any micropistol NAA Guardian owners?


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Mr. Magnum
July 28, 2007, 05:28 PM
http://www.naaminis.com/pix/380big.jpgIm thinking of getting a North American Arms Guardian micropistol in .380 caliber for CCW..... i just havent found any reviews from any owners yet...

Any feedback re reliability/quality/accuracy/etc would be of a big help!

Appreciate it!! Happy & Safe shooting to all!

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MICHAEL T
July 28, 2007, 05:35 PM
You can carry a LW J frame as they weigh less. Have 38spl. instead of 380. The J frame also has a better trigger.

SouthpawShootr
July 28, 2007, 05:58 PM
These guns have been out for some time now, with the exception of a small period when Kahr (who manufactured their frames) and NAA had a falling out. I have a .380 Guardian that's about 5 or so years old. It a very nicely executed gun. Smaller than my J-frame 642 but heavier. Recoil is a somewhat accentuated by the pistols small size. More than 50 rounds per range session can be quite uncomfortable later. I put about 150 rounds through mine the first time I shot it. My hand hurt for several days afterwards. The gun is easily concealable by dropping it in a pocket, although I have a Ron Graham pocket holster I'm quite fond of. Accuracy is acceptable but you have to remember that this is a close-in gun. I can point shoot and easily hit my target 15 or so feet away. Sights are abominable. One of these days, I'm going to return mine to NAA and have Gutter Snipe sights installed. They're more along the lines of what this pistol requires and more appropriate for this type of gun. Reliability has been good, but you have to keep something in mind. This design does not use an ejector. The next round in the mag is responsible for ejecting the empty. This causes an occasional stovepipe. This design also does not have a slide lock.

Joe the Redneck
July 28, 2007, 07:02 PM
Well, I have the 32 version and I find it too hard to shoot. It's a goog gun , but I have a hard time hiting with it.

In the end, only hits count.

Mr. Magnum
July 30, 2007, 01:56 AM
[This design does not use an ejector. The next round in the mag is responsible for ejecting the empty. This causes an occasional stovepipe. This design also does not have a slide lock.]

- Got me curious there.. il try to check out some vids if i can find anything at youtube.. just how the mechanism works..

Thanks anyway for all your posts. appreciate it!

critter
July 30, 2007, 08:48 AM
I have the .32 and love the lil thing. 'Tis my "always gun".

rantingredneck
July 30, 2007, 10:25 AM
My reply from TFL

I have the .32NAA version of the Guardian. It is the same size as the .380 and it shoots a bottleneck .32-380 cartridge. They are certainly not range guns and can be uncomfortable to shoot for long periods of time. That being said though they are surprisingly accurate for such small pistols.

There's a series of pistol challenges ongoing at TheHighRoad. One is titled the "long walk - short pier" challenge and requires shooting a 3" barrel or shorter handgun at 50 ft. and posting the results. Here is my effort at this with the guardian. Six shots two handed at 50ft.

http://www.rantingredneck.com/evolution/media/NAA%20Target%207-26-07.jpg

Overall it was a 4 inch spread. The first shot was a bit of a flyer from the main group, of which three rounds cloverleafed.

The NAA Guardian line is certainly well built and capable in a defensive role. I'm looking around for a .380 myself locally.

rantingredneck
July 30, 2007, 10:26 AM
Yes the sights are crap, but with enough practice you can learn to use them effectively.

rcellis
July 30, 2007, 10:53 AM
Mechanically a well-executed pistol. It's a good gun for it's purpose - which is close-quarter last-ditch self-defense. If you need the sights, you're probably using the wrong gun. It fits in a pants pocket nicely.

rantingredneck
July 30, 2007, 12:33 PM
Indeed it's purpose is a "get off me" gun. :D

critter
July 30, 2007, 12:55 PM
I'd like to offer an additonal plug for NAA here. When I bought my guardian (used), it would drop the mag after 1-3 shots and therefore stop feeding.

I sent it to them. Came back with over $200 worth of new parts, a fluf and buff and a note telling me it was an 'earlier' model and had been 'updated' with the new parts.

It works absolutely perfectly now. Charge? ZERO! Hard to beat product support like that.

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