At the request of their customers, the Texas manufacturer of high-end, compact handguns rolls out their most affordable models yet.

The Roughneck™ is a single-action double barrel 9mm pistol with a stainless-steel finish and black rubber grips. It comes with fixed sites and the same quality push-button cross-bolt safety and rebounding hammer used in their high-end models. The trigger guard is removable.

The Rough N Rowdy™ is a single-action double barrel pistol chambered for .45 Colt and 2½-inch .410 shells. It features a stainless-steel finish, black rubber grips and fixed sites along with the same push-button cross-bolt safety and rebounding hammer. The trigger guard is also removable. Interchangeable barrels are available for both models.

The Roughneck™ retails for $269 and the Rough N Rowdy™ has an MSRP of $299, both are by far the lowest price models in the Bond Arms® family of handguns despite being manufactured with the same quality materials and components that are used in their highest end models. So how did they do it?

Bond Arms® engineers intensively reviewed the processes used to build their firearms detail by detail. Their goal was to determine the minimum amount of finishing needed to create a handgun in order to take less time to manufacture and thus less costly to create. Of course, a rougher finish was inevitable. On a high-end firearm, much of the cost comes from the time spent finishing the gun-sanding out swirly marks and rough areas inherent in the machining process and hiding seams where parts fit together such as where the metal frame joins the trigger guard. The one thing the handguns still needed to do, however, was they had to have the same safe, reliable operation all Bond Arms® handguns are known for, and they still had to be comfortable to shoot.

“The rough finish adds quite a cool factor to the Roughneck™ and the Rough N Rowdy™,” says Dylan Hunsucker, spokesman for Bond Arms®. “We do minimal clean-up and deburr to ensure there are no sharp edges, and then we bead blast the finish. There is no sanding and polishing of the frame, which takes enormous amounts of time and adds to the cost of our higher-end firearms. The final product is that you can see the parting lines in the frame and trigger guard as well as some of the tool marks on the barrels and casting imperfections in the frame. It gives each one its own unique rough and tumble look.”

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  2. This is a really innovative firearm. And a company that is willing to take a chance on the gun buying public to ignore the flash and fancy looks of many of today’s guns, and instead, go for a gun where form follows function. To be honest, I have no intention of buying one of these, as my income is fixed, and any gun purchase must be weighed carefully to fill a definite need. But I can say well done to Bond Arms, a very fine gun maker, who has always had our 2nd amendment rights at heart. And I hope that they sell a boat load of this model of gun. I can certainly see where it will fit a niche for many people.


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