Bond Arms Rough Series Double-Barrel Handguns: A Classic Derringer at Half the Price

The Bond Arms Rough N Rowdy

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We saw the Bond Arms “Rough Series” double-barrel handguns at SHOT Show 2020 and we figured they were worth a second mention because we like the concept.  Basically, it’s the same tough, reliable Bond Arms derringer that one would normally purchase but at a significantly reduced price. 

Compare $550ish MSRP for a standard production Bond Arms pistol to a $260-$300 MSRP for a Rough Series model. 

The cost-savings comes as a result of the finishing process.  Normally, the Texas-based company invests a lot of man-hours to make their guns look polished and shiny.  With the “Rough Series,” as the name implies, the guns undergo a much quicker clean up process. After being deburred (to knock off sharp edges), the guns are briefly bead blasted which gives them their signature rough look.  

Bond Arms doesn’t skimp on the features or materials in the rough series.  Purchasers get the same stainless-steel barrels and frames, cross-bolt safety, retracting firing pins, spring-loaded cam-lock lever and rebounding hammer that come on the standard models.

The Bond Arms Grizzly Bear

Features, Pricing, and Description are Below:

The Roughneck is a new type of Bond Arms’ gun. It’s built with a 2.5′ barrel, chambered for 9mm, 357/38 or 45ACP, and features a blade front sight and fixed rear sight. The compact handgun uses a textured rubber grip. The Roughneck works best with smooth lined holsters. $269

At 5 inches long, the Rowdy is the ‘big brother’ in the line, chambered for the powerful .45 Long Colt, and 2½-inch .410 bore shotshells. A blade front sight and fixed rear sight mount directly on its 3-inch barrels. A smooth lined holster works best. $299 

The Grizzly features several upgrades from its Rowdy cousin. Vibrant rosewood grips engraved with grizzly bear artwork, the Bond Arms name and a checkered panel, add texture and character. The pistol includes a matching leather holster embossed with a grizzly bear. Its 3-inch barrels are chambered in .45 Long Colt, and 2½-inch .410 bore shotshells. $377

Roughneck™ Features:

  • 9mm, single action
  • Stainless steel double-barrel and frame
  • Black rubber grips
  • Fixed sights
  • Patented rebounding hammer
  • Cross-bolt safety
  • Removable trigger guard
  • Interchangeable barrel
  • 22 ounces
  • Barrel length is 2.5 inches
  • Overall length is 4.5 inches
  • MSRP: $269

Rough N Rowdy™ Features:

  • .45 Colt/.410 (2½-in. shells only), single action
  • Stainless steel double-barrel and frame
  • Black rubber grips
  • Fixed sights
  • Patented rebounding hammer
  • Cross-bolt safety
  • Removable trigger guard
  • Interchangeable barrel
  • Barrel length is 3 inches
  • Overall length is 5 inches
  • MSRP: $299

Grizzly Features:

  • .45LC / .410 bore
  • Stainless steel double-barrel and frame
  • Compatible with all standard Bond Arms barrels
  • Patented rebounding hammer
  • Retracting firing pins
  • Cross-bolt safety
  • Spring-loaded, cammed locking lever
  • Barrel length is 3 inches
  • Overall length is 5 inches
  • Includes leather holster
  • MSRP $377

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About Bond Arms

BOND ARMS, INC. is located in Granbury, Texas and manufactures the award-winning Bond Arms Derringer – the finest in double barrel protection. Originally organized under the name Texas Armory, the company became incorporated as Bond Arms in 1995 with the idea that the Remington Model 95 over-under, single-action derringer could be converted from an Old West anachronism into a modern & reliable handgun. The barrel and frame were redesigned to safely fire modern calibers & the entire handgun is constructed entirely from stainless steel. This makes for a pistol that’s both strong and durable.

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Ivan Kirma July 9, 2022, 10:52 pm

    I’m looking for a 357 Derringer, a good one,

  • Irish-7 March 1, 2020, 9:27 am

    I’ve been fighting off the desire to buy a .45 LC/.410 GA Bond derringer for years. I just could not bring myself to pay $600+ for a 2-shot weapon. I wonder if these models can be altered with the larger grip? Either way, I am intrigued.

  • Tommygun851 February 29, 2020, 6:07 pm

    I took my time to write out a comment yesterday and it never got posted! I didn’t say anything controversial or inappropriate! I read these articles all the time and respond often but I don’t like to take my time to write a nice informative response and it not get posted! Please find and post my comment from yesterday or I will conclude that it will not be worth my while to participate in any more GunsAmerica posts

  • Michael A Gilliam February 28, 2020, 6:40 pm

    This is a hell of a sale. I worked for a large gun dealer for many years and I’ve never seen Bond Arms Derringers sell this cheap.

  • Will Drider February 28, 2020, 1:42 pm

    Derringers are basically a niche market. As such, many people don’t want to throw real big mony at these types of guns. The “Rough” is about double the price of the other cheaper brands. However, the Bond Arms mechanical quality is far superion. The price savings for skipping the Lipstick and Rouge is huge. I think Bond Arms is going to sell a boat load of them.

    • James Fry February 28, 2020, 7:15 pm

      Not as long as they have a ‘trigger guard’.

  • Tommygun851 February 28, 2020, 1:31 pm

    I just picked up one for $258 free shipping no tax and had it sent to my ffl that charges only $10 to do the paperwork. Great deal on a well made pistol. But it’s proving to be difficult to get an oversize grip for it. I have large hands and for some reason, everyone’s out of stock with them. Probably because Bond is selling a ton of these “great value” pistols but they are only offered with the standard small rubber grip. Unfortunately, having to purchase the larger grip adds $50 to $100 to the overall price. Also, it seems like Bond doesn’t allow any aftermarket grip manufacturers to make and sell grips that fit their guns. And that’s why swapping grips is so expensive. I suppose one can take one of these pistols and polish it out like the factory does on their high end models to improve the value. All in all, a quality made pistol well worth the price!

    • Irish-7 March 3, 2020, 8:47 am

      Thanks for addressing the large grip question I had! From the photos above, it appears the grip on the Grizzly Bear is larger than the Rough & Rowdy. Which model did you buy?

  • Eddy Jolley February 27, 2020, 10:34 pm

    Good article / advertisement with nice photos. Are these things drop safe? And I thought I saw, somewhere, that the cheaper series have an aluminum frame in 9mm and .38?

    • John Thomas Songer Jr February 28, 2020, 10:47 am

      I’m guessing it’s stainless as the article claims they all are still stainless, just not what I call “safe gun finished” polished.

    • Ej harbet February 28, 2020, 4:40 pm

      Set properly for carry you have a solid hammerblock safety engaged until you cock the hammer then it disengages asbthe hammer goes back.
      Bond arms,if you miss with your two bullets you can hit them with the gun twice and theyre graveyard dead!

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