July 2017 – Addendum…

Earlier this month, I promised to reveal the current state of the development of the Ranger II.

Please find attached two recent photographs of one of several (almost identical) current prototypes.

During the development process, we explored a great variety of manufacturing techniques, including investment casting which is the process we use for all of our other models.  Ultimately, we have determined that the frame of this gun will be created from a steel billet, the gun’s outline achieved by wire EDM, after which we execute our machining “magic”.  This is an expensive process but gives us the maximum ability to control the very critical dimensions and tight tolerances that this gun requires.

I believe the overall design of this piece is largely complete.  Similarly, I’m convinced that the development of the Ranger II is such that we’ve committed to design and manufacture CNC fixtures and create production tooling which will enable to move this project in-house and to prepare for ordinary production.

While NAA has been and continues to be, solely responsible for the design and engineering of this product, much of the manufacturing of the prototypes for this project has been done by several third parties.  While they’re each good at their tasks (prototype machining, tool design and the programming of production-capable machine programs), the give-and-take between engineering and development has been retarded/interrupted as discussions regarding dimensions, tolerance stack-ups, and the tweaks that need to be made could not be effected quickly.  We are now in the process of bringing all of these elements in-house and expect that the further tweaks to both engineering and machining, which will doubtless still be necessary for ordinary production, can be affected immediately.

Pricing and delivery dates have yet to be fixed, but I remain hopeful that “under $500 and before Christmas” are still achievable goals.  More news will be shared at the point that it becomes available.  That’s my story…

Comments

  1. Thanks Sandy! I know that it will be a quality piece and worth the wait. Will it be offered in with interchangeable cylinders for both .22 and .22 Mag?

    1. Thanks for the up-date Sandy. I own a NAA .22 magnum with a removable cylinder only because I cannot buy a “Sidewinder” in California. Presumably, you cannot sell Sidewinders in this state because they were not submitted to the CA DOJ for testing and approval. I hope that you will go the extra mile and submit the Ranger II for approval in CA. You will find a huge market here. In the land of shorts and t-shirts, my little magnum is super concealable. My only concern is having to remove the cylinder to reload. At this time my “speedy reload” consists of a Beretta model 21 hidden in my left pocket.

      In answer to your detractors, I was at dozens of homicide scenes in South Central Los Angeles during the 70s and 80s. The weapons mostly used were Saturday Night Specials in .22 or .25 calibers. If knuckle-head gangsters can use the small caliber handguns effectively…Think of a Ranger II in the hands of a professional. Thanks for your time.

    2. Can’t wait will be a great addition to my NAA collection !!!!!!!!!!!
      ME FIRST ME FIRST ME FIRST

  2. Sandy, that is the best clear message yet. I really Thank everyone that has touched this Beautiful Art with Bite.
    I would Love to have Art / Bite as my Id on my Ranger ll.

    Ready & Willy

    James West
    NRA L35613330

  3. Sandy-
    The design will not be durable in the magnum frame size without serious reinforcement.
    I advise you to look into a .22 LR only model.
    Bill DeShivs

  4. Sandy, Thank you for keeping your promise. I look forward to purchasing the Ranger II. I hope it will be ready in time for Christmas but I will buy it regardless of caliber or timeframe. Thank you, Sir!

  5. I have had 2 of your revolver.,The first was a 22 call.long rifle.and the stanless and titanium limited edition cap and ball.Both where accurate with practice.

  6. Dear Santa,
    All I want for Christmas is a Pony, a new bicycle, and a Ranger II.
    Sincerely,
    Jimmy

    P.S.
    Forget the other crap, how about a couple Ranger II pistols and a case of ammo?

  7. That’s great news! Please go ahead and make a 4″ model available so we can buy them behind the Granola Curtain. Feel free to leave the front sight where it would be on the regular 2″ length barrel, since the only requirement for sale to evade the PRK’s nonsense gun laws is that they be single-action and possess a 4″ barrel, not that the owner *retains* the 4″ barrel. Heh…

  8. 25naa is in my future, a little worried about ammo and will be stocking up… these new models have promise for sure too!

  9. Ok, while tweaking;
    XS sights or Sheriff style
    Reshape hammer – more graceful Bisley like
    Ensure frame will not twist or deform, thicker or w-shape extension
    Speed loading with thin nylon(?) moon clips, inexpensive, maybe disposable
    Barrel and finish options

  10. Ok, while tweaking;
    XS sights or Sheriff style
    Reshape hammer – more graceful Bisley like
    Ensure frame will not twist or deform, thicker or w-shape extension
    Speed loading with thin nylon(?) moon clips, inexpensive, maybe disposable
    Barrel and finish options

  11. Ok, while tweaking;
    XS sights or Sheriff style
    Reshape hammer – more graceful Bisley like
    Ensure frame will not twist or deform, thicker or w-shape extension
    Speed loading with thin nylon(?) moon clips, inexpensive, maybe disposable
    Barrel and finish options

  12. Thanks for all your information and I look forward in making a purchase as soon as it hits the market,

  13. I still haven’t sent my wasp in for its broken spur yet and I’m waiting on this. Make it in 2″ and 4″ for under that $500 and I will buy two of them this year.

  14. Thanks for the up-date. As of now, it is illegal to purchase NAA firearms with “swing-out” cylinders in California. Presumably this is because you did not submit them for California DOJ testing. Please submit the Ranger II for this testing so that we can purchase them in California. It will be a big market for you.

  15. Thanks for the up-date Sandy. As of this date, I cannot purchase one of your revolvers in California which have “swing-out” cylinders. Presumably this is because they were not presented to the California DOJ for testing and approval. I know that this is irritating for you, but just think how frustrating it is for California residents! If you would kindly go the extra mile for us, you would open up a large market here for NAA. As of now, I carry one of your magnum revolvers with the removable cylinder. I also carry a Beretta model 21A as a back-up. This would not be necessary if I could reload my revolver faster.

    For any of your detractors, in the 70’s, I was at the scene of numerous homicides in South Central Los Angeles where the weapon used was a “Saturday night special” in .22 or .25 caliber. If a knuckle-head gangster can be effective with a small caliber weapon…imagine what a trained professional could do if needed, with a Ranger II. BTW if things got super nasty, my NAA magnum revolver would give me the opportunity to fight my way to the gun locker in the trunk of my car. Thanks for your time.

  16. I am still wanting to know if there is a waiting list for those wanting to buy when it’s available. Thanks Rob

  17. Calm down and breathe through your nose…. that is what I tell my boys on the rig. We are confident that you will get this done right, regardless the time. Looking forward to another great gun!

  18. From the photos it appears that the latch hook and hammer spur will be close to one another. Will there be a problem for those of us with large hands inadvertently opening the latch while trying to cock the hammer in a stress situation?

    My compliments to all of you at NAA for what looks like a fine new product.

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