I didn't see a thread on the subject, so I started one.
I'd like to hear personal experiences from you who have these guns.And that is: What is the higher quality derringer; the American (ADC) or the Bond? I had a couple ADCs years ago, but never even put hands on a Bond yet.The ADCs I had were excellent quality, back then.I don't much care for the 45C/410 guns; would probably get one in 45ACP, 357 or 9MM. One of the ADCs I had was their double action only gun in 357; I don't think they offer that gun in 357 now.38 special and 40 S&W is all they list.I also had a conventional Model 1 in 45ACP.I'm pondering on getting another top shelf derringer.I have or have had the Davis and Cobra guns, but those are totally out of the ADC/Bond class.The cheap derringers I've had like that all worked, but I want a quality 2- shooter.Can anyone out there share their opinions with me? Thanks.Oh, btw,does anyone have the model 7 Lightweight ADC? I'd thought about one of those in 38 special or 44 special.
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The Bond is built like a brick shouse. Very solid. Look for one used. If it isn't the "right" caliber the barrels are interchangeable and reasonable. Consider one in 45 colt. That way you can hand load it how you want, Light medium or too hot to handle. I keep all my 45acp loads the same and will work in autos.
the Bond trigger takes some getting used to. If you pull it back it is heavy. If you pull it down it becomes quite reasonable. Use a two hand grip if possible. Strong hand pulls back the hammer and operates the trigger. The weak hand holds the handle.
My wife enjoys shooting a Bond in 45 colt. Last time that she shot it she nailed the x ring at 20 feet. I usually hit the black.
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They are a real "hoot to shoot" and I am pleased to hear others enjoy them so much.I couldn't choose between only two.My favorite derringer is a Hi Standard top break DA in .22mag.Even with the seemingly 200lb trigger pull,I have killed several varmints (mostly chucks) with one.