I’m not an impulse buyer and studied the various Bond models for well over a year after my LE son-in-law got his Texas Defender. That includes watching many of Gordon’s and others videos. I’d concluded I wanted the SS or SSIV for the little longer barrel. The gun show was in town last month and I ran up on a really good deal on a 410/45LC Snake Slayer – impulse won!
I had a chance to fire a couple of dozen rounds the next day and while never a crack shot with any pistol, I was consistently grouping shots on some 12″x12″ pine board scraps with the 45C at paced off 6-7 yards. It did take a few rounds to get the feel of the sights and relation of upper and lower barrels. At that range all of the OOO pellets were on the target boards.
The SS feels more natural in my hand than the smaller gripped Texas Defender. Recoil was less than anticipated with the mix of 45C’s and several 410 loads, both 2-1/2″ and 3″. I was a bit surprised by the lack or only very slight vertical component of kick. Most of the recoil was felt in horizontal direction, i.e., palm of hand, but very manageable with any of the loads I tried.
All in all, I am very pleased with handling and accuracy for the intended range of my Snake Slayer and as all say, it is extremely well made. I will be adding at least a 22LR barrel for some fun shooting.
I forget the exact source(s) and will paraphrase the philosophy some have said about the Bonds and personal defense. It makes you think before you act being single action and only two shots and not an easy weapon to over react with. Good advice and probably very defensible legally if, God forbid, push came to shove.