Just wanted to share with you prototype pics of an upcoming single action mini-revolver from North American Arms. It should be out within the next few months. Now if you're familiar with these things, you'll know that a big drawback is in the loading because you have to take the cylinder out and then use the extractor pin to remove fired casings. Then you have to put it back together in just the right way, which is inherently risky. They had a limited run of a break top action mini-revolver a few years ago, which developed a sort of cult following. These were limited to 500 pieces and cost 500 bucks. NAA actually lost money making these because of the cost of machining such an intricate mechanism on a small frame like the mini-revolvers. In the end, that's what killed the breaktop Ranger (that was the name). Because of the rarity of these pieces, they've been sold for upwards of 2 grand a piece, and sometimes even more. This brings me to the Sidewinder. The Sidewinder is the spiritual successor of the Ranger, but instead of a breaktop action, it uses a traditional crane so the cylinder swings open like almost all revolvers on the market today, with the exception of the Schofields.
And let's not turn this into a caliber war. This topic wasn't meant about caliber choices. This is just a neat little thing I wanted to share with you guys. I for sure will get one, and it will either be a range toy or ride back up to a full size hole puncher, my HK45. EDIT: It'll be 350. There will be a .22lr conversion available for 80.
These are prototype pics. The final version is confirmed to be more dehorned. Also the area that juts out towards the front, right behind the extractor will be shaped differently. It juts out because the crane couldn't fit on the standard .22 magnum frames. It swings open to the right, which apparently is normal for single actions.
Credit goes out to bladeforums Meluck for the last two pics here. I asked him to stop by the NAA booth at the NRA St. Louis show.