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North American Arms Ranger II
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orth American Arms (NAA)
of Provo, Utah, has been
manufacturing its signature
single-action, rimfire Mini revolvers
since the mid-1970s. The standard
version of this five-shot, pocketsize, stainless steel wheelgun is
loaded by pulling the cylinder pin
and removing the cylinder completely from the frame. In 2011, the
company broke with tradition when
it introduced the Ranger Mini.
The Ranger was an exceptionally
small break-top .22 WMR-chambered
single-action which bore a striking
resemblance to the Smith & Wesson
Model No. 3 Schofield. It exhibited
Swiss-watch-like precision in its
manufacturing, with fine craftsmanship
and attention to detail. Although this
revolver was greeted with enthusiasm
by media members and NAA customers
alike, it ultimately proved to be too
expensive to produce at prices the market would support. It was discontinued
with less than 500 units completed.
Not long after the Ranger project was
cancelled, work began on the Ranger II.

While it would offer the same operational benefits of the first Ranger, the
simplified new version sacrificed some
of the original's aesthetics in order to
reduce production costs. Prototypes of
the Ranger II were on display at trade
shows as early as October 2015, but
the revolver did not start shipping
out to distributors until the beginning of 2018.
The Ranger II is a single-action
revolver with an exposed hammer that
must be manually cocked for each
shot. The hammer spur, the release
lever and the trigger stud feature
fine-line texturing to make them easier
to operate. Unlike other Minis, which
have satin-polished flats and beadblasted rounds, every surface of the
Ranger II has been given a satin finish.
The rib along the top of the barrel
dovetails into the hinged topstrap.
This hinged portion at the top of the
frame holds the cylinder assembly
in place and can be pressed up to
release the cylinder for cleaning. The
standard front sight blade has been
replaced with a polished steel bead
that is paired with a notch milled into
the top of the release lever to form
the rear sight.
The hammer can be manually
set in a forward, partially cocked
or fully cocked position, which
is important to know for proper

As the barrel swings down, an extractor
star presses spent cartridge cases about a
third of the way out of their chambers to
assist in the reloading process.

operation of the revolver. With
the hammer partially cocked, the
hooked release lever is pulled back
to allow the barrel and cylinder
assembly to swing up from the
frame. As the barrel swings down, an
extractor star presses spent cartridge cases about a third of the way
out of the chambers. Each case is
manually removed from the cylinder
before loading fresh cartridges. The
barrel assembly is then pressed back
down into the lower frame until
the release lever is re-engaged. The
action will not open if the hammer
is in the forward position, nor will it
close if the hammer is fully cocked.

In order to break open the Ranger II's action, partially cock the hammer and then pull
back on the hooked release lever. The action will not open if the hammer is in the forward position, nor will it close if the hammer is fully cocked.

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