Bond Arms Snake Slayer Derringer Pistol Review
LITTLE GUN, BIG BANG
The Bond Arms Snake Slayer derringer pistol is a double
barrel stainless steel derringer that shoots large caliber 410 shot shells
or 45 Long Colt ammunition. It has a 3.5" barrel that is interchangeable
with other barrels of different calibers. It is a "break open" action pistol
that holds two rounds of ammo. It weights 22 oz., has fixed sights, extended
custom Rosewood grips and a removable trigger guard. As of August 6, 2011
the Bond Arms Snake Slayer Derringer Pistol cost about
$410. See also
Bond Arms Driving Holster Review.
First Impressions Of The Bond Snake Slayer
Last week my friend bought one of these small
derringers. Yesterday he brought it to the range and he shot it for the
first time. When I first picked up the gun I was surprised at how heavy it
was. I never held a derringer before and I always had the impression that
derringers were small lightweight pocket guns. This one was small, but
definitely not light weight. It was a small solid chunk of stainless steel.
It appeared to be of very high quality and felt very solid and well made (in
the USA). This looked like a gun that will last a lifetime and won't break
Snake Slayer Derringer Pictures
Loading The Derringer
45 Long Colt Ammo
Two Firing Pins
Break Open Action
Right Handed Shooting
Loading 45 Colt
Right Handed Shooting
View From The Top
Right Side -Action Open
Action Open Button
45 Long Colt
2 Firing Pins
Action Open Button
Shooting The Snake Slayer Derringer
When my friend first told me he bought a derringer that shoots 45
Long Colt and 410 shells I though to myself (man, that's got to hurt
when you shoot it). Such a large caliber in such a small gun. Turns out,
I was wrong. The recoil wasn't bad at all. Probably because of the heavy
weight and design of the grip and frame. Shooting a
.357 magnum revolver had far greater recoil than
shooting 45 Long Colt from the Snake Slayer.
When it was my turn to shoot it I noticed that the
grip was a little different from what I was used to shooting. My hand
sat higher on the grip and (for me) it felt a bit awkward. My friend and
another shooter of the gun (the range master) had no problem with it.
Loading this little gun with 45 Long Colt ammunition was a little bit
intimidating. I am used to shooting (and reloading) 9mm Luger ammo and
this 45 Long Colt is gigantic in comparison. It also made a much larger
hole in the target (of course).
Shooting it, turned out to be no problem. The recoil
was not bad but unfortunately I was unable to hit the target. My friend
has no such problem and shot on target each time (well almost). I later
concluded that this gun might not be for those with nerve damage in
their hand (like I do) or possibly those with arthritis. People with
normal hands should do OK.
What Type of Ammo Does The Snake Slayer Shoot?
The derringer is chambered for .410 and 45 Long Colt
ammunition. It will accept all the extra interchangeable Bond barrels giving
it the capacity to shoot other calibers. Bond inter-changeable barrels
||.45 Colt / .410
||327 Federal Magnum
My friend bought his Snake Slayer with the .45 Long Colt/410 Shot Shell
barrel. He later tested various types of ammo in it to determine which was
best for him. Test results and shot patterns can be seen at
Shot Patterns: Bond Derringer Shooting 410 Shot Shell & 45 Long Colt
Ammo & Shot Patterns (410/45 Colt Barrel)
Winchester 410 PDXI
Winchester 410 Buckshot 3 Pellet
Remington 410 Buckshot 4 Pellet
45 Long Colt Ammunition
1. Winchester 410 PDXI Shot Shell Pattern; 2 Shots
Fired; Distance: 10 ft.
2. Winchester 410 Buckshot 3 Pellet Shot Shell
Pattern; 2 Shots Fired; Distance: 10 ft.
3. Remington 410 Buckshot 4 Pellet Shot Shell
Pattern; 2 Shots Fired; Distance: 10 ft.
4. 45 Long Colt Pattern
10 Feet Distance
This derringer is a great little gun that packs a big
wallop. It appears to be a good weapon to defend against snakes and I would
assume that it would do a comparable job against human attackers for self
defense. The quality and workmanship of the gun looks to be excellent.
Questions that I asked my friend about his Snake Slayer Derringer.
Why Buy A Derringer?
Response: I wanted a small size large caliber weapon.
Why By A Derringer With Such A Large Caliber?
Response: I wanted a large caliber to be effective in a close range
How Much Recoil Does a 45 Colt Derringer Have?
Response: The recoil is not much more than a 9mm and is more comfortable
to fire than my pocket 380 Taurus TCP.
How Do You Plan To Carry It?
Response: I plan to carry it as a car weapon using a cross draw holster
Do You Plan To Purchase Other Caliber Barrels?
Response: I do not plan on purchasing any other barrels at this time.
The 45 Colt & 410 caliber is what I was looking for.
Snake Slayer Specifications
The Snake Slayer has the 3.5" dual caliber .410/45LC
barrel chambered for the 3" shot shell, comes with a removable trigger guard
and will accept any of the barrels offered.
|Type - Derringer
Action - Break Open
Caliber - 410/45 Long Colt with 3â€³ chambers
Barrel Length - 3.5"
Capacity - 2 rd
Safety - Crossbolt
Grips - Extended Custom Rosewood
Sights - Fixed
Weight - 22 oz.
Barrels - Interchangeable Barrels
(EXCEPT FOR 9mm,40S&W,10mm and .45 ACP)
Retracting Firing Pins
Spring-Loaded Cammed Locking Lever
Stainless Steel with Satin Polish Finish
BOND ARMS, INC. is located in Granbury, TX. They
manufacture and sell guns throughout the U.S. and Canada. Six models of
derringers are available with 14 interchangeable barrels (Bond Arms
Barrels). The barrels are made of the highest quality heavy duty stainless
steel which will fit on any of their guns. Interchangeable grips are also
available. Bond Arms offers a Lifetime Warranty. Bond Arms guns are not
available in California or Massachusetts.
Snake Slayer Accuracy
March 24, 2013
Just purchased a "snake slayer" in .45colt/.410 shot. Haven't had chance to
test it yet. I realize it's a close quarter combat weapon, but want to know
what I can expect as to accuracy. Thanks in advance!
Response - Victor,
I have no knowledge about the technical accuracy of the pistol. I assume it
to be quite accurate. I couldn't hit anything with it my first time but my
friend (the owner of the gun) did quite well shooting a paper plate at 20
feet. With practice, I wouldn't expect accuracy to be a problem.
Best regards, Tanner
Bond Arms Century 2000
September 12, 2012
I purchased the Bond Arms Century 2000 for concealed carry. I went to a
recent gun show in Austin Tx and found one there. Once I got it in my hand I
knew it had to be ! This is no toy gun! with the 410/45 colt option it is a
deadly/knock em backwards hand cannon.Very simple and safe in design and
built tank tough. A bit heavy but so am I. Bond Arms side holster is also a
high quality piece, I opted for the clip-on but sometimes think the belt
thru might be better in case of a struggle.
Love Shooting The Snake Slayer Derringer
March 20, 2012
I purchased new snake slayer couple weeks ago i love shooting it 3ince
magnums triple o buck i have RA but manage recoil and trigger
Mixing Calibers With The Snake Slayer Derringer
February 02, 2012
Is it possible to mix the calibers on the snake slayer at the same time?
Example: 410 below and sd above: or 22mag and 410 on same weapon. Is the
snake slayer available in Belgium?
Response - Nick,
I am pretty sure the answer is "NO" (except for when the barrel is rated for
two calibers like 357/38 Special and .45 Colt / .410).
If you have the .45 Colt / .410 barrel I believe you can place a .45 Colt in
the top and .410 in the bottom or vice versa. Likewise with the 357/38
Each double barrel is only for the one caliber(s). To change to other
calibers you have to change barrels.
Both upper and lower barrels are identical. The entire barrel subassembly
must be removed and replaced with a different size, i.e. 38/357 or 22, or 45
ACP etc. to switch calibers.
I donâ€™t know if the Snake Slayer is available in Belgium. You will have to
contact Bond Arms Customer Service for the answer.
Thank you for the quick reply. I appreciate your effort.
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