Bond Arms Buys Boberg

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Bond Arms recently announced that the company purchased the assets and product lines of Boberg Arms Corp. The Texas-based gun manufacturer made the announcement on Facebook.

According to Bond Arms, the purchase is effective as of November 6. During the coming months, the Boberg Arms assets will be transferred from their current location in St. Paul, MN to Grandbury, TX where Bond Arms is located.

There will be a service disruption for Boberg Arms customers needing service or repair according to the statement released by Bond Arms. The company expects to have the Boberg Arms side of the business up and running in January 2016, so the service delays are expected to be resolved at that time.

Interestingly, the company announced that a new generation of pistols based on the Boberg Arms technology are expected to start development and manufacturing in the first quarter of 2016. I don’t know how far along the development of the new guns is, but moving the company and starting a new product line by the end of March would seem to be an aggressive time table.

For those not familiar, Bond Arms is a derringer-style handgun manufacturer. The company did not make semi-automatic pistols prior to this acquisition. Boberg Arms has been a startup company that makes an unusual handgun that uses a reverse feed design and is frequently referred to as being similar to a bullpup design.

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  • Giolli Joker

    The manufacturer of one of the most simple pistol designs buying the firm with one of the most complex designs…
    Sounds cool, let’s see what comes out of it.
    I like the idea behind Boberg pistols.
    Looking forward to seeing one in .357 Sig that might solve most of the potential feeding issues.

    • Edeco

      Yep, hopping right in at the deep end of the auto-loading pool. Like everyone, I hope it goes well.

      • MR

        Hoping for improved distribution as well as increased production. I’ve seen the Bond Arms Deringers in some of the local gun stores, but don’t recall seeing a Boberg, IRL.

        • Leigh Rich

          Buds Guns ….

  • sliversimpson

    Bond Arms derringer-type pistols are built like tanks. I Shot one chambered in .410 ga/.45 Colt and loved it. I hope that they are able to keep or improve the Boeberg design and produce it at a reasonable cost – that’s what kept me from considering them before.

  • MR

    The production time table seems pretty much in line with industry standard. That is- downright laughable. Take the TCM22R9 Glock conversion kits or SCCY 380 CPX3 pistol for two examples. Some do manage to stick to their time line, and these folks may surprise me, but I doubt they’ll have the equiptment moved and installed by January, nevermind PPAP’d, and are they moving the Boberg employees along with the equipment? I don’t know about Bond Arm’s location, but around here good employees are hard to find on short notice, regardless what management thinks.

  • MR

    Reverse feed, like HK?

    • Citizen

      This is an underrated response. It made me laugh out loud.

  • I have toured the Bond Arms plant and know Gordon Bond well (you can see my factory tour linked above). I am sure they will bring an incredible level of quality to Boberg pistols (of course they are already very nice and I love mine). The level of care and attention they put into their firearms is remarkable, and the content of the people’s character who work there is amazing and hospitable. A Boberg plant tour may be in order!

    • Giolli Joker

      I was just waiting to read this, having in mind that factory tour of yours!

  • Sianmink

    Good news. Boberg has an incredibly neat design, and some fresh eyes and design, along with Bond’s manufacturing capabilities could help not only bring the boburg price down, but maybe fix some of its operational bugs as well.

    • JSmath

      Came here to say this. The Bobergs are certainly interesting but between the bugs I’ve heard of and the price they run, I could just never commit to buying one.

  • MR

    I just thought, are they going to have 9mm or 45ACP in the initial line-up? Please don’t tell me they’re starting off with 380. Plenty of those already on the market, with more “coming soon”.

  • smartacus

    noooo kidding???
    That’s gonna be interestng.
    I’m on the Boberg forum and Arne Boberg has even commented to me a couple of times about future Boberg products.
    I hope they develop a tiny XR-380 to be roughly the same size as a P3AT but with the extra barrel length of the reverse-feed Boberg design

    • Leigh Rich

      I too have been on their Forum since conception..loved our input to Arnie

  • DW

    We might just see a .410 boberg someday.

    • Machinegunnertim

      The reverse mag feed system would work well with .410. But i would imagine the gun would need to be 2 to 3 times the length of the 9mm gun. at that point people don’t really care if you shave off 2 or 3 inches of the over all length with a fancy new pistol bullpup design.

  • Leigh Rich

    Bond Arms have great customer service. Will miss Boberg and the group of us who would talk with Mark on web page directly with likes and wants. Before it became.

  • TangledThorns

    I love the Boberg design but its so damn expensive. I’m hoping this will help drop the cost of their pistols though I suspect that may take a couple years till that happens.

    • Machinegunnertim

      Same here. I’ve been real excited about the design but when I saw the costs it was crossed off my list.

  • 2ThinkN_Do2

    I imagine Bond needed something to maintain a revenue stream in support of their business. I many derringers can you sell and how many barrels do most Bond owners have? The Bond in my opinion is the top of the mountain for derringers; love my Snake Slayer IV of 5+ years. I have 3 additional barrels, including: 22LR, 22WMR and 38/357. I’ve also added the larger rubberized grip, which does wonders for the felt recoil when shooting high brass 3″ 410 loads! The Boberg is appealing and it will be interesting to see what they do with it. Kind of like what Remington did with the purchase of Rohrbaugh and their new metal/alloy RM380. Reviews sound good, feels nice, and the price is reasonable. I don’t have a bad taste regarding Remington as I own a R51 that works and none of the recalled or problem prone long-guns. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a 380 debut by Bond/Boberg as there are many citizens in USA growing older and they don’t want snappy pocket pistols, they want comfy ones that won’t crack bones in their hand, wrist, and that are still reliable and easy to conceal.

  • Glenn Beecher

    The magazine & feed system of a semi-auto pistol, is always the weakest link in the design. The Boberg system, just makes it MORE complex. Bond would be smart, to go back to the drawing board, on this gun design.