was positive, to this day I cant find a negative review about this firearm. So I feel confident and order the piece and on January 20, 2016 it arrived and I pick it up and few days latter went to the range to test it, my god what a pleasant surprise, I am not an expert shooter but my grouping where consistent over and over, It was my first time shooting a 45 and I confess I was expecting a massive recoil and my hand ended bruised or hurt but no, on the contrary it was really enjoyable and fun to shoot this little one. That was on January and to this day is one of my favorite gun that I own and it became some sort of addiction, because Im writing this testimonial on March 2, 2016 and by this date I have bought already 3 more barrels so have some sort of collection and all the calibers I can get.
If you have a doubts about this firearm I recommend to do exactly what I just did, do a little research and you’ll find the same results and at the end when you have your own you will end up with a gun that feels good, its fun to shoot, that its reliable with the plus that it feels so strong, so well made that you know this gun will last all your life and probably beyond that.
I have fired my Texas Defender several times, first loaded with .38 Spl rounds because I was concerned about recoil. Of course I had to try it with .357 Mag also and was pleasantly surprised. I wouldn’t want to shoot .357 Mag in it all day but ripping off both barrels can be done easily without flinching. I just purchased the .410 / .45 barrels and I am anxious to try the .410 in both 2.5 and 3″ shells.
I bought myself the Texas Defender in 22 mag and got the .45 /410 barrel. I have shot both barrels and I am a small frame woman with small hands and most guns I have used really hurt my hands . Of course the 22 mag barrel was ever so sweet to shoot . The 410 barrel was a little rougher but not so bad that I wouldn’t want to shoot it again ( like my bodyguard S & W 380) Everyone that has seen this gun thinks it is the coolest ever and that in turn makes me cool too !!
Yosemite Sam used little guns with a Big hole in the front. The Bond Arms Cowboy Defender chambered in 45 Colt / 410 Shotgun ammo is just the ticket for them Varmints when they cross your path out on the urban trails.
After much review and consideration. I decided the SnakeSlayer would make a great conceal carry weapon. It will fit in my pocket or wife’s purse, the either the 45 or 410 pack plenty of punch. For the critics who worry about only two shots or not very accurate. The purpose of this weapon, is personnel protection. If you plan on getting into a shoot out with multiple gunmen this is not the gun for you. But if you want personnel protection that provides power and absolute reliability then definitely take a look at any of Bond Arms derringers.
I was wanting a Bond Arms but all I could find at that time was a 22 mag. I knew Bond had a special on barrels which was half price if you bought a new Bond Arms that month. So I bought the 22 mag. Went home and ordered a 3 1/2 barrel in 45 colt / 410 and a pair of oversized rubbergrips. Had them in less than 2 weeks. In about 2 minutes I changed them out. Barrel was easy to change and fit’s great. Oversized grips help with recoil. Great people!
I bought my first Bond Arms gun in December and my second barrel in January. I was concerned with the recoup/kickback so I decided to go small with a .38/.357 Texas Defender. I went to the range to fire my weapon for the first time and I soon had a gaggle form around me. Questions started to arrive “what is it”, “where did you get it”, “what caliber are you shooting”, etc. I was even asked by a few of hue guys if they could fire it hi how they find of course.
Well the recoil and kickback were minimal, so I decided to order the .45 long colt/.410 barrel. Needless to say I was delighted with the way the weapon handled and the excellent shot patterns at 12 feet. I am bragging to all my friends about the weapon and hopefully you’ll get some orders soon. I think you and I both hit a home run with this weapon.
I purchased the USA Defender .410/45LC, it included the BAD Driving Holster. This is a limited production gun so I had a short wait for my local dealer find one. It was worth the wait. After I purchased it customer service at Bond Arms made it very easy to exchange the holster for a left handed version. In addition Bond Arms gave me a discount code to use on an additional barrel. I purchased a 357/38 barrel. I have fired PDX1 .410 Defender shotshells and 38 Special caliber shells so far. I was pleasantly surprised at how manageable the recoil is on .410’s and that is almost non-existent on the 38’s. I especially liked getting six hits on the target with two shots using the PDX1 .410’s. This is a high quality gun, that met all of my expectations.
Purchased the Patriot for a Christmas present for myself, what a fine quality well constructed piece! Took it out and shot it and what a pleasure! Thought it would have more kick but was surprised that it was very manageable! I ordered the 4.25 barrel in the same caliber 45/410, and another quality piece from Bond. I am going to order a Snake Slayer also, that is how much I am impressed with Bond Arms! Keep up the great American work and pride!
Very pleased with product quality! I bought 2 additional barres, 3.5 inch 9mm, an, an the 3 inch 44 special. Gun came with 45/410 3 inch, I am happy with all 3. Very accurate for a small hand gun. Looking forward to buying another. All you have to do is hold it and you will feel the quality
I have fired my texas defender in 45LC/.410 and enjoyed it. It is extremely loud and turned heads at the pistol range when I fired the .410 2 1/2 inch rounds out of it. It is a fun gun and easy to carry as a back up gun or personal defense.
Cool little weapon. Bought it on a whim, but the more I examine, clean, and now shoot I love it. Not as much kick as I expected.personal defense 410. Easily concealed, great quality.Bought 38/357 barrel but haven’t a chance to try that one yet.
I’m not an impulse buyer and studied the various Bond models for well over a year after my LE son-in-law got his Texas Defender. That includes watching many of Gordon’s and others videos. I’d concluded I wanted the SS or SSIV for the little longer barrel. The gun show was in town last month and I ran up on a really good deal on a 410/45LC Snake Slayer – impulse won!
I had a chance to fire a couple of dozen rounds the next day and while never a crack shot with any pistol, I was consistently grouping shots on some 12″x12″ pine board scraps with the 45C at paced off 6-7 yards. It did take a few rounds to get the feel of the sights and relation of upper and lower barrels. At that range all of the OOO pellets were on the target boards.
The SS feels more natural in my hand than the smaller gripped Texas Defender. Recoil was less than anticipated with the mix of 45C’s and several 410 loads, both 2-1/2″ and 3″. I was a bit surprised by the lack or only very slight vertical component of kick. Most of the recoil was felt in horizontal direction, i.e., palm of hand, but very manageable with any of the loads I tried.
All in all, I am very pleased with handling and accuracy for the intended range of my Snake Slayer and as all say, it is extremely well made. I will be adding at least a 22LR barrel for some fun shooting.
I forget the exact source(s) and will paraphrase the philosophy some have said about the Bonds and personal defense. It makes you think before you act being single action and only two shots and not an easy weapon to over react with. Good advice and probably very defensible legally if, God forbid, push came to shove.
Although I did like Bond derringers never own one until they came out with the Bond Backup with the matte finish. When I received it I was just amazed at the quality and looks! so I decided to build a “just in case” case with the most common calibers with matching barrels.
I had a problem with one of the barrels that was damaged in shipping, but thanks to the excellent Customer Service and Shipping departments the problem was resolved. They were in constant communication with me and I even got a call from Mr. Gordon Bond (president /owner) just to make sure everything was OK.
Excellent company, excellent firearms!
I first saw your hand cannon on the Blaze TV and knew I had to have one at that point.
I kept putting it off until on Facebook I saw where you had presented Governor Abbott with a commemorative model. I knew then, that these hand cannons would soon be in short supply, so went by the new gun store in Center to see if he had one. He didn’t and none of his supplies had one either.
Then I went to www.bondarms.com and found the Snakeslayer IV was available and could be shipped to a gun store in Carthage. I am so glad I bought it. I also bought a box of 00 buckshot 410 ga. and brought it home. I looked at the gun in the store, but didn’t load it up until I got it home. I walked out back along with my son (disabled Army Vet) and fired one shot. It about blew a pile of wood to pieces, and I grinned and told him, It will do exactly what I want it to do.
I am very happy with the Hand Cannon and am now carrying it everywhere I go. It fits in my right front pocket quite handily. Since then, I have bought a sticky holster for it, but it hasn’t arrived yet.
Thanks for making such a quality hand gun!
Yes I have got to fire my new Bonds Arms Snake Slayer.I have been looking for some time for a derringer .I only found the one I have been waiting for when I came across your gun .most of them were not made very well but yours was a nice looking had the quality workman ship for me to by.I love the fill of the extended grip.looks great .I got a holster for it a BMT. Nice also. Would like to get a barrel in a 22 I think but as I see it only comes in 3in. I like the look and fell of the 3 1/2 will have to give it more though.I like the look of the BAD holster maybe better than the one I got .I bought before I seen the driving bad.one I will enjoy shooting it for a long time I think it will out last me .Thanh you very much for the nice looking quality made gun .Wilmer
God bless America. Someone on this planet is still doing something right!
My new Bond Arms derringer, purchased as a .45/.410 Texas Defender, has quickly become my favorite weapon ever. I have to admit that as a gadget geek, I decided to purchase the base model and a few accessories only a couple weeks after I saw the ad on a popular conservative talk show program. Not having shopped for a weapon in decades, I was impressed that quickly.
I admit to paying a little more than I could have in order to support my local dealer. In addition to my base Texas Defender, I also have added extended rubber grips, the driving holster, and two barrels. For less than a thousand dollars total investment, I now have a remarkably beautifully engineered and crafted weapon that I can configure a dozen different ways. I can use the trigger guard or not, the original Rosewood compact grips or the larger rubber tactical grips, with my choice of three barrels firing at least five types of loads.
Shooting this gun is really nice. It’s very accurate, once I ignored Gordon’s recommendation in the excellent YouTube “Safety” video to compensate for the difference between barrels. Since the barrels on the .22 are inside the firing pins and separated by only 10mm, there is simply no point in changing your sight picture to compensate, especially for defense purposes. Ditto for the full-sized barrels which like the firing pins are on 15mm centers. I can use the 3″ .22 barrel in my living room with a trap for practice. Besides the original 3″ .45/.410 for daily defense, I just added a 4.25″ .357/.38 barrel for more “open” situations.
My only complaint is that I have a slight occasional problem with over-trigger-finger so far, due I believe to the very stiff trigger pull on this gun. It took me about a half-dozen loadings to actually pull the trigger on the first try until I adjusted. Understanding the concerns about safety, I’ll try to get used to it. I’m normally a two-handed shooter, and this problem crops up more often when I shoot one-handed.
SO, what’s the bottom line?
Marvelous weapon, reasonably priced – beautifully crafted, deadly accurate, safe and designed with wisdom. What more can you ask for if your life depends on it?
God bless you all,
The Back Up is my third Bond Arms handgun. I love all three. They all have a function. All 3 shoot very well, accurately, and with very manageable recoil, despite the load to size ratio!! Bonds exhibit excellent machining and are built extremely well with beautiful aesthetic detail. I highly recommend Bond Arms to friends!
Love the items I ordered
When I got my 3 inch barreled 357 Mag. I first went out and fired 4 each 38 special bird shot, then I worked my way up to the 38 special 2 each then I fired 2 each 357 Mag. I was pleasantly surprised how well I was able to handle it even with stock grips. However I still ordered a pair of the extended rubber grips and a 9 mm barrel, when it came in I changed the grips and test fired the 9 mm. I have not test fired the 357 Mag. with rubber grips yet, but I am sure I will be even more happy. Regards: Stephen
Took my Rustic Ranger to the range. At 7 yards the 45 Colt hit where I was aiming and
the 2 1/2 inch 410 000 buck just slightly to the left. Might have been me jerking the trigger. Not much felt recoil for a big bore short barrel. Moving to Arizona soon and
This will make a great snake gun and back up ccw.
Just received my 9mm barrel, so took some 9mm and some .410 ammo to the range on Saturday. After going through a box of 9mm, marveling at how accurate this fine piece of machinery is, I swapped barrels and loaded up what, will ultimately be, my defensive round of choice. After 4 rounds, I packed up my stuff and went home… I had heard that the .410 round was not for the faint of heart when it comes to this size firearm, but you just don’t appreciate it until you wrangle with it first-hand. Still rather be on the ‘giving’ than the ‘receiving’ end of a .410 round coming out of this extremely well-built piece of American exceptionalism! The only issue that I ran into was that the trigger guard worked itself loose during this visit to the range. I thought that might be a little odd, since I had gone over the gun prior to firing it with a fine-tooth comb and made sure everything was good and tight.
I have fired my 357/38 Texas Defender with the 3 inch barrel. The top barrel is right on target and the lower barrel shoots low, I will figure out the elevation needed to get shots on the X.
I have taken advantage of the reduced price on a second barrel and I’m looking forward to firing the 4.25 inch .45/.410 when it arrives. I hope that you will consider making a .45/.410 carbine. Thank you.
Yes, I have fired my first Bond Arms gun, (Texas), handles very well , I ordered another barrel and a holster, and strongly thinking about getting another Bond Arms derringer shortly..
I fired my new Cowboy Defender with both 410 and long Colt 45 rounds last weekend. My target was a torso sized cardboard box I placed on a 1″ pvc pipe. My first shot with the 45 round at 30 yards was pretty much in the center of the box and completely destroyed the pvc pipe inside. I was impressed. I was also pleased that the recoil was far less than I had expected. Love the gun.
THE TEXAS DEFENDER IS JUST WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR IN A HOME AND PERSONNEL DEFENSE GUN! I TRIED BOTH THE COLT 45LC AND 410 THRIPLE O BUCK SHOT. BEING 65 AND NOT TO STEADTY HOLDING THE GUN STILL, I LIKE THE TRIPLE O BUCK SHOT OVER THE 45 COLT LC. THE KICK OF THE 2.5 INCH BARREL IS MANAGABLE FOR MY AGE. THANKS FOR SUCH A NICE PISTOL!!!
5 STARS RATING FROM ME!!!!
Bond Arms has created a very fine handgun with what’s called their Backup model. There’s not one thing that I don’t like about this fine handgun, although it is unfortunate that there’s currently a 4-week backlog to get a good holster for it… but I trust it will be worth the wait.
I finally had my long awaited opportunity to fire my new Snake Slayer. It’s in the 410/45 long caliber. It was a great experience and quite an attraction at the range. I was not sure what to expect with the accuracy but I am very pleased. I had a very nice pattern at 20 yards with the 45 Colt. I also purchased the BAD Driving Holster which is extremely well made and fits the Snake Slayer like a glove. I’m proud to have this combination in my inventory.
Purchased a snake slayer recently and absolutely love it. Besides being a fun gun to shoot, it provides an excellent self defense tool. I shot a number of different types of shot shells to get an idea of the coverage and the gun was very comfortable shooting all of them. Love having a shotgun in my hand and it is indeed a “hand cannon”.
Great craftsmanship, shoots very nice 357,38special, also bought second barrel 410 and 45 colt, love it.
Great gun and easy to control. Waiting for the 357 barrel that I ordered. Recoil is mild with Hornady Critical Defence 45 Colt ammo.
My Snake Slayer is all I had hoped it would be. Barrels change in seconds. The firearm is built like a tank. A two level hard case has been set up for it, its barrels, and ammo. Well done, Bond Arms
Got a 3.5 inch 45colt / 410 love it better balance what’s not to love about having a barrel that shoots two different shells, got an extra large grip which feels great in my hand,
Ordered the rubber extended grip for different feel, I love this gun, able to stop anything out there ,.keep up the great work fit and finish is one off the best I’ve seen
Great Darrenger.no problems with anything.well made.i need another one and will be buying the backup.it would be good to have a conceal carry holster like the sneaky pete holster where you can carry in plain sight.great job Texas and Gordon bond and company.also great knife.
I just purchased a new Texas Defender w/ 410 / 45. The first time shooting it was a little intimidating. The second time I love it. I have ordered another barrel w/ the 50% off coupon which is a 38 / 357. I know I am going to enjoy shooting it. It will be my ccw of choice. Thanks so much for such a quality product
Fired my new Snakeslayer in 45/410! It sure has a bite, but so much fun to shoot. Shot 410 3inch shot loads and they covered target at 10yds. Then tried 3inch PDX loads at same distance. They did
A lot of fun shooting my snakeslayer.It has a little kick to it but easy to handle.
I have seen the adds for Bond Arms guns for quite a while in my American Rifleman magazine. my decision to buy one was made after going to the website and watching the many videos about them on You Tube The Cowboy Defender is a perfect example of modern materials and attention to detail during assembly. I have made three trips to the shooting range with mine and have carried it in the Bond driving holster with Hornady critical defense 410 ammo.
I was in the local pawn shop again and found another Bond Arms pistol. This one a Cowboy Defender was just as nice as the first (Texas Defender).
These pistols are such a great deal and exceptional quality someone would have to be in dire need of money to sell.
These little pistols are built like a tank only stronger, I bought it immediately and now have two.
With their lifetime warranty and very friendly staff these pistols will last a lifetime and a great pistol to pass on to future generations.
I know about quality and having a weapon you can depend on being a Vietnam Veteran. You make a great pistol Bond arms, keep up the great work!
Thank you kindly Bond Arms for making a derringer that is California legal! Our ranch in California’s high desert has seen just about every kind of snake that lives in the region. (We don’t harm the non-venomous kind.) Carrying a shotgun while completing daily chores and doing improvement work increases the potential for a problem or at least a damaged shotgun. .22 caliber shot shells are not usually effective and putting a .38, .357 or .45 shot shell in my carry guns is out of the question. The Bond Arms Big Bear in .45 Colt is the perfect answer! Thank you!
I’ve fired my new Snake Slayer two times with different range buddies. One of them is a little scared of it. It’s a handcannon alright. The other friend thinks it’s the coolest thing and wants to get one. I like shooting the 3″ Federal 5 pellet load quickly from hip. It kicks pretty good and the pellet spread seems about perfect from defense distances. I have the Bond Arms IWB and pocket holsters. The IWB really tucks away nicely by my kidney. The pocket carry is a little bulky, but I still like it. I ordered a left hand locking lever and it installed perfectly. If you think you want a Bond Arms gun get one.
I first saw in Concealed Carry Handguns Magazine. I had to have it. Shot as soon as I could get out to the country. Very little recoil for such a beast!
I was apprehensive about spending so much money on the extended stag grips, but all doubts were erased when I received them. Extremely high quality. See for yourself.
Just took my new acquisition out last weekend – handled well on first firing. (Don’t forget earplugs – it’s a popper!). Had to get used to the heavy trigger pull but understand that will get better as the gun is used more. Tried a number of different types of ammo (several different 410 loads and 45 LC) to see spray pattern and had a little issue with miss-fires after about 12 rounds. Gun was cleaned well before going out and cleaned again when done. Will take out again soon. Overall impressed with this little guy – love the size and workmanship. Well made and nice to handle.
The .410 in my back pocket is a great feeling. I just hope I do not get into a situation where I will need to use. But if I need it, I have it ready. I have not had a chance to try the .45 ACP barrel yet.
I bought the Snake Slayer and boy am I ecstatic. It shoots true and is easy to handle. I shot both 45 Colt and a variance of .410 rounds and said to myself: “This gun is scary.” I will be using it as my backup piece from now on while working. Thanks Bond Arms for this quality piece.
Just purchased a Ranger II. I love it. Paul R
I’m a new happy owner of a Snake Slayer IV. Pocket cannon it is. It’s just awesome. Just got the holster. Also awesome. I hope Crimson will make a laser grip for it someday.
Great little hand cannon. 410/45 combo is the best combination there is to me. I have a Snake Slayer. I have concealed carry but I carry the Snake Slayer on my hip. The most favorite gun I have. Thank you for making a great gun.
I’ve owned the Snake Slayer for a little over a month and kept it for night-time home protection. I also carried it for a few days as my CCW. I finally was able to get to the range and test it out and boy was I surprised. I shot Winchester 2 1/2″, 3″ PDX1 .410 Defender shot as well as Winchester Super X 45 Colt.
I was ready for a bit of a kick, but after the first shot shell blast, I set the gun down for a minute to reconnoiter. Other shooters at the range also paused and asked what I was shooting. This is definitely NOT too much gun, my only recommendation is that you take it to the range to become acclimated to the power. Don’t use it for personal defense like I did without understanding its performance.
At the range, I shot at a realistic 5 yards, which would be a typical distance if an intruder/culprit is your target. ONE shot with a .410 shell will most undoubtedly stop an invader (he will not ask for another). The sound alone coming at him will make him shake in his boots. Every shot I took at the range hit the target where I wanted…even the second shot (though I was still a little intimidated).
This is a precision instrument…so well engineered. I am very glad I made this purchase.
Once again, I recommend that you must get it to the range soonest and get some practice first before using it for self defense.
Cowboy is a blast to shoot and garners a lot of attention at the range. Feels good knowing you can’t miss to 15 or so feet.
Great shooting close range gun, an asset to have if the need arises at 7-10 yards. Used PDX1 Defenders in .410 at 10 yards and destroyed the head of my target, .45 Colt PDX1’s also worked very well.
I purchase the Texas Defender, what A great gun. I enjoy shooting 45/410, it’s perfect for hideaway. I can’t wait to get the 22mag & 22Lr barrels.
Bought the Texas defender, kind of a whim, but the more I check it out shoot it clean it the more I love it.very well made and surprisingly not painful to shoot, bought the 38/357 barrel also, not a chance to check it out yet but sure will shoot just fine. Quality made nice pocket gun,NO regrets
Yes, but have not tried various ammunition. It is an amazing piece.
went to an indoor range the day i picked up my snake slayer and shot a box of 45lc as they did not want me shooting triple ought buck inside nice group at 25 yards very happy with my new hand cannon just received .357/.38 barrel the other day i liked the video of Bob Munden hitting his target at 65 yards thank you Chris Goff
Took my new Bond Arms Mini in .45 Colt to the range today, and shot it at seven yards with Winchester silver tips. All shots grouped within 1 1/2″, and due to the heavy duty quality of the gun, I didn’t feel abused by recoil. Good job!
I saw one at a gun show in Nacaogdoches and later ordered one through Gander Mountain upon returning to Minnesota. Received it quickly. I bought the 45/410 with the 3″ barrel. I’ve fired 410 defense shells and 45’s in it. I was nervous about the recoil however was pleasantly surprised. Not bad. Not bad at all. The bad driving cross draw holster makes it nicely concealable. Made in Texas, what more can you ask for.
Shot it several times at my friend’s place in the country. Shot Win PDX1 Defender 45 Colt 225 Gr yesterday, 410 Critical Defense other times, Hornady 45 Long Colt HP as well. A lot of power in a small package! Going to order 357 Mag & 22 Mag barrels as soon as I can. Thanks for making a great product! The BEST thing I can say is: ” Made in the USA “! It shows!
So far, .22LR, .22Mag, 9mm, .410, and .45LC have been fired. The .22’s are mild and can be enjoyed round after round. At 9mm and above, the recoil becomes more pronounced, but is still not uncomfortable. More barrels, driving holster, and another grip are on the way. Changing out barrels takes 30 seconds or less. The firearm is solid and built like a tank. Workmanship is top notch. Well done, Bond Arms.
All of us have fired the Snake Slayer, our son and grandchildren. It was bought for my wife and she found it easy to use (she is 68 yrs old). All of us fired the 410 and the 45 and liked the way it worked.
410/45Lc the 45 is something you can shoot lots of , but 410- 3inch mag is nasty at both ends of the firearm ,but one thing I know I only want to be at the back end. when you see the damage at 2 to5 yards,no thanks . . when my buddy shot the 3inch Winchester PDX1.410 Defender load with discs and bb load . he burst out laughing and said my god no thanks , YES SIR NO SIR , great defence for riding sky train ,if only you could pack !! FUN FUN FUN THOUGH -LOVE IT, Everybody I show it to gets a great big smile (grin) on there face and says what is it! My God ,they pick it up put it down , then pick it up touch it admire it put it down they can’t stop admiring it beautiful they say so cool what a great piece of quality workman ship . One fellow thought I would of paid $2000, when told him the price he said no way. Everybody wants to shoot it.
I haven’t ever fired a Bond Arms Derringer, however, I once walked past one in a gun store in Austin, TX and thought it was one of the most elegantly designed firearms I have ever laid eyes upon. Since then, I thought it’d be fun to draw one. This testimony is to the creators and craftsman, because I believe you have created a beautiful pistol. (I based the drawing off of the Century 2000)
A few weeks ago I drug my reluctant wife to a local firearms shop. She had no clue as to what need to be done with purchasing a hand gun in our state and thought there would be and easy escape when we could walk away same day without a new gun. Well the girl was in for a rude awaking!
She, being the “chick” that she is, picked the mini girl and I was the proud owner of my Century 2000. Could we stop there? NO! We both admire the beauty and workmanship of these firearms. Initially, my wife would just sit and start at her Mini. She didn’t want to shoot it because of getting it dirty! One trip to the local range changed all that! After firing 38s and 357s (to what she said ouch) she proclaimed that the wanted every length barrel in every caliber combination. She was amazed she could hit “sh* t!”. After I picked up my Snake Slayer IV, she as jealous and wanted her own 4.25 45/410 barrel. When all the barrels we have ordered are in our possession, we will have 10 barrels between us. Hope she shares with me! God help me, now she is into holsters and grips! She likens changing out all the gun options to an adult version of playing with Barbie dolls! Thanks Mr Bond and crew for manufacturing such an amazing product. And thanks to Glenn Beck for spreading the word and thank you all for standing for our 2nd amendment rights
My wife had been carrying a semi auto .380 which she found difficult to chamber and generally not user friendly. I suggested a Snake Slayer(because I really wanted one too). Since receiving it she has fired it a bunch and really likes everything about it. especially the sound-BOOM!. Its now always with her where legal where as the .380 was mostly in a drawer. She now feels more secure with a gun that is easy for her to handle. Oh yeah I got one too!
Love it,have the Texas Defender with the 3 inch 38/357 and recently received the 3.5 45/410. Thinking of getting the larger grip to give me a more comfortable grasp of the weapon.
My bond arms hand cannon has become my favorite gun, it works flawlessly and is just darn fun to shoot.
I went to the range today to shoot my “Snake Slayer” with the 4 1/4 in barrel. Extremely pleased ! I shot 45 Colt 250 GRAIN Winchester Super X , Lead flat nosed rounds. The range master was watching several of us shooting. I was going for center mass targeting at 8 yds. to 9 yds. He said , WOW , You did That with a Derringer ? ! I JUST SMILED ! ! ! The BEST Purchase I EVER MADE ! ! !
This weapon is my perfect home defense weapon. For many years I kept a short barrel(legal 16″ mind you) pistol grip .410 Mossburg as my HDW. Very adequate but cumbersome and hard to conceal. My girlfriend hated the idea and fact of it being around when she had her kids there. of course I’d put it in the safe during those times but really defeated the purpose. Had tried a public defender but once again not really that concealable with the kids around. Now I have the century 2000 and can keep it in my pocket. Not once have I heard “whats that in your pocket?” Great carry out on the date too. Have been to the range enough to get acquainted with this hand cannon. I tell you with the right ammo ( Winchester .410 PDF) absolutely devastating. Even got my girlfriend to try it. She likes it but says a little to much recoil for her. My buds kinda choked at “only two shots” til they see the results at 10-15ft. I do carry extra rounds in an old beeper pouch I have, works great and can carry 6-8 assorted shells. The quality is superb. My only complaint, the safety needs a positive lock situation. I mean have not had a problem but the slide action just gives me a uneasy feeling while carrying, probably just my paranoia. Overall a great weapon, well made, accurate, and suited to its purpose. Stopping the bad guy.
Love my snake slayer 4,everything I hoped it would be!
I purchased my Rustic Ranger and the trigger was a little stiff. So took it to a local Gunsmith that I haven’t used before. He was going to do a trigger job. He had a store front and I didn’t get an un easy feeling from him. He promised a two week time frame.
Went back to weeks later and he still wasn’t done. He said give him two more weeks. Went back two weeks later and guess what he closed up shop with no forwarding address. I tried calling him the only thing I got was answering machine or a reply his voice mail bock was full. I tried contacting him for two weeks.
So I went to the police and filed for a stolen gun. Come to find out I wasn’t the only victim. So he finely got arrested and after a long time I did get my gun back. But I went to the gun range and it would only fire on the lower barrel.
So I contacted Bond Arms. Sent my gun to them. And the previous gunsmith had the wrong spring and bent the barrel selector rod. So I cannot express how appreciative I am to Bond Arms for fixing my gun. Even thought it could have been considered the warranty voided.
So if you are hesitate in purchasing a Bond Arms they make a excellent firearm this will not be the only one I will buy. So I have told family and friends to buy a true American made fire arm and excellent customer service. THANKS Bob
Have been firing the snake slayer in 45 caliber .The extractor screw was getting loose. I gave it a few turns.Good thing i had the right bit. Wonder when i will receive the belt holster and the 357 mag 3in barrel? Carry my baby everywhere,and i don”t even know its there.The more i shoot the better i get! Thank you R.V.Kaye ,Wells N.Y.
I bought the Patriot 2 days before Christmas, treating myself. I took it out and shot it 2 days later while we had 50 degrees weather. What a joy to shoot. With the barrel being 3″, I thought it might have a pretty good kick, but very manageable. My wife shot it also and she thought it was fun to shoot. I went ahead and ordered a 4.25″ barrel and have not had a chance to get out and shoot it yet. I want to order a 3.5″ barrel also. I think these guns are built like a tank, very good quality and offer a variety of barrels for different calibers. I think the 45 colt/410, you cannot go wrong on. Good job Bond Arms!
Not only fun to shoot, but comfortable to carry. I wasn’t planning on using it as my carry gun but have found my self grabbing it more frequently. Fit and finish is great. The trigger is weird but didn’t take much getting used to it forces you to take a low grip which prevents you from crowding the hammer and having light strikes. Only thing That gets me is the crescent shape of the grip, it makes the gun rock in my hand I made a nice set of grips that flattens the front and the rear while squaring off the bottom at the back without adding length and the fit it now perfect. Already ordered a second barrel and will probably keep adding.
I took my USA Defender to the range the next day. I shot a box of 45lc through it. Lots of fun and gained the interest of the other shooters around me. Can not wait to shoot some .410 through it. I am dealing with the Michigan weather to get outside.
I have a list of accessories yet to purchase.
I will carry my Defender as a personal protection.
Thanks for a well manufactured gun.
Just picked up my Brown Bear yesterday loved it first time I saw it. Went to the range today and just loved it very acceptable groups.
Great handgun handles itself really nice enjoy it very much !!
So far I love it is it a lot easier to conceal than my Taurus Judge was if you follow the directions provided with a gun on how to shoot it it’s a piece of cake if you just pick it up and try to shoot it like my friends did it’s not so easy actually it was pretty hilarious watching him try to pull the trigger and the gun not going off so if anybody was to get this gun away from me I don’t think they could shoot me with it right away which would give me time to react you can consider that a safety feature if you would like to think of it that way as I do 🙂
I just got a Defender II in .45 colt, 410 (3″) and it is a HOSS! This pistol is outstanding in every respect. The first shot was a definite thumper but easy to handle when you know it is coming. I have fired 100 rounds of both caliber sand the pistol has performed excellently. So I have ordered another barrel in a different caliber and will be getting more.
I LOVE THIS PISTOL!!!
Just bought this gun and love it shot a box of shells already. The recoil was not bad at all. Great little gun!
I received my order sooner than I thought it would arrive. Everything arrived in great shape.
I Purchased a .45acp Back-Up and went to the range and put 25rds down range After 4 day’s and 100rds. I Have already ordered another barrel, new Grips, and a Holster from your Great Company. Mr. Bond, Being a Gunsmith myself, I know what it is like to be a Master Craftsman, Your Materials, Tooling, and attention to Detail are of the finest Quality. A True Work of Art! With 100% American material, American Manufactured, and LIFETIME Warranty, Nothing more needs to be said.
You are a True Artist, and Craftsman!!!
GOD BLESS TEXAS, and the USA, Sincerely,
I was approached at work … by a friend … said he knew of someone with a firearm to sell … necessity for cash being the motivator . He did not know what the sale item would be … semi-auto, revolver, or what … Oh , Happy Day !!! A”Bond Arms” firearm !!! My father was a Gunnery instructor in the service … He knew his stuff … He said if ever a situation arises … you want a “BOND” in your pocket !!! … and I will very soon … have fired them over the years … and now I’ll have my own … This is serious stoping power … !!!
It is great gun to pocket carry. Love it.
I did fire my gun the other day and I was shocked at how well it performed. The .410 2.5 inch round was easy to handle in this pistol. I am a disabled person and I am pleased with my purchase. Thank you.
Purchased the Snake Slayer with 3in. barrel,45/410. Liked the
feel of the gun in hand and packs a powerful shot. Liked the 45 cal. so much also purchased another 4.25 in. barrel in same caliber.
Wife and nineteen year old grandson also shot the gun. They also liked the gun’s performance and recoil. Gun Dealer also told us at time of purchase what a nice gun Bond Arms made as compared to others on the market.
Bought this a couple of weeks ago. Took it to the range and fired a box of 124gr ball rounds and some Hornady Custom 124gr HP. I was very pleasantly surprised with the accuracy, for a three inch barrel it was hitting point of aim at 15 yards. The trigger does take a few shots to get used to, especially after using a polymer frame 9mm.
This little guy is definitely a keeper, fits my jeans pocket with no problem. I love the quality & heft of this little pistol & plan to order some accessories for it as soon as I am able.
Great for self defense, for backup & for just plinking. Fine workmanship. I would recommend to anyone, worth every penny.
The Derringer is a well built fire arm built by Bond Arms and would recommend it to anyone. I shot it the other day with the 410 bird shot and the 2 1/2 in. 410 buck shot and now I know why gamblers used it at the card table and not at long range. I stepped off 20 ft. and fired at a half silhouette. With the bird shot, I got a few in the target. With the buck shot-nothing. I know I’m not that bad with a hand gun, so my conclusion is that you need to make sure the subject, if you need to use it, isn’t more than 10 ft. away. I haven’t tried the 45 cal. in it yet but I expect the same results. Like I said, it’s a beautiful built gun and would recommend it to anyone but remember it is a short range pistol- very short range.
I am very pleased with my new Bond gun and have shot it quite a bit with the .38/.357 barrel it came with. I am waiting for an ammo order delivery to try out the .45/.410 barrel I received on your special offer. Thank you for that.
We are ranchers in NM where we have prairie rattlers and big diamondbacks. I have been wanting a discreet gun to carry horseback for that purpose and for personal defense, which I wish wasn’t needed but is.
I am impressed with your gun, people, service and what you stand for.
Well, after going through a few 45ACP, 38spl+p, and some 2&1/2″ .410 rounds, I can say these little dudes are a hoot. Even took the .410 on a quick rabbit hunt; one shot, one rabbit. As the much better half and I each have one, I’m going to try one in each hand this weekend 🙂
If I had a complaint, it would be the triggers are a bit stiff. Got better over time (getting broken in??) and with some experience on my part. Really not bad and I understand why a “pocket pistol” would need (for safety) a relevantly stiff trigger so it’s all good!
I was clear the minute I saw the line of Bond Arms I would be getting one!
I luv the fact it’s an old school derringer that is so high tech ! Well made doesn’t even begin to describe it ! So easy to carry with my BAD holster!
It is a great shooter, very low recoil and a sound piece. I am glad to get it. Now just to get different bbls
Q: What has faced down a Pit-bull, confidently passed known gang members, and after 3 calls “show yourself” stopped the slithering sound in the brush. I sometimes use a power-chair. Depending on the situation, I carry “BONDINETTA” in a shoulder holster (strong right) or under a hand towel on my lap locked &. If I had tracks we’re talkin Tank. ( I did put run-flats on it.) She’s 10 this summer, an meaner than ever. “Cuttin PENNYE” Big M town, TN
My wife just purchased a Bond Arms Century 2000 derringer in .38 spcl/.357 mag and absolutely loves it. It is our family’s 2nd Bond Arms gun following my purchase some years back of a Snake Slayer IV. In our experience, these are the finest quality derringers available and some of the best made firearms in the world. Each one is a masterpiece of engineering and solid construction, every piece made of solid, machined stainless steel. We have ordered spare barrels for our 2 Bond Arms and thoroughly enjoy shooting these improved versions of a timeless firearms design from the days of the “Old West”. We cannot overstate the great quality built into Bond Arms products and heartily endorse them to anyone seeking a strong, reliable defense gun.
I recently purchased the Texas Defender and am very impressed with this gun. Although my intention is to use it primarily as a snake gun, it is so easy to carry that it may well be my concealed carry pistol. The recoil with 410 shells is very manageable, and it is fun to shoot. Just ordered the 9 mm barrel and am looking forward to that caliber too! The staff at your office are very helpful. Thanks for an excellent firearm.
This gun not only looks good, it feels good in my hand and I love shooting it. I’ve taken my .410 shotgun with me for years, but you have to leave in the vehicle when you get out to check on something or do your job. I may be very far from it when I would see a snake, then by the time I got back with my shotgun he would be out of site. Cannot tell you how nice it is to have a “Double-Barrel” .410 in my pocket or on my belt. Very nice to carry!
I recently had an incident with my Bond Texas Defender. It was dropped on a concrete floor, possibly damaging it. I contacted Bond Arms and they asked me to send my firearm to them for inspection and repair of any damage. Having concerns about the shipping and return of my weapon across state lines (I don’t trust federal laws), I showed up at Bond Arms unannounced on Friday, November 6th and was greeted by Bob and treated as a highly valued customer. I was given a tour of the plant and introduced to several employees. The plant is very impressive due to the state-of-the-art machinery and methods in use. At the final assembly and inspection station I was introduced to Nathan Bond who was asked if he could fit my weapon into his schedule for the day, to which he promptly agreed. I left the firearm with Bond Arms and went to lunch. One hour latter I received a phone call informing me my firearm was ready. When I arrived to pick up my firearm, it was returned to me in like new condition. The only way I could tell it from new was by the serial number. All of this attention was given to a weapon that is almost fifteen years old , and that I have carried almost everyday. To me this is a very good demonstration of commitment to customer service. To everyone at Bond Arms I’d like to say thank you for your prompt and friendly service.
Larry L. Graham
my bond arms .45 backup is 10 times better then the doubletap .45 i got rid of i wish i would have bought this gun from the start
I don’t normally fill these out, but had had to mention the excellent treatment I received from Amy when I purchased the Sturgis 75th model. She was knowledgable and thorough when explaining the features of the gun. I spoke with her 3 times before purchasing it. She was very easy to do business with every time! The gun itself his of the highest quality and is perfect for conceal carry. I ended up purchasing and additional barrel and 2 additional holsters. Thank You!
On a recent hunting trip to Colo I took along my new Bond Arms Papa Bear model handgun. It is in 45 Colt cal. I was concerned that it would have a tremendous recoil. However, when I fired the Papa, it was surprisingly very controllable. I let another hunter shoot it and he loved it. In fact he when to a local ranch supply business in town and wanted to buy one. Everyone who handled the gun was surprised at the quality of construction.
Living in Cali I couldn’t purchase the Snake Slayer model so I am now looking for some 45 cal shot cartridges.
Although I’ve written before , I just had to thank you at Bond Arms for such a fine firearm. If you understand , I got this in mid-summer , and like this Snake Slayer better now even more than the day I got it. Thank all of you for keeping us safe , and yes , I just got my conceil carry license. N M Hvarre ,WI.
This is a great pistol, I am a former and retired Law enforcement officer. I wish I had this derringer to carry, back in the day. I am 68 hrs old, I have had it for 2 mo., and I carry it every where, spoke to Joe, at bonds arms, and ordered A 4.25 inch barrel. It shoots great. Thanks for a great gun. Love the 38/357 barrel..and we are ordering a twent two, pistol for my wife.. Call me if you are not sure.. I will help, I believe and seen the quality of this pistol, I will buy more for my family and friends.
Eddie Fischer, jr
Retired law officer.
Packs a hell of a punch!!!! Love it
I am a man of few words, but the Bond Arms mini is worthy of mention. Please see the attached photo. Two things I never travel without.
Made my day ! Awesome hand cannon, got me a Partriot 45/410, out last night to shoot for the first time. Very strong and very comfortable in the hand. 45 LC and the 410 shotgun shell at 30 ft. Very accurate. Just love it.
Bond Strong ! Thank You Bond Arms keep up your high standards !!
God Bless America !
I love the way both of my bond arms .410/.45lc handle. Only thing I wish I could change is my pocket book to get a .45 or .38 barrel for each!
bought the gun at cabela’s ,holsters from you the stickey is great , the other two are great in the car, hope I never have to use the firearm but in times like we are living it is best to be prepared.
Yes I am very happy and impressed with everything about my Bond CK2, shoots great makes me want too try other barrels also. This is one stout lil handgun that conceals very easy with a good holster like the Bond IWB holster.
I was at the ranch a couple weeks after getting my Bond Arms Defender for my birthday. It came in .22 mag and I got the .45/.410 3 1/2 in. barrel on the half off deal. In Texas, as a kid, you learn to scan the ground constantly as you walk in the country looking for movement, i.e., snakes. I was walking from a fence repair I had just made when my movement detector went into auto pilot. It was a rattler. I was able to get my Defender with the Snake Slayer barrel out and fired probably within a second or two. I had not changed my round from the 3 pellet buckshot round so I did not know if I had hit it. I circled into the brush area he had crawled into trying to get a sight on him while changing the cartridges into #4 shot I had in my pocket. I could not see anything in the direction he was going. I looked back at the brush area he first crawled into and sure enough there he was all coiled up without moving. I gave him two .410 #4 shot shells just for good measure. He just squirmed around a little. I pulled him out with a shovel and cut his head off for further good measure. I must admit I feel pretty confident in my pistol after that encounter. I had been practicing getting a hand on it and out of my pocket quick. It works. I plan on getting some stag grips and several more barrels to give me the ability to shoot any round I reload. Good Job Bond Arms.
As a manager of a gun club in Canada. .my Slayer was 4 and 1/8 to be legal. We had a charity shoot where I brought out the 410. Generated over 10g for charity shooting 5 stand sporting clays. Then I shot 16 of 25 on the reg skeet range. Had to sell do to a divorce but commend Mark Bond of a new piece of history.
I miss my Snake Slayer.
Buy one and hold on to it !
What quality, this is exactly the firearm I wanted for those occasions I don’t want to carry a full size pistol. there were no problems with becoming familiar with it or shooting it – but you do know when you pull the trigger.
I am pleasantly Surprised at the accuracy and the ease of handling such a small gun. The recoil is not as severe as I expected. This will be my carry gun when trail riding and hiking in the back country. A powerful enough weapon for sure.
Kuddo’s to the Folks at Bond Arms ! First time out with my Patriot 3″ barrel – shooting 45LC & PDX 410 gauge
defender @ 30 ft. Target 10″x 14″ metal sign on a post.
Started out with the 45LC on target-very accutate ! then the PDX 410 defender ! Blasted it to shreds. Fine craftmansship ! Built “USA” strong. Already ordered the .357mag/38 special barrel. A great made and sharp looking (BAD) driving hoister. If your thinking about buying it ! You will not regret ! Thank You Bond Arms- God Bless the USA
Have shot the 410 perrsonal defense shells and am impressed with no muzzle flip and very tame recoil. I like the way the gun pushes back rather than up in the air after firing. A great product!
Shot my Century 2000 the other day..wow..love it. I thought it would kick more than it did. Well made and a joy to have. I will order another barrel soon.
As I am disabled, I look for easy items, and use the kiss system. The Bond Arms pistol, fits this requirement. Easy to shoot, easy to load, easy to unload. It is without a doubt one of the safest firearms to carry. I use mine as a backup piece. I am wanting to send it back in, to get the new trigger,Hammer, and springs.
I would and have recommended these little pieces of security, to personnel I have met that are in units such as the Navy SEALS, S.F. and police officers. They have all been impressed with what these pistols are capable of at close range.
I bought a Backup in 45ACP so I could be more flexible with my clothing choices and still carry. The backup fits in the pocket of all my jeans and only looks like a wad of keys. I have no excuse now not to carry, except when going to no carry zones.
Being left handed, I have found operating the barrel release lever easy with my left index finger. Extracting spent cartridges with my right hand and reloading with same hand is a breeze.
For me, recoil is stout but not painful. My wife fired one barrel, said ouch, and handed it back to me. I plan on buying a second barrel in 357/38 so she can try 38’s in it and also for cheap practice since I reload for 38. When I showed the Backup to my dad, who is a Vietnam Vet, his exact words were “Holy Sh-t!” He fired two rounds and said, “That will take some getting used to.”
It is comforting to know that I can carry the Backup in any attire, except for maybe a Speedo. (God didn’t bless me that well!) If I ever need to use my Backup, I hope that seeing the business end of two 45 barrels will persuade attackers to move on with no shots fired.
I have to admit I was surprised when I shot my new California Bear for the first time. Expecting a harsh recoil for a 45 colt round it was anything but that. To me it felt more like a 9mm. In fact I also bought the 9mm and 38/357 interchangeable barrels and will be trying them out soon. Obviously the comfortable handling is due to the nice large grip and superior machined quality of the firearm. I have been around firearms most of my life and I have to say this is by far one of the best guns in my collection. As a veteran, retired cop and firearms instructor I feel confident in recommending this product to anyone interested in self protection.
I took the derringer to the gun range and it was pleasant to shoot and is accurate. I highly recordmend this derringer.
Great video, answers newbe and experienced gun owner questions. Especially like ability for new shooter to start with a smaller caliber to develop good habits, then gradually graduate to 410 self defense, building confidence along the way.
I have a Texas Defender and a Snake Slayer 1V
Both these weapons are constructed perfectly
they are flawless and a pleasure to fire.
As a concealed carry weapon they are both ideal.
Purchased snake-slayer 4-1/4 inch barrel, completely satisfied with this gun, excellent craftsmanship and fun gun to shoot I would highly recommend this gun for home defense and personal protection plenty of firepower with 410 number 6 bird-shot, point and fire its awesome.
I found your website thru the NRA, and first off I need to say thank God for them. I accessed your site and learned so much from your instructional videos, they helped with making sure I chose the right gun, and especially enjoyed the walk thru showing each type of gun and how they would apply to me. Actually learn d more from your site than the NRA, once again, thank you! Dave-Indiana
I received my Snake Slayer went to the local gun range last weekend. Tacked up a 12″ paper plate on the 25 foot target board. Loaded both barrels with .410 rounds. Fired. These two rounds were both at the top of the target. Two more rounds made a nice pattern. Then for the .45 rounds. These were at the bottom of the plate, center. Very minimal recoil. I was very surprised. Fired 8 more rounds (.45) and got a nice 3″ pattern about 2″ to the right of center (most likely me pulling to the right). Very happy with the results. So happy, I ordered the .357/.38 barrel. It will be here before the weekend. So guess where I’m going Saturday? Very nice weapon.
Recently received my first firearm from Bond Arms (BATD 45LC/410 w TG) for my gun collection. This is truly an outstandingly high quality and magnificently designed derringer in every aspect. Terrific eye appeal and functionality. Well Done! Bond Arms.
As a retired L/E officer I carried many different buns off duty, now, I carry as my conceal weapon of choice my bonds, 4.25″ barrel 38. This gun shoots great, and it is fun to shoot. My 11 year old Granddaughter shoots it with snake shot, and loves it. Thanks guys, great guns you make, and I also have the 45/410 snake slayer.
I fired it today using, 45 LC, 410 slugs, number five, and triple buck, it handles very well. Loves to twist in your hand. Holding tight helps this somewhat. I destroyed three targets completely by the time I had finished. I have no problem with accuracy especially with the 45 LC and 410 triple buck. Most impressive, I will cherish his Bond Derringle. Thanks for making it.
I recently fired my brand new Patriot for the first time at 20 feet with both .45 and .410’s and was very happy with the performance of the gun but not of the shooter. Looking forward to shooting this gun often when I’m in my rural travels here in Michigan!
I have snake slayer 410 3.5in. Also have 357 and 22long rifle barrels. Shot the 410 and wow, this thing is bad news at 7 yards. Will use 3in 5 000 buckshot load for personal protection. Thanks Bond Ar
I recently had an issue with the trigger guard on my Snake Slayer. I was unable to successfully send pictures of the issue. Joe Woodard in CS called/e-mailed me for some information as to the nature of the issue. After a short,pleasant and very professional conversation the concern was readily and easily resolved. I was not the original owner of the firearm,but this made no difference to Bond Arms or Joe. A new part has been sent at no cost. Joe went above and beyond trying to contact me and support the product. Well Done Joe and Bond Arms!! That one interaction prompted me to purchase another barrel in 10mm and possibly another firearm in the future. Thank You.
I bought a Snake Slayer. Loved the design (yeah, I’m nostalgic; still use a blade razor and carry a pocket watch). Built like a dump truck, machined like a watch? You bet!! Have a .22 barrel for plinking and for drills. Keep .410 000 shot shells for carry. And I do carry it. Small, unobtrusive, always available. Exceptional value. Bought my wife one, the Texas Ranger edition. She loves it too. Would recommend it with no qualifications to anybody.
My wife and I are involved with an Old West re-enactment group out of Fort Smith, Arkansas. I had been looking for a Derringer type piece to be used in our performances as I enjoy portraying different characters in the 1870’s to 1890’s time period. We are sticklers for authenticity and it is difficult to find actual Derringers from the period that don’t cost thousands of dollars, or are so cheaply made that it would be what I would call a “holster hanger” for looking at and not firing.
I chose the .45 LC for my wife to use as her character is that of a Madam and we found the pistol to be very close in appearance to the older models, but the Bond Arms piece is extremely well made and dependable. It is not exactly like the older models, but it is safe and fits into our skits very well.
I appreciate the craftsmanship of the pistol and know that I do not have to be concerned whether we are using it in our portrails or as a concealed carry piece should we ever decide to use it as such.
Thank-you for providing a great piece for our re-enactments!
Fired the hollow point, ball shot gun shell and regular 45 . Easy and fits perfect in palm of my hand .
When I first opened the box, I remarked how beautiful it is. I’ve taken it to the range twice. The first time left my hand sore, but I was not deterred. The second time I adjusted my grip slightly and everything was splendid. It is the perfect size for concealment, being able to put it anywhere on my person, so it has become my primary choice for carry. I love my Defender 2000!
Thank you does not begin to say what I feel for this man, and his company. Mr. Bond did an upgrade on my Cowboy Defender. The action is so much better. But more than that he did this at his expense. Being disabled from an attack by a Moslem, I carry this as a backup. After telling my story, Mr. Bond offered to do this up grade at his expense.
I received this firearm yesterday, 12-24-15. I am going to take it out this Saturday to shoot it. Mr. Bond I am willing to do a publicity shoot for you. Showing the ease of use, etc. I am your debt sir. Merry Christmas to you, your family, and your employees. God Bless America!
My Patriot is one fine weapon. I love the quality in the design and operation. I have fired this hand cannon and it truly lives up to its reputation. I also recently received a 9mm barrel and can’t wait to fire it. I know what to tell my family when my birthday comes around! More Bond Arms please!
Loads of fun to shoot. Shooting the Winchester PDX1 Defenders is amazing. Rides nicely in the Bond Arms holsters also.
I’m ashamed to say that the weather turned foul before I had a chance to try out the derringer. I sure do like it though.
45 Acp Back Up.From the first touch you know you have quality in your hand.45
Auto is no problem in this little cannon.Got the 3 inch barrel for 45/410 at half price(Blazebond.com),weather sucks,still waiting to try.Everybody at the company Christmas party loved shooting it,and wanted to know where to get one.2 1/2 ” 45 barrel is amazingly accurate.So far I love it and will definitely buy more of your products.Driving holster is great,still waiting for my shirt and hat(status processing).Five Stars,Two thumbs up,etc.
I am pleasantly surprised at the accuracy, handling, and safety of this little gun. I have a couple of carry guns but now the Bond Arms is my favorite, it is small rugged, dependable, and the safety of it is the best, still it is quick and easy to use.
I bought a Patriot a few weeks ago and loved it so much I purchased a Snake Slayer IV. I’ve owned a few firearms but these are incredible. They’re fun at the range and trust worthy to protect your life. Thank you Bond Arms!!!
I just went to the shooting range and was quite impressed with my new purchase–TheTexas Defender. I bought the 9 mm model with a 2.5 inch barrel. It shot quite accurately and the recoil was smooth. It made a loud noise and showed a distinct flash, which is great to distract and cause fear to a would be perpetrator.I shot it with one hand as well as two and I was accurate at what I was aiming to on my target. Felt more comfortable shooting with both hands since it is a little heavy and well made gun. I am quite satisfied with my purchase and recommend the gun to Derringer enthusiasts.
Finally went ahead and bought my SnakeSlayer. Been wanting one for years. Picked it up New Year’s Eve and got to shoot it New Year’s Day. Very impressed with the spread at 5 yards, using Federal Handgun 000 buck. Picture enclosed of 2 shots.
Recoil with the 45colt very manageable, the 410/rounds are “stout”, about like a 357. I am sure it would ruin the bad guy’s day! Very pleased with the weapon. Looking forward to some more backyard range time. Next up is a holster and maybe a 2 1/2″ 45 acp barrel. A great weapon for carry around my little mini-farm!
I was surprised to find the recoil easy to handle. I love the options for this gun and can make different “guns” for different uses. Great job guys!
I ordered a 2.5in 357/38special and a 9mm barrel for my husband as a Christmas present. He has the Century 2000 and loves it! Bond arms way exceeded my expectations by getting it to me early. My husband took them out yesterday and both shoot straight as an arrow!! You guys are tops on everything! !!!
I received a Snake Slayer for Christmas and had a chance to fire it not long afterward. I bought some 45 colt range loads and used some 410 3″ animal load rounds that I keep. Expecting to have some serious “kick”, I was prepared. The surprise was that neither the 45 or 410 rounds had any greater kick that my XDS 45. Love the gun and have now found a second carry weapon for those times I need a smaller weapon.
I am very pleased with my .45 ACP “Backup” derringer! I was surprised how accurate the gun was out to 7 yards, no problem hitting a target at that range. Deadly. Recoil totally manageable too! Quality craftsmanship makes this pistol the perfect “back up”!
I was able to take my mini to my in laws and do some target shooting. I went through 50 rounds before I even knew it! I love the .38 barrel, but I am really excited to get my 410 barrel, that should be here today or tomorrow!!! I absolutely love my mini!!
I am a first time customer of Bond Arms and I could not be happier with my purchase my Backup 45 functioned flawlessly and with a little practice it has become my carry choice. I purchased an additional barrel and extended grip and Joe was excellent to work with answering all of my questions and helping me make an informed decision as to what caliber would best serve me as a secondary set up. It is a pleasure to do business with a company who supports Emergency Services and Law Enforcement. Thanks for a great product Keep up the super work.
Gun was very capable. handling took some getting used to, IE keeping hand web away from hammer. ergonomically with my hand, I wanted to grasp trigger up high which won’t pull the trigger. I thought it was jammed but realized I needed to pull/squeeze down near the bottom by trigger guard. Shoots very well, can’t wait to try out my .38 barrel when it comes. A load i’m more in tune with.
I had the best experience with your company, any one could have. I wrote to you regarding an up grade on my cowboy defender. What you did was over and above what was expected.
I will not go to a lt of detail. Suffice it to say that a THANK YOU is not enough. I am in deed in your debt. I plan on making a trip to Texas this spring. I will be looking for an area to move to. I will make it a priority to visit you, and say THANK YOU n person. Of course I will have my pistol with me.
If I can be of service to you, please DO NOT hesitate to call upon me. If you are going to be at the Shot Show, I would deem it an honor if called me and allowed me to buy you a drink, or better yet, to grace my home with your presence.
I enjoy my Bond Arms Snake Slayer IV. It is a lot of fun shooting 3″ .410 shells. The gun is very well built. I have already bought another barrel (.40 s&w) and other accessories for it. I would like to get all of the caliber barrels my friends and family have, so when they go shooting I can easily join in. The barrels are very easy to change and you even get an allen wrench with your new barrel. It makes the perfect personal defense item.
I just got back from a two day hiking/camping trip in the North Georgia Mountains on the appalachian trail. I carried the Texas Defender in the Bond Arms sticky pocket holster in my front hip pocket while hiking for 12 miles over strenuous mountain terrain. I did not find the 20oz weight of this gun to be difficult to carry in the pocket at all, most of the time I didn’t notice the weight at all. I also think since this pistol is stainless steel and has less moving parts than other compact handguns that it will have a fewer malfunctions when exposed to rain and dirt in a outdoor environment. I have never had a problem with bears while hiking in the mountains, but the large caliber options for this handgun I think would appeal to people who like to carry some protection against bear attacks. It doesnt matter if you carry it in the city or the woods, Bond arms makes the best handgun on the market.
Lots of bang and kick especially the 45LColt and can’t wait to get my 38/357 barrel to try those calibers. Well built and fired well.
We are in our mid to late eighties and purchased this hand gun strickly for personel protection. A couple of years ago I purchased a Mosberg 12 ga shotgun also for this purpose. My wife however, wanted a more accessable fire arm, hence this purchase. I’m a little disappointed that where I purchased your gun was not that knowledgeable. I would have preferred having the barrel options explained to me and I would then have purchased the barrel that accommodated 410 as well as 45 which we have. Be that as it may, we are looking forward to making it to a shooting range one day soon to try this little weapon out or maybe we will just go out behind the house and fire it into the high bank like I did the shotgun. In the meantime I have really enjoyed handling and admiring this weapon and it’s wonderful workmanship.
Very impressed with this hand cannon. Holds a fairly tight pattern of pellet placement at 15 yrds, and pretty accurate with the .45 loads as well. This is currently my “carry”, as I like the idea of having 5 pellets of 00 buck shot (X2) going “downrange” at 1150fps (Muzzle Vel. w/ 3″ shells). I think this makes a great self-defense pistol
Finally got a chance to shoot my new Snake Slayer 3-1/2″ using 000 buc (4 round pellets) and #4 shot shells because I am not near a shotgun range. I used Federal and Remington defensive rounds.
You have to hang on to the gun. Kicks pretty good but manageable. Got perfect round holes about the size of a .38 in the target when using the 000 buc.
Shot 16 rounds. You would not want to shoot 50 rounds at one time. Your hand will hurt.
From a defensive view, after the first shot, your target will drop from either the 4 pellets or a heart attack. It is a scary gun from the target’s view. Lots of fun to shoot.
I shot about 30′ from the target and still managed a ten inch spread. Normally, you would be closer to your attacker.
This is my new carry gun. It conceals nicely. It will replace my Glock 36 which imprints.
I also own a Ruger Blackhawk Convertible 45acp/45lc. I will try
the 45lc bullets at a later time. Am thinking about ordering your 45acp barrel and selling my Glock.
Thanks for making such a great gun. I should have bought it sooner.
I bought the new 45acp as a backup to my Glock 19. I got a Snake Slayer 3 “barrel, black stag grip and rubber hogue grip to add more control and comfort. It has replaced the glock as my main carry, and I now use the glock as backup. Love the power and ” built like a tank” statement is no joke. Thanks Bond for my new favorite pistol!
My wife had a stroke years ago and lost a lot of her strength in her right side. She wanted protection to carry so we went looking to get her a gun . We purchased a Glock 42 for her but she had a hard time cocking the gun so i looked into the Bond Girls Mini 38/357 for her at Christmas she loves it, wore it all day Christmas even though i wouldn’t give her a bullet till she shoots it at the range. She now carrys with ammo and can hit targets.She loves it and can shoot it accurately .
I purchased a Bond arms snake slayer in Dec. 2015. Then I ordered holsters and other items from the web site. I was amazed at the ease of ordering and the way bonds arms followed up via email to insure I received and was satisfied with my purchase.The holsters were way more than I had hoped for. The quality was awesome. As for the Snake Slayer it is an idea carry for me,when it barks people notice. I love it
Thank you does not begin to say what I feel for this man, and his company. Mr. Bond did an upgrade on my Cowboy Defender. The action is so much better. But more than that he did this at his expense. Being disabled from an attack by a Moslem, I carry this as a backup. After telling my story, Mr. Bond offered to do this up grade at his expense.
I received this firearm yesterday, 12-24-15. I am going to take it out this Saturday to shoot it. Mr. Bond I am willing to do a publicity shoot for you. Showing the ease of use, etc. I am your debt sir. Merry Christmas to you, your family, and your employees. God Bless America!
I can’t speak high enough of Bond. I recently did some unintended disassembly to one of my Bond derringers. Rather embarrassed I called them. Joe was not only gracious, he was funny and had my sweet USA Defender repaired and back to me with plenty of time left to go partridge hunting. Yes, I use mine to hunt the thick woods up here in Vermont. Love these guns.
Fired the 357/38 barrel but not the 22LR as yet. The weight of the derringer handles the recoil very well so able to have good accuracy.
I have wanted a Bond Arms Derringer since you folks have opened your doors for business. I even considered moving to Texas just so I could buy one. Then I happen to see DOJ’s new list with California on it. I think I own number 38 made for CA. It’s everything I thought it would be and more. For firing a 45 long colt the recoil is not bad at all. I recommend a Bond Arms Derringer to anyone who wants up close personnel protection. You’ll sleep well at night.
Went shooting my Bond Arms Ranger II last week I was apprehensive about shooting 410 shells from a small barrel. I was pleasantly surprised by the recoil of the Sellier and Bellott 2 and 1/4 000 3 pellet buck shot. The recoil was very moderate, and performed well at 10′ I also shot the Winchester PDX defensive disc 12 pellets combo. The recoil was stout in comparison to the other brand. I did upgrade to the Jumbo rosewood grips and will give another range report. Overall very pleased with my Ranger II it rides with me everyday as my primary weapon. Thanks Bond for a winner.
Gun was fun to shoot and accurate. Great gun!!!!!!
This gun the Century 2000 is everything as advertised. I have fired 5 different types of ammo with it. Started with 410 defense, 410 00 buck, 410 3 inch bird shot, a 410 21/2 inch bird shot, plus the 45 colt bullet. All were easy to load, unload and were right on target. Cleaning the gun afterwards was almost effortless. It is a great solid defense weapon, very durable.
Not just American made, Texas made! Great product, great service really went above and beyond for my project. Two tone stainless, action job and memory relief on the grip. Thanks again everyone keep up the good work its something y’all can be very proud of!
It took me about a year of looking, hefting, and research but I finally settled on a Rustic Ranger from our nearest Cabela’s. I can not add anything to what has already been said about the build quality, fit and finish. It is superb! I was a little skeptical about the claims Gordon Bond made, on various videos, about how the BAD holster fits so well that you will forget you are wearing it. He was correct, it works that well. I am a CHL holder in this state and carry every day in an area that may present two legged as well as four legged “concerns”. After I tested the Ranger with 3″/000 buckshot loads and .45 Colt Self defense loads I am confident the Ranger will handle both concerns.
these are great guns. mine is .357mag. I have shot about 100 rounds so far all .357mags. I have had know problems.
After a small problem with my Bond Arms Defender I contacted the service department via email. Their reply was quick and personal. I was contacted via phone personally and each subsequent time by the same person.
I was kept up to date on each step of the process and no call was ended before I assured them I understood and was satisfied with what was going on.
Thank you for all your help.
My new Snake Slayer IV is now one of my favorite guns. We finally had a day above 15 deg. F, so I was able to test the gun. I tried Federal Personal Defense 410 Handgun 3″ 000 Buck, 3″ 4 Buck and some 45 Colt ammo. The 000 Buck is fairly stout, so I probably won’t be practicing with this shell until I get my Jumbo grips and am wearing my PAST glove. The other rounds were fine with my very large hands and the extended grips. I have also ordered a 357/38 4.25″ barrel, a 45 ACP 3″ barrel and some holsters.
The controls and safety features on the gun are superior to any other derringer I found. Every enthusiast should handle a Bond Arms gun. But be forewarned. You may end up re-thinking your handgun choices and have to buy one of them.
I just picked up my Snake Slayer last Friday and I can’t put it down. The design of the pistol is a work of art. I have wanted one for a long time so this has been a great couple of days. This is by far my favorite gun and I have a few.
I added the Snake Slayer IV to my collection last week. I just got a chance to fire it this past weekend. All I can say is “WOW!”. When firing .45 LC’s it has no more kick than my Colt 1911, a much heavier handgun. I was totally surprised. I expected it to kick like a mule. It is smooth and well balanced. Then I loaded it up with .410 6 shot. Let me tell you, you had better be ready! It has a substantial recoil but, what do you expect from a hand cannon? I love this weapon! It is my new conceal piece. I like the fact that I can build on this platform and change it to a .38/.357 or a 9 mm or a .22. What an awesome all around gun.
Thank you so much for the speedy handling of my exchange. The side holster works so much better for me. Bless you Kelly and your fine organization. I’m a big fan and turn everyone I know interested about your products. I shared your great service with my brother and he is a huge fan too.
I was going through my NRA magazine looking for a small but powerful hand gun. I came across an ad for Bond Arms, went to the web and and decided on The
“USA Defender”. I called one of several gun stores in the area asking if they have the DEFENDER. They said they have a Bond Arms coming in but until it gets here they don’t know what model it would be. I got a call the next Friday saying a Bond Arms gun came in and it was the Defender with a holster. Put a hold on it and said I would be in Monday. Went to the store Monday checked out the Defender and went to the front of the store to fill out paper work. As the women was filling out the papers she asked me to read off the serial number. To my great surprise the serial number just happened to be my star number that I had for 25 yrs. on a police dept. Just outside of Chicago. I love the USA DEFENDER and it was meant to be. Richard Boyce
A couple of weeks ago,the rubber grips that came with my Back Up had fallen off the gun. The screws had pulled through the grips. I sent the grips to Bond Arms and the next week a new set of rubber grips arrived in the mail. No Charge!!!!
Service like this probably explains why I have two Bond Derringers (Texas Defender,Back-Up) and 9 extra barrels!!
I carry it in the Recreation areas I walk, where it is like jungle. I feel better at ease knowing I can protect myself from all sorts of creatures.
I have a snake slayer iv and wanted a better feeling grip
it is perfect takes away a little from concealment, but
the main point is what ever is on the other end ”will”
be hurting if not worse
Gorden and Bond Arms
I own a few handguns and the SS4 is the one I always grab to carry. I added the extra long rosewood grip and it is the best feeling grip / gun in my hands. Fun to shoot the 45lc. I added the 38 /357 barrel to the collection just for plinking. I wish everything I owned had the fit and finish that this gun has. If Bond Arms builds anything else I would buy it in a heart beat.
Gun is solid. Just looks and feels like high quality. The holster I ordered is perfect. I have never seen a leather holster with such quality and craftsmanship. I couldn’t be happier. This gun will provide concealed protection for years. I don’t ever see being able to ware these out. Great solid quality products. Thank you.
Just got my Snake Slayer 45/410 , wow what a weapon of mass destruction. Put 40 rounds thru it 20 rounds 410 and 20 rounds 45. Recoil not as bad as I thought it would be would have shot more but ran out of time. It does take a little time to get use to but it is an awesome well built pistol. Waiting for driving holster so if you can hurry up the back order it would be awesome.
I have one of you Bond Guns and i would like to say it is the best investments i have ever made. all thou i didn’t get it from you i bought it from grab-a-gun. it is a 357 Mag./ 38. barrel.
I just sent for your Free Book and Register for your Bond Arm Prize. But I did want too say what a great gun you have on the Market. Proud to own one.
Richard McMurtrie in Pa.
Perfect pocket gun. Could not believe how easy and fun this gun is to shoot. Very accurate.
I have the snake slayer 11 and bought the jumbo rosewood grips
it is like night and day feels so much better and more control
especially with the 410/45 long colt
so nice to carry too and feel well protected
I have never shot anyone , but if I do they will definitely be
hurting and doubt they will be in any hurry to try again,,,,
thank you for helping me out
I like this gun, only fired it 4 times. recoil is stiff, added extended
rubber grips. should help with felt recoil. haven’t tried 357 barrel yet.
I recently purchased a Texas Defender 45 LC/.410 as a purse gun for my wife. The fit for her was perfect, she was able to group well with it, and felt confortable carrying it as a self defense tool.
More recentIy I went on a big boar bow hunt were I had to carry a lot of equipment (bow, lights, and film gear) to accesses my hunting area. Given that space was limited to my right leg pocket I chose to take my wifes Bond with me laoded with Wichester PDX rounds. I had been charged once before on this property and was not going to be unarmed again. In the middle of the night I shot a huge boar with my bow and after a 2 hour wait decided to track it. After tracking for several hours I ran across a second big boar at 30 yards. He bluff charged me the first time giving me just enought time to cock the hamer back. On the second charge he met the shock wave and boom of the Bond! Needles to say he wanted nothing more to do with it!!!! My wife and I thank you for designing such a great product and for the free Bond Girl shirt at the 2015 SHOT show! Attached is an image of the boar.
As beautiful as the Texas Ranger Commemorative derringer looks on your website, pictures just can’t do it justice. It is an absolute work of art!! And it handles just as fantastically!!
Purchased a Snake Slayer IV last month, shot 50 rounds of 45 colt through it on Friday the 13th…could not believe how low the recoil was…was expecting a lot bigger kick, would have shot more but was all the ammo I had! Anxious to try some 410 in her. The grip to trigger configuration feels a little awkward, but with such low recoil should be able to adapt my hold. Extremely satisfied, can’t wait to shoot again.
I have cleaned my new gun. But have been to busy to take it out and shoot it. I’m excited to try it out.
I have owned a Texas Defender in 45LC and do not go on any road trips without it ! I purchased the car holster along with new grips the rosewood and star. The holster is comfortable to wear for long periods of time and is great when you are carrying concealed it’s like it’s not even there ! There are only two derringers allowed to be sold in Maryland and Bond Arms is the one I choose great quality and a beautiful handgun . Who could ask for more ! Well worth the money, so get your own this one is mine and I’m not giving it up !!!
I only had a chance to shoot 2 bullets just to see which chamber fired first. It didn’t have as much kick as i thought it would Love it so far. I carry it in my pocket while in my drive way cleaning snow. for that “just in case” time Dave B.
I’ve owned a Texas defender since 2013 and now a snake slayer 1V. I really love the Bond arms. My ext stag grips are awesome!!
“Hand Canon” is the perfect description, built like a tank. Workmanship is first class and shows pride in manufacturing. I ordered a Mini 45 and am not disappointed…everything works perfectly and the gun goes Bang every time. I have also ordered the 3″ 45lc/410, perfect for in the car. Two thumbs up, you can’t go wrong!
Glenn, after purchasing my Snake Layer from Cabellas, my son and I took it to the range and put 30 rounds of 45 Long Colt and 20 rounds of 3″ 410 rounds through the gun at 10 yards. It took us a few rounds to get used to the recoil and just the fact that we were shooting a derringer, but we eventually were able to hit our target. And we’re very impressed with the overall quality of the gun. I purchased the BA-Driving Holster and really like it. My friends just love it and you’ll be getting more orders from this area. Thanks for making a quality carry gun. Ted from St. Louis.
Purchased snake slayer year ago it worked very good. Got the extra 357 mag barrel worked great. Awesome gun highly recommended!
I purchased the Snake Slayer IV 357/.38, then added the driving holster and a 3″ 9mm barrel. Having the option to change caliber allows me to make better use of the ammo I have on hand. Thought I would mostly be shooting the 9mm, but the 4.25″ .38 is so solid I am getting excellent accuracy with it. This is a really fun gun to shoot and you’ll definitely get some looks at the range.
I bought my Texas Defender about 3 years ago because I travel a lot on the road and wanted some extra security. I requested your brochure because I needed a way carry it safely while driving. I ended up buying the velcro attached horizontal leather holster and it is great. Easy access to your weapon when seated and seat belted in your vehicle. Just attach it to the right or left side of your belt buckle (I attach mine to the right side because I am left handed) and you can draw and fire by only moving your arm while seated in your vehicle. Best design I have ever seen. Heck I can keep one hand on the wheel and cap an aggressor before he could know what happened. I also got the 4 round belt clip ammo holder that gives me 6 rounds to take care of business. Now it’s only gun that I carry on the road for security. Next I’m getting a 4 inch barrel so I can fire 3 inch magnum 410 rounds. I don’t leave home without my Bond Arms “Texas Defender”. Accurate, quick reload, and easy access. I’m a 25 year military veteran with 8 combat tours and this by far one of the simplest well thought out guns I have ever fired.
I just purchased my Snake Slayer IV. I have been wanting this particular gun for some time and have been putting my pennies away and now that I have it I cannot wait to fire it. That comes next weekend when Dad and I head up to the cabin. Several of my buddies have purchased Bonds Arms handguns and cant stop bragging about theirs. I’ll report back after next weekend. I feel like a kid with a new toy!
About a year ago I ran across Bond Arms on YouTube. I’ve been hunting for the smallest and lightest shotgun I can find for personal perfection. Ideally for snakes while out hunting or fishing. I been carrying a 38 snub nose but the accuracy wasn’t there for me. That’s why I started looking at these little 410. Then I learned that not only Bond Arms is American Made but better yet from right here in Texas. Had to get one. Best little gun I’ve bought. I’ll grant you 410 coming out of a gun the size of a pack of cigarettes has a little kick. Not anything I can’t handle, but I’ve had friends loose control of it. (it’s comical) But with the high selection of ammo you can get in 410 it’s turned into my everyday passenger. It’s just too light to really want to carry anything else. Plus heaven forbidden I ever need it for self defense there are few things that does the damage that a shotgun does up close and personal. Thank you Bond Arms I feel safe in the field and the big cities.
love my snakeslayer 4 and the nice leather holster. very nice
Glenn, after purchasing my Snake Layer from Cabellas, my son and I took it to the range and put 30 rounds of 45 Long Colt and 20 rounds of 3″ 410 rounds through the gun at 10 yards. It took us a few rounds to get used to the recoil and just the fact that we were shooting a derringer, but we eventually were able to hit our target. And we’re very impressed with the overall quality of the gun. I purchased the BA-Driving Holster and really like it. My friends just love it and you’ll be getting more orders from this area. Thanks for making a quality carry gun. Ted from St. Louis.
Just want to thank you for the great customer service and a really outstanding handgun. The fit and function is superb….I purchased a Texas Defender with 3 ” barrel chambered for 38SPL/.357 w/ B.A.D. driving holster and was amazed at how well these products were made. This little holster is one of the most comfortable I own. I then ordered the 3.5 ” barrel chambered for 45Colt/410 and a set of Pearlite extended grips and love this transformation. Best part was that the grips came in on my birthday and timing couldn’t have been better. I’ve shot about 20 rounds of each caliber thru it and must say that recoil is no problem at all. This is now my everyday carry. Thank you all at Bond Arms for such a well made weapon. A true work of art!!!
Army Contractor (current)
Fort Gordon, Ga.
Love my new SnakeSlayer. Right size, right weight, well-built. And what a 410 slug or buckshot does to a piece of 1/2 inch pressboard is really impressive. My wife even likes shooting it.
OK. Here goes, I removed my new Band Arms 45LC Mini from the box, loaded it and fired it at paper plate from about 6 feet. The first round struck just off from the plate high and left. I re-cocked and took aim again. This time taking into consideration the strike of my first round. I struck the plate just a little left and above center. During the next set of two rounds, I was quite pleased with my ability to group rounds very near or in the center of my target. I now carry the little goomer everywhere I go. Yes I have a CPL. It is a great little backup gun. I am looking forward to owning several different configurations of Bond Arm products.
ran an assortment 410 and 45lc through my new texas defender recently, great results, will buy another. thanks,leo
I have I few cc pieces that work wonderfully when I dress around them. Which means the way I carry (outside the waist band) means an extra shirt which gets pretty warm from time to time. I tried to pocket carry my j frame but even with a pocket holster prints and you know have something more than keys in my pocket. So I picked up a Texas Defender and it works perfectly. Slip it into my front pocket and no one can tell due to the slim size and no bulge of a cylinder and an added plus it is chambered in .357 so no need to break into a new caliber yet.
This grip makes a great difference for people with large hands. It helps when using 358 ammo. The fit to the gun is right on Didn’t have to do anything only remove one grip and put the other on. Very happy with grip and service.
What a beautiful hand gun that just emits a quality that everyone recognizes the moment they hold it. In shooting, it is definitely not a pea shooter, but a barker with a bite.
I recently purchased a Bond Arms Texas Defender with 3″ 38 spl/.357Mag with B.A.D. Holster and this has become one of my favorite handguns. Having a Taurus Judge I ordered the 3.5 inch 45LC/410 shotgun load. Having the ability to change barrels and ability to shoot various calibers has made me a Bond Arms fan. Am patiently awaiting the extended Pearlite grips that were ordered in December. This has now become my everyday carry. Small, powerful, wellbuilt, easy to conceal and carry. Thank you Bond Arms for an excellant product!!
This is the first derringer I’ve ever owned. Wanted a weapon that would accommodate the .410 shot shell. Researched the internet. Settled on Bond Arms. Called the factory. All my questions were answered and then some. Chose the Texas Defender with Trigger Guard. Made a mistake by ordering from a BIG BOX sporting goods store. Item was shipped wrong. I didn’t check it completely when I took it out of the store. When I tried to return it they refused. They told me that I might have took it out of the store and shot someone. I thought I was done. Called Bond Arms again. They explained that this sometimes happens with BIG BOX stores because most of their items come from other distributors instead of BOND ARMS. BOND ARMS offered to help me any way they could. After several days of phone calls, Emails, and hassles The BIG BOX store came through with a refund. I re-ordered through my local FFL dealer direct to BOND ARMS. Item was received correctly within two days. Small fee was charged by dealer which was no problem. Highly satisfied with everything BOND ARMS did for me. It is the best manufactured weapon in it’s class. I would recommend this weapon above all the rest in it’s class. BOND ARMS cannot be beat for manufacturing and customer service. Try not to make the mistake that I did on my first order. When you order your new BOND ARMS DERRINGER, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Thanks.
I purchased a sticky holster for my Bond Arms Cowboy Defender, and I love it.
Great small carry gun fun to shoot wish could the barrels ,might have to buy snake slayer to add to my collection highly recommend these great guns
Just returned from my first range trip with my new Snake Slayer IV. I ordered a 22 LR 3″ to get used to the trigger and feel of the gun at my first shoot. Ran about 50 rounds of 22 LR through and it was a blast. I then changed to the 410/45 LC. It was a pleasant surprise after reading and watching videos about how much recoil it has that there was no more kick than my 45 auto. I shot 20 Federal 000 buck 2-1/2″ and ten 45 LC and I had the trigger guard on and had no problem pulling the trigger. Thanks Bond Arms for my new MOST FAVORITE GUN. Would like to see you make a video on proper cleaning and oil locations for you guns.
At first I thought it be a bit of a handful,but after about 10 rounds it was fine .
Gonna be perfect for my intended use
Finally had a chance to fire my Christmas present – wow! Here are some thoughts….
First of all, this thing is a work of art in stainless steel. The craftsmanship and engineering, put simply, are outstanding. I also bought an additional 9mm barrel when the 50 percent off sale was underway, and a Bond mini holster. Again, both are extremely high quality – the holster is beautiful, and darn functional.
Now to the range – first, I fired 10 Hornady .45 Colt 185s – hand cannon is right! The power was flat out fun to experience. The recoil was certainly manageable, and really pretty comfortable. I switched to the 9mm barrel – which took all of 30 seconds – and fired 100 rounds through it…… flawlessly.
I am not the best shot on the planet, but from 5 and 7 yards and after settling in a little I did as well with my new mini as I do with my Ruger LCP and Kahr 9mm. This little gun quickly became one of my carry options.
Nicely done Bond Arms. It is great to see a homegrown product line that lives up to and exceeds expectations. I am a fan – and will keep firing Bond in the future. Thanks!
Built so ruggedly with such a satisfying feel in the hand that if Granbury, Texas wasn’t stamped on the barrel, I’d have sworn it was made in Maine.
Great gun very accurate and very
Easy to shoot. I have an lbw holsters and my hand cannon is
Very comfortable. Still waiting for
My 38 357 barrel. I thoughlly love
My 410 45 4.5 inch barrel and wish the 38 357 came in a 4.5.
I purchased this holster to keep my Snake Slayer secure between the seats of the truck while driving. It works great for that purpose. It also allows me to take the gun with me when I leave the truck by placing the whole unit in my waistband.
Received the great looking jumbo grip, and installed it. Would have liked to received brief instructions with it. The fit was so good, that I had trouble seeing how too take off the original and install the new. Big improvement for my hand. Had issues with the rather sharp corners of the trigger guard and my knuckles with the stock grip. The jumbo grip took care of the issue. Feels great in my palm, but think a little too smooth, may need some checkering to help control the kick.
If you can’t hit what your shooting at at with a 410 or 45 colt long you shouldn’t carry a gun I love it and it goes with me were ever I go especially the city.
I have big hands so wasn’t sure what to expect from a derringer. I purchased the Snake Slayer and was surprised at how good it felt in my hand. I shot both 410 and 45 and the gun performed well and was very controllable. One-handed, I shot a little high, two-handed I was right on target with the 45. Trigger pull was a bit stiff, but I got used to it quickly. They say dynamite comes in small packages and this gun is dynamite. Also purchased a driving holster which is very well made and makes one forget they’re carrying a gun.
You don’t even know you have it on I where it all the time.
Ordered my boyfriend parts off amazon for his 22 shot gun.
the shipping was quick, and the parts were exactly as I expected.
thank you so much!
It is well known that Bond Arms derringers are the best derringers made, and that the craftsmanship is top notch on their products. What many may not know is that their customer service is also top notch. If you are lucky enough to get Kelly Kelley as your customer service rep, you will be very happy. Great products and great service.
What can I say other than I am really very happy with my Snakeslayer. It’s built to last a life time. And it’s hard to believe how well it shoots.
On the Bad ASS scale of 1 to 10 It’s a solid 12
I took my Bond Arms USA Defender out for the first time last weekend.
Shot regular 410 shells out of it.
Recoil was not as bad as expected. Easy to control.
But wear ear protection. It was loud.
I recently Bought a USA Defender and took advantage of the 1/2 price barrel deal. The USA Defender was sweet right from the start, I loved it and everything I read and saw about Bond Arms. However, the true test of a company is how it does when things go wrong. When I test fired it with the 2nd barrel, it locked up repeatedly and quite honestly shook my faith a little. Then I talked to Bob in customer service who worked with me, quickly took the piece back, had it repaired and then next day aired it back to me. I just test fired it and it is sweet again just as before. Bond Arms stood behind their product and took care of business. (I’m thinking no one with a brain would stand in front of a Bond!) Your guns sell themselves but your customers sell you. I will talk you up whenever I get a chance, in fact a buddy just bought a Ranger II after seeing and talking about mine. God Bless America.
YES I WENT TO A IN DOOR RANGE TO FIRE MY NEW BROWN BEAR, HAND CANNON. IT WAS A HOOT TO FIRE, LOTS OF FUN TO USE, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR GETTING IT TO CALIFORNIA, I HAVE WAITED A LONG TIME TO OWN A BOND. AGAIN THANK YOU
I am the proud owner of a Brown Bear (California) in 45 Colt. During the un-boxing, I was very pleased with the high quality of the firearm as well as the attention to detail in the manufacture of the firearm.
I’ve been to the range several times and have worked my way up from lighter cowboy action loads to standard defensive rounds in 45 Colt. The recoil have been very manageable. For practice and fun, the lighter loads will work just fine.
For defensive purposes (close in), this is a great point and shoot gun. I did have to work on sighting at 15 yards in order to pass CCW requirements.
The Brown Bear also came with a “BAD” holster which I must admit is growing on me.
By design, this firearm is simple to operate and very reliable. I would definitely recommend this gun as it will fill a niche in many collections. Oh, and it looks cool.
I’ve just been able to shoot my Bond Mini twice due to winter weather. Great little pistol. Recoil was less than expected.
I’m left-handed, so I also ordered a LH conversion for the barrel release. This should be easier to operate safely.
So far I own a Bond Arms Mini (.45), .357/.38 barrel, oversize rubber grips, Mini holster, .45/.410 barrel, nylon holster, and a driving holster. Not sure what’s next. As I’ve said before, your courtesy matches your quality, which is outstanding!!! Maybe a .22 long rifle.
I purchased the Snake Slayer IV along with the 2.5″ .45 ACP extra barrel. Either set-up, 4.25″ barrel, .410 ga. or the .45 ACP barrel is without question the most fun you can have with a weapon of this type. Everyone wants to shoot it and all commend the craftsmanship and design. When I tell them there are even more barrel options available that will fit the same frame, you can see the gears turning in their brain.
Either barrel and ammo combination has no more recoil or “kick” than my 1911 .45 or either magnum pistol and lever rifle I currently use.
The Snake Slayer does seem much louder, but I haven’t fired it with a decibel meter at hand. Regardless, it is extremely well made and great fun to shoot. You don’t need to think twice about buying a Bond Arms derringer, just do it.
One thing you guys do need to make is a sew on patch. I know I’ll buy ’em.
Thanks for designing a great weapon.
Just bought the Bond Defender, 45LC from academy a couple of weeks ago. Finally got it the range today and the Bond Defender exceeded my expectations! The recoil was very manageable, and the accuracy was dead on. Feels like it is an extension of my hand!
This has to be the very best Derringer that I have ever had the pleasure of shooting and owning and it won’t be the last one.
I have a three inch barrel for the 2 1/2″ 410 / 45 Long colt, 38 / 357caliber 3 inch barrel and a 4 1/4″ barrel for 3″ 410 / 45 Long colt.
You really can change these barrels in 30 seconds or less, absolutely wonderful.
The driving holster has allowed me to Carry this “Hand Cannon” comfortably concealed every day.
I got my new barrel and I shot about 30 rounds of 357 and 38 out of my new barrel;I really like this barrel.I was shooting about 15yds I could not believe how accurate it was.
hi guys, just wanted to drop you a note about my snake Slayer that I recently purchased. Went to the range couple days ago and got to shoot for the first time and it is absolutely awesome. I really was worried that it would have a very strong kickback, however it is extremely easy to shoot and so much fun! You guys have done an absolutely incredible job on this weapon I love it it’s easy to carry and so much fun Thanks for absolutely phenomenal product!
Would like to thank you for producing such a well made and powerful “Hand Cannon”. I purchased the Texas Defender in a 3″ 38 SP/.357 Mag with B.A.D Holster. Have enjoyed that combo. Had to order the 410/45 colt in 3.5″ as I own a Taurus Judge and like that round for home defense. What I really like about your product is the the combination of barrels and calibers available, and the ease and fit of changing barrels. Thank you again for a very well made product. (my everyday companion)
I just purchase the gun magnet that was on your web site. I have never seen any thing like it before. I have mounted it underneath a lamp stand next to my easy chair. out of sight and very handy to reach in case I need it. my wife like it too. easy for her also.
I will be purchasing I few more for my home.
the price is a little high, but that is okay.
keep up the good work on your products.
Couldn’t wait to try out this incredible firearm. At the first opportunity to fire it, I loaded two 3 inch Winchester PDX1 Defender shells. I wanted to discover how manageable the recoil would be with a hot load. I have to say in all honesty, the kick was intense, but this thing is so powerful that it is addictive. The ground shakes. I LOVE this gun! I used to typically carry a .357 magnum and 9mm, but I now carry my Snake Slayer IV everywhere. While I now shoot 2 1/2 inch #6 shot for fun, I carry with the PDX1 Defenders loaded and a couple of 3″ 000 buckshot spares. BTW, the DeSantis stealth IWB holster works great, and I can carry extra shells in the magazine holder. Can carry virtually unnoticeable even with a tee shirt and shorts. Very happy with this gun and it is built as everyone says, “like a tank”. And built in the USA. Thank you for making such a great product Gordon. John D.
I just shot my gun the 410 kicks like a mule and the 45 is a nice round but the 410 is my carry round, The wife also shot both rounds and like the gun, the gun just looks Bad Ass! very well made easy to carry,Nice Job .I also ordered the 357 barrel cant wait to shoot that one!
This is the best for what I want to use the weapon for,protection while driving across the country. I have range and target guns so pin point accuracy is not that important. It also is not a gun for extended range use as you Will notice bit of recoil,however accepable, and when I get my second barrel I will shoot more for the fun of it. All and all you can’t go wrong this thing will surely be used by my greatgrandchildren.
It’s been several months since I purchased my Bond Arms “Texas Defender” and I couldn’t be more satisfied. It is better than I expected it to be.
It came with a 3″ 410/45 Colt barrel and I have since purchased at 3.5″ 357 Magnum/38 SP barrel. I have fired several different loads of each caliber of ammo appropriate to the different barrels with 100% success; it worked the first time, everytime.
With a little practice, it was easy to get proficient with this gun up to 7 yards and with some ammo even further.
If you look beyond the excellent quality of design and workmanship, you will see a “KOOL” factor that is unlike most other guns out there. I have owned and shot firearms for more than fifty years and when it comes to quality and shooting enjoyment, this is as good as it gets. Yancy Derringer, where are you?
My sister and myself run a handmade jewelry booth at a local flea market. It is a cubical with an walkway between us and the booth on the other side. I wanted something to defend us, but not harm customers walking the walkway. The 410 with no# 4 shot, not buckshot, is just what the doctor ordered. At about 2 yards, the pattern is about 18 inches, just wide enough for one person. It is plenty to correct a bad attitude, but not enough to wipe out the neighbors.
The recoil is stiff, but not serious, and I am sure in a panic moment unnoticeable, as is the recoil on a rifle when you are shooting at the trophy Buck you have been waiting a lifetime to see.
I am happy with my choice of firearm for the situation, and have no problem recommending it to others.
After 3 weeks of have my Snake Slayer 3″ and Snake Slayer IV I finally got to shoot them this past weekend . The 4 is mine so I took that, shot a whole bunch of loads out of it, 45colt, WInchester .410- 3″ #6 shot WInchester PDX1 in both .45 and .410 ….. All I can Say is ” HOLY CRAP ” !!!! Shot the .45 Colt at 3 yds, 7 yds, and 15 yds and all shots were in the black on a 50 foot size target … I am VERY IMPRESSED and cant wait for my .9mm barrel and Jumbo Rosewood grips to come will be carrying this Hand Cannon for CCW with the 9mm barrel I highly recommend Bond Arms to anybody looking for a high quality firearm
I just finished engraving a Mini Girl with Roses and set with a few Pink Sapphires. Hoping some girl wants it at the Firearms Engraving Show in Las Vegas. Such a fun little gun!
Great gun! Well made and a perfect surprise for a carjacker. I suggest u fire it a few times to get use to the recoil but not as bad as u may think. Very easy to hide by your side in the car.
I was excited to fire my Ranger II. Did not know what to expect. The second round I was more comfortable. Once I was comfortable with the trigger pull, which is tighter than I am used to, it was fun to shoot. Cannot wait to receive my other barrel and fire that one. I know it will be just as enjoyable to fire the 410 barrel as it is firing the 357 barrel.
To me the rubber grip is the best, don’t get me wrong the wood grips are nice but for practical use the rubber is better. The BAD driving hoster is a good hoster for carry in or out of the car. Thanks again. now need a 6″ barrel As always may God bless u and yours, Earl
you guys make a great, fun to shoot gun, it makes a real good carry gun, when i’m out in my wheel chair
Well built hand cannon shoots very accurate and can change barrels quick.I am very happy with my tough mean hand cannon, thanks for making a top quality handsome but very mean handgun I’m one happy shooter!!!
Proud owner of the Snake Slayer IV and BAD Holster.
Both products are of high quality.
Great fit for the gun, stays wherever you put it, wish I got it earlier.
As a resident of Maryland, the so-called “Free State,” I am not allowed to carry concealed. But, I bought a Bond Arms Ranger II anyway, because it is a stellar work of industrial art, Made in America.
A member of the only indoor handgun range in Montgomery County, Maryland, I have spent some time putting 22 LR, 38/357, and 45 ACP’s down the range, consistently getting most rounds within a 12-inch diameter “shoot-n-c” target at 15 feet (there are better marksmen out there than me). The trigger needs a quick, smooth pull, I have found, to release the hammer well. A slow squeeze to release isn’t the way to do it. Recoil with the bigger chambers is acceptable. This gun takes practice, but we like that part.
I have several “range guns,” hand guns, that nail dimes at 50 feet. Don’t expect the same from short barrels, but to shoot a Bond Arms is just a lot of fun. And, the good folks at Bond Arms do answer your email questions. A good company to patronize.
I bought a USA Defender and I like it. I reload my own 45LC. MY son reload’s 9mm. My 9mm barrel will be here soon. As long as I have the ability to protect the good, I will … Dan
I truly enjoyed getting to experience my Ranger II for the first time. Its ease of use and safety features made it the most enjoyable part of the family outing and favorite among all guns fired that day. The salesman told me that he had one and it didn’t kick nearly as hard as people make it seem and he was right. I was amazed at how tight the patterns were even beyond the 10 ft. range in the tests you sent me. I sent the link to the store I bought it from to increase their knowledge of Bond Arms and they appreciated it. This is now my favorite gun…. hopefully next time I will try the .357/38 barrel I purchased.
p.s. Here is the link you sent in case it could help interested enthusiasts select their own Bond or its ammo.
My awesome wife bought me a Cowboy Defender for my birthday a couple of months ago. I have wanted a Derringer for the better part of my 30 year life. Originally chambered in .357/.38 special, I went straight online and ordered the 3″ .44 special barrel for more lead. This pistol is my every day pocket gun and I sing its praises to anyone who will listen. The customer support at Bond Arms is very prompt and friendly. Could not be happier with this firearm. Hats off to you Mr. Bond!
I owned a cowboy defender .38/.357 and was impressed with what it was capable of. I enjoyed going to the desert and playing with it and really liked the way it handled as well as it’s accuracy even at long range. Unfortunately I had to sell off my western collection due to the economic crash in 2009 just to survive. I’m getting to a position to where I can replace it soon. My plans are for another .38/.357 and perhaps later the .45 LC.
I bought my bond arms derringer at buds gun shop used in may for 339.00 took it home clean it up took it to the range put 25 rounds of 410 through it I was like wow definitely a hand cannon.love this gun i even bought 3 more barrels and the cross drawl holster.
I have my testimonial on you web site already and have had mine since 2011, and my Grandson-in law always loved my Texas Defender 45 LC/410 so for his 24th Birthday I took him to Academy and bought him is very own. I can’t tell you how thrilled he was to get his very own Bond Arms like Paw Paw’s. Got him a nice holster and ammo belt clip as well. Another satisfied BOND ARMS fan.. Thanks
Shoots great, wonderful pistol
I even ordered a sholder holster 9mm burrow and bullet holder (holds four bullets) for it which I think will be great.
Just picked up my Brown Bear yesterday loved it first time I saw it. Went to the range today and just loved it very acceptable groups.
Love the gun !
I’ve owned other derringers before but this one is the best! A real cannon. I used both the Colt 45 Long / 410 and the .38 / 357 Magnum. Both were awesome.
disc jockey cruisin dave here in denver co. i bought one of the special edition 75th anniversary sturgis derringers while at the buffalo chip campground in sturgis s.d. just this summer and i must say it is one of the coolest guns a collector could own. everyon wants to buy it from me, but this one will never be for sale. it is awesome. craftmanship at the finest level. i cant wait to see what the next super cool gun from these fine folks will be. high five to all at bond arms.
As a concealed carry gun I have had a Beretta 90-2 and a nano. But changing jobs where my boss is watching and having to wear a uniform that may reveal one of my silent partners was an issue as he says no carry. I work with police, state patrol and sheriffs’s departments in my area dealing with traffic… sometimes its nothing more than a tire change… sometimes I have to deal with accidents and the uninsured drug dealers or even violent people before the officers do…. while in past years of towing and such I have pulled my 90-2 out because things got ugly, not being able to keep it in uniform I was worried but as I looked to remain able to return home nightly being without fire power is no option.
I found the bond arms Texas defender 410/45. Kinda wish it had come with a holster some guys at other gun shops got… 45 is nice but I like 000 buck because around 20 feet I get a chest size group… 3 projectiles 1 shot kinda helps keep odds in my favor. Most of my encounters are arms length to other people at some point so 20 feet is good to know it will do but not optimal. I love the fact I can carry it and 4 extra shots and stand toe to toe with my boss and him have no clue its there.
The law enforcement officers in my area have asked about it as some have seen me on the road for a while and knew I carried but shocked not to see even a holster, I just drop in my pocket and go… I have had some even ask when we are going shooting and where they can find it.
I’d like to say to all members at bond arms, you make a great product, and I look forward to some “upgrades and extras” as some time progresses. I am glad that when I tow a drug dealers car and his friends show up or I go “into the ghetto wastelands” its there and ready, for me or even an officer if neccessary with the current situations.
I wrote to Gordon Bond a few weeks back. This is a true rendition of an experience that I’d only a short few weeks back. This is basic letter sent to Mr. Bond. I have had my Snake Slayer now a little over a month. I was on my way to the store … a few blocks from home … I had stuck the pistol in my belt … and had forgoten to remove same before going to store … since having to go into grocery … I simply just fastened jacket over pistol … I had driven motorcycle to the store …Upon leaving store … noticed a pick-up truck parked a bit too close to my bike … right next to my Harley were two guys paying way too much attention to my ride … they were also looking around a bit to much a their surroundings and seemed nervious. I was carying a bag of grocerys to throw into a milk crate on back of bike … As I approached my machine , I let my jacket gape open a bit … one or both off the guys saw my pistol & and the both of them got away from my bike in a hurry and got into the pick-up quick. Safe I was … Confident I was … Still have
MY BIKE … Had I not had the pistol or come out of the grocery when I did … the outcome would have been diffdrent … by the way …. the two guys got the heck outta there. Thanks to Bond Arm … Safe . Since I’ve been practicing I put my second shots a lot of the time (a about 25-30 ft. within about 1/2 in. of the first shot. It has happened enough to be clear , that this is one very special firearm , or I’m getting better … Hornedy 45 long colt ammo. Thank You cor a remarkable product & for keeping me safe !!!!!
I agree with the other reviews that your handguns are precision machined with quality materials and workmanship. The trigger pull and hammer spring are heavy, but it is manageable. I’m very pleased with my purchase. The holster is a perfect fit and is very comfortable.
I have been wanting one of your derringer for a while and I finally had to bite the bullet and get one. I own a lot of pistols and this one is just as well built (if not better) than my colt king cobra. One of the best weapons I own in my opinion. I normally carry a Springfield xds .45 but carry this as about ad much now. Great pistol can’t say that enough will buy another.
I wanted to let you at Bond Arms know I absolutely love my Bond Arms USA Defender, I carry it all day everyday since I purchased it about a month ago and shoot it daily on my home range, what a joy to shoot and breeze to clean, I’m not sure why people complain about the recoil? I’ve had hand and wrist surgery in the past and find this handgun smooth as butter with zero discomfort and very minimal recoil with full power standard pressure loads, it also shoots easily one handed, if I could afford to I’d shoot 200+ rounds a day with it, it is a really fun gun to shoot, it is easy to hit your target, but with practice and adjusting sight picture with the two barrels it can be shot extremely accurate at various ranges, you don’t have to settle for just hitting you can achieve accurate shot placement. I live on and own 6 acres in the woods attached to another 100+ acres of forest and have coyote, fox, bobcats and occasionally black bears and countless other wild animals, I also have two small children 3 and under I no longer lump my 12 gauge around with me for a “just in case”, we spend most of our time outside and in the woods, I feel perfectly capable with my Bond Arms matched with the right ammo, the Bond perfectly fits my handgun needs. I’ve put a fair amount of rounds through it since getting it and have tried various loads and find that for a everyday carry 45 Colt round Hornady Critical Defense 185 grain shoot very, very accurate out of this gun, for 000 buck I find the Federal 410 handgun performs consistently well, for just plinking 180 grain 45 Scolfield are good, the 250 grain cowboy loads tend to keyhole. For the woods, as a predator defense Underwood and Buffalo Bore standard pressure 225 grain hard cast wadcutters and 225 grain lead Keith type semi wadcutters shoot well and are accurate and hit hard, but find Underwood to make a more consistent round and better price. Some say 2 rounds is not enough, the way I look at it any justification for having to fire defensively be it two or four legged would be well inside of 20′, even without getting a sight picture you will hit a threat as this gun is an extension of your hand, because of the way this gun is sighted the bottom barrel is the most accurate, so I keep mine loaded with Federal 000 buck in the top chamber set to fire first as a draw quick panic shot, and if that doesn’t stop or discourage the threat, my bottom barrel is loaded with a 45 Colt round that can be delivered with great accuracy and will most definitely put a stop to anything using the appropriate ammo. I would love to see Bond Arms do a ballistics test with various 45 Colt ammo, and 000 buck, I think it would be beneficial. I also have a 3.5″ 38 special/357 mag barrel that just arrived and have fired about 200 rounds of different ammo through it, again the Hornady 38 special critical defense preformed best, I need to pick up some 357mag rounds to tryout. My Bond Arms is by far my favorite firearm.
Thanks for a really solid and great firearm,
I love pretty, nice lines as my Harley. Not over done, well this is one time “all that glitters is not gold” well this Bond Arms is beautiful design and glitters with a powerful punch.And just feels so good in my hands. The wood handle, machining, safety drop feature. I love a good tradesman, I was a master refrigeration mechanic and did superfluous workman ship. Thank you for your skills and people who appreciate fine workmanship.
While visiting my local indoor range I saw they had a Texas Defender in their display. I was somewhat familiar with some of the competing derringers but never thought enough to even pick one up. I bought the gun on an impulse without doing any research or knowing anything about the company. Happily I can tell you it’s the best impulse buying decision I ever made. I love the quality and workmanship of the gun. It’s a very well made product. Once I found out I could switch barrels, will that only confirmed the fact that It was a great gun. It’s also a very suitable daily carry gun. It fits perfectly in my pockets without requiring the IWB holsters, etc. Perfect I take it with me just about everywhere I go.
Thanks for a great product and much continued success for your company. I will be buying a Ranger II very soon.
I currently own two models produced by your company, the USA Defender being the first one that I bought. AMERICA! I loved firing it at the range so much I went ahead and purchased the 4.25 inch barrel for .45 caliber only. I get a kick out of each time I pull the trigger because, like I tell my wife, it feels like I am firing a mini hand cannon. Because I loved your product so much, I went out and bought a second model. I was having a hard time deciding until I saw your CA legal models. I don’t live in CA but I needed to have it for one reason and one reason only other then it being a very reliable handgun. As the title suggests, it’s cause it has a bear stamped into the handle.
was out at the store and two guys come up to me and started to say things about the flag on my arm and when the biggest one said look on his side and turned around and took off. Another customer ask what happened, so I told him the look of my little cannon just saved a couple of lives. Thanks you for building a very fine pistol. Make Jesus always bless u and yours.
Finally shot my new Century 2000, used the extended rubber grips I just received, MAN what a gun. When thru 50 rounds of 45LC, not one problem. Eyes were on me at the range and one young man even asked if he could shot it, my answer was YES. Bond Arms sure makes one good product. I am so impressed as was the young man who shot my new gun.Waiting on my extra barrels in 38/357 and 380. Please keep up the good work. All made in the good USA. Thanks
Bill Cape Coral FL.
I shot my Snake Slayer with .45 LC hand loads and factory ammo in my .327 magnum barrel. Both were manageable and comfortable to shoot. The .327 is literally a “blast” and make sure you hearing protection is in place.
The barrel change is easy and quick. The quality, fit, and finish of the Bond Arms is excellent. I am looking forward to my next time at the range.
I have fired several different 410 rounds number 6 shot in 2 1/2 in is best at snakes out to ten feet for 2 legged snakes double oo buckshot in 3 in shell is great out to 35 feet. Will keep all 5 pellets in torso of man sized target. With 45colt fired 12 rounds at 6 in steel plates on dueling tree from 40 feet got hits on all shots. WITH A DERRINGER. THAT IS MY NEW GO TO GUN
this is the second one I have home the first one was a 357it was a gift but I liked it very well unfortunately I lost it but now I have this one I think the first one was made by American I’m not sure but I do like that you can change the barrels on theseguns I want to order the 4.25 as soon as I can get enough money up I like my gun very well thank you
Ordered the 9mm barrel for my bond arms backup, Joe at bond arms was very helpful and informative, I received it sooner than I expected. Like the gun, it’s very well made, have shot it twice, very accurate, looking forward to ordering other caliber barrels in the near future. Thank You, W.K.
I have had my Bond Arms piece for almost 5 years now. I have three barrels all 3″. The .45/.410 barrel is fine when I am walking the brush – I like the 410 for critters. .45 – I can’t seem to hit much unless at close range. I also have the -357 mag barrel and I hit better with it, but it stings pretty hard. I just received the 10MM barrel a couple of weeks ago – I love it! The kick is pretty substantial but I put two bullets within 1 inch of each other and almost the Center of the bullseye at 5 yards! I also purchased the black rubber extended grips. I am sure they helped the kick and the accuracy. I carried it a lot before, now it is almost a constant companion with me! Thanks Bond Arms! I do wish for one thing. I am sure you already tried this – the casings are pretty hard to eject without the built in ejector. Anyway I still love it now!
I have fires about half a box of .38 Spl. and half a box of .357 and was surprised at how manageable the recoil was. Enjoyed firing the gun very much. The trigger is still very stiff with a lot of drag but I think it will work in very soon. I have already ordered a .45 LC and .410 barrel for it.
I fired my Cowboy Defender with all 3 barrels(.38-.357, .44 Spl, and .45 Colt. All I can say is “WOW”, easy to handle, smooth operation…. fun!!
Thanks, y’all done good, real good!
Fired her the other day and at 25 yards she was dead on and had very little recoil. She’s a sweet carry weapon. Thank yall for making such a fantastic pistol. May God always be with u and urs
TOOK IT OUT TO THE GUN RANGE AND FIRED SEVERAL ROUNDS OF 22MG. WHAT A FUN GUN. I TRULY LOVE IT AND ANTICIPATE GETTING A 9MM BARREL.
I recently purchased a Bond Ranger from a dealer and truly love it. It is an Abrams Tank built in a derringer. The current barrel is for the 410 and 45 colt and does have some umph. I went ahead and purchased a pull on Hogue grip from Bond slip in and also put on some electrical tape around it as well. Now the recoil is not nearly as bad and I can take off the grip and tape at any time. The added Bad driving holster also adds to this fine weapon. This is great for working in the woods and having protection from copperheads. Love it!
when I bought a bond arms Back up before I shot the gun I was concerned about the recoil. I was amazed how manageable the recoil was shooting .45 acp and .410 2.5inch shells out of such a little gun. If you can handle the recoil of a 1911 .45 you can handle one of these. Bond Arms guns are well built and built to last thats the first thing people say when they pick it up. I do suggest when you buy one though you practice alot because the trigger pull takes a while to get use to. One can certainly say I’m a bond arms man now!!
Took the new 2000 to the range and fired about 25 rds of 45 cowboy rounds thru it. WOW! quite a report from that little “son of a gun”. It is fun to shoot and can’t wait to try the 410’s outdoors. I carry it in my new BAD driving holster. Easy to conceal and quick and easy accessibility. Love it.
Yes,I have shot my new gun! Shoots great very nice and easy to conceal like it very much !!
I have been carrying the Ranger II on a daily basis since purchase, was concerned about the size and weight being I am 5’6″ 122lb. Most pistols don’t hide well for me. The weight isn’t bad and hides pretty well. It fits my hand and is easy to function. As for shooting, targets or personal defense it is outstanding. Even the 3″ 410 shells from the top barrel are easily returned to aiming on target. The holster is top quality! ( I have made a 2″ band so I can use it vertical carry on my belt also). I have 2 friends that have fired it and now will soon be purchasing their own!
I went to the (indoor) range a few days ago & fired a few .45LC “get acquainted” rounds through my new Snakeslayer.
Recoil is milder than I thought it would be and accuracy is good – although with more practice I’ll improve…
Took it to the range on the idea my wife would have her first weapon.
I was surprised at the power, this gun have, to much for my wife so I carry it as a back weapon. I like power in a hand gun. I had to change grips for softer impact for my hand. Feels good now.
I am very pleased with the Texas defender- great quality, great feel, easy to shoot. I replaced the grip with extended rubber and it is much easier to hold. I like the 45 LC or 410 000 buck loads for versatility and power.
I am very pleased with my new Ranger II. Very well built with quality materials. The holster is also well made.
Customer service is the best in the business.
A lot of people talk about their customer service being the best in the business and when you experience it, you find out it was all just lip service given with the hope you would never call their bluff. Let’s face it, when you buy a new gun, the last thing you want to have is any customer service experience, but hey, sometimes, things just happen. Please take the time to read my review, you’ll be glad you did.
I purchased my Bond Arms California Big Bear 45 Long Colt knowing there was a flaw in the grip area (split rubber seam) and decided to take a gamble and rather than have my dealer order a new one, purchase the one he had in stock and ask Bond arms to replace it.
I sent an email on a Monday, and by Tuesday a new grip was in the mail along with an envelope to return the old one. I don’t think I could have even asked for better customer service than that, and while customers usually expect that kind of service, Kelly from Customer Service delivered it in spades, but it didn’t stop there.
Before I go on about my experience with customer service however, I would like to take a few minutes to tell you about the product, the California Big Bear Derringer in 45 Long Colt. Anyone that follows 2A issues and California knows about “the list,” but for those that don’t, the list is a list of weapons that can be purchased in California. With ever stricter controls and requirements mandated by California, more and more small gun makers are just calling it quits because it’s too expensive to keep up with ever more stringent regulation. Derringers in particular were all but extinct until Bond Arms stepped up to the plate and decided that California gun enthusiasts deserved better and set upon redesigning an existing product to meet those regulations and now give us two offerings, the Big Bear and Brown Bear. As an owner of multiple Derringers, I can tell you that the Big Bear is a well thought out and very functional and task oriented weapon.
From the moment you palm it, it immediately feels right in your hand (in your whole hand actually) and it shoots surprisingly well despite its size. Recoil is very manageable and hits on torso sized targets at 15 meters were consistent and lethal. These are not only my own comments, but that of two smaller middle aged females, and one 14 year old girl. Granted, none of them were first time shooters, but to be fair, they also don’t describe this weapon as mild either – one commented that felt recoil was about equal to her 38 snubbie and I would tend to agree with that. Another surprising thing about this were the consistent groupings considering the short barrel.
My own personal thoughts on this weapon is that it is a solid, high quality, easily concealable, and fun, yes I said fun, weapon to shoot – instantly a regular for my range bag right alongside my GP100 .357, and Glock 20 SF (strange bedfellows indeed). In that company, the Big Bear is usually the first one others want to “try out.”
Now, back to my customer service experience. In spite of the quality of the rest of the weapon, the 2nd set of grips that arrived came with the same defect. I cringed at the idea of calling customer service and telling them this because I feared they would say that it was my fault, or that I was too picky and that they would not provide any additional grips, but they didn’t. Instead they said that the rest of the grips in inventory also had that problem, and that sending any more would be a waste of time and instead offered me another rubber grip found on one of their other models which they checked and found to not have the defect. Because it did not have the Bear on it as found on the California model, they offered to let me keep the original grip and send back the 2nd replacement OR select any other grip they sold and simply pay the difference.
The back and fourth, the checking of inventory, the follow ups (via email and yes, an actual personal phone call!) the absolute level of respect I received as a customer, was above and beyond, and what I’ve come to expect from a Texas owned and operated business.
Bond arms has quickly become one of my favorite manufacturers, and Kelly in particular, one of my favorite representatives I have ever come across within the industry. She’s helpful, polite, and handles difficult situations with grace. Be it because they recruit the right people, provide the right training, or take a genuine interest in product issues, Bond Arms does it right, and because of that, I will continue to add to my collection and spread the word.
Took the Snakeslayer IV out last weekend for the first time. Was very impressed with its powerful authority. My lady who had never fired anything or even been to a shooting range, after watching your videos and with some coaching and dry fire, fired 6 rounds with no problem. Thank you for a well designed and quite impressive firearm.
just purchased the bond arms holster for my c2k. I already have the driving holster, and wanted one with the metal clip so it could used with out a belt. love the holster! well made, and the metal clip holds the gun tight even with out a belt on. great product. LOVE MY BOND ARM!
Dear Sir : I have not had a chance to fire my Ranger in the 410/45 mode as I purchased a 22mag barrel and decided to try it first. When I tried to fire it only the bottom barrel would fire. I called customer service your people were very helpful and I have been very pleased with the response to my problem. I am waiting for my gun to be returned to me with the problem resolved . I cannot be happier with the response to my problem . I thank you for your inquiry and look forward to receiving my gun to really test it out . Sincerely , Lawrence Smart
Can’t say enough about the quality of my 4.25″ Rustic Ranger in 45LC/.410 which I purchased through Cabela’s. I also purchased some 3″ #000 Buck shells for personal protection and some 2.5″ 9 shot field loads for practice. The fit and finish of this firearm is 10/10! At the range, the #000 Buck is a handful, with a very respectable recoil (similar to my .44 mag 5″ revolver) but due to the superior design of this incredible firearm and the addition of the extended grip, there is NO muzzle flip. The derringer pushes straight back into the palm of your hand. Shoots exactly where I aimed, both at 5 yards and 10 yards. The 5 BBs shot groups of 4-6″. Devastating personal defense protection!
The 2.5″ 9 shot had less than 1/2 of the recoil of the 3″ 000 Buck and was very pleasant to shoot. I also purchased a 9mm 3″ barrel which had virtually NO noticeable recoil. 1″ groups for the two shots at 10 feet. So fun to shoot!
Be warned! Unless you’re more disciplined than me, you’ll have frequent charges to Bond Arms. I’ve already ordered my third barrel. 🙂 A 3″ 45LC/.410 to use as my CCW. The 3″ barrel fits great in the pocket holster (also purchased from Bond Arms) and my other “inside-the-pants” holster. What a great carry weapon, two shots of the 2.5″ #000 Buck equals 8x 9mm size projectiles into your advasary. What a game changer!
Another satisfied Bond Arms customer? Obviously!
I recently shot my Bond Deer Slayer for the first time and I have to tell you, I was nervous about the recoil from two guns that are of a gauge and caliber that I have shied away from. my “go to” pistols are a .380 Bersa and .22 LR Walther. I traded in a Taurus “break-barrel” .22 for credit for my Deer Slayer. My shotguns are all 20 gauge. I’m an old, little guy but, despite my concerns, I could control the recoil from the .45 and 410 very easily. The gun feels great in my hand, is easy to shoot with and clean, and my shooting friends have been impressed.
I have enjoyed the snake slayer. I ordered the 22 long rifle barrel to use for target practice. Works great and I am well pleased with both barrels.
I found a used century for a fantastic price and snapped it up. The 45/410 really shot well and was easy to use. I liked it so much I bought a pair of snakeslayer 4s in both calibers. The utility is amazing and the quality unreal.Best choice for real world small gun carry.
I have the Cowboy model and it is an awesome pistol. Nothing else out there can compare to the quality and workmanship. Perfect conceal carry.
The Bond Arms derringer with a 2.5 inch barrel, standard grips, and no trigger guard (or trigger guard removed) will fit into places that no other quality pistol in a major caliber (9mm and up) will fit. For some of us, concealed carry needs to be undetectable concealed carry so that even an observant person will see no telltale signs of a concealed pistol. With a little imagination, a person can find various ways to conceal a Bond Arms Mini such that it appear to be only a wallet in a pocket or a camera case on belt. The various hide-in-plain-sight cases that are made for small pistols all cry “gun in here” to a knowledgable person. But the Bond Arms Mini fits into cases, containers and pockets that are not gun specific, and that instead say “wallet” or “camera” or “phone” even to someone looking for an indication of a concealed pistol. Thanks, Gordon, for making a quality firearms that meets the need of those of us who want an “undetectable concealed carry” option.
With the 45 Colt being a hand cannon, practice becomes tiring after a few rounds. I purchased the .327 Barrel to get more trigger time. Because of the way the trigger needs to be pulled in a downward motion on derringers, it takes more range time to get the grip and pull correct. I have found that after a couple of hundred rounds that the trigger fees much better. It may be a combination of break-in and trigger time. With the .327 mag i can shoot mild .32 S&W (like a BB gun), .32 S&W Long ( like a .22), .32 H&R mag (like a .38) and .327Mag (wicked).
The .327 mag is more punishing than the .45 Colt. This is surprising because the bullet is half the weight. I have not chronographed the velocities, but I expect higher performance from the .327 since it has longer rifling and should be able to develop better potential. Another reason that the .45 perceives to have less recoil is because of the tendency to grip tighter for the larger caliber.
Because the .327 has 4 different bullets to use for practice, it makes range time a pleasant time. I prefer to use .2 S&W long for trigger time, but when I put in .327 mag, it draws attention.
Love my Texas Defender! It fits perfectly in my hand. Very satisfied with the overal quality. Would highly recommend to anyone.
It amazes me that you don’t advertise the fact that this firearm is fail safe. First of all there are no possible feed faults. Even if you got a squib , due to redundant alternating barrels you could fire the other shot. The only consequence of a hang fire might be that both barrels might fire at the same time. A bad primer on the initial shot doesn’t take time to clear the bad round before firing the next shot.. By the way , with a squib fire with any other gun requires you to disassemble the gun and look in the barrel for the stuck bullet.. Look how easy it is with this gun.. If you were in a dire situation you could possibly load up the good barrel and cycle to it. Just saying.. Redundant , alternating barrels.. Makes for a fail safe gun.
Where I point, that’s where the round goes…straight, and that’s no bull. Truly, the Snake Slayer’s thoughtful design makes it feel like an extension of my hand which transmits to stability and trust in this firearm. I fired 4 rounds, two .45 Colt, two .410 and at six paces all four hit the black. The close grouping surprised, the recoil was definite, reassuring, and the telltale holes–the .410 as big as a quarter–told me I had hit home. A finely designed, crafted and performing derringer cannon.
The USA DEFENDER is first among all guns I have owned in my lifetime.
I have a CCW permit and have always carried a 1911 45 ACP, but there have been times it is just not practical or comfortable to carry a 1911. The form, fit and finish of the Snake Slayer is nothing short of perfect. I love the feel of the gun, the trigger action is very smooth with just the right amount of weight. The recoil with 45 Colt and 3″.410 is very comfortable and accuracy shot group is impressive for this short barrel gun. The BAD holster is so comfortable for every day carry my Snake Slayer is now my preferred carry. I still carry my 1911 when practical but the Snake Slayer is always on my hip.
I purchased a Bond Arms backup around 2 years ago on a whim, never being much of a gun person (maybe have shot 1 or 2 handguns in the last 20 years). My neighbor had a small derringer in .38 special and I thought that would be a nice pistol for self defense. After consulting the handgun folks at Cabelas, they recommended a Bond Arms derringer. The guy behind the counter said they had no equal when it came to craftsmanship. After purchasing the extended grip later on, and then picking up the .357 barrel and also the .45 colt barrel, I have burned through over 3000 rounds of ammo practicing with this gun.
I have heard several comments about how the Backup only holds two rounds, but the recoil is very manageable and the gun is enjoyable to shoot (even with hot loads). I would challenge anyone to shoot 25 rounds of .357 through an airweight, J frame revolver! Shooting 100 rounds of the same ammo through the Backup is a fun day. The reload on this weapon is quick and simple, these guys have turned the derringer into a functional, reliable combat weapon. I know that the 45/.410 combo is really popular, but this gun is not a bad range gun. If you are going to do a lot of target shooting like I do, consider the .45 colt only barrel. It is more accurate and the barrel has a little more rifling. I plan to eventually purchase more barrels but the 3.5 inch .357 is my favorite (I also have the .357 in a 4.25 inch barrel to optimize velocity and energy of the round)
Last of all, this company’s customer service is really good. These guys are all about their products and will not hesitate to help you get exactly what you need. I talked to 2 people from Bond Arms on the phone and can’t say enough good things. I wouldn’t mind seeing the .41 mag in a 3.5 inch barrel, but I cannot complain about their great current selection. If you want a pistol that fires magnum calibers and fits easily into a pants pocket, Bond derringers are the way to go.
I purchased the bond Texas Defender 410 with 3 inch barrel for a summer carry pistol.
It fits nicely in my shorts front pocket.
The 410 shoots 4 pellet nicely, with out any big recoil.
Frankly I think my Beretta 45 snaps more.
I have also ordered the 357\38 barrel. I cant wait to try it.
The gun has excellent fit and finish is easy to hold and shoot.
I highly recommend this pistol for those times when you want to
defend yourself but not carry a huge pistol. the 410 will get it done and then some.
Thanks Bond Arms
You guys did a great job on design and function + not to mention your attention and customer care to me. Still waiting for my .357/38 California barrel to arrive before my trip to the range.
Have been training to draw, release safety and fire with either hand and to brake in the trigger and sear as directed by you. Get back to you soon on the shooting.
This little derringer is a perfect for a close quarters protection, I prefer the 45lc. Real happy that I got the 4.25 inch barrel !
Great 2 barrel.I have a 40sw&22mag&45lc410.They are the best built of of any l have ever owned.Very accurate at10 or so yards.Everybody should have one for self-defense or as a backup.
The bond arms backup, is truly one of the best manufactured weapons I own. Was a little Leary about the recoil at first, but it was no where near what I expected. I use this as my main ccw weapon, with no worries, I have nine other handguns, this is more than enough protection. Thank you.
Need the ultimate defensive weapon against a car jacking? After test firing my Century 2000 w/3.5″ barrel, using 3″, 5 pellet 000 buck, you’ll have great peace of mind. With practice, you can launch 10 “can’t miss” projectiles in the time it takes you get a few rounds off in a conventional handgun. I researched the terminal ballistics of that round in this gun, and it is a stopper.
Just bought this gun and love it shot a box of shells already. The recoil was not bad at all. Great little gun!
I bought a Bond. Arms Bushwacker here in Australia for Cowboy Action ,It’s 357/38 with the 4 and quarter inch barrel,but I have plenty of fun just plinkin with it,more accurate than I thought it would be,can put most shots in a 12 circle at 25 yards,,A very well built firearm
I’m a 64 yr. old kid that has wanted a “Bond Arms” derringer for several yrs., it was hard to decide which one. I chose the “Snake Slayer” because of the length of the grip. I can not express how much I like this gun. Love the way it feels in my hand, the way it shoots, the look, the quality of the way it is made. I truly like everything about this handgun.
always toated my 357 mag. in the woods for snakes, but then I purchased my Snake Slayer IV. It has already taken its place on my side in a BAD Driving holster, not only for those poisonous snake that crawl but those on two legs also. So to me its the best carry pistol made. May God Bless Bond Arms and Their Families
I first bought my snake slayer IV simply because it was a powerful combination in a small packag. I have always been taught that derringers had to short of a range, and usually not powerful enough to be a viable defense gun. However, I’ve taken it to the range and gone toe to toe with other concield permit holders and their autos. On competitor said “I wouldn’t want to meet you in a dark alley, I want to have an open casket.” As all my shots were head shots. Now only to get my hands on a 45 colt only barrel. The 4 1/2 ” one
Bought the gun with a 3″ .38/.357 barrel. Ordered the 3.5″ .45/.410 barrel, also.
This double-barrel handgun shoots like a dream! Built to last and shoots to POA well at 15 yards.
I carry it as a back-up to my #1 gun. Bought the BADD holster, the Premium holster, and the Western holster.
All of Bonds products are top notch! Best of all, they are madein TEXAS, By God!
i recently added 3.5″ 45lc/410, 3″ 9mm and 2.5″ 45lc barrels to my collection, along with a short wood-gripped frame. i also have a 3″ 357/38 and a 3″ 22lr barrel. 9mm, like 38, is a piece of cake, i didnt feel a thing after shooting up a box of 9mm range ammo. at 15′ i was hitting center mass with a 2-3″ up and down spread, as expected. 45lc 185 grain hornady defense and 230 grain cowboy loads in the various barrel lengths and grips were manageable and accurate. a simple rule of thumb for me is any caliber with a 4 is easiest shot out of the extended grip. i should add a rubber short grip or at least a rubber sleeve to the mix. im adding a 3″ 45acp barrel soon. the only caliber i that i find is un-fun is 357mag, way too stout for me, as is any 410 ammo that is not handgun specific. im very happy with my bond arms products. my only suggestion is to add a lanyard to the frame.
Having pinned on a badge and strapped on a gun belt for 27 years. I wanted something I could stick in my pocket and still feel comfortable . Found exactly the right firearm at Bond Arms. Great small firearm that will do what has to be done, should the occasion arise. Great support from the company, purchased the extended grip and extremely pleased with it. Keep up the good work and quality of the guns!!!!!!
Sorry about the pun,got my ranger 2 for my birthday it is so much fun to shoot 3.5 410 shells are pretty accurate at 25 yards it’s a great little gun thanks
I have the Snake Slayer IV in 45Colt and 410. The power is fantastic and within 21 feet it is pretty easy to control as long as you don’t forget the power. At the range I wear a glove since I’m shooting several times. At 21 feet I can keep a 45 colt within 6″ of center. My favorite round is the 410 defense round with the 3 plated discs. It’s hard to miss with this round. Love the gun and thrilled with the quality. I’ll definately spread the word.
A very well made piece that’s comfortable to wear. Nice job!
I own one Derringer , soon to have two . One of the finest built guns on the market . I have purchased a few different ways to carry it , all Bonds Arms leather . The ultimate carry for me . I recently purchased the faux ivory extended grips . AWESOME !
I just recently purchased the Bond Arms snake slayer and two holsters, it’s the perfect firearm for concealed carry because you don’t have to dress to conceal it with all of the holster options, plus it’s a lot of fun to fire, and there’s videos to help you get familiar with it.
Bond Arms makes you feel welcome like a part of there family the customer service is great the owner Gordon deals with you one on one via email and is quick to answer any questions you may have, that’s something that big businesses don’t do thank you Bond Arms for your great service and quality American made product.
enclosed is a photo of my Back-Up with a 3″ .45/.410 brushed barrel and Black two tone star grips.
Words can’t describe how much I love this little package.
230gr .45acp HP in a 2.5
Built with the precision like a Swiss timepiece and tough as an army tank. Don’t take my word for this – go to YouTube.com and see Bond Arms Torture Test. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YrGnbSPvGE)
I am a 73 year old senior citizen and a newbie to handguns.
I have completed my Concealed Carry course and 2 NRA
beginner courses. My first gun purchase was a Springfield
Armory XDS 9MM 4.0. I have now purchased the USA Defender
firearm. It has the kick of a mule for recoil. I am confident that with additional training and practice that whatever situation arise I will be able to defend myself and my family.
You owe it to yourself to consider Bond Arms pistols.
Different calibers and barrel lengths make this
a fun pistol to own and enjoy. So much so that I
am about to order an additional barrel.
I was approached at work … by a friend … said he knew of someone with a firearm to sell … necessity for cash being the motivator . He did not know what the sale item would be … semi-auto, revolver, or what … Oh , Happy Day !!! A”Bond Arms” firearm !!! My father was a Gunnery instructor in the service … He knew his stuff … He said if ever a situation arises … you want a “BOND” in your pocket !!! … and I will very soon … have fired them over the years … and now I’ll have my own … This is serious stoping power … !!!
Enjoying carrying this little pocket canon and have fired it at the range a few times. Those who try it are surprised that the recoil is not worse. I find it very well balanced and manageable in .410 or .45 LC, using the stock grips.
Picked up a “Snake Slayer” on 7/13 /2015 , Wow !!! What a firearm , I’ve had qulte a few , Dad was a gunnery instructor in the service , we grew up firearm familiar . Have ennoyed skeet , target shooting , and gun ownership since pre-teen years , This is already my no. 1 PRIZED FAVORATE !!! This Snake Slayer , Mighty Fantastic , What. A Hoot !!!
I do like my Snake Slayer, it carries in my pocket in it’s holster, I’ve already taken out a few snakes.
I could use a .410 barrel with a little more choke. Have you considered a smooth bore, if you do let me know, I’ll order the same day.
I HAVE LOOKED AT THE RANGER 2 FOR A LONG TIME FINALLY GOT TO Hold one after having in my hand I thought hard for a week then went back and bought it-beautiful well made gun.It is a blast to shoot firing 2.5 000 buck in have also shot45 long colt recoil is a little bit less than shots shells.I ordered a 357 mag/ 38 split 4.25 in barrel for it also it came ups really fast and is also lot of fun to shoot.I guess you might say I went whole hog I ordered a set of jumbo grips also I have big hands and thought this might add a little more to hold onto when shooting.I’m trying to decide what barrel to order next.I own several guns but this is my pick to grab and go with when outside working and trips to town.
I have the Ranger II. I took it to the range last Sunday to shoot it for the first time. I was surprise that there wasn’t much of a kickback shooting the 410 shell and the 45 cal. This gun is so sweet to shoot and to carry. I really like the Driving Holster.
I recently shot my Bond Arms USA Defender .410/45LC with 3″ barrel. I was initially a little apprehensive about the kick-back, having shot 410’s out of my 3″ Barrel Taurus Judge. Boy was I surprised. The kick was much less than I expected and I hit the target at 15 yards within the rings each of my first two shots, one-handed.
What a great gun.
From now on it’s my “Little Judge.”
First time I shot my SS4 today, WOW! Less recoil than a Judge I have and less barrel rise too!!! Beautiful craftsmanship, detail, fit and finish is Bentley class! Thanks guy’s and probably girls too. Respectfully Submitted, Robin M Thrash
It was a real pleasure doing business with you and Bond Arms. My barrel and holster arrived today only a few days after I placed the order. The fit and finish is perfect and I can hardly wait to go out this weekend to try everything out. I was pleasantly surprised to see that even the little Allen wrench was made in the USA. Thank you again Wendy for your friendly and courteous service. Your state might be a lone star but your company is a five star.
Have a great day,
I recently purchased a Snake Slayer IV on impulse.
I wasn’t sure what I had in my hand but I knew it was high quality, looked pretty and sure felt good. With a couple of trips to the range to master the trigger and point of aim with the ammo that patterns best I’ve got myself a keeper! Complete confidence in this firearm.
This is now my personal protection vehicle gun. It is
holstered on my side when I hunt and fish too. A real blast to shoot. Bond also posts some very good videos on the operation and safe handling of this fine piece of craftsmanship.
Billy in Illinois.
I recently bought an (early) California Big Bear model handgun. On my initial inspection, I found that the Bond Arms gun was very well made. I have bought other brands of Derringers previously and found the Bond arms gun somewhat larger and sturdier with great lockup and ease of operation. The .45 LC is a favorite cartridge and I found the gun much more controllable than other big-bore Derringers. The Bond gun actually shoots to point of aim! You don’t have to aim at the crotch of a silhouette to hit in the chest like other Derringers. IF I had a CCW, I would have no problem trusting my safety to the Bond Arms Big Bear. Thanks for a quality firearm!
Bought this gun used at buds gun shop took it home clean it up took it to the range bought some 410 ammo 3 Inches little brutal 2 half inch not bad definitely a hand cannon 1 gun fun.
just got done shooting my texas defender. i feel sorry for what ever is in the receiving end of that!! the federal ooo buck four ball shot the best and the most accurate at twentyone feet. what a blast to shot!!!!
The holster fits my 31/2 inch barrel Snake Slayer perfectly.
The tan color goes with the color of the grip.
I purchased my USA Defender back in January, 2015, and just now made time to shoot it at a local gun range. I am so pleased with the performance. It’s definitely a two handed gun and it delivers. I read all the testimonials on the various models and watched the videos before I chose the USA Defender. Pure quality in a firearm. In addition to the standard 410/45 Colt , I purchased the 38/357 barrel and 22 mag barrel. I fired the gun today and tried all the barrels. I am very pleased and can’t say enough about this firearm. I would highly recommend it. Thanks To Gordon at Bond Arms for making such a quality firearm to allow us to defend ourselves and family from those that would bring harm,as well as, for sport shooting.
Yes, I have fired it. I was surprised at the recoil. It was not as bad as I thought it would be for the 45 colt. I didn’t think that it kicked as bad as my 1873 Colt revolver. The 3″ shot shell was a little more but still not bad. Very well made and very satisfied.
Waiting for a chance to get out again and do some target shooting.
There without a doubt best looking and best made self defense weapon that anyone can carry if you have a wife or any family member for that matter they should have one and with that comes piece of mind as a father it lets me sleep knowing she has something to keep the low life’s at bay in short great fire arm period
Great gun even for a lefty. So versatile for Americans but us Canadians are stuck with only 1 barrel option. Unfair I’d say! Speak up you Canuks. Start asking for options such as 9mm and 22lr and 44spl. in Canadian legal length. Stop settling for just a 38/357. Your requests make all the difference. Bond is willing to listen and respond, but it’s got to be more than just me asking! I’m sure each of you who owns a Bond would happily buy a 22lr at least. And all you who reload 9mm, what a fun inexpensive range gun it could be. You could afford to become proficient at the over and under barrels at all sorts of distances. Come on Canada get some of that American spirit in you and become a voice to be reckoned with! For the love of shooting SPEAK UP!
It is a fun gun to shoot and seems to be fairly accurate. I also ordered a 357 mag barrel ,different holster and bullet holder.
Love the gun shoots good .
Am thinking of purchasing the jumbo grips
I have had my gun for 4 years now . I love it and will carry it . The craftmenship is by far the best . I have 2 barrels , want more !
so I started with the usa defender, fun,fun,fun, wanted more. got the 3.5 barrel, able to knock pesky black birds outta the air with #6 shot, wanted more. got terry to make me up some black stag grips, they are awesome!, wanted more. got the iwb holster, wanted more. got the side holster, wanted more.. got the sticky holster, still want more!!! barrels and grips and holsters oh my!!! im sleeping in the garage now with all my stuff but I sleep good.. sure wish she would let me use the shower though..
Considering the majority of self-defense actions are over in seconds and in life threatening circumstances the defender may get off one maybe two rounds this gun should seriously be considered as a prime weapon of choice for defense and concealed carry. The .45 Colt/.410 barrel at close range will stop an aggressor in their tracks. The .357mag/.38spc barrel is no slouch either with a similar kick. An added benefit of my new Bond Arms Texas Defender comes into play when I am working on my farm in PA, looking up and finding one eye to eye with a black bear is becoming more and more frequent. Firing off a couple of rounds of bird shot will assuredly send them off to your neighbor. Should he return a reloaded .45LC aimed at his vitals should bring him down. The weapon is unobtrusive the wearer can perform most labor tasks as if it was a buck knife on their belt. Perfect gift for your significant other. The weapon far exceeds the mfg representations as to quality and utility. The holster leather work is superior quality, thank you Mr. Bond and your workers, job well done.
Over-size rubber grip, 4.25″ barrel in stainless (410 Cal.). Accurate, well-made, and it does go “BOOM.” Need I say more. GODZILLA BEWARE!
I bought the BAD Driving holster for my snake slayer and I have to say it was a great choice! I have had no trouble driving with this holster attached to my belt and it keeps my snake slayer handy should the need arise to protect myself or my family. The holster is made well and fits the gun like a glove.
I just purchased a snake slayer 45/410. Wow ! This little gun packs a real punch! Not hard to shoot, does not kick back, but man really is what you say. Glad I got mine. I like interesting pieces and this really adds to my collection. I have wanted one of these for a long time. You will definitely like this gun. Bond Arms really makes a great gun here in the USA. Thanks to all of you at Bond Arms.
hello, I”ve had this gun about 3 months now and I really love the feel also how it performs! the 45colt ammo is fun to shoot ,I like the 410 shot gun loads the best! very accurate weapon, I now use it for my ccw /w driving holster!!! hell of a rig, if I ever need it I”ll just need one shot, hope I never have to but its good to know I can protect myself and others with this hand cannon!!! thanks bond arms for a great gun!!
I took my little CA Backup to the range, the 9mm is fun to shoot, the 357 mag is a different ball game when shooting the Backup with a small grip the 357 mag carries a good punch, I will be looking into the extended grip. No one else at the range would shoot the 357 mag. but they loved the 9mm.
Hello at Bond Arms,
Summer in Kentucky plays host to slithery encounters which are less frightful when accompanied by my newly acquired Bond Arms Snake Slayer IV loaded with 2.5″ Remington #4 shot!
Attached is a photo of a 6 foot rat snake quickly dispatched with the first round, although given its size, some serious adrenaline, and second shot availability, I felt another round appropriate.
American craftmanship is important to me and the overall workmanship and finish of my Bond is excellent. Now I can rest assured knowing this firearm not only looks good, but performs as well. My new Bond is a keeper!
Test fired my new Bond Backup in .45ACP. Fired 230 gr FC factory ball at a 25 yd target. 20 shots without a glove. Stout but not painful. Also tried some 200 gr practice ammo with a little less recoil. Was able to keep almost all the shots on paper. I would call that reasonable accuracy from a 2.5″ barrel. Shooting from lower barrel results in lower felt recoil (for me).
Pistol is well made. Solid, reliable feel. I would be willing to use it as a backup gun. I like the non glare finish too.
I just received the BAD Driving holster. Very well made and a practical, adjustable holster for carrying in an auto. Purchased received another barrel .38/.357 3.5″ and ordered a 2.5″ 9mm too with a backup holster. Will probably buy another Bond Arms derringer for my wife.
This my 2nd barrel I’ve purchased. The one I just bought fits and works perfect. Love my Snake Slayer.
Bought my Bond Mini .45 LC a few weeks ago. I took it to the range the next day. It is a lot of power in a small package. It is very pleasant to shoot even though it throws a world of hurt down range.
purchased a snakeslayer 4 and thus far i am super pleased. i have fire it 10 times with 3 inch 2 1/2 inch and 45 longs and it was friggen fun. i’m retired military so i love all kinds of firearms, but have never owned a damn pocket cannon, i have a concealed carry permit and this is the gun i mostly carry i hope if i ever need it just the sheer intimidation of lookng down the barrel of this thing will send em running. this gun is a work of art and being only 5′ 6″ i still felt comfortable shooting it, go TEXAS, you hit a home run with these firearms.
I love my Snake Slayer IV. It was the first hand gun that I purchased. Very well made and safety features are great. Bond Arms has a great product line and it’s accessories are just as good. Could not be happier.
I had a snake problem in my pond in the first 10 days of ownership I’ve killed 7 snakes . Two the first day wow!! One bad gun ! It will be my new open carry provide Texas passes a new law. 99.9% that’s going to happen this year . Well worth the money spent
I truly be leave it is some of the best craftmenship I’ve seen, the costume fit for my snake slayer is perfect. Couldn’t ask for a better pease of leather.
You ask if I’d fired my Bond Backup yet. I took ammo with me to Cabella’s to purchase it. On the way home, I stopped at my range, borrowed their ear protection and shot several rounds. As your site mentions, I had to get used to the trigger. Not sure how I did it, but after one or two tries, I had it down. No problem. Of course, shooting .45 from a 2.5″ barrel isn’t like my full size 1911 style. There is a kick, but I had no misgivings about repeated firing and I’m old and weak!! In other words, I love it. Plan on getting a 45/410 barrel as soon as I am available to take delivery. Can’t wait.
And bond arms delivers. I bought an old bond arms barrel online and the bottom barrel would not function. I sent it back to them and they made me a new barrel at no cost. Real honest people to deal with.
As a retired Peace Officer, there is a need to carry concealed.
My “Snake Slayer” with a 2 1/2 in .45APC barrel is the ideal
weapon for the purpose.
Got mine the other day. Took is out for practice. At 15 yds it is
a very accurate piece.
This is the one I will carry.
Thanks Bond Arms.
I purchased a ranger. loaded it with 45 colt when I was at the range. not snappy recoil that causes your wrist to sway upwards. more of the recoil going back straight into the web of your hand. nice piece of machinery. tough, sturdy, yet beautiful. quality is really here! looking for my next bond arms. backup or slayer. cant go wrong either way!
Went to the range with my Texas Defender and shot a few 410 shells thru it. This pistol is awesome. With a pdx self defense rounds in it cant be compared to any other concealed weapon in its class for conceal ability and power. Bravo Mr. Bond Bravo.
I have the Ranger II with the 45/410, 4 1/4″ barrel. I have been shooting this for some time. I just got a 9mm and a 22LR short barrels for it. Shooting the 22LR after the 45 is like shooting a cap gun! Its fun, less expensive for bullets, and easier on the hand. It’s so easy to change the barrels. I still use the 45 for my conceal carry but like shooting the 22LR for targets. I love my Ranger II.
Shot 2 rounds, incredible, it’s going into a frame, never to be shot again. It’s too pretty. Not to worry, I’m going out for a Bond Arms Backup today. I’ve already ordered multiple barrels. There is a gun range behind my store and got a lot of looks today with a resounding boom. Wait ’til they get an handful of the Backup. Oh yeah, I’ll also order Rosewood Buck knife today to match.
Yes I received my barrel, thanks for checking. First trip to the range I shot paper, 20 feet. As I expected it shot two groups, both very tight, a high group about 6 inches above point of aim from the top barrel & a low group about 3 inches below point of aim.
Next time I had it at the range, I shot it at the 135 yard gong. The top barrel hit the gong once & kicked dust up inside the frame the gong hangs from 5 out of 6 shots, shots from the bottom barrel fell in the dirt between the gong & the 100 yard target stands.
More than good enough considering it was only designed for shooting across a poker table.
410/ 45 3″ barrel -a easy to handle with the 410 or 45 cal. Would recommend to anyone as a backup or your main CCW-firearm you just can’t get better than BOND ARMS ! STAN-Heflin,AL.
Being from Corpus Christi, Texas, I purchased the Texas Defender with 9MM barrel (the dealer was out of the 357/38 and 45/410 barrels). I didn’t really mind because these barrels are available from Bond Arms, and will be purchased in the near future. After viewing Gordon’s online videos, my first time firing turned out to be everything I had come to expect, (also very noisy)! For my second firing I purchased a set of extended rosewood grips for better control and accuracy and was very pleased with the target results. I foresee a Bond Arms Lady Bond for my wife in the very near future. The quality, build, and performance of this gun is like having a combination of a Rolls-Royce and a Corvette rolled into one. Rated on a Scale of 1 to 10 this gun is a solid 20!
I recently purchased a Bond Arm Texas Defender I have rheumatoid arthritis and I love this gun it is a 45colt/410. It is a great gun with exceptional workmanship, I am retired military with over 21 years of service and 16 of those in special operations so I’ve carried a few guns and this one is one that is one of the best. Shooting it is not as bad as I thought it would be and its accuracy is better than I expected. Some of my buddies have fired it and are also impressed and they are all 1911 snobs. Yes you are limited to the amount of ammunition you have but its a 410 and 45 Colt, if you can’t be safe with that you really need not carry. Like all weapons it takes practice and preparation to really be proficient I go to the range about 3 times a month and I shoot about 25 rounds each time I go and that allows me to learn the gun and gives you the time you need to be able to feel safe with it. I really am impressed with the workmanship and the size it fits in my front pocket and allows you to draw without it being hung up. I trust the safety of myself and most important that of my family. With two combat tours I’ve learned if your not comfortable with your weapon you’ll never feel safe thanks for showing American makers can put out the best weapon in the world.
I took my .45/.410 to my first Pistol class. It is easy and fun too shoot. The instructor was amazed at my ability to hit the Bulls Eye. Could you please do a video on how to clean it? I have read the instructions in the Manuel.
shot my gun today with 45 and 410, is a handful but manageable, I was surprised at how accurate it was,well made piece,would like a little lighter trigger.
I bought my Snake Slayer IV primarily to carry on the tractor when I am out bush hogging the fields. Smaller and easier to carry than a revolver, particularly the large 45 Colt/.410 revolvers from Taurus and Smith and Wesson.
I’ve only shot at soda cans and bottles out to 10 feet or so with .410×2-1/2″. None of the targets of opportunity survived.
With the 45 Colt, I could easily hit a reduced size silhouette target at 15 or 20 feet.
Recoil with both was very managable for a short barreled gun. I fired a couple self defense .410. Recoil of these rounds was more intense than standard .410 shells.
Recently, we have been going through our annual carpenter bee onslaught. I loaded some 45 Colt cases and brass .410 hulls with a load of ground walnut shells for some aerial target practice. effective range is pretty short but you have to be quick to get on the intended target while it is hovering. The Snake Slayer IV was nice for this activity and we dispatched a fair number of bees.
I haven’t had a chance to fire my new Texas Defender yet. I am too busy just touching and holding it in my hand.
This weapon is the first firearm that I can accually feel the quality when I touch it. I shutter to think how close I came to not even seeing it. I stumbled upon it while viewing the display case at my local firearms dealer.I am eyeballing the 357/38 special barrel for my next purchase. Won’t have to buy the whole gun, just the barrel. What a deal!
Literally. It was a good time. First time out shot two boxes of win PDX loads. Gun is large enough to handle recoil, but may need extended grips later. Ordered a set of 45 ACP barrels, waiting for them. Plan to use it mainly in the desert for snakes. Should work fine for that!
The most versatile hand gun I own is in mine! I carry my Century 2000 everyday. With a quick ammo swap I am ready for self defense or Mr. No Shoulders. The best money I have ever spent on a hand gun. Thank you for a fine firearm.
I am very pleased with my little canon, USA Defender. Thought the recoil would be hard to handle. Not so. Very manageable. If shooting no. 6 bird shot at a target mounted on hard wood, stand at least 8 to 10 yards back. Shot will bounce back on you. Good ad for eye protection. No you can’t have little gun back. 9mm barrel being delivered tomorrow. Jim Williams
Finally got a chance to shoot my backup 45 cal. Although the gun was a little heavier then I was hoping it shot great. Since it does shoot a 45 cal bullet I see the need for its weight. Must say though it is comfortable to shoot for a compact gun. Can not wait to get other barrels for it. Thanks to Bond Arms for making another great gun.
I cannot find one thing I dislike about this weapon! The Texas craftsmanship on this firearm is nothing short of amazing. Shooting with the PDX1 .410 shot loads is almost a spiritual experience! Woe be unto the bad guy on the receiving end of this. Love it!
Just wanted to say, I am so happy I sent my bond arms in for the action upgrade what a big difference I can finally hit bulls eyes at 15 feet now. Also I have the older dull looking model and asked if they could polish the whole gun it looks factory new, bond arms has a fantastic customer service thanks so much Travis it looks awesome and now the trigger is perfect!
I have fired my RANGERII and I really love it. It is well balanced and well made and just a beautiful gun.
I am 72 years old and I love GUNS. The old saying is I can not run, because I am old but with my new friend the Ranger II Derringer made by BOND ARMS I feel safe now. I love the safe things that this Derringer has to keep it from firing by accident. I have a 22 Interchangeable Barrel on order from BOND ARMS, love the way you can change the Barrel from one size caliber to another size.
Excellent weapon for my concealed purpose. My 2 inch previously owned as was not as effective as this one.
Hello Bond Arms,
I saw one of your derringers at a local gun shop last month and was immediately smitten with it. Henry Deringer himself would be proud to own one of your firearms. Your quality and craftsmanship exceeds all standards in today’s gun-craft and at least equals the standards of fine American arms of times gone by. I did some research on your derringers and heard many good things and praise from owners. And then I read some testimonials from those who have a dislike for a 2 round gun that doesn’t shoot like the guns they are accustomed to…. “It’s too heavy”….”Only two rounds”…”Can’t hit the mark like my favorite gun”….etc. To them I say, it’s a derringer, not a target gun. Today I bought a Texas Defender .38/.357. I am a 63 year old female and former LEO. I weigh 124 pounds and am not burdened by the weight of this gun – I like it. Familiarization with this derringer took a little getting used to but a derringer has its own characteristics and dynamics, it makes no claim to be anything more than its style, design and function. I am looking forward to going to the range with this little beauty and I have the confidence that with a little practice, we will do one-other great justice. In the near future, it will be my primary carry weapon.
Laurel In Oregon
I bought the two tone gold and silver Texas star rosewood derringer grips. Very sharp looking. Excellent fit. I used them to replace the original snakeslayer grips. Nothing wrong with the original grips it’s just that the new ones are so damn classic looking! I plan to keep the small derringer handel look. It makes the gun look like something a very wealthy riverboat gambler would carry!. Excellent all around. Nothing else can compare!
I bought a Texas Defender 2nd hand from a gun store. The durability of this small pistol is unsurpassed. It is very well made (like a tank but stronger) and the quality is 100% better than most of the pistols manufactured today. This pistol is a bargain and the customer service is the best. The people at Bond arms are very friendly and listen. They told me even though I was the second owner, my pistol was warrantied for life. Cannot get any better than this. I ordered another barrel which was also very reasonable in price.
If I could only own one pistol this one would be my choice. I know about guns as I carried one for 3 years in the U.S Army as a Military Policeman during Vietnam.