snake slayer??

Discussion in 'Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun' started by rosierita, Apr 4, 2005.

  1. 45Smashemflat

    45Smashemflat Active Member

    Oct 6, 2003
    Ditto Terry, I had an American Derringer M1 in 45ACP. Quite a handful, but was a great pocket gun and matched ammo for the 1911 I also carried. Well crafted gun. Don't really need one now with the Ti Smith. But, there is something to be said for the intimidation factor.
  2. vsorrentino

    vsorrentino New Member

    Nov 20, 2008
    I normally carry a S&W 637 2" snubby 38 special. Great carry gun. I just got a Snake Slayer as my BUG. Love this little thing and it packs one big punch with 410 ga self defense shot ammo.

  3. Mosin_Nagant_Fan

    Mosin_Nagant_Fan Active Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    Montgomery, AL
    Snake killer = Pole-Arm. Why waste a bullet.
  4. jrg

    jrg New Member

    Aug 18, 2009
    OUCH! Just OUCH! Those .410 derringers are loud and have plenty of recoil. Not for me - a .410 T/C Contender is another animal altogether.
  5. Agentwil

    Agentwil New Member

    Feb 9, 2010
    I owned one of those in 45LC/410 and the trigger suuuuuccckkkks and it's not accurate so I used it for trade for a new Taurus Night Judge. Better accuracy and three more rounds to boot.
  6. Terry_P

    Terry_P New Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    If you want snake loads then 38 shot loads work well and you have a carry piece or revolver that you can enjoy shooting.
  7. petesusn

    petesusn Member

    My Cobra .38 Derringer had a pretty strong kick to it. Try that in 410/45 Colt? I don't think so. A Snake Charmer in 410 is a much better bet.
  8. I got a .45LC Derringer once for Cowbooy Shoots... better hold her tight... :eek:

    I got rid of it before I shot the ends off some of my fingers... :D
  9. bluesea112

    bluesea112 Active Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    West, TX
    If you want a snake slayer, any .22 lr loaded with rat shot does an adequate job. If you want a handgun capable of firing .410 shells, then "The Judge" seems to be the obvious choice. The Judge gives you 6 shots instead of just two.
  10. Old John

    Old John New Member

    Apr 15, 2010
    I had a Bond Arms Texas Defender in .45Colt/.410, for a few years. They are not like any other derringer. The lock-up is different. They have a rebounding hammer, so they are safer. It had a trigger guard so it was easier to hold onto.
    The trigger itself is a lot easier to pull than any other derringer, due to the lock work. I will buy another one of these days. My DearSon talked me out of it. I've missed it ever since. He offered me good money. But I made an OOPS!
    I liked mine.

    I carried it in my back pocket when I was playing bass guitar , in bars, years ago.
    Yeah, they kick a little. No problem.They weigh about 21 oz. IIRC, 'bout the same weight as some j-frame .357's.
  11. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    I have to "ditto" what has already been said. I wouldn't fire one on a bet. I had a .38 Davis derringer and it is the only gun that I ever had that hurt to shoot. I fired it probably 4 times and gave it to my brother, and he sold it after her fired it a couple of times.
  12. Old John

    Old John New Member

    Apr 15, 2010
    Re: snake slayer??From Bond Arms!!

    That's not an American Derringer. That is a Bond Arms Derringer, also made in Texas. They are much better, IMO, than American derringers.
    The cammed lock-up lever is stronger & easier to use. They have a trigger guard that makes it easier to control. Rebounding hammer makes them safe to carry, too.

    I had one for several years, in .45 Colt/.410. It was a Hoot to Shoot!
    Yeah, it had some recoil but not too much to manage. My DSW could handle mine just fine. Hit the Ten at 5 yrds. every time.The Texas Defender or the
    Snake Slayer are great. And you can buy extra barrels to switch out in other
    calibers. I had one in .45acp, too
    I dropped mine in my back pocket when I'd go out at night.
    Check them out at:

    My dear Son talked me out of mine when I had a weak moment. He wanted it to go with his Taurus Judge.
    I'll get another one one of these days soon.
    Take care,
    Old John
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2010
  13. Laufer

    Laufer Member

    Jul 27, 2008
    West TN.
    What kind of snake?
    There was a swimming cottonmouth at 30 feet, but had no luck with the SKS rifle.
    He was swimming Towards a grapefruit as the rounds went into the target.

    Tried to hit another on a river levee with the Mini 30 from only eight feet, barely missed, and it dashed a few feet into a giant puddle "blitzschnell".

    You would not believe how fast they can move!
    If you can get near a snake before it gets away from you and can hit it with a handgun, good luck.
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2010
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