Greg Bond—a former engineer for Texas Instruments and tool and die maker—incorporated Bond Arms in 1995 to pursue a concept that could convert the Remington Model 95 over-under, single-action derringer from Old West fame into a modern, safe and well-built defensive handgun. The company’s first double-barrel handgun, the Texas Defender, was born.
Gordon Bond purchased the firm from his brother in 2007 and the company quickly expanded to include a wide range of pocket pistols. “Our business has grown a lot from its humble beginnings,” said Bond. “We have five times more capacity than we did back in 2007 and more planned for the future.”
This year Bond Arms is celebrating its 25th anniversary and now builds dozens of different double-barrel handgun models, 40 interchangeable barrels and the Bond Bullpup9, an innovative self-defense semi-automatic chambered in 9 mm.
Bond Arms pioneered today’s double-barrel handgun by adding modern safety features that include a trigger guard, retracting firing pins and cross-bolt safety. The company’s patented rebounding and locking hammer add an extra level of safety missing in early derringer-style guns. When the gun fires the hammer automatically jumps back into a half-cocked position and locks. The only way to fire a second round is by fully cocking the hammer and then squeezing the trigger.
Bond Arms handguns are a favorite among competitive shooters, too. For 20 years in a row, a Bond double-barrel handgun won the coveted Single Action Shooting Society World Championships. With accolades from both competition and conceal-carry users, Bond Arms handguns have earned the reputation as a serious piece of firearm hardware.
Today the company continues to flourish as a shining example of American entrepreneurship, grown with perseverance and family values. It continues to manufacture its products exclusively in the United States from American-made parts, including grips and holsters, on all handgun models.