.22 mini wheel vs .45 deringer ~ which to get?

Glockster69

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I've long had a fascination with deringers but have never owned one and don't really want to add the long Colt which appears to be the most common, to my ammo requirements. I handled the Bond Arms Cowboy Defender and it actually felt nice but the biggest problem is only 2 rounds on board. For a year or so now I've been interested in a .22 magnum mini revolver. They look really cool but the majority of the grips are so small it's difficult to operate the gun.

Yesterday I fondled the North American Arms Black Window and liked it very much except for the pin lock mechanism to remove the cylinder. It was a little awkward to use versus the push button and pull pin straight out system. I also groped the NAA Mini Master which handled nearly identical to the Black Widow and has the preferred pin lock mechanism.

So my question is if you own or have shot either or both of these types firearms what have you learned and what would be your 1st choice? What else can you tell me from experience?

NAA Black Widow w/magnum conversion cylinder


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NAA Mini Master w/adj. rear sight

 

Dawico

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I carry a NAA mini revolver in .22 Magnum everywhere I go. Mine has the 1 5/8" barrel and I love it. Drops right into the pocket. The bigger mini revolvers just seem pointless to me. They are a little big (with the longer barrels) for the pocket and too small for a decent range gun.

Adjustable sights on a mini? What are you gonna hunt with that? Night sights? These guns are a point and shoot variety. Even the front post is almost too much really.

I am not a Deringer fan. For their size and weight there are better options available.
 

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I should have originally said it's mainly for the novelty but I could see throwing them in a pocket with SD intentions.

Otherwise I agree with all you said. I put the Mini Master (4" bbl) in my front pocket and unless I made sure the muzzle was in the bottom corner, the grip crowned the top of the pocket, not to mention it looked like I had a track baton in there. :eek: Do you have any idea if the Mini Master grip will go on the smaller framed guns? Looks like I may be making some phone calls tomorrow.
 
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BG1960

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Bought the wife one like Mr. Dawico's because I was tired of hearing how cute they were and watching her fondle them at gun shows. And I had no idea what to get her for Christmas. Put a laser on it, it's surprisingly accurate. It ain't no Desert Eagle, but it's gonna give you serious skin issues if you get shot with it.
 

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I really wouldn't mind having one of the bond arms defender, maybe in .38/.357.
 

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