Bond Arms Papa Bear: A True Pocket Gun in .45/410

Papa Bear Derringer

The Bond Arms Papa Bear .45/410 is highly concealable and extremely durable. And the new weapon also has one other characteristic you might not expect from a derringer—accuracy.

Of course, Bond Arms does not make your run-of-the-mill derringer. These are Texas-sized guns that shoot stopping rounds like 9mm, 10mm, .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .44 Special, .45 LC, .45 ACP,  and 410 shotgun shells, to name but a few. These are next level derringers—true pocket guns—which give those carrying them a sense of confidence you cannot get from the cheap .22 derringers made by some companies.

The Papa Bear comes in .45/410, is made of stainless steel, and has a black rubber grip. At 21.1 ounces—loaded—and only five inches in length, it is the perfect gun to drop into the front pocket of a pair of Cargo shorts when you head out for tank of gasoline, a late-night snack, or a walk in a Tennessee park.

But Bond Arms also makes a holster for the gun, for those who would rather carry it on their belt. And it rides comfortably because of its light weight.

The recoil of the Papa Bear is mild because the gun, though light and compact, is still substantial. And this is important because the gun is single action—which means the second shot requires the hammer to be re-cocked. The mild recoil contributes to keeping the gun on target during a scenario where a second shot is needed.

Like all Bond Arms offerings, the Papa Bear’s barrel can be removed by taking out an Allen screw at the top of the gun. Once removed, you can put on a different barrel for another caliber. For example, if you would rather carry .45 ACP instead of .45 LC, you just buy the other barrel, remove one Allen screw, and you are now shooting .45 ACP.

The Bond Arms Papa Bear is an ideal front-pocket gun, a great gun to keep in the door of the truck if you live in an area where car-jacking is a threat, and a fine “New York Reload” for those who are looking for a backup gun to get them out of tight spots.

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