Originally Posted by danf_fl
Do you have experience with derringer's?
IMO, there are better firearms for close quarters self defense (and not all self defense situations occur within 7 feet).
If you can find a range that would allow you to rent a derringer, try it.
I would rather have a .380 I can control than the limitations of 2 shots from a firearm that wants to hurt my hand.
Yup. Kinda agree.
Derringers are kinda cool - from an old west gambling table sort of way. But they do have a hefty recoil and there are only two shots - and that is not a lot in "situation".
Hope your aim is exquisite in that situation - because you may not be just sitting in a seat across the table from the scoundrel in another seat who just called you a lyin' cheat. Your target may be moving - two shots - better be very close...
But I agree - I've always had a fascination with them. Just never owned one - except for a cap gun version when I was eleven.
And as with the second poster - I have a number of small carries - 38, 9mm - even bigger (1911) and I have come to the point of always reaching for and carrying the LCP 380. It is so concealable....