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NORTH AMERICAN ARMS RANGER II

MANUFACTURER: NORTH A MERICAN A RMS (DEPT. AR), 2150 S. 950 EAST,
PROVO, UT 84606; (800) 821-5783; NORTHAMERICANARMS.COM
6.00"

The diminutive, stud-shaped trigger
exhibited a crisp single-action pull that
broke cleanly at 6 lbs., 8 ozs., of pressure. The gun is fitted with rounded,
smooth, laminated rosewood stock
panels. The Ranger II's grip frame is
identical to that of the company's
other .22 WMR-chambered Minis. This
means the revolver is fully compatible
with the company's existing selection of stock panels and the LaserLyte
NAA-VC laser sight grip. The frame
shape is compatible with most existing NAA holsters. Like other magnumchambered Minis, the Ranger II can
be ordered from the factory with a
second cylinder chambered for
.22 Long Rifle ammunition.
The Ranger II's safety system consists of a set of notches cut between
each of the cylinder chambers. The
hammer is pulled back just enough
to allow the cylinder to rotate until
one of the safety notches is under the
hatchet-shaped blade of the hammer.
The hammer is then slowly released
fully forward into the cylinder notch.
With the hammer in this safe position, any shock or pressure applied to
the hammer will travel harmlessly into
the steel of the cylinder, instead of
the primed rim of a loaded cartridge.
This makes the revolver safe to carry
with all chambers loaded.
At the range, the Ranger II
exhibited a level of operational
reliability on par with standard
NAA Minis. Its overall fit and finish was excellent, and the revolver
successfully chambered, fired and
extracted all of the .22 WMR ammunition tested. Shooting such a small
revolver from a bench rest is challenging but informative. Once the
owner has become familiar with the
ergonomics of the trigger stud and

. 2 2 MAG N UM

2.5"

NAA, PR OVO, UT

STOCKS: SMOOTH, LAMINATED

2.8"

ROSEWOOD

ACTION TYPE: TOP-BREAK,
SINGLE-ACTION

SIGHTS: FIXED; STEEL BEAD
FRONT, NOTCH REAR
RIFLING: EIGHT-GROOVE;
1:12" RH TWIST
WIDTH: 0.85"
WEIGHT: 6.9 OZS.
ACCESSORIES: OWNER'S MANUAL,

RIMFIRE REVOLVER

CHAMBERING: .22 WMR
CYLINDER CAPACITY: FIVE
FINISH: STAINLESS STEEL,
SATIN FINISH

TRIGGER: SINGLE-ACTION;
6-LB., 8-OZ. PULL

LOCKABLE BOX

MSRP: $479

SHOOTING RESULTS (7 YDS.)

VEL. @ MUZZLE
(F.P.S.)

ENERGY
(FT.-LBS.)

HORNADY
CRITICAL DEFENSE
45-GR. FTX

866 AVG.
39 SD

75

1.63

1.97

1.78

SPEER
49-GR. GDHP

913 AVG.
46 SD

91

1.59

1.79

1.69

WINCHESTER
PDX1 DEFENDER
40-GR. JHP

916 AVG.
55 SD

75

1.73

2.12

1.93

.22 WMR
CARTRIDGE

GROUP SIZE (INCHES)
LARGEST
AVERAGE
SMALLEST

1.80

AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD
N OTES: MEASURED

LAB RADAR
CHRONOGRAPH AT THE MUZZLE . A CCURACY RESULTS FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE , FIVE - SHOT
GROUPS AT 7 YDS . FROM A BENCH REST . T EMPERATURE : 54° F. H UMIDITY : 51%.
ABBREVIATIONS : FTX (FLEX TIP EXPANDING ), GDHP (G OLD DOT HOLLOW POINT ),
JHP ( JACKETED HOLLOW POINT), SD (STANDARD DEVIATION).
AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR

the one-and-a-half-finger grip frame,
bench testing confirmed that the
Ranger II is capable of placing solid
center-of-mass strikes on a target at
reasonable ranges.
The NAA Ranger II is a sleek,
precision-made miniature that harkens back to the all-but-forgotten
break-top design. It is more convenient to operate at the range than
standard Minis due to the fact that
it does not need to be disassembled

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SHOTS FIRED NEXT TO A

in order to place fresh cartridges
in the cylinder. Nevertheless, reloading this particular wheelgun is not a
high-speed, low-drag process due to the
small controls and the need to manually
remove each spent case. For those seeking an exceptionally compact, deepconcealment or backup handgun, the
Ranger II demonstrated the same levels
of craftsmanship and reliability as the
standard models North American Arms
has offered for decades.

The American Rifleman has used the phrase "Dope Bag" since at least 1921,
when Col. Townsend Whelen first titled his column with it. Even then, it had been
in use for years, referring to a sack used by target shooters to hold ammunition
and accessories on the firing line. "Sight dope" also was a traditional marksman's
term for sight-adjustment information, while judging wind speed and direction was
called "doping the wind."
WARNING: Technical data and information contained herein are intended to
provide information based on the limited experience of individuals under specific
conditions and circumstances. They do not detail the comprehensive training procedures, techniques and safety precautions absolutely necessary to properly carry
on similar activity. Read the notice and disclaimer on the contents page. Always
consult comprehensive reference manuals and bulletins for details of proper training requirements, procedures, techniques and safety precautions before attempting
any similar activity.
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