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This North American Arms Mini-Revolver model NAA-22LR was manufactured in June of 2000 according to the company records. It is a five shot, single action only revolver that is chambered for the .22 Long Rifle cartridge. The Model NAA-22LR is constructed of 17-4 pH stainless steel and has a beautiful satin and matte finish. The revolver has a barrel length of 1 1/8 inches, an overall length of 4 inches, an overall height of 2 3/8 inches and a width of 13/16 of an inch. On my screen, the firearm is shown in the above pictures right at its actual size. It has a total unloaded weight of only 4 1/2 ounces. The revolver utilizes a fixed blade front sight and has no provisions for a rear sight. The Bird's Head style grip panels are made of Rosewood. The cylinder must be removed in order to load or unload the weapon.

The North American Arms company stands fully behind their products and offers a Lifetime Warranty to the original owner. This lifetime warranty states the following:   

"All NAA products carry a lifetime warranty to the original registered owner against defects in material, workmanship and mechanical function, excepting for abnormal wear or damage resulting from neglect, abuse, customizing or repairs not made by NAA. Under the terms of this warranty, NAA will replace or repair, at its option, the handgun or part thereof without charge, provided that the defective handgun is returned prepaid to the factory. NAA reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to determine whether the handgun or any of its components are defective due to faulty materials or improper workmanship. Disassembly of this handgun, except for the purpose of loading or unloading, will render this warranty null and void."

  

A brief history of North American Arms.

North American Arms has its roots dating back to the middle 1970's where it began with the development and manufacture of firearms that were originally designed for the Rocky Mountain Arms company. Then in the early 1980s, the NAA company became a subsidiary of an aerospace manufacturing company called Talley Manufacturing. In the late 1980's, Talley Manufacturing was acquired by a Philadelphia based firm called Teleflex Inc. Shortly after Teleflex Inc. had acquired Talley Manufacturing, the Teleflex firm decided to sell the small firearm portion of their business in part due to liability issues. In November of 1991, Sandy Chisholm purchased the firearm manufacturing business from Teleflex and kept the company in Provo, Utah. The NAA company has remained there ever since, and over a decade and a half later, both the exact management team and work force are still in place. A testament of a good company with qualified and competent personal that manufacturers dependable and quality products.

The North American Arms company is a niche oriented business. Their entire reason for being is centered around personal protection. As of this writing, they do not manufacture any MOA target and hunting firearms, but they do manufacture small, lightweight, and concealable firearms that are reliable and effective, which means that you are more likely to carry one when you need protection most rather then that bulky .45 caliber weapon that you left at home because you "will only be gone a minute".  

The photographs on the left are of the front and back of the North American Arms Mini-Revolver model NAA-22LR, while the pictures at the right show the top and bottom of the revolver.

The serial number is located on the bottom of the receiver and is directly below the cylinder as seen in the bottom right picture from above.  

The photograph on the left is of the markings that are found on the right side of this revolver. At the top is found a two line inscription that reads as follows, "NORTH AMERICAN ARMS INC" and then underneath that is "PROVO, UTAH 84606 - 6285". This two line inscription identifies the manufacturer of the firearm as North American Arms Incorporated and lists their address in the city of Provo in the state of Utah which is in the United States of America. At the end of this two line inscription is a marking that is some what rare to find on firearms, and that is the zip code of the manufacturers address. Not only that, but in my experience it is very rare to ever find the ZIP + 4 code on a firearm. The Zip + 4 code which is also refereed to as, plus-four codes or add-on codes first began in the U.S. Postal Service in 1983.

Underneath the two line inscription the firearm has been marked as follows, ".22 LONG RIFLE". This marking indicates that this firearm has been chambered for the .22 caliber long rifle cartridge.

The picture at the right is of the back of the cylinder. The cylinder on the NAA-22LR revolver has been counterbored. This means that the cylinder is recessed around the case head so that the rimmed cartridges fit flush with the cylinder. The astute reader may also notice an additional 5 notches that have been milled into the top of this cylinder between the chambers. These notches allow for the firearm to be safely carried while fully loaded and no amount of force on the rear of the hammer, such as dropping or striking it will cause an accidental discharge. To accomplish this safe carry position, the hammer is lowered into one of these notches after the revolver has been loaded. When the shooter is ready to discharge the firearm, the hammer is pulled fully back to the firing position which causes the cylinder to rotate to the next chamber.  

The photograph on the left is a picture of the revolver in its field stripped configuration. The revolver must also be in this state for loading and unloading of the cylinder. It takes just a matter of a few seconds to remove the cylinder from the revolver. To accomplish this, the shooter will need to first place the hammer in the half-cock position and then depress the release button located at the front of the cylinder pin and remove the pin from the revolver. The cylinder can now be removed from either side of the firearm.

While the cylinder can be easily removed, it is highly recommended that the firearm be sent back to the factory if the cylinder is replaced. The reason being is that it is necessary for the chambers to be in alignment with the bore. This is critical and often requires a little tweaking of the revolvers parts such as the cylinder star, hand or bolt or any combination of the three to achieve the proper timing.

The picture on the right is of a compression fit holster with the revolver installed. This little firearm is so lightweight that a person, with the proper training and credentials could easily wear this set-up in a concealed fashion around their neck.

  

Resource:

North American Arms Mini-Revolver instruction manual

North American Arms website located at: http://northamericanarms.com/  

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