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Old 11-20-2014, 03:29 PM
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How many of you guys/gals seen a little odd ball derringer like this? Just inherited one from my brother-in-law that recently passed.Didn't know he had it,never saw one before. Took it out side by the shed,let my brave son shoot it first.. Then I tried and the trigger just slipped. Took it apart,cleaned and oiled it and works fine now. Does have a little thump to it..


Found a video on it, checked some history on them along with some for sale which in my opinion most were asking way more than what this little thing is worth..
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Old 11-20-2014, 03:44 PM
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I've seen them in catalogs and the store too but haven't shot one. I always wondered what it would be like to shoot one. It looks like it would be hard to hold on to.
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Old 11-21-2014, 12:18 AM
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Really not that bad to hold. 2nd finger fits the groove under the trigger guard good,3rd finger wraps around at the base and the pinky finger dangles.Saw a video on one where one guy used his 2nd finger on the trigger,index finger rode against the length of the barrel. I think too much of my fingers than to try it that way in case something happened.. Wouldn't trust it past about 10 yards or so,just meant as a defensive weapon only. Like I said it does have good thump to it with the 38 ammo. Wouldn't want to shoot one in 9mm or especially in the 40S&W that they came in also. Think it would be way too much recoil for these old hands.I inherited this one and a double barrel SA 22 derringer. Guess I am getting old,had to agree with the old woman when she said "Just what you need more guns in the house"
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Never shot one before. Think I may be spoiled by a trigger guard, so keeping in a pants pocket would be a really bad idea for me. Think I'd rather lose a finger.

Biggest thing I hear about them is they aren't good for much of a distance. Duh. I figure they only had to be accurate enough to shoot across the card table in a saloon.
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Old 11-21-2014, 02:17 PM
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Yep,supposedly that's how they got their start,by card sharks and ladies of the evening you might say. As far as accuracy I'd wouldn't give something like this much more than a card table or two. Might be good as a back up pistol. As far as the little 22 derringer,it might be pretty accurate if you have it crammed in an attackers eyeball..
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It's a face gun. You pull it out and stick it in someone's face. It has arm length accuracy like my NAA mini revolver. The mini doesn't even have a rear sight. North American Arms NAA-22MC .22 MAG CONV
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Old 11-21-2014, 03:26 PM
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Like that mini revolver Jumbo. The little 22 derringer I got along with the DA38 is a Davis 22 like this one.Not quite as fancy or expensive as your 22 magnum.
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Nice. I think I would have a lot of fun with that .22. It looks a lot like the ones Remington made 140 years ago.
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Tiny one but looks nice, it is great gun of little old fashion but having and shooting it is a good experience.
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If you want to look royal and want to carry a gun with style. Then this is the gun for you.
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