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NAA Mini Revolvers Opinions?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by agent89, Jul 26, 2011.

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  1. agent89

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    A shooting buddy has one of these, a Pug in .22 mag. It looks like a well made piece. He carrys it in pants pocket almost everywhere. I'm just wondering what everybody thinks of the merits of these little guns for self defence or even some intimidation factor. I'm interested because of the size, so easy to have with you.
     
  2. MachIVshooter

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    Well made and fun little guns, but IMO, have little purpose in today's market with tiny, 1/2 pound .380's around every corner.

    I own 2 of them, but they're more novelty than anything.
     
  3. doc540

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    .22 mag

    better'n a set of car keys in my fist
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    velcro prevents pocket slip
     
  4. bigfatdave

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    I like mine, as a range toy and extremely rare "gun for when I can't have a gun"

    Get one that comes with the conversion cylinder, if you get one, and don't be surprised to need a grip swap to find something that works in your hand.
    And if you ever intend to use one for personal protection, it is a gun that requires practice to maintain proficiency.
     
  5. The Lone Haranguer

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    The really small ones have little or no practical use. (This is not the same as having one - or more - for a collection, plinking, etc. Not all uses have to be practical. ) The .22 Magnum Black Widow has some merit for a small backup gun. But it costs as much as some of the .32 and .380 pocket pistols.
     
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    Yep ... the littlest bittiest .22short models aren't that much smaller than the .22mag versions.
    And I agree that a the NAA revolvers aren't much smaller or cheaper than ... oh, as an example, a KelTec P32, which is my mousegun of choice. The NAA is cheaper to feed, however. The NAA might have a slight edge in reliability, also. (someone will be along to tell us all about how rimfire ammo is 100% unreliable any second now ... the premium .22wmr and even the top-end .22lr are pretty damn reliable, though)

    I missed the "intimidation factor" part of the OP ... get any thoughts of that out of your head now and understand the concept of "shoot to stop" (hint, it applies to not-fired-yet and missed shots to some degree)
    Even the silliest .22short single-shot derringer is lethal force, you don't use lethal force for "intimidation"
     
  7. agent89

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    By intimidation I mean if someone is on you, means you harm, does one of these produce laughter or will people recognize it as a legitamate firearm. Better to have a perp run than have to shoot.
     
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    'bout worthless except as a novelty when you compare it to a LCP. They do look like a fun little group of toys though. If I was the type to wear a large belt buckle, I would wear the one with the little NAA made into it.
     
  9. G27RR

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    I have one I use as a pocket BUG. The Pug is surprisingly accurate at 7 yds. Never tried it beyond that.
     
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    I love my .22/22mag NAA mini. It is the one gun that I have on my person every time I walk out of my house. Out to ~15' it is pretty easy to unload 5 rounds into the COM of a silhouette target.

    +1 on this. I shoot my 5 carry rounds of Winchester 40gr FMJ .22 mag ammo and 25 rounds of 22 lr ammo every week
     
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    Although their construction is quite sturdy, I am taken aback by their lack of sophistication, almost as if a metal shop student has constructed it and didn't have the technical ability to produce a double-action firearm. The single action and safety notches between the cylinders harken back to the black powder era, and I question their efficacy on a modern firearm, especially if used for serious defensive purposes.
    I, too, consider it a novelty item; and if it provides you with a sense of security, that may be somewhat delusional.
     
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    I carry nine in a holster grip when I jog. Its kept me from getting dog bit more than once.They're stainless steel so Sweat doesn't make it rust up. It's small enough not to slow me down, and enough gun to make anything/anyone armed with anything less than another gun stop threatening you in most situations.
     
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    My NAA .22 wmr allways rides in the watch pocket of my jeans, it wears a laserlyte sight. With my old eyes it's my 1st choice for low light encounters. + 1 on practice, and maybe even think about grip strength exercises.
     
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    isc writes:
    How about just getting one of a bigger gun? The NAAs are small, but carrying nine of 'em at once kind of defeats that, huh? :evil:
     
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    no practical use whatsoever :p

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    From shooting my 4.2 inch barrel NAA I found that the gun itself is darned good. It's the hand to gun issue other wise known as grips that is the issue. The little derringer grips are pretty much a joke for anything beyond about 6 feet. But if these little guns were fitted with a slightly bigger grip, such as the fold out holster/grip or a grip that replicates a S&W J frame size three finger grip then I suspect that a .22Mag from an NAA gun would at least not be laughed at.
     
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    um, mine...
     
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    I have the 22LR and really like it as a novelty, but wish I had gotten the 22short instead.
     
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    They're last ditch guns. Pretty much good only for up close shots. Keep in mind that a 22LR out of such a short barrel has less energy than a 25ACP. A 22 Mag out of one of these is on par with that of a 25ACP.

    It does work better if you go all mall ninja and put a laser on it. It does wonders for the aiming process. I'm being serious. Not hard to shoot someone in the throat, face, or jewels with one on.
     
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    A .22 mag is better than throwing rocks even with the retarded single action. That said things look much better with my P32 upgrade. It's so light you can clip on a swim suit or jogging shorts.

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    Happened this week. The local Sheriff won't confirm the exact gun used but "small .22 caliber revolver" has leaked out and even made it into some news stories. One can quickly assume a weapon like the NAA Mini. Regardless, big attacker, small victim, one shot-one kill and sounds like a DRT (Dead Right There). :eek: Check out the link to the local newspaper. http://www.wistv.com/story/15140008/female-motel-clerk-kills-robber.
     
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    Even from just a 2" barrel, I figure that a .22 maggie up somebody's nose is a pretty good attitude adjuster. I don't figure that the NAA is intended for combat at ten or twenty yards. More likely for dealing with a would-be mugger in a parking lot.
     
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    "shoot & scoot" or "get off me" use is what I see mine as useful for. NOT a gun to get into a gunfight with, but enough to end a mugging or get out of a fight
     
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    That's what I carry mine for, too. It's my "Get off me" gun. I envision range to be contact to two feet max.
     
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    Eyeball gun!
     
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