American Arms Guardian .380
North American Arms is
proud to introduce another in a series of eagerly-awaited
semi automatic pistols designed by NAA for the personal
protection market. The Guardian .380 is a new model built
largely on the design of NAA's popular .32 ACP introduced
over two years ago. The Guardian .380 is similarly a 6+1
shot double-action-only pocket pistol built of 17-4 pH
"This was a natural
progression for us" said Sandy Chisholm, president of
North American Arms. "We found that, in both the law
enforcement and civilian markets, there exists a sense, or
departmental policy, that .380 Auto is the minimal
acceptable caliber for personal protection. While I might
debate the merits of such a proposal, I can't debate the
difference in the size of the markets (.380 Auto being far
larger than .32 ACP). It's long past time we made an
NAA-grade product available to the bigger market."
Different from the introduction of the original Guardian is
NAA's experience in the science of designing and
manufacturing reliable small pistols. "We've spent the past
several years gaining experience that will help insure a
successful introduction of the Guardian .380. Equally
important", Chisholm added, "is the partnership we've built
with the team at Kahr Arms. It's their engineers who have
redesigned this gun, and they will continue to provide us
machined frame/slide sets on a production basis, as they do
presently with the .32s" Chisholm explained. "We're pleased
to have an association with a fine company such as Kahr
Arms. They have a talented staff and produce parts and
products of the highest quality".
Chisholm is hesitant to make delivery predictions but
expects production to begin in January '01 with the first
pieces reaching the market the following month. Similar to
the .32 ACP, Chisholm expects a strong demand for the
Guardian .380 will result in limited availability for the
pistol well into the year.
"This is, simply, the best gun we build and the best of
its type available. There are people who will want this gun
simply to complete their NAA collection. After favorable
reports surface which describe the actual field performance
of this firearm, we expect our reputation for 30 years of
building products that are 'convenient, reliable, effective'
will be further burnished."
Caliber: .380 Auto
Magazine Capacity: 6+1
Material: 17-4 pH stainless steel
Barrel Length: 2.49"
Overall Length: 4.75"
Weight: 18.72 oz. unloaded
Trigger Pull: 10.0 LBS.
Operation: Double Action Only
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