A picture tour of the Bond Arms plant deep in the heart of Texas (PHOTOS)
By Eve Flanigan
Deep in the heart of Texas lies a quintessentially Texan company—Bond Arms. A gaggle of gun writers had a rare chance to see the inner workings of Bond Arms last fall during the Blue August writers’ conference.
In the plant, high-tech robotics, lasers, and humans all work to produce the nation’s best-known derringers and now, a bullpup-frame semi-auto pistol. The place is full of finished products that are works of art, as well as many instances of accidental art, created by the patterns and processes of the work.
Original working prototype of the very first Bond derringer-later named the Cowboy Defender. (Photo: Eve Flanigan)
Some celebrities have Bond derringers customized just for them. This one belongs to rocker Alice Cooper. (Photo: Eve Flanigan)
A nice profile view of Alice Cooper’s derringer (Photo: Eve Flanigan)
Barrels, barrels, and more barrels. The Bond barrel assembly can change the caliber, and different barrel lengths lend themselves to different purposes, so many owners opt for multiples. (Photo: Eve Flanigan)
Every metal piece must be polished. Frames and levers await further assembly. (Photo: Eve Flanigan)
Some of the production process has been mechanized, but some aspects require the human touch. Here, Mark Petry installs safeties. (Photo: Eve Flanigan)
A block of 7075 aluminum