Bond Arms Stinger and Stinger RS — Tiny But Mighty

Derringers definitely fall under the “small, but mighty” firearms category They’re conversation pieces, sure, but they’re more than that. Derringers have uses and fulfill a specific niche in the gun world. If you’re interested in derringers, Bond Arms in Granbury, Texas is the top designer and manufacturer of these diminutive pistols. They even have slimmer, lighter-weight models, such as the Bond Arms Stinger and Stinger RS.

Bond Arms Stinger
The Bond Arms Stinger is a slimmed-down version of the company’s other derringers. (Photo credit: Bond Arms)

Bond Arms released details of the Stinger and Stinger RS:

Bond Arms is well-known for its compact, yet powerful, personal protection pistols. After years of research and development, the Bond Arms team released the Stinger – its lightest, smallest derringer ever. It has the familiar fit, feel, function, and reliability of other Bond double-barrelled pistols in an ultra-concealable and super-comfortable size and weight configuration. The Stinger is currently chambered for either 9mm or .380 auto. It’s made from advanced modern materials and engineered for durability.

A stainless steel firing pin block inset into the aluminum frame strengthens the receiver and allows for the firing of +P rounds. The release lever, cross-bolt safety, hammer, and trigger are also stainless steel; adding steel parts in these critical areas enhances the Stinger’s durability. The Stinger’s 3-inch barrels match the frame’s narrow 0.55-inch profile and is available in 9mm and .380 auto, with a .22 long rifle model on the horizon.

top view of Bond Arms Stinger compared to standard derringer to show that it's slimmer in comparison
The Bond Arms Stinger is significantly slimmer than standard derringers. (Photo credit: Gunners Den)

These are exceptionally well-made derringers built to exacting standards. Their slimmer profiles serve to both reduce weight and enhance concealability. Hammers are serrated for easier manipulation and controls are simple to operate. The triggers on the Stinger and Stinger RS have short pulls, crisp breaks, and very brief reset. Derringers are two-shot firearms, making them ideal for things like pest and vermin control, although they can also be used as BUGs (backup guns).

Bond Arms Stinger RS
The Stinger RS is available in 380 ACP or 9mm and has rubberized grips. (Photo credit: Bond Arms)

Bond Arms Stinger RS Features

  • Stainless steel 3″ Rough series style barrel
  • Stainless Steel frame with Rough series finish
  • Total weight 16oz
  • Rebounding hammer
  • Retracting firing pins
  • Cross-bolt safety
  • Comes with standard rubber grips and a slimmer set of polymer grips
  • Caliber options are 9MM or .380ACP

Specifications of the Stinger RS:

Caliber .380, 9mm
Barrel Length 3″
Grip Material Rubber
Grip Size Standard
Sights Front blade, fixed rear
Length 4.5″
Weight 16 ounces
Trigger Guard Yes
Bond Arms Stinger and Stinger RS derringer pistols
Slimmer, lighter-weight derringers? Check out the Stinger and Stinger RS. (Photo credit: Gunners Den)

Bond Arms Stinger Features

  • Stainless steel 3″ matte barrel
  • 7075 anodized aluminum frame
  • Total weight 12oz
  • Rebounding hammer
  • Retracting firing pins
  • Cross-bolt safety
  • Comes with standard rubber grips and a slimmer set of polymer grips
  • Caliber options are 9MM or .380ACP

Specifications of the Stinger:

Caliber .380, 9mm
Barrel Length 3″
Grip Material Rubber
Grip Size Standard
Sights Front blade, fixed rear
Length 4.5″
Weight 12 ounces
Trigger Guard Yes

Do you have a derringer? Tell us about your derringer-related experiences in the comments section.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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