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Bond Arms Ranger II

Derringers have filled the small handgun role for many years, and Bond Arms Ranger II is a modern version of this iconic firearm.

9/23/2011

There is no arguing that, when it comes to handguns, small is in. And there is no handgun that has been filling that role longer than the Derringer. First popularized by Henry Deringer in the early 19th century, and much copied since, in modern times the form is perhaps best represented by Bond Arms out of Granbury, Texas. The Bond Arms Ranger II exemplifies the later two-barrel style, and this single-action, break-open pistol is chambered to fire 2 1/2- or 3-inch .410-bore shotshells, as well as .45 Colt and .45 Schofield.

The gun features stainless steel construction with a brushed finish, is CNC-machined and is built entirely in the United States. Weighing more than 23 ounces, this handgun feels solid enough to handle a variety of loads, and thanks to the patented interchangeable barrel system, it can. All Bond Arms derringers will accept any one of the company’s 16 different barrels, available in 22 cartridge options, and new barrels can be shipped directly to the consumer.

Changing barrels requires only the action to be opened and the removal of the single hinge screw with a 1/8-inch Allen wrench. Replacement barrels come with sights and a spring-loaded extractor pre-installed. The extractor can also be manually pushed using a thumb extension to help remove rounds that may become stuck; however, the chambers are well-honed to aid smooth extraction. The blade front sight and notched rear sight are integral with the barrel, which starts as a solid piece of steel before the two barrel openings are bored out and rifled. Featuring 3-inch chambers, the Ranger II has rifling in only the last 1½ inches of its total length.

Bond Arms Derringers have several mechanical safeties to ensure their proper use and to protect against an unintentional discharge. The first is the rebounding hammer that acts as a half-cock position and prevents forward movement of the hammer. This also acts as a hammer drop safety so it will not fire if dropped on the hammer on top of a chambered round. The hammer will engage the firing pins only if the trigger is completely depressed.

The twin firing pins are also auto-retracting to help prevent accidental discharges when loading. A cross-bolt safety is also included above the grip. It completely prevents any hammer contact with the firing pins when activated. The cross-bolt safety can also be locked in the “on” position with an Allen wrench on a screw on the breech face. An internal locking device, located next to the trigger, locks the action and helps prevent unauthorized use. Many may also appreciate the inclusion of a trigger guard that is removable for those preferring a more traditional outline.

The grip design for the Ranger II adds a finger extension that provides a more positive grip, and the grip swell fills the palm comfortably. Also unique to the Ranger II is the smooth, black-wood-laminated construction with matching brushed, stainless steel Texas or Lawman star inlays gracing each side of the grip. The star matches one found on the attractive driving holster, a sturdy, black-molded leather cross-draw affair with distinct white stitching, a quick-release thumb break and a clever hook-and-loop attachment system that fits up to 1¾-inch belts.

Operation is straightforward and easily mastered. Simply rotate the frame-mounted, spring-loaded rapid reload lever downward to release the hinged barrel assembly, then rotate the barrel assembly upward, allowing the spring-loaded extractor to push the cartridges out far enough to grip and remove them, or load new ones. To fire, firmly close the barrel assembly, cock the hammer and squeeze the trigger.

The hammer face features a self-adjusting, spring-loaded block that alternates the firing sequence between the top and bottom barrels each time it is cocked. With a bit of practice and observation the shooter can determine which barrel to fire in which order—something that can be helpful if using different loads in each barrel.

The Ranger II was shot with both 000 Buckshot for patterning and .45 Colt for chronographing and accuracy testing at 7 yards. The trigger, at 7 pounds, 8 ounces, was comfortable to use, and recoil was manageable thanks in large part to the pistols weight and full-size grip. Cases also proved easy to extract.

Recoil with the .410 buckshot loads was stout, yet manageable, and it was significantly less with .45 Colt ammunition. The four-pellet buckshot pattern was also tight at 7 yards, with one group less than 5 inches and most averaging 2 to 4 inches. The upper barrel had a tendency to fire 5 inches above point of aim, and the lower barrel the same amount below point of aim at 7 yards with .410 ammunition.

The Bond Arms Ranger II provides .410-bore firepower in a small package and can be effectively used in a variety of close-range, personal-protection situations. Combined with various loads ranging from birdshot to custom defense loads to standard handgun cartridges, and the capability for quick barrel changes, it offers great versatility. 

Manufacturer: Bond Arms, Inc; (817) 573-4445; www.bondarms.com
Caliber: .45 Colt/.410 with 3" chambers
Action Type: single action, hinged, over/under
Frame: stainless steel
Barrel: 4¼"
Rifling: six grooves, RH twist, 1:12"
Capacity: two
Sights: fixed blade front, notch rear
Trigger Pull: 7 lbs., 8 ozs.
Overall Length: 61⁄4"
Width: 11⁄4"
Height: 41⁄2"
Weight: 23.5 ozs.
Stocks: black ash star
Accessories: plastic case, cross-draw holster
Suggested Retail Price: $649

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11 Responses to Bond Arms Ranger II

alan wrote:
June 19, 2013

well said john!

John wrote:
May 09, 2013

An old fashion black powder .22 short was the first derringer, and guess what, it worked fine for defense. With modern powders even rubber bullets kill at close range. Firing a blank next to your head will kill you. I've shot an air gun straight through a pork roast. I'm telling you right now if a .45 long colt was chambered in a gun with NO barrel and the bullet was sticking out of the end of the gun it would still kill you dead as fried chicken. I'm so sick of this whole caliber velocity argument. People act as if bullets were just invented without testing them out. Seriously John browning is rolling in his grave. Do you have any clue how many thousands of livestock that .25 and .32 automatic killed to test the leathality, and that wasn't with modern bullets, powders, or barrels! And people joke about mouse guns? I hunt deer with my .357, I carry a mouse gun for self defense and its no joke.

David wrote:
January 26, 2013

Well, bond arms also makes a dedicated 45Colt barrel for their Ranger, I have one on my Ranger II and it can do it's job quite well and keep the groups down small enough it. Actually made the options in a crowded area kinda more available than the 410/45Colt barrel. I don't have to worry about the bystander getting hit with pellets.....call bond arms and ask for their 4 1/4 45 Colt only barrel. They make 45/410 45Colt only And. 357/38 All for the Ranger in 4 1/4 length barrels you shouldn't have an issue with it then

John g wrote:
September 17, 2012

Hey guys just remember that even a .22 cal has ( in the pAst) saved lives and you can't tell me that at 7-10 ft a 45 colt or 410 buck shot is not gonna stop most bad guys from goin on with their bad intentions. Even if the BG has his own handgun this derringer should allow you ample time to remove oneself from the close range return fire even if the BG does return fire which is questionable

Clint wrote:
March 25, 2012

Gary, Gary, Gary. I think if you shoot the 'BG's' in the face with the Ranger I seriously doubt there will be any further defense needed. Barrel length does effect accuracy and power, however I don't plan in shooting someone in self defense from 50 yards.

Don Ponder wrote:
February 17, 2012

I like my Texas defender, expect the trigger is to hard to pull, I would like to have it fixed so it is not so hard to pull, any ideas how I can get it fixed?

matt wrote:
November 26, 2011

Bond Arms vs. judge the Bond is small enough to take any place,the judge not so.two in the pocket is better than five in the night stand!Now that S&W has the gov.that holds six and the judge only five do we throw out the judge for lack of fire power?I just wish everything was made as well as a Bond Arms!!!

Gary (the other one) wrote:
September 25, 2011

Rex, if you are going to place two rounds in the BG's face and then grab your real gun, no argument from me. It's just that some people have vivid imaginations and don't want to be confused with the facts. The 3-inch model Taurus Judge has 3 inches of cylinder plus 3 inches of rifled barrel for a total of 6 inches. The Ranger has 3 inches of chamber which leaves only 1 1/4 inches of rifled barrel in the total length of 4 1/4 inches(the 1 1/2 inches in the story must be a typo). Now, I will show you the results of firing different types of shot shells in the 3-inch Judge and you will just have to accept that the results in the shorter 1 1/4-inch Ranger barrel will be less, a lot less. I think everybody will agree that longer barrels produce more velocity than shorter ones; think shotguns vs. handguns! Please go to http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/bot53.htm and you will see that the 3-inch Judge was borderline, at best, as a defensive weapon. The Ranger, because of it's very short barrels, is going to produce even less penetration and that is the problem. I'm sorry if that offends anybody but I'm just reporting the facts. But in Rex's case, he has plenty of penetration to really mess up the BG's face and buy him some time to draw his primary weapon.

Gary is a Turd wrote:
September 25, 2011

Gary, you have no idea what you're talking about. The Bond Arms derringer is an awesome handgun. It is powerful, accurate, and built like a tank. It provided plenty of firepower.

Rex wrote:
September 25, 2011

I purchased the Ranger, shortly after it came out. This weapon is a great defensive weapon. The holster works great for driving too. I also carry a Springfield XD .45. I can get to my Ranger and get off 2 rounds, before I could clear leather, sitting in my vehicle. The Ranger doesn't replace my XD, it allows me to get off 2 rounds FAST, and remain alive, so I can get to my XD. Too bad Gary didn't understand. It's all about staying alive and my Ranger is the best weapon on the market, for this application. I have put hundreds of rounds through my Ranger, the quality and workmanship of this weapon is second to none.

Gary wrote:
September 23, 2011

The October issue of American Rifleman writes this up in the Dope Bag, page 96. In the Shooting Results, the velocity is 484 fps (200-grain), and 569 and 565 fps (250-grain). Energy tops out at 179 ft.lbs. This is a good example of why you don't buy .410 handguns and shoot .45 Colt cartridges in them. Sierra reports the same velocity in a 5 1/2-inch SAA as a 10-inch .45/.410 Contender barrel (same regular pressure load). The Colt has a cylinder but the Contender doesn't have a gap so it's a toss-up. With all the free bore required by the 3-inch shot shell in the chambers, pressure and velocity really drops off. You might as well be throwing rocks. Load this toy with shot shells and hope for the best. But then, for $649, you could buy a real gun.