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Old 03-24-2011, 11:02 PM   #1
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Ever since "getting into guns," I've had a desire to own a derringer. I've owned them and sold them, bought new ones, and later used them as trading stock. I once owned one in .38 caliber, which hurt to shoot, but most others have been .22 magnum, both the High Standard and the "Remington" style western guns. I even carried one of the High Standards as a backup duty gun, which was the fashion among cops in San Diego County in the early 70's. I've always thought of them as fun guns, not serious carry guns, just for hanging around the neighborhood, or taking out the trash. I live in a gated community where every home owner has to pass a background check, and it is a relatively "safe" place to live. I usually leave my primary carry .45 at home (in the safe) while around home, but I am realistic enough to not go unarmed.

A few weeks ago, I stuck my .22 mag derringer in my pocket to walk to a neighbor's house. When I got back home and was about to put it away, I thought that it was too bad it only had two shots, which got me to thinking. (Uh-oh.)

The next thing I knew, I was at my favorite gun shop, trading my derringer (again) on a new gun. I decided I wanted to try an NAA Mini Revolver, .22 / .22 magnum combo w/ two cylinders, with five shots instead of two, in an incredibly small package. I have known all along about the NAA's, but always thought of them as novelty guns. To make a long story longer, it followed me home. My wife thinks it is "cute" .

I was immediately impressed with the quality of the workmanship of the little gun. I am also impressed with the safety system of resting the single action hammer in a notch, cut between the chambers of the cylinder. Not a tack driver and the sights have no useful purpose that I can determine, but point shooting it at close range (what it was designed for) works very well in both .22 lr and magnum. If you have a couple hundred bucks burning a hole in your wallet, they are not bad little blasters.

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Old 03-24-2011, 11:13 PM   #2
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they are neat lil revolvers...i picked one up used @ a shop close to work...i have fired over 500rds from my NAA 22lr. and havent had one prob with it...they are not tack drivers,but mine will make a 12oz can @ 20ft. walk 5 steps using bulk buy ammo...heck of alot more accurate than my davis 2 shot in 22mag...hardest thing about the lil revolver is holding on to it

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NAA makes fine little guns.
I had a problem with mine when I first got it, but their customer service is top-notch, they sent me a free replacement part and that seems to have fixed the problem.

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I carry the 2" Black Widow in .22 Mag. I practice with the .22 LR cylinder.

They are good little pocket guns, well-suited for carry in the heat and humidity of the Deep South.

If you have trouble holding the gun, the large rubber grips really work well.

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Well, that IS the problem with a revolver with a hammer- click pic to enlarge
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The bottom 2 are Baby Hammerless revolvers. To put them in scale, the barrels are a bit less than 1 inch- and the top revolver is a .22 Colt.

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Here is an itty bitty. It was apparently made to fire some sort of little blank. The cylinder only has one chamber and does not rotate.

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NAA has come out with a "Break top" revolver in .22 Magnum. Looks very interesting.

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NAA has come out with a "Break top" revolver in .22 Magnum. Looks very interesting.
After checking out the NAA forum I learned that they've already discontinued the break top "Ranger" because it required too much hand fitting, and therefore would have been too expensive.
I think they've only made around 500 of them
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Well, that IS the problem with a revolver with a hammer- click pic to enlarge
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The bottom 2 are Baby Hammerless revolvers. To put them in scale, the barrels are a bit less than 1 inch- and the top revolver is a .22 Colt.
I didn't know Iver Johnson made a hammerless... Mine's ancient and needs a tune-up (it might even be a black-powder model [single-post-latch on top]) but I have fired .32 S&W with it long ago... Since then, it's languished in the safe.



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