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Old 10-11-2012, 04:18 PM   #61
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you want impressive try the hornady 45 grain 22mag hp hot and heavy hitting might be hard to find i went to my local gun shop and asked for it the clerk looked at me like i had 2 heads. drove a few extra miles and found the stuff on the rack bought all 10 boxes
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The aquila LR shells likely are equal to most 22 wmr rounds, since the 22 wmr is loaded with rifle powder. The CCI short barrel 22 wmr wasn't impressive in my heritage with a 6.5" barrel.
Was it an accuracy issue ? All 22s can be finicky...but at 6" of barrel length a 22 Mag has the same velocity as 22 LR - rifle. You'll still get a fireball though.
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Seriously, though, my daily carry is a S&W 442 with +P hollowpoints. Good pistol, just needs a proper trigger job. The Cobra 38 is for taking out the trash, or something close to hand in the truck, backup to the backup.
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Seriously, though, my daily carry is a S&W 442 with +P hollowpoints. Good pistol, just needs a proper trigger job. The Cobra 38 is for taking out the trash, or something close to hand in the truck, backup to the backup.
Carried the 442 with CT grips for awhile - great gun, found the trigger extreamly good-
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S&W 442 is a good gun but I have never liked the idea of DAO. I have a model 60 and I have never had a problem drawing or dry firing in my pocket. The "snag problem" IMHO is blown way out of proportion.

I have found the DAO triggers on SW to be rough & probably designed that way to keep lawyers unemployed.

Talented gunsmiths are getting harder to find and shipping a pistol is $65 each way (overnight) !!! I just love the option of going single action haven't heard a good enough rationalization to exclude it.
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:39 PM   #66
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Since the OP ask about derringers... Here's my personal experience not what I've heard at a LGS or about a friend of a friend...

I purchased an American Derringer Model 1 in .45LC/.410 with 3 inch barrels in 1990. It's been a fun gun that fills a unique place in my small collection.

I've got Detective Specials, a couple of J Frames, and a Walther - not going to get into on ammo capacity or what is a better SD firearm. Just the derringer!

Mine has been on numerous trips with me in the woods. Loaded with field shot at close range, it makes short work of snakes. It is also a fairly close range gun as far as accuracy and within its limitations is effective.

With .45 LC out to about 10 yards its accurate enough to do the job. The .45 LC with Smokeless Powder is a handful. I have .45 LCs loaded with black powder that are very pleasant to shoot and are more fun than the 4th of July on the range. Want to start a conversation on a range - touch off one of those. The flame, smoke, and deep throated boom will bring smiles up and down the line.

The .000 Buck in .2.5 inch shells is a comfortable round in this gun. Out to about 7 yards it too is effective.

I've been very pleased with my American Derringer - and yes those are pre-ban elephant ivory grips on it.


I've never fired a Bond Arms - they have a great rep with the SASS shooters. One thing about the Bond that is an outstanding feature is the ability to buy additional caliber barrels and interchange them.
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The cobra derringers are excellent weapons for the price and their intended purpose


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The cobra derringers are excellent weapons for the price and their intended purpose


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Agreed.
And you can buy the barrel assembly in various calibers, so just buying one centerfire and one rimfire opens up a TON of different sizes for very little investment.

I have the .22, and like it - although the back of the trigger guard tends to bump my second finger enough to make me doubt I want anything with very much recoil at all -
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Never had a chance to shoot the new titanium flatsided derringer, but I'd consider it first for the way it drops in your pocket AND carries 2+2 of 45 ACP.
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