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North American Arms Black Widow .22 WMR

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North American Arms Black Widow .22 WMR

From a carry perspective, what the Black Widow has going for it is what it’s lacking, namely size and weight. The revolver is just a bit more than 5.75 inches long and .75 inch wide across the grip. Much of its height comes from the rubber grips, which are purposely extended and bulbous to make them better fit the hand. The grips don’t have to be that large, and on other NAA models, they’re not. From the bottom of the trigger to the top of the hammer, the little revolver measures only about 1.75 inches and slims substantially as you move toward the muzzle. The frame and cylinder are stainless steel, but since there is so little of it, the Black Widow weighs less than 9 ounces.

Just as fitting, literally, for a backup gun is the Black Widow’s shape. Its narrow frame lacks a trigger guard, and the trigger extends a mere .25 inch from its housing. Paired with a proper holster, the Black Widow is easy to slip inside a front pocket of a pair of jeans, which may not be an option with some so-called pocket pistols having a deeper profile. That same slenderness lends itself to inside-the-waistband carry in the appendix location.

While the revolver’s frame makes it easy to tuck away, the grips help with getting it out in a hurry. The Black Widow’s grip angle seems more open than what’s normally found on most revolvers, which seems to facilitate obtaining a good purchase in the tight confines imposed by deep concealment. Two fairly deep scallops on the front of the grips match up with the middle and ring fingers, further aiding in control. The grips’ rubber material has a slightly tacky quality, which also prevents your hand from slipping.

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