Monday, May 13, 2013

NRA Convention Pictures #4: North American Arms

One of my "must see" booths at the NRA convention is the North American Arms booth. They've always had a special place in my heart since I first saw the NAA mini-22LR, made even more fond when I found one of my very own. It's still one of my very favorite pieces, for no other reason than being a great conversation piece at the range. It's fun to take the mini-22 out of the case, set it down on the bench, and let someone wander over and take a look at it. "Is that real?" is a very common question.

Here's a strange duck for them, a really big little gun:


That's the NAA Hogleg, a 6" barrel .22 Magnum revolver. There's just something, well, fun about a Magnum revolver with a six inch barrel that you can still fit mostly in one hand. I would imagine that this is more accurate than the 1 1/8" barrel version, but that's not a very high bar...

And I saw one of these in the wild!


That's the Black Widow with the LaserLyte Venom laser attached. It's an interesting little rig - this is certainly the smallest custom fit laser combination out there - and five rounds of .22 Magnum delivered to a precise location beats harsh language any day.

Lastly, the big news in little revolvers was this:


This is the North American Arms Sidewinder, a .22 Mangum mini-revolver with a swing-out cylinder for faster, easier reloading. The chief complaint with the standard mini-22 is that it requires the cylinder to be removed from the firearm for reloading. This is an annoyance at the range, but the glacial pace at which one reloads five rounds of .22LR make the mini-22 the most "last ditch" of last ditch firearms. With the Sidewinder, the reloading time is significantly reduced and the revolver is loaded similarly to other conventional revolvers.

Lastly, I wish I'd remembered to buy one of the belt buckle holsters while I was there!

That is all.

5 comments:

Lazy Bike Commuter said...

I love the mini .22s. There's no way I could justify getting one, but that might not stop me.

Old NFO said...

I missed that booth completely... sigh...

Anonymous said...

Huh. Looks like NAA has re-invented the "boot pistol."

http://www.tias.com/13712/InventoryPage/1985724/1.html

Jay G said...

LBC,

I absolutely *stumbled* into mine by blind, screaming luck. Found it *in Massachusetts* at a price that was actually BELOW MSRP. The gun shop had literally just placed it in the case when I put my credit card down saying "I'll take it"...

Gerald Bodnar said...

got a 22lr/mag combo 13/8 barrel folding grip last Sep due to a friend having one for a pocket carry. looks like a folder knife in the pocket. wonderful carry even for open carry clip on the belt and go. with practice you draw up on the barrel and unclip from the belt pull back and shoot. nice lil fella to shoot especially with the 22 mag sounds like my wifes 38 special. want another one may be the 4" long barrel combo . ;)