North American Arms Sidewinder with Conversion – .22 Mag / .22LR Mini-Revolver – NAA-SWC
You’re likely familiar with North American Arms, the makers of the near-legendary tiny stainless steel single-action .22 caliber revolvers. Thousands ride in cops’ pockets as back-up guns, in hunters’ coats as snake guns, some are used for concealed carry and some are even handy for plinking and targeting. In the past, it’s been necessary to actually take the cylinder out of the frame of the little revolvers to load or unload them. You remove the cylinder base pin, drop the cylinder into your hand, use the base pin to knock out empties, reload then basically “reassemble” your gun. That’s fine if you only need four or five shots!
Hot off the presses at North American Arms is their newest design, the Sidewinder. By simply pulling the ejector rod forward a tiny bit, the cylinder actually swings out, just like a “real” double-action revolver. While the Sidewinder is still single action, the new model also has a genuine ejector rod and ejector star, which will push the empties out all at once, at least far enough you can pluck ’em with a fingernail. It’s definitely easier to load/unload than the other designs.