- Exposed, skeletonized hammer
- Small, stainless-steel frame
- Accepts most .22 Magnum ammo, including .22 Magnum shotshells (Snake Shot)
- Single action with a 5-round capacity
- Fixed half-moon bead front sight
- Halfway notch cylinder safety
- Stainless-steel barrel with vent bar and a stainless-steel cylinder
- Rubber and rosewood bird’s head grips with pebble texturing
- Handedness: Ambidextrous
- Barrel length (in.): 1.625
- Grip: Rubber; Rosewood bird’s head
- Action: Single
- Rifle Ammo Type: Rimfire
- Front sight: Bead
- Caliber: .22 LR/.22 WMR
- Product weight: 6.5 oz.
- Style: Revolver
- Manufacturer warranty – general: Lifetime limited
- Product length (in.): 5.13
- Magazine capacity: 5
- North American Arms The Wasp .22 LR/.22 WMR Revolver
The rationale is simple– it maintains the #1 rule in a gun fight, which is to actually have a gun. After all, the best gun in the world is the one that will be with you when needed. And the North American Arms Wasp maintains rule #1 much more effectively than just about any other firearm available today.
When the moment of truth arrives, the fact remains that the even the most powerful pistol will do you absolutely no good sitting at home in your gun safe. While many handguns are either too big or too heavy to carry, the Mini Revolver is the basic go anywhere gun that easily drops into any vest, shorts, pants, shirt or jacket pocket.
For those who contend that a .22 caliber handgun possesses insufficient stopping power to instantly incapacitate a drug crazed killer, you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who will disagree with that statement. Then again, few concealed carry handguns possess that ability, where the never ending “1- shot stop” myths and “stopping power” debates continue to rage on.
At the exact opposite end of the spectrum, proponents of a .22 self-defense handgun are quick to point out that this projectile tumbles and zig-zags when it hits soft tissue, and is therefore more legitimate that most are willing to acknowledge. In reality, the answer lies somewhere in between as shot placement and training will be the ultimate determining factor in any sidearm’s ability to save one’s life. There can be little doubt, that when given the choice, any rational shooter will likely opt for a high capacity .45 caliber pistol in a deadly encounter.
But what happens if carrying such a handgun is simply not an option? For many legally armed citizens in this country, size constraints play a huge role in choosing a firearm and carrying a concealed handgun. Even a sub-compact may not be feasible in your day-to-day life, and the ability to effectively hide a handgun presents many challenges– where the North American Arms Wap indeed provides real world solutions.
Founded in 1972 and headquartered in Provo, Utah, North American Arms is well know for producing high quality micro sized handguns. The Mini Revolver design was actually developed by Freedom Arms, one of the world’s premier and most respected firearms manufacturer’s. Freedom Arms later sold this design to North American Arms in 1990.
The precision fit and mechanical operation of the Wasp is often favorably compared to fine Swiss clock work. It’s a mechanical micro jewel through and through, which delivers reliable performance when and where you need it.
The North American Arms Wasp is a .22 Magnum single action revolver reminiscent of the guns of the old west, only in miniature. Just like the cowboy action “six-shooter’s” of the day, you’ll be required to cock the hammer back each time to fire this pint sized “five-shooter”.
It has a vent rib barrel length of 1-1/8″ and weighs in at a feathery 5.9 ounces. The gun is constructed of highly corrosion resistant and extremely durable 17-4 pH stainless steel. This is the one of the most discreet, up close and personal handguns available anywhere. The package includes a set of rubber grips for easier handling, plus includes a specially scrolled cylinder and base pin for a unique appearance.
In addition to comfortably slipping inside any pocket, it is the perfect backpack, hiking or camping handgun when weight, gear and space are at a premium. More importantly, the revolver is easy to use and safe to carry. The hammer need not rest on an empty chamber. Using the safety notches on the cylinder, the hammer rides safely and securely in between the rimmed cartridges without the risk of unintentional discharge.
For service or repair, the gun is backed by a manufacturer’s lifetime warranty policy. Overall, the North American Arms Wasp may technically carry the firearms industry classification of a “mouse gun”, but it is THE quintessential mouse gun engineered to reliably save your life in an emergency.