SHOT 2013: Heizer HD1, .410 pocket shotgun

By CTD Allen published on in News

Okay, this one is interesting-a single shot derringer. Still with me? A single shot derringer in .410 shotgun. If that does not get the job done then you have two more chances with .45 Colt stored in the handle. Sound familiar in some way? Yes it does. Remember the Double Tap? and for those who really like firearms history, the Liberator, this will sound vaguely familiar.

Heizer HD1 Pocket .410

Heizer HD1 Pocket .410

Double Tap and Heizer are still not playing nice in the sandbox and they each brought their own concept to SHOT this year. The Heizer HD1 is, as described, a one and done .410 shotgun derringer type firearm with two extra .45 Colt cartridges stored in the handle. Double Tap brings its showing from last year.

This pocket pistol showdown does not have me hooked yet. In this type of pistol I want small, very small. If for some reason I am going to carry a last-ditch firearm, then the only advantage is that it is better than nothing and I am probably carrying it because all my other concealed carry options are void. Nothing comes small in .410 just because it is a long shell. Furthermore, when half-seconds count reloading is not an option, what happened is already over.

With all that said, I love innovation-people and companies stretching the boundaries and looking for that new and better idea. I am not sure this is it yet but keep pushing the envelope and never forget the best gun ever made is the one you have with you when you need it.

Price is to be determined, but even in this market it will need to be palatable as this is a true last-ditch weapon and the price should reflect that application.

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Comments (12)

  • Duray


    One thing folks seem to have missed is that this would make a great little kit gun to tuck in your gear. You’re strolling along and see a grouse scurrying away through the brush, etc.


  • Bill from Boomhower, Texas


    Well, when a gun gets real lazy and fat……………..


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