NAA Mini Revlover in .22 LR (Range Report)


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kierkegaard
June 28, 2008, 11:57 PM
A Review, 6/28/08, By kierkegaard


Here is a range report for the NAA Mini Revolver in 22lr.

I recently bought a new 22 Long Rifle version of the Mini Revolver with a 1.125” barrel. It came standard with the red laminated grips, a plastic box and all the paperwork. Good price at less than $170 out the door (cash price).

The first range session saw about 50 rounds put through it. It was easy to shoot. Criticisms regarding the grip are somewhat true. The barrel does rise, and if you’re shooting one handed, that middle finger is really the only thing clinging to the gun. It does jump with each shot. Follow up shots are only inhibited by re-cocking the hammer, though.

I wear “Large” gloves as found in Wilson’s Leather and the like. So my hands are not bear mitts by any means, but they’re not small. My thumb was right up there next to the cylinder on each shot. And the cylinder rocked back into my thumb with each shot. That tool its toll in time, and I cheese grated the side of my thumb on that NAA’s minimally radiused cylinder—“ouch”. (I broke that edge myself with a little sandpaper and Arkansas stoning when I got home. Hopefully next time around I wont nick that thumb up so much.)

You know that front sight that is touted as useless? Well… it isn’t. Assuming you know how to level and straighten the gun without the aid of a rear sight, that front sight keeps them on the paper (in this case an 8 ½ x 11) out to about past 30 feet with no problems. It shot to about the point of aim when I was doing it right. I found point shooting was clearly not as accurate, and probably a liability if you couldn’t touch the target with the barrel…

So, did that sight keep them grouped like the fellows two stalls down shooting Ruger Standard? No. However, I’m convinced that I could been as good as they were with a little practice. (Between you and me, they weren’t making that Ruger look too good. And they were rather opinionated in regard to the various guns found on the range that day. And I am sure that, given the chance, they just might be willing to write their own range report… just… like… me…)

Hm, makes me think.

Anyway, on with my totally unbiased and objective review:

Being a single action, the hammer needs to be cocked each time you shoot it. As there is no trigger guard, my finger wanted to rest on that trigger immediately after cocking. The other option would be to rest it along side the gun… that puts it out there along the barrel (a very short barrel). My finger actually went past the barrel in this manner of handling the gun. Bag that, I am not sticking my finger in front of the barrel when the gun is cocked. So, right on the trigger: crooked my digit. I don’t care too much as if it’s cocked I am pretty sure it’s going to get fired.

The trigger pull on my gun was crisp enough. It is reasonably light, and the creep is minimal. The trigger is small, but it is sufficient.

The rifling on my gun is very shallow. However, it shot 36 and 38 grain ammo without keyholing. It does leave a gritty mess of unburnt powder (at least powder is what I think it is) with some brands of ammo. Federal el cheapo box stuff was the main culprit here… Winchester Super-X was better, but still left some grit.

The gun was easy enough to clean. No issues there.

The only thing worth really commenting about is general safe handling of the gun. Since you have to exhibit some dexterity to get the gun in the safety notch, I, as the owner’s manual recommends, recommend practicing with the gun until you can get the gun on safe reliably. Anyone with the aforementioned bear mitt sized hands and no tactile sense is might have an appreciable problem.

Given its incredibly diminutive size and good construction, I’d recommend it (to me).

-k

P.S. I hope everyone enjoyed my liberal use to the word “gun” when referring to my gun. Settle down folks. English is a dynamic language, common usage is a reasonable means of communicating, a‘ight? :p

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Floppy_D
June 29, 2008, 12:05 AM
Good post, I've been eyeballing these, but I won't buy one until I get to shoot it first.

How slow is the cocking process? Is it awkward or relatively easy? Is it more or less wieldy than a P3AT?

Again thanks for a good writeup.

Hawken50
June 29, 2008, 12:06 AM
i've got one of these with mine. it's great.

http://www.impactguns.com/store/media/naa/naa_51229.jpg

mtngunr
June 29, 2008, 12:15 AM
The ones I owned keyholed at longer ranges, the barrels leaded-up to smoothbore status with much shooting, and much shooting/playing-with-it broke mainsprings....and, the hammers found their way off the safety notches with pocket carry.....

johnnylaw53
June 29, 2008, 07:44 AM
I have had mine for quite a long time had to send it back once, the cylinder began spinning freely not sure what broke but i can't blame the weapon as i found this out after i found it in the pocket of the jeans i just washed. I have gone to bigger weapons for carry now days but the little NAA still fine a place in my short pocket when I'm working in the yard. They shouldn't be the first or 2nd gun someone get but they do fill a nice nicth when you just don't want to carry anything bigger.

be safe

Lashlarue
June 29, 2008, 12:44 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v146/C5Sam/NAAmagBootGrips002.jpgThe 22 mag version with boot grips, makes one handed shooting a breeze, can fit two fingers and most of a third around the grip, I carry it in a pocket holster.It's my American Express pistol, I never leave home without it.

snow
June 29, 2008, 01:08 PM
I have one and love mine. I use it when going under houses to eliminate any pesky critters such as no shoulders and rats while doing HVAC work. It also doubles as a light in the hand pistol while walking the dog at night.

MCgunner
June 29, 2008, 01:09 PM
The ones I owned keyholed at longer ranges,

I don't shoot stinger in mine for this reason. However, plain ol' cheap Federal Lightening is accurate to minute of paper plate even at 25 yards, pretty awesome for a tiny little gun I think. They CAN shoot with the right ammo. They'll be a worthless POS with ammo they don't like.

sm
June 29, 2008, 01:31 PM
kierkegaard,

Excellent review!

I admit, the NAA Mini-Revolver , in 22 lr, with the 1 /8" barrel has always been a trusted favorite friend of mine.

I recommend letting NAA do the factory lanyard attachment as it really is a very useful accessory.

I use standard pressure 40 gr lrn for carry loads.
In getting folks to shooting the gun, the CCI Longs, work quite well with even less felt recoil.
I prefer the Federal or Winchester "rat-shot", the ones with crimped brass ends over CCI plastic "shot shell" loads.

Re: Kids.

Safety lessons and "all guns are dangerous" is visually instilled by shooting a small can of tomato juice.

It is neat, or cute little gun, built like a Swiss watch, that shoots a neat or cute little cartridge. Safety is paramount and the tomato can visually instills and reminds kids all guns are dangerous.

This visual lesson is also used for "bigger people" too.

cornman
June 29, 2008, 01:45 PM
What kind of accuracy can on get from such a thing?

stormyone
June 29, 2008, 05:36 PM
What kind of accuracy can on get from such a thing?

My little 22mag NAA is accurate out to about 5-7 yards. (with practice)

gpr
June 29, 2008, 08:39 PM
i also have the 1 1/8 lr...i got mine with the folding grip....i bought the bbg belt buckel for it...i have not tried to shoot it yet with the buckle grips, because my hands are so big...i filed about half the front site off to get a better poa.....i was told , when i bought it, to file the whole front site off... it makes it easier to remove after the bad guy jams it up your butt....gpr

kierkegaard
June 29, 2008, 11:18 PM
Floppy D,

The cocking is smooth and none too great—pretty easy really. The biggest obstacle is probably the manner in which the gun wants to shift in you hand when you cock the hammer--the muzzle really seems to rise for me when I thumb the hammer. ...can't speak to the P3AT-never fired one...

Regarding mntgunr's post on leading:
I was able to put 50 or so round back-to-back-to-back (as fast as I could reload, and got minimal leading. Mind you, both brands of ammo I used where copper washed. Worth noting, but only since I'm on the subject... the gun gets uncomfortably hot at the bottom strap when you shoot it in this manner.
I have also found the hammer down on a cartridge once, but attribute that to me being a knucklehead.

Last thing worth following up on is regarding accuracy (sort of). Like I stated, I can nail a 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper out to 30 feet, no problem...
I did receive a reply from NAA stating: "NAA does rifle the barrels of all of our firearms. The rifling is not supposed to be extensive as these firearms are designed for personal (within 5-7 feet) protection." This reply was in response to a question regarding how they rifle the barrels.

-k

Walkalong
June 29, 2008, 11:32 PM
I have had my NAA .22 Mag since I turned 21 some 30 years ago. I have carried it a lot.

Summer, blue jeans, t shirt, NAA .22 mag. ;)

"all guns are dangerous" is visually instilled by shooting a small can of tomato juiceThe .22 mag will shoot through a small tree at close range. :evil:

Joe Demko
June 30, 2008, 11:00 AM
The boot grips shown in Lashlarue's post virtually eliminate problems with the gun dancing around in your hand. I also have a .22 magnum model with boot grips carried in a pocket holster. What the photos don't show is that these grips are not excessively thick. All the additional material is only where it is needed for a better grip. Concealability is the NAA's strongest suit and the boot grips do not detract measurably from that while enormously increasing shootability.

smirnoff a
June 30, 2008, 02:01 PM
I fired mine almost point-blank range at 2X6 - the 22 mag round penetrated all the way through. I do feel confident in it as a close range last-ditch gun, but preffer to carry my Seecamp 32 or Guardian 380 instead.

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