July 2017

Mouse Gun Shoot Out: Three Tiny Pocket Pistols Compete

The PTAC Bullfrog, the NAA Mini Revolver, and the Beretta 950 semi-auto chamber 22 Magnum and 25 ACP, respectively, in shirt-pocket-size options. Is one right for your last-ditch defense?

Mouse Gun Shoot Out: Three Tiny Pocket Pistols Compete

Top to bottom are the PTAC Bullfrog, North American Arms 22M, and the Beretta 950 BS. Our raters eliminated the Bullfrog from consideration because of various problems, so it came down to the NAA revolver versus the Beretta self-loader. For us, neither handgun fills the bill for personal defense. Each has a serious deficit of power. However, many gun owners believe these pistols have a place in armed defense.

Love them or despise them, mouse guns — aka very small pocket pistols — are an important part of the self-defense landscape by virtue of their sheer numbers. For example, the North American Arms Mini Revolver is a popular handgun that has created a niche all its own. It is offered in several versions, with relatively long barrels as well as the traditional short barrel. We were interested in what type of accuracy a trained shooter could wring out of the Mini Revolver because a 6.5-ounce 22 Magnum just might have appeal as a pocket revolver or backup. We also tested a newcomer and competitor to the Mini Revolver. The PTAC Bullfrog is a copy of the NAA revolver in some ways but is mechanically different in others. We also added a small automatic pistol to the test. The Beretta 950 25 ACP handgun is a widely used pistol and can be called a standard among pocket pistols. For safety, each of the revolvers and the Beretta self-loader demand that the hammer be cocked before the pistol may be fired. Each also features a single-action trigger, although the revolvers must be cocked for each shot. In the end, we thought one gun offers a good-enough chance at stopping hostile action, but to be frank, members of our team would still be reluctant to buy it.

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