NO SHORTAGE OF USES FOR AN NAA MINI REVOLVER
I live in the Northeast where the weather is lousy most of the year. So, concealing a handgun somewhat larger than many would consider carrying is an easy task. As a result, most of the time my carry gun is a Glock 19, Commander-style 1911, Ruger American Compact or S&W K-frame revolver.
So, what does a true believer of the “bigger-is-better” handgun cult do with a mini revolver? Here are some times when a NAA mini revolver is good to have in your pocket:
Around the house. No, I’m not a paranoid geezer who paces from window to window all day, suspicious of anything that moves. But I do like to maintain some level of protection without being too burdened at home. So, carrying a NAA revolver such as the Ranger II in a DeSantis pocket holster is a good choice. At home, I am usually just a few steps away from a larger gun in a touchpad lockbox. A small gun instantly available in my pocket, I figure, might help to buy some time for me to get to that larger gun.
As a backup. Very often lately, when I need to go out on some errands, I’ll switch that NAA revolver that I’ve been carrying around the house to a lefthand pocket. Then I’ll tuck my larger EDC gun in a right-hand inside-the-waistband holster. That allows me to access a weapon with either hand without feeling any more weighed down than if I carried one gun only.
Traveling light. More than 27 years in law enforcement has taught me that bad things can happen at the worst times. I don’t like to be defenseless. Ever. But if I’m out for a jog or trying to burn some calories on a bicycle—I admit it—I am going to leave the big guns behind. But I might just carry the Ranger II.
Dressing for the occasion. It’s always better to adjust your wardrobe to accommodate your carry gun. Still, there are times when nothing but a small gun will conceal well. A NAA revolver is the king of deep concealment. It can be tucked in a boot, carried in a shirt pocket with a button flap or hidden when wearing the lightest of clothing.
Saving weight. If you’re otherwise lugging needed gear—backpacking, portaging a canoe or kayak, for instance—every ounce carried has to be considered carefully. If I’m hunting with a rifle over mountainous terrain, I might opt for a NAA revolver in my pocket in lieu of a large handgun on my hip.
In a survival kit. Look at lists of recommended gear to add to a survival kit and most times the “experts” fail to mention one of the most important items: a firearm. When putting together a compact emergency kit, including a NAA revolver and a 50-round box of ammo is a smart idea. Within short ranges, taking small game is possible and, of course, there are the defensive uses.
For recreation. Sometimes it’s great to have one of these tiny revolvers around just for fun. Whenever I’m going where there might be an opportunity for some impromptu plinking, the Ranger II, along with a set of foam ear plugs and a box of ammo, can form a take-anywhere recreational shooting kit. Everyone I show the gun to wants to try it.
For the recoil shy. If you are sensitive to recoil, the Ranger II might be the answer for concealed carry. Think of how many people are toting around .380 pocket pistols for defense when the .380 cartridge is notorious for under-penetration. The .22 Magnum can be effective at reaching the vitals with velocities ranging from about 950 to about 1,150 feet per second even out of the Ranger II’s short barrel.