During the tour and later on the Defender Outdoors range in Forth Worth, writers got to see, handle and shoot a Mag-Na-Port outfitted derringer. Bond Arms derringers feature changeable barrels of different lengths and finishes. In this case, a .45 Long Colt derringer was fitted with a six-inch polished stainless Mag-Na-Port barrels.
As the owner of chronically pained wrists and as a shooter experienced with the mulish kick of anything with “45” and “Bond” in the same name, I was hesitant to step up to the firing line. As I watched the writer ahead of me at the bench, I realized this barrel ushers in a new era for Bond. There was very little muzzle jump. It appeared to be less severe than even that generated by a full-size revolver of the same caliber. Emboldened, I stepped into the shooter’s lane.
To be precise, Bond barrels are actually a two-barrel assembly, but convenience leads just about everyone to refer the unit as a barrel. Chambers are loaded in break-open/fold-back fashion. The Mag-Na-Port barrel loads like that of any other Bond derringer, and connects with the same Allen screw attachment.
I loaded a round of .45LC in each chamber and set the sights on target. The shots landed about two inches apart at five yards, typical for a Bond gun and the mechanical offset effect of the stacked barrels. Recoil was mild and on par with that of a full-size 9mm semi-auto. What a surprising and welcome effect for a gun that I’d not otherwise be able to fire without pain.
Writers at this range exercise were using a prototype barrel. According to Bond Arms, the first models available for sale to the public will be 4.25 inches in 38/357 and 45 ACP calibers. Those are slated for a Thanksgiving 2017 rollout. The 45LC shown off at the conference won’t be available until early 2018.
Custom work doesn’t come cheap. Each Mag-Na-Port barrel will cost an additional $150, at least. But for some, the reduction in recoil and return of enjoyable shooting will be worth it.