Bond Arms: Derringers Done Right

    Here at the Blue August Gun and Outdoor Conference, we were fortunate enough to be presented what I consider one of the neatest pistols on the market:


    “Hey wait.. that’s a Derringer?!”.

    Hell yes it is, and if you have not had the pleasure of running one of these, I would highly recommend that you do.

    Bond Arms doesn’t make just cute little .22lr or .32acp guns, but makes their guns in some serious calibers:


    • .357 MAG/.38 Spl
    • .45 ACP
    • .45 Colt, Only
    • .45 Glock Auto
    • .44 Special
    • 44-40 Winchester
    • .40 S&W
    • 10 mm
    • 9 mm
    • 32 H & R Mag
    • .22 Long Rifle
    • .22 Mag.
    • .410

    The owner, Gordon Bond is passionate about his products and really works hard to meet the demands of his customers. They are also located in Granbury Texas, so they are right in my backyard.

    Gordon gave us a quick rundown of his company’s history and showed us the ins and outs of his pistols:


    He also explained to us how many people use this not just as snake charmers, but as a backup gun or even a primary carry piece. Their cross-draw holster is quick and easy to use.



    The pistols also come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Of course you can get a fancy version if you want an heirloom:


    There is even a .22 conversion that sets the chambers in such a way that rimfire ammunition works with their system:


    After the classroom session, Amy gave us a quick show as to how easy it is to change calibers. She was able to convert a gun from .410 to .357 magnum with only a hex wrench and 30 seconds:


    She even did this on the range so we could shoot multiple calibers:


    That said it was my turn to give the gun a go. I shot the .410 first, and I must say that recoil was not bad at all!



    I was able to land two shots pretty close to one-another:


    Next up was the might .357. This one did not agree too well with my hand, but it was easy and controllable with .38s:


    All in all, I have decided to get my Dad one for Christmas. A while back I got him a Rossi .410 shotgun to manage snakes around his property, but I think he would really enjoy the .410 Bond Arms not just for snake hunting, but as a fun and unique shooter.

    As for me, I am going to buy a 10mm version.


    Because 10mm is awesome and if you disagree you’re a communist.


    Alex C.

    Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.