I have wanted to own a Bond Arms Derringer since the first time I saw their ad in the Blue Press about 10 years ago. I wanted a derringer that could be used for SASS cowboy competitions and also serve as a back up CCW firearm. It could also be used while camping/fishing as a snake gun or protection gun. Unfortunately, I live in CA and they were not on the approved gun list. I was thrilled when the announcement came that a CA legal 45LC was available. I ordered it immediately and picked it up in mid November. The derringer is very well made and it has excellent safety features. The fit and finish are outstanding. I initially fired it using cowboy 45LC loads. Recoil is not severe with these loads and the gun shot well using the iron sights. I did not shoot past 7 yards since this gun is intended for close quarters. I did not have any trouble hitting center of mass at 7 yards or less. I then tried a Hornady Critical Defense 45LC with 185 grain FTX bullet at 900 fps. The recoil was heavier than a cowboy load but still manageable. The noise level is much greater than a cowboy load and would probably scare off an attacker whether or not the round hit the target. This is a great gun and can be carried safely in unconventional ways. Using a good quality hollow point bullet at moderate velocities, it is a potent defensive weapon. Versatile and fun to shoot. The only problem now is that I will probably need to buy a Brown Bear model also. Great job Bond Arms.
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