The Bond Shot Pattern

The Bond Arms Derringer Shot Pattern

by B. Gil Horman

Handguns chambered to fire .410 shotshells present a unique set of advantages and challenges for shooters. The ability to fire a mix of bullets, slugs, buckshot, birdshot, and specialty .410 loads makes these pistols exceptionally flexible in their applications. However, shot pellet size, barrel length, and barrel rifling all work to influence how shot travels and patterns.

The purpose of this study is to provide a sample of controlled test results to give shooters  a better sense of how .410 shotshells may perform when fired from a handgun.

All three .410/.45 Colt barrel lengths Bond manufactures (The Defender, Snake Slayer, and Snake Slayer IV) were tested to see how they pattern with a selection of .410 ammunitions. Several pistol caliber barrels were also tested with CCI shotshells. Using the links to the left, you can navigate to the test result tables and targets for the specified barrel. A general overview of the test results, and some other tips picked up along the way, are posted under the Lessons Learned section.

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