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Old 09-15-2013, 06:15 PM   #1
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Default Remington Elliot Derringer help needed

I have my father in laws firearms at my house while we sort out his health issues.

This is the 5 shot .22 Derringer. I have absolutely no idea how to open the firearm I suspect it is unloaded, but want to make sure before I put it away. The trigger ring(?) is forward, like it's cocked.

Any idea how much these are worth? I would call it fair condition, but there's no specific damage on it. IRC, last time we talked about it, he has fired it.

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Old 09-15-2013, 06:49 PM   #2
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Has been a LONG time since I fooled with one. Try this: with the gun pointed in a safe direction, swing ring trigger all the way forward- should release the barrel to break open.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ3KF93uFjY

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Thank you, I'll try it tomorrow!

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Elliot's 5 Shot Ring Trigger Derringer was produced between 1863 and 1888. Note: this pistol was chambered for the .22 Short Back powder cartridge and is not safe to use with modern ammunition.

Value for a specimen in fair condition would range from $600 to $950 depending on mechanical condition and remaining original finish.

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pushing the ring forward did not allow it to open.

Is there any current ammo that can be used in this firearm?

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Right in front of the ring you should see part of the hinge that swings the barrel open. You should be able to catch the pin with your thumbnail to pull it forward. Do not use a screwdriver or any tool to pry it open.

Honestly, I would leave the gun alone. Take it to a competent gunsmith to have it checked out and possibly verify it is in working order. Then I would sell it. I saw one on gunbroker that looked like it had been painted with rustoleum that went for $1800. Even if you get $600 for it that is more than you will get if you decide to play gunsmith.

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It's not going anywhere

Not sure where it came from, but it belongs to my FIL, and someday it will belong to my wife, and maybe after that our kids. I just don't like handling a firearm and not knowing if it's loaded or unloaded. Yes I know all firearms are always loaded....

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