ShootingTheBull410 Tests the NAA Black Widow

ShootingTheBull410’s been testing defensive ammo from pocket pistols, and they don’t come any more pocket-able than the mini-revolvers from North American Arms. In this video, he tests an NAA Black Widow revolver in .22 Magnum by using Scorpion hollowpoint ammunition (generously supplied by Scorpion? Well, to be honest, they were totally sold out of the personal protection ammo made specifically for these little pistols (Critical Defense and Gold Dots) so Scorpion it was. The way .22 ammo is these days, you can’t beat “in stock.”


  1. avatar nate says:

    Just buy fmj xD

  2. avatar nate says:

    Or ditch the 22 mag all together and go glock 19

    1. avatar Roll says:

      There’s the answer we’re looking for.

      1. If only they made a Glock 19 belt buckle holster…

        (and yes, I know that the great big Black Widow I tested in this video would never fit on that belt buckle…)

  3. avatar Chad says:

    I have a 1 5/8″ NAA mini in 22mag with a holster grip and it goes everywhere with me. CCI maximag tmj’s are my round of choice for them as penetration is the key with small bullets. I don’t know about one shot stops, but I sure wouldn’t want to get shot with one.

  4. avatar LJM says:

    .22 LR puts down a 1200 lb steer Everytime

    1. avatar Closet Gun Nut says:

      Good point.

    2. avatar dwb says:

      In tightly controlled agricultural situations. I want to see you put down the steer with .22LR when it’s charging at you high on cocaine, meth, or some other chemical cocktail.

      1. avatar surlycmd says:

        I think I would like to see a 1200 lb steer high on cocaine and a few rodeo clowns. That would be some quality entertainment.

      2. avatar LJM says:

        I’m not saying it’s MY choice of defensive firearm, but at arms length distance it not in feasible to make a headshot with a NAA mini and in such instance a well placed .22 WMR will get it done and is a lot better than nothing.

        1. avatar dwb says:

          At arms length I think I would rather have a .410 derringer loaded with #4 buckshot.

  5. avatar dwb says:

    I saw that gun for the first time this week. You have to see that gun in person to appreciate how small it is. Conceal it right in the palm of your hand, like a magic trick. Carry two or three, in your swimsuit. I am frankly skeptical it’ll stop anything bigger than a raccoon, so I look forward to these tests.

  6. avatar surlycmd says:

    I own a NAA Black Widow and it is great fun to shoot. I keep it in my pocket when I am in and around my house. Loaded with Winchester PDX .22 magnums, it will get me to something larger if necessary.

  7. avatar Ralph says:

    It seems that this little revolver would be a so-so primary but a decent backup plan.

  8. avatar LC Judas says:

    When you get this small I consider the .45ACP ballistic knife over a lot of .22 offerings. Though I’m sure this all works.

  9. avatar Bill says:

    problem is, if they’d expanded, its likely they wouldn’t have penetrated as deep, so pick your poison, for me, I’ll take penetration when using these little calibers.

  10. avatar Ronaldo Ignacio says:


  11. avatar jwm says:

    18 inches of penetration. Line em up right and you can get 2 tweakers with one bullet. That’s economy.

    1. avatar S.CROCK says:

      haha price gouging is getting to all of us.

  12. avatar Gunr says:

    I have an NAA mini revolver in 22 mag, and wouldn’t give it up for anything. Great little gun.

  13. avatar Zebulon Pike says:

    Hey, Shooting the Bull–
    I really like your articles and videos. What is the industry protocol on multiple shots into the same block of gel? I’ve noticed you will often put 5-7 shots into the same block, I presume to save time and money. But do you think that, say, the first 3 shots “soften up” the gel and make subsequent shots perform differently than they would in unshot gel? I noticed later shots in this video went way further than the first 2, for example. Or perhaps in other situations with larger calibers maybe the gel gets damaged and subsequent shots are disturbed.

    I’m not complaining by any means. I’m legitimately curious about the science of this.

    1. avatar RandallOfLegend says:

      If there was an issue with the shot placement you wouldn’t have such consistent penetration results on the multiple tests.

      1. avatar Zebulon Pike says:

        My question is not about shot placement per se, but if shooting a block of gel degrades it. When the FBI (or some other testing body) is going to do 100 shots to test penetration, do they use 100 blocks of gel? 50? 10? At what point, if any, is the block considered sufficiently degraded and no longer an accurate test?

  14. avatar OldPete says:

    Didn’t anybody else notice that a large number of the bullets were backwards in the gel? Looks like there is some tumbling going on.

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