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any micropistol NAA Guardian owners?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Mr. Magnum, Jul 28, 2007.

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  1. Mr. Magnum

    Mr. Magnum Member

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    [​IMG]Im 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!
     
  2. MICHAEL T

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    You can carry a LW J frame as they weigh less. Have 38spl. instead of 380. The J frame also has a better trigger.
     
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    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.
     
  4. Joe the Redneck

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    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.
     
  5. Mr. Magnum

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    [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!
     
  6. critter

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    I have the .32 and love the lil thing. 'Tis my "always gun".
     
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    I posted this reply to your thread at TFL but I'll repost here too.

    My reply from TFL

     
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    Yes the sights are crap, but with enough practice you can learn to use them effectively.
     
  9. rcellis

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    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.
     
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    Indeed it's purpose is a "get off me" gun. :D
     
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    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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