Skip to comments.American Derringer Pistol
Posted on 11/02/2018 5:09:09 AM PDT by w1n1
Small hideout guns tend to be small caliber and that means ineffectual stoppers.
The current crop of ultra-light polymer-framed .32s and .380s with double action only trigger mechanisms are also very hard to hit anything with. There is a more effective alternative available.
American Derringer has beefed up the traditional Remington Double Derringer to .45 Colt caliber and it also will chamber the 2½-inch .410 shotgun shells. The .45 Colt is a one-shot stopper with a hit to the vitals, and you have two shots.
It is a close range weapon, but then most gunfights are also close range and an attacker coming at you will shorten the range for you. At these ranges, stopping power is everything and that mandates a .45.
This one is small enough to slip unnoticed into a pocket and yet has a big enough grip that with a tight hold on it you wont be bothered by the recoil. It is the perfect close range backup weapon to a .45 automatic or revolver.
How effective is it? Lets look at three examples.
-In Wyoming a hunter left his rifle in camp as he went a short ways into the woods to relieve himself. A moose stepped out of the brush right in front of him and he shot it dead with his .45 Double Derringer. A grizzly was nearby and tried to claim the carcass by attacking him, but once again the little .45 Double Derringer came to the rescue, killing the bear at a distance of a few feet. Read the rest of this Derringer pistol.
Never saw the appeal, but Bond Arms seems to have made quite a niche for themselves.
Now. That is a story. And that is what you call great customer service.
A guy went to take a leak and was jumped by a moose and a grizzly and took them both out? I would almost think that I would have seen that in every outdoor mag and forum since whenever.
I doubt I could fire one accurately. The hand-size-to-gun-size ratio would take a lot of getting used to.
It’s ‘Am Shooting Journal’. They have special knowledge of these things.
I mean, a moose...then a grizz?
And I was not aware that the Army allowed personal-owned firearms to be carried into theater by individual soldiers, particularly in ones shirt pocket.
Be that as it may, the two-shot derringer is a good final backup piece.
If I were going to recommend one, it would be the Bond Arms with the 2-inch barreled .45 ACP.
Built like a damned bank vault and locks up as tight as one.
Heavy as hell, though.
I machined the front sight off of mine (Gordon, what were you thinking?) and put the small wooden grips on it.
It's a belly gun...just stick it in their belly and pull the trigger.
Now if you want to hunt moose or grizz, though, best to go with the American Derringer.
They have their place I suppose. I do own the Leinad Cobray DD, wasnt happy for a variety of reasons. Despite that, I still want the 22/410 version mostly as a curiosity in my collection.
Mee too. Im thinking of going on a cape buffalo hunt with my NAA mini, wanna come along? Should be a hoot.
As the hunter stood over the dead moose and bear, a velociraptor stepped out of the bushes...
Prolly some cold war double naught spy survival situation most of us still cant be briefed on.
Too many better pocket options. This is a novelty weapon.
“And I was not aware that the Army allowed personal-owned firearms to be carried into theater by individual soldiers, particularly in ones shirt pocket.”
In today’s PC Army, I bet you are correct. However in Vietnam my unit authorized personal weapons, of which the M1 Carbine was popular. They could be purchased on the black market for about $50. In browsing photos of the era, I have actually run across Radio Research people (my type of unit) that were sporting such rifles in the photo.
You would need 6 years at Oxford to understand it anyway.
Those naughts, gazintas, and ciphering would be tough to comprehend otherwise.
Being out of ammo, he threw the heavy derringer at the velociraptor, hitting it in the head, for a triple kill.
Get a custom made belt buckle like Paladin had in Have Gun Will Travel.
Uh oh...velociraptor appears, and he is standing there with a foot on the dead grizz, shirt off, rippling muscles of his torso glistening in sweat, and BOTH BARRELS HAVE SPENT CARTIDGES. You won’t believe what happens next!
Along those lines-
I bought a used Dillon ‘Square Deal b’
It needed a couple of small parts, it was quite used.
The owner of Dillon said ship it back - at their cost and they would repair it.
The completely rebuilt it. No charge.
Handwritten note from Mr. Dillion stating that anything with his name on it was not going to be sitting out there in less than excellent condition.
Now *THAT* is service.
Forget .338 Win Mag. Apparently .45 Colt out of a 3 barrel is what you need for dangerous North American game.
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