North American Arms produces a unique and well-made series of miniaturized, fully functional stainless-steel rimfire revolvers with options ranging from a truly diminutive .22 Short Frame up to a 6" barrel .22 Mag. This year the company continues to diversify the mini line-up with a new variation of the Ranger II and an apropos finish option for the heavy-barreled Black Widow.
The Ranger II is a sleek, precision-made miniature that hearkens back to the all but forgotten break-top design of the Navy Schofield Founder’s Model 45 Colt. This revolver is more convenient to operate at the range than standard Minis due to the fact that it does not need to be disassembled in order to place fresh cartridges in the cylinder. The first version is a pocket sized model with a 1.63" barrel and birdshead grip. The new version demonstrates more of the Navy Schofield influence and sleek lines with a barrel stretched to 2.5" and a longer, flat based boot grip. The engraving on the grip is a nice touch too.
The standard Black Widow, a top notch trail and kit gun, features natural stainless-steel finish with bead-blasted rounds and polished flats. The new True Black Widow's stainless steel frame, cylinder and appointments will be treated with a titanium PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) finish applied for an overall matte-black appearance. This PVD coating has the added benefits of being durable, scratch resistant, corrosion resistant and does not require a top coat. The True Black Widow will continue to sport a 2" barrel, the company's red hourglass medallion extended rubber grip and dovetailed sight system.
These new models will begin shipping soon but suggested retail prices have yet to be announced.