Heizer Defense is developing a single shot pistol they call the HD1 Pocket Shotgun. Â The pistol is chambered to fire both 45 Colt and .410 bore shotgun shells like the Taurus Judge. Â Unlike the Judge, the HD1 is smaller, flatter and fires…well…only one shot.
From a tactical standpoint, I would never recommend anyone rely on a single shot firearm for self defense. Â I don’t care what caliber it is, or even if it uses mercury-filled, exploding-tip kryptonite rounds. Â Relying on a one shot stop is poor tactical doctrine. Â But, does that mean this handgun doesn’t have a place in someone’s self defense arsenal?
I could possibly see carrying this as a third pistol. Â As a backup, I’d prefer a five-shot Smith & Wesson J-frame as a minimum. Â This would make a decent contact weapon since there is no slide that could be pushed out of battery. Â But then, my J-frame covers that specific shot pretty well too.
I am amused by the fact they are calling it a “pocket shotgun.” Â If I understand the legal ramifications of the production of these types of firearms, the barrel has to be rifled to avoid being labeled a shotgun and the 18″ barrel requirement. Â While I understand the marketing angle, technically it cannot be a shotgun unless the company goes all NFA with it. Â According to the Heizer Defense Facebook page, they are currently testing rifling with a 1:10 LH twist with six grooves.
The pistol will be available in both a stainless steel frame and in a titanium frame. Â The butt of the gun opens, allowing for the storage of two .45 Colt cartridges. Â The pistols should be available this spring. The new guns should be at the SHOT Show.
Heizer Defense is also showing another pistol called the HD2. Â The HD2 appears to be the same pistol they were developing with DoubleTap Defense. Â It is chambered in either 9mm or .45 ACP. Â The barrels swap out, allowing the shooter to change caliber as his or her taste dictates.
Even though the HD2 appears to offer twice the ammo capacity of the HD1, I still would not feel comfortable carrying it as a primary or backup weapon. Â Your mileage, of course, may vary.
What are your thoughts? Â Is a single, or even double, shot 45 Colt/410 handgun a viable self defense option for you? Â Under what circumstances?