Bond Arms Best Seller: The Backup

Boasting the ultimate mix of firepower and concealability, this compact handgun makes the perfect backup firearm for professionals and the ideal carry-gun for CCW permit holders.
Boasting the ultimate mix of firepower and concealability, this compact handgun makes the perfect backup firearm for professionals and the ideal carry-gun for CCW permit holders.

Granbury, TX-( As Bond Arms custom-made quality handguns grew in popularity, they drew the attention of former law enforcement and former soldiers who loved the guns, but they wanted to see one basic change. At the time, most of Bond Arms' models came in a polished stainless finish that was both attractive and durable. For these old pros, many wanted to see a model with less shine to improve its concealability and allow it to better blend in and not catch unwanted attention. Bond Arms responded to these requests, and the Backup was born, quickly becoming one of their best-selling models of all time.

The Bond Arms Backup boasts the ultimate blend of compact concealability with threat-stopping firepower. Chambered for the powerful .45 ACP, the entire break-action handgun is only 4.5 inches long with 2.5-inch double barrels for a two-round capacity. All the parts that would normally be shiny on the Backup™ are bead blasted for a grayish, matte finish, while the frame features a dark crinkled powder coat finish.

The Backup is outfitted with Bond Arms newest rubber grips, providing a great handle on the firearm and making it comfortable to shoot. Additional features include the company's patented rebounding hammer, retracting firing pins, a cross-bolt safety and a spring-loaded, cammed locking lever.

Like all Bond Arms handguns, the barrels are interchangeable with a few simple turns of a single hex-head screw to create as many as 25 caliber combinations from 20 available barrels. The Backup frame can be used with barrels chambered as small as the .22 rimfire up to a .410 shotgun load.

“The ultra-compact size, attractive matte-finish and popularity of the .45 ACP chambering among those who carry concealed made the Backup a Bond Arms best-seller right out of the gate,” says Gordon Bond.

Backup Features:

  • Bead-blasted steel double-barrel and frame
  • Powder-coated finish on the frame
  • Standard-sized, rubber grips
  • Front-blade, fixed-rear sights
  • Trigger guard
  • Compatible with all standard Bond Arms barrels
  • Patented rebounding hammer
  • Retracting firing pins
  • Cross-bolt safety
  • Spring-loaded, cammed locking lever
  • 19 ounces
  • Barrel length is 2.5 inches
  • Overall length is 4.5 inches
  • MSRP: $540.00

About Bond Arms, Inc.Bond Arms logo

BOND ARMS, INC. is located in Granbury, Texas and manufactures the award-winning Bond Arms Derringer – the finest in double barrel protection. Originally organized under the name Texas Armory, the company became incorporated as Bond Arms in 1995 with the idea that the Remington Model 95 over-under, single-action derringer could be converted from an Old West anachronism into a modern & reliable handgun. The barrel and frame were redesigned to safely fire modern calibers & the entire handgun is constructed entirely from stainless steel. This makes for a pistol that's both strong and durable.

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Bond Arms makes a good product, but you can get something of similar size and quality with a higher capacity for a lower price.


I went to local neighborhood shop to purchase a roughneck in .357, guys distro said they had some. I pay and he orders. Find out distro didn’t have any but some on the way. I started this around beginning of June, I check back with my guy every couple weeks, last I heard, the distro said THEY were due to get it Aug 1, nothing since… I bet that’s what has happened here, like @willyd. No one locally has the .357, I have seen a few 9 & 45LC & 410 polished but, uh, no… This thing is gonna ride… Read more »


Sir2u; I waited for almost 2 years until the polished one went into production, I just kept calling until they went into production. It seems that Bond produces the 45 Long Colt/410 as a standard Barrel, then if you want a different caliper you have to order the Barrel at a PRICE, that was why I started checking the gun shows and other shops to find a used one. I came up with 2 used ones, with calipers that I wanted, I got one with a standard 45 LC/410 with a 45 ACP extra barrel, the second I got it… Read more »


$540? And they get to skip the polishing? Neat gun, I’d like to have one, but Bond Arms prices are too much for me.


I purchased a new Polished one 2015 in 357, had to wait for it to go into production without buying a standard one with 45 L/C and 410 Standard Barrel then having to buy the 357 barrel extra, I since have purchased 2 used Derringers and purchased several barrels to switch out on one of them. My regular carry’s have the 357 and the 9mm, the other one gets switched out for all of the other barrels. Check at gun shows they do show up at times and are a fair price plus you may find one with the right… Read more »