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NAA Minis

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by CoRoMo, Oct 23, 2007.

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  1. CoRoMo

    CoRoMo Member

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    Okay, so my carry situation leaves me few options. My work clothes always consist of blue jeans and a shirt tucked in. I figure that leaves me with only pocket or ankle carry. I've always been a fan of the NAA Mini revolvers, and especially the 22LR/22WMR conversions, but haven't made a purchase yet.

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    Is there a good ankle holster for these little guys?
    Do they produce any recoil to speak of?

    Any other advice regarding this method of carry and hardware is welcome.
     
  2. KevininPa

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    I work construction and often dress the same. With tools and all of the moving and bending not encountered with normal living, I can't carry the way I normally do without my CCW getting hung up or eventually seen. So I have a NAA Mini Mag in .22 mag with the holster grip configuration tucked in my pocket like a folding knife. With the holster grip, recoil is negligible.
     
  3. Surefire

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    I have a .22 LR/ .22 Magnum NAA mini.

    Speaking to recoil, IMO its minimal with .22 LR.

    However, due to the tiny grip, getting any kind of accuracy past 3 feet is a challege.
     
  4. 6_gunner

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    I am in a similar situation and I also considered a NAA mini. I ended up getting a Baby Browning, which I carry in the change pocket of my jeans. It would be visible with a tucked-in shirt, but with an untucked shirt its like its not even there. I feel that the Browning is a little more practical because of better ergonomics (in my opinion) and much faster reloading.

    I'm not trying to talk you out of a mini, just sharing my personal experience.
     
  5. Walkalong

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    My first or second gun (don't remember for sure) was a NAA .22 Mag which I still own (29 yrs) and have carried more miles than any other firearm. :)
     
  6. Ala Dan

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    Don't know of any real ankle rigs that work well with the NAA 'minis"~? :scrutiny:

    My 1-1/8" barrel WMR produces little recoil; but its as loud as any of my .357's~! :uhoh::D
     
  7. Joe the Redneck

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    Get a Beretta. You will be much better off. I could never shoot my mini for crap. It's currently busted and I'm in no hurry to waste the money on shipping to get it fixed. My little Beretta has been with me for 15 years.
     
  8. Vonderek

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    I own a .22LR NAA Mini Revolver however I can not think of a worse combination for self defense than what you are considering. A .22 (LR or Mag) out of a 1" barrel has negligible stopping power and ankle carry is about the slowest and least smooth way of drawing a gun (unless you are always seated.) Forget about trying to reload the little guy under stress. If your manner of dress precludes carrying a small .38 or 9mm at least consider a .32 or .380 in a pocket holster. If you must have the NAA Mini Revolver, think about pocket carry or maybe a neck holster like this:
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    And no, this is not a dangerous method of carry...the gun will only fit in the holster when the hammer is resting in one of the notches between the chambers.
     
  9. MICHAEL T

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    Just get a P-32 Kel tec and a pocket holster Works very well and no one will notice I wear jeans and a T every day . KT in my pockry 98% of time I say 32 because they see a little more relieable than 380. My 380 and both of my 32 have beem relieable but never know with the 380.
     
  10. JERRY

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    well built guns, but reserved for those who can only wear a bikini....

    a beretta 950 with 50gr. fmj is small, light, easy to shot without any mods to the grip, reliable as hell....

    the kel-tek .32 is flat and light and shoots a slightly better round but reliablity is touch and go....if you get a good one count your lucky stars, if you get a bad one, be prepared to pay shipping fees a few times for the "free" warranty work.

    very small, ultimately reliable, and oozing quality, a Seecamp .32acp, $400.00 and well worth every penny.

    sorry, i just realized you only wanted "revolver" ideas...
     
  11. CoRoMo

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    All good thoughts, thanks. I can't imagine using an ankle holster, but my jean pockets are just too dang small. I might just have to buy other clothes and keep my Kel-Tec in a pocket. I'd love to carry a 1911 IWB, but I feel I'd look like a bum wearing baggy pants and un-tucked shirts everyday.
     
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    I usually pack a Colt 1991A1 Compact .45 ACP. It's pretty concealable and I carry it in a IWB behind my left hip (go southpaws!). Weight is pretty decent and recoil is controllable.
     
  13. MCgunner

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    +1 KevininPa

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    Do you smoke? I keep my Mini in a empty pack of Kools 100's in a box. Put it in your t-shirt pucket and you are good to go.:evil:
     
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    Your jeans would have to be painted on if you can't carry a Kel-Tec .32 in your front or rear pocket. I don't know for sure bet I'm willing to bet the KelTec is actually thinner than a NAA Mini. Try going to a gun store that has one and try one on for size.

    Or try getting a different make of jeans. I regularly carry a j-frame in my jeans pocket with no problem.
     
  16. MCgunner

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    Wranglers and Rustlers, yeah, small pockets. Try the new Wrangler cargos or about any brand carpenter's jeans, BIG front pockets. I carry either a small J frame or a P11 Kel Tec in mine.

    But, for people that are really active on the job, something like a little NAA is like it ain't there. I do plan a new P3AT next, though. :D
     
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    I'm often in close proximity to a wide variety of people, climbing around on ladders and under desks, at customer sites. Absolutely, positively, can't be spotted, or I'm out of a job. I wear jeans and tucked shirts (T or Polo type) with a P3AT in a Nemesis pocket holster. Never a problem.

    I recently got to fire a .22mag mini, the one with the larger rubber boot grip and adjustable sights. I was able to hit empty 12g hulls on the ground at 7 yards or so. Surprised me how accurate the little thing was. Still, that model is longer, thicker, and heavier than my P3at... with a much less effective caliber and lower capacity, and no reload capability.

    I'll stick with the P3at.
     
  18. MCgunner

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    At close ranges under 15 yards, the NAA even the little 1 1/8" .22, will amaze you with accuracy it's capable of. Yeah, it's not exactly a bullseye gun, but at 10 yards hitting eye sockets is possible. However, the gun is quite slow on target because of the tiny sights and sight radius. You just have to deal with that, but it definitely beats nothing. I don't wanna get in a gun fight with it, but I could place a shot with it even at extended ranges and it's one heck of a lot better than a knife.

    With the tiny grip on the little gun, I cannot shoot the thing. For me, the holster grip was mandatory.
     
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    "With the tiny grip on the little gun, I cannot shoot the thing. For me, the holster grip was mandatory."

    Only way to go for me to hit anything. Others mileage may vary. I was almost ready to get rid of mine till I got the holster grip.
     
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    I'm with the crowd advocating the smaller autos over the minis for SD purposes... and the j-frame advocate.
     
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    I have minis in .22s, .22lr, and .22mag. All three are easily concealable, but the .22mag is the quickest for me to pull out of a pocket, cock, and fire. They are all LOUD, and as has been stated, accuracy is abysmal past a few feet with the stock grps if you're not really taking your time.

    Basically, if all you can carry has to be small and so concealable that you can forget it's with you, go with the NAA minis. Just be sure you don't ever try to use them past "bad breath" range!
     
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    I agree with the suggestions to use a Kel-Tek .32, I have both and the NAA is for the "better then nothing" days. A Kel-Tek fits in the back pocket of my jeans and when wearing a shirt outside the pants it is well concealed. When I use an ankle holster I carry a Kel-Tek 9 which may be slow but much faster then reaching for a gun I had to leave home or in the car.
     
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    Oops~! I just got a glimpse of the new NAA .22 WMR "Pug" yesterday~!
    Its kind'a weird, and would take some gett'in use too~! :scrutiny::eek:
     
  24. CoRoMo

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    I think I will buy one of these minis, and thanks to KevininPa, among others, I'll definitely get the holster grip. I'll carry it when it's better than nothing, and I'm going to make my wife get a CCW so she can keep the thing in her purse when I've got something bigger strapped on.
     
  25. MCgunner

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    One thing the holster grip does, too, is protect the cylinder from objects in the pocket. If you look at the back of the gun, the rims are exposed on either side and being a rimfire, there is a chance of hitting it, whacking something on a cartridge rim while carrying. I don't carry anything in the pocket the gun is in, like keys and such, but the holster grip, while it doesn't completely cover the cylinder, does come close to the cylinder to help deflect anything that might come near it.

    I've been carrying mine daily for 20 years (yeah, before Texas had a CCW law) and it's never had any sort of problem, I'm just making an observation.
     
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