Originally Posted by danolator
Who has this gun? Is the interchangeable chamber option worth the extra money? Does the 1 & 5/8 barrel have any performance efficiencies over the 1 & 1/8? How does the pocket carry compare to the Ruger LCP sized semi's?
I had one of these when they first came out. Did not have the larger grips, so every time you fired you had to re-adjust your grip on the little stainless steel mini revolver. I am a pretty good shot, but was not able to plink cans placed on the ground in front of me with it. The little revolver impressed me only as a defensive "belly gun".
I worked the evening shift, and because my car was dead, I walked to and from work through some bad areas. I had a concealed carry permit and usually had a Colt Python in a shoulder rig.
Never had any problems till one night I thought I would leave the Colt at home, and carry this little North American in my gloved hand. That night, I was buzzed by a car full of loud drunks, three times, the last time on a dark stretch of street, where they proceeded to bring the car up onto the sidewalk, and announced they were going to "kick my ass". I brought out my tiny revolver and announced that I was "armed". I never wish so hard that I had not left the python at home. They were drunk, and not impressed by my little pistol. One of the guys in the back seat yelled that he had a gun too. I got closer to the passenger side of the car, and put the gun in the guys face and said I couldn't shoot all of them,( it was very dark), but if there was any shooting, "this guy gets shot first!" The guy in the front passenger side told his drunk "armed" friend to shut up, and they eventually got back into the car and drove away, and I beat-feet home by the shortest route, and never did find a cop.
The NAA mini revolver is minimal deterrence. It is not impressive. One guy even said, "he's got a lighter" l thought that I was going to actually have to shoot someone that night. I feel that this little gun, other than as a collectible oddity, was not useful, because it was not readily recognized as a threat to the drunks in the car, as much as my larger Colt would have been. Presentation is a part of a defensive posture. Never left home without the Python in a shoulder rig after that.