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Old June 1, 2002, 05:12 PM   #1
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NAA mini-revolver

Hello to all.

Just bought an NAA mini-revolver in .22 mag with an interchangeable .22 lr cylinder.

Looks like a very finely-made piece, despite its small size. I was looking at another NAA .22 lr revolver, but the grip was very small. The grip on this gun is larger and I'm able to hold it more firmly.

I know a lot of people on this board and elsewhere have these little guns. I'd like to hear about your experiences with them and perhaps some hints you've learned about managing the manual-of-arms with them.

The NAA will be a cool dinky companion for that SAA clone or Ruger Vaquero I'm gonna get some day.

Thanks!!

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Old June 1, 2002, 08:00 PM   #2
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Just put another 50 through my .22 LR. The grip is very small although I'm able to be surprisingly accurate (at least on the paper) by clamping the handgrip with my left thumb and right middle finger which allows for a very secure grip. It's really a lot of fun (one of the most) to shoot although I'll probaly get a .22 Mag due to it's larger handgrip. Not sure whether or not I'll keep the LR after the Mag arrives.
Personally, I like the NAA minis better than any of the auto mouse guns because I enjoy shooting them and the quality is definitely there.
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Old June 1, 2002, 08:29 PM   #3
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Very well made little guns. We shot mine so much in the first few months that it did develop a glitch (I forgot what!) that NAA fixed without hassle.

One of the main things to remember with them is that the "safety notch" is there for a very good reason. Can be extremely dangerous if it is not ALWAYS used. (Mark my words: You WILL drop this little gun - at least once.)

Placing hammer in safety notch is pretty easy to remember when loading, but easy to forget if, in some types of excitement. Example: I recently shot a big snake three times with shot loads, had gun cocked for 4'th shot, then decided not needed, decocked and reholstered - witth hammer resting on primer of a live round!
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Old June 1, 2002, 09:04 PM   #4
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That is good advice from Greybeard about the safety notch. They are easy to drop, and can fire if they land on the hammer when it is not in the safety notch. Well made little guns, backed by a great company and a lifetime warranty. I currently have the .22 LR. with the 1-1/8" barrel, and the .22 magnum/.22LR. combo with the 1-5/8" barrel. When carrying a bigger gun is not possible, due to environment or mode of dress, one or both of the NAA minis are with me. The magnum is a lot easier to handle, because of the larger grip, but the LR. is more concealable. NAA has the rubber grips on sale this month on their web site. They are the same size as the original grip, but a little thicker and the rubber gives you a better grip. Only $10.00. I have them on both my guns. I don't know which of mine that I like the best.
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Old June 1, 2002, 11:03 PM   #5
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I did not know that NAA made a mini revolver with a switchable cylinder. I only knew freedom arms made one and cost a buddy $500 and he got what he at least thought was a good deal on it, and it was a 4 shot instead of the 5 NAA has. When did the switching cylinder NAA become available?
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Old June 2, 2002, 01:15 AM   #6
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I have one of the little NAA's with the folding grip/belt clip on it. It really makes it easier to carry and shoot and adds a little more protection along with the safety notch.
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Old June 2, 2002, 02:58 AM   #7
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Could some one post their web site again?
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Old June 2, 2002, 04:50 AM   #8
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http://www.naaminis.com/

(Home of the most useless current production gun in the world)
I want one so bad it hurts!

and before the stones start flying, I'm talking only about the Black Powder version of the NAA here. I just can't think of any practical or impractical use for a .22 cal muzzle loader with a short barrel.

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Old June 2, 2002, 08:33 AM   #9
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Old June 2, 2002, 11:00 AM   #10
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Enjoy Yours-

As previously stated, I own a NAA "mini" in .22 Magnum with
a 1-1/8" barrel; my daughter has the NAA in .22 LR with the
short tube. The .22 LR version just does not offer enough
"grip" to hold on to, for my big hand's. However, both make excellent "deep cover" concealment firearms.

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Old June 2, 2002, 12:57 PM   #11
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Stingers or Yellowjackets???

I keep mine stoked with Stingers, however a lot of people have said they prefer Yellowjackets in their .22LR Mini's. Opinions please?

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Old June 2, 2002, 01:52 PM   #12
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Due to a lack of yellowjackets in my area,i've switched to CCI's new Velocitor although i haven't had a chance to shoot any of them through it yet.It sounds like it will be the perfect round for these bad boys.
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Old June 3, 2002, 09:19 AM   #13
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In my NAA 22LR (1-1/8") I carry Federal Lightning 40 gr. ball ammo. A lot of folks feel like CCI Stingers are the cat's meow, but check out:

www.goldenloki.com

Look under 22LR gelatin tests...some results that were interesting:

CCI Stinger 32 gr. HP--
Vel. 1001.....Energy 71.....Penetration 6.9

Federal Lightning 40 gr. Ball--
Vel. 921.....Energy 75.....Penetration 11.5

I e-mailed GoldenLoki, and he attributed the Stinger's lack of adequate penetration to a "parachute" effect of the HP compared to the lead ball of the Federal round.

The Federal round is 8 gr. heavier, almost as fast, has more energy, and penetrates almost twice as deep as the Stinger. Good enough for me.
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Old June 3, 2002, 10:03 AM   #14
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Thanks Druggie...

Somebody might "misunderstand" your screen name. However, you sound pretty coherent to me. (I read your profile.)

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Old June 7, 2002, 08:13 AM   #15
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As stated above, I like my NAA minis and carry them often. Sometimes it is a gun of this size or no gun. Have often wondered if a .22 fired from these short barreled guns would be effective against an attacker, or it would just make them mad. Does anyone know of a case where one of these guns were successfully used against an attacker ?
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Old June 7, 2002, 09:37 AM   #16
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I remember seeing an "Armed Citizen" article about such an event, but I couldn't begin to give you a reference beyond that.

(I also once saw an article about a fellow with an NAA stuck up his, erm, "yin-yang." So, I'm not sure I'd want to roll the dice on using the NAA for reals.)
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Old June 7, 2002, 02:58 PM   #17
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I had a .22 LR/.22 WMR convertible with the 1 5/8" barrel. In retrospect, I think I bought the wrong model and eventually sold it without firing it. I would like to have a .22 WMR with 1 1/8" barrel. Don't really care about the .22 LR cylinder anymore.

I have a friend, who, if his story is true, shot himself in the foot with his NAA mini. He, like an idiot, had the hammer down on a live round instead of the safety notch. He dropped it and it landed on the hammer pointed directly at the side of his heal. It fired and put a nice hole in the side of his foot. He was lucky. I saw the injury, but not the incident.
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Old June 7, 2002, 03:12 PM   #18
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I have a Black Widow model and I LIKE IT!

Just went to the range yesterday with it, trying out some CCI MaxiMag +V's and the CCI MaxiMag GoldDots.

Changed the grips out and STILL in search of the perfect holster..

Not bad at close range..

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Old June 7, 2002, 08:39 PM   #19
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Eric - ' Not sure if same incident but someone posted a newpaper article about 5 yars ago on bulletin board at range that goes something like this.

BG comes into Florida restaurant with SHOTGUN and demands $ from cashier. Permitted Geezer #1 (at least 70-something) takes offense and blindsides him with .22 (not the brightest bulb on the tree, huh?). Permitted Geezer #2 decides to also make his contribution with a "real gun". Final score: Geezers 2, BG at morgue... Lucky!!!
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Old June 7, 2002, 10:26 PM   #20
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FIFTH COLUMN

I heard that G#1 had a NAA 22LR, and G#2 had a NAA 22WM.

Bad guy had Oh it didn't matter LOL.

My NAA 22LR holds W-W Super-X HP's, because in my mind it's a 'contact' gun.
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Old June 8, 2002, 06:26 AM   #21
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... nice thread ... just the one I was looking for ... particularily glad about Texas' post ... I purchased a Black Widow recently (with the regular thick rubber grips) ... looked at it, felt it, fitted into my jeans pocket, had to have it ... although when tested it shot high and left (3 shooters), I still wanted it - waiting for a swap at the moment ... the 2 other shooters testified that they had shot Black Widows before and the results were similar to the ones Texas showed us ... so, I'm glad having made the right decision after all ... the other NAA's I found too small to handle ...

... what I'd really like to know: do you carry them (regularily or not)? ... if yes, how and when? ... do you/would you rely on them in a real threat scenario?

... thanx to all posters ...

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Old June 8, 2002, 07:42 AM   #22
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LetsFetz -

Sometimes carry my 1 5/8"er with .22 mag cylinder in it as second gun, rarely as the only one. Clip-on holster that came with it works great for me inside draw-string shorts or top inside of cowboy boot.

This time of year I keep .22LR cylinder full of shot loads as I do quite a bit of work outside on private property in semi-rural area. Pretty handy for snakes and certain Texas bumblebees that decide to "hover" and dare me to come into "their territory". Effective range there only about 6 feet. (For "serious" work, I've found that CCI .45 shot loads will - amazingly - cycle in Glock 36! . Get's expensive in a hurry tho. ) But, I digress ...

With eye protection, NAA unit with shot loads has also been quite handy when needing to stop and retrieve wounded game birds that somtimes want to play hide and seek in the bush. Again, not as effective as bigger calibers, but cheap, easy to carry and a hoot to shoot - a lot.
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Old June 8, 2002, 07:42 AM   #23
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ALWAYS

Mine is my always, carried in a pocket holster.

Threat-based carry (fairly safe place, Vermont), and it's so small it's always always always with me.
The correct application is at contact range: eye, ear, spine, neck, joints, etc.

Of course, I noticed I had my 1911 (Caspian, of course) with me yesterday, too..........
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Old June 8, 2002, 08:44 AM   #24
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... I'm also considering a pocket holster ... which ones do you recommend and where can I get them ...

... should work for wide, sloppy trousers, too ... i.e. I wouldn't like to stand there with the pocket turned inside out and the first shot katapulting the holster towards the target ...

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Old June 8, 2002, 10:42 AM   #25
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I have tried a couple different ways of carrying it but so far, in the pocket is the easiest for me.

I cludged together a cheap imitation of a pocket holster so I could try the carry out before plunking down some cash.

I used a leather business card case (the kind that fold), cut it in half and sewed one half to the other in a "T" shape.

In the horizontal part, I keep a few business cards to help disguise the outline. In the verticle part, I sewed the long opening shut and cut open the "top" so I could insert the pistol. Took me about 20 minutes and it sits vertically in my pocket, centered becasue of the horizontal half and disguises well, even in wranglers.

Like I said, a jury-rig to see if that is how I wanted to carry it. So far so good.
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