Gun Review: North American Arms Guardian 380

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If you want a small gun with a big punch, get your hands on a North American Arms Guardian 380.
 

This stout little gun tosses the .380 round, which will certainly get the attention of any aggressor.

 

This all-steel gun weighs just less than 19 ounces; heavy enough to absorb some recoil, but still light enough to stow in a pocket, purse or deep-concealment holster.
 

This is not a shoot-all-day target pistol. You will want to practice with it monthly and carry it every day.

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The recoil is not abusive but is noticeable. With every shot, the front of the trigger guard banged into my trigger finger.

 

 

However, that's a minor complaint for a gun that disappears until you need it and delivers enough punch to drop a bad guy.

 

On the range, it took me one magazine to learn I was shooting the little gun a bit low. After figuring that out, 5- to 10-yard accuracy was perfect for self-defense needs, even during rapid fire. I had one malfunction, but that was because I hadn't seated the magazine fully.
The Guardian is rugged, durable and ready for action. To get your hands on a North American Arms Guardian, check out www.naaminis.com.
Specifications
Caliber: .380 ACP
Magazine capacity: 6 plus 1
Operation: double-action only
Material: 17-4 pH stainless steel
Barrel length: 2.49 inches
Height: 3.53 inches
Overall length: 4.75 inches
Width: 0.930 inch
Weight: 18.72 ounces unloaded
Trigger pull: 10.0 LBS.
Suggested retail price: $449
 

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