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Old 01-07-2012, 10:32 AM   #1
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I've read many posts on many sites about what some people use as carrying guns for CCW. It seems that nobody wants a simple to use Derringer nowadays for ease of concealment or stopping power that is offered in Today's Derringer of 22mag, 38spl, 45LC and a few other calibers. True, they may only offer 2 shots, and are quite the handful in anything above 32 caliber, but a semiauto 9mm is quite the handful when built on a small framework, and as with any gun, you gain confidence and proficency with practicing, where it shouldn't take 10 shots to prove you can kill a bad guy that is there to harm you and only standing 10 foot in front of you. I like my little Bersa 380, but I've found that my little Cobra 38Special is so much easier to operate, hide(especially in summer with light clothing, and get to quicker. Anybody else carry a Derringer as their Everyday type defense?
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:03 AM   #2
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What if there is more then one attacker? I would rather be over armed then under armed any day. I like my micro 9 a lot. Not to snappy

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I've read many posts on many sites about what some people use as carrying guns for CCW. It seems that nobody wants a simple to use Derringer nowadays for ease of concealment or stopping power that is offered in Today's Derringer of 22mag, 38spl, 45LC and a few other calibers. True, they may only offer 2 shots, and are quite the handful in anything above 32 caliber, but a semiauto 9mm is quite the handful when built on a small framework, and as with any gun, you gain confidence and proficency with practicing, where it shouldn't take 10 shots to prove you can kill a bad guy that is there to harm you and only standing 10 foot in front of you. I like my little Bersa 380, but I've found that my little Cobra 38Special is so much easier to operate, hide(especially in summer with light clothing, and get to quicker. Anybody else carry a Derringer as their Everyday type defense?
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It all boils down to YOU.

I've carried Derringers, Revolvers, Auto-loaders, and multiple combinations of these. While I currently carry a Kimber TLE II, I still have a SIG P238 comfortably tucked away for back-up. You may want to look at the SIG P238. It's a very well made, reliable, and deadly accurate 380, as 380's go. But like I said... it all boils down to what YOU like.
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Personally I wouldn't carry a derringer. Two shots is just not enough to give me a warm fuzzy. But I know people that do. It's whatever your comfortable with.

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No way I would carry derringer. Why carry something that is so small and inaccurate? Not to mention only getting two shots. What happens if there are more than one person? Or if you hit the bad guy with both shots and he keeps coming? I don't carry anything with less than 5 shots (lcr 357), but you'll almost always find me carrying something that holds at least 7 rounds, plus have at least one reload on me. I've never heard of anyone losing a fight because they had too many rounds. I make sure the clothing I wear allows me to carry some form of real gun at all times.

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I think of derringers as a 'throw back' from the days when it was common for people to carry openly, but a few preferred that no one know they were carrying. In that day, it seems the derringer was the common 'mouse gun'. Now, we have a lot more options with higher round capacity.

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I carry one as a sconed or third gun. Depends on what im doing. Plus they are small enough i can palm it and have it ready with no one being the wiser.
The fastest reload is a seconed gun.

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I think them as a novelty item. They are hard to shoot well, only have two shots, and they really don't have much of a size advantage these days. There are so many better options out there. I can't see choosing one over something like a Ruger LCP or the like.

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Don't take this the wrong way but I know a lady that has a Derringer on her person at all times, for those up close and personal times. She usually has something else with her but the Derringer is always there. A buddy also carries one in his pocket, I think it's a 22 mag. and he loves it. Some feel that this is all that they need to protect themselves some don't. I carry a Beretta Bobcat as a BUG most everywhere.

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In 41 years I have never had to pull a gun on anyone, the chances are that I most likely won't ever have to. I make sure to pay attention to my surroundings. That said... A derringer is perfect. self defense is up close and personal at knife point distance, It is not unloading a high capacity mag at 50 ft, if you do that I am almost positive that you will be spending the next 10-15 with a new roommate. One shot from a derringer, at point blank will take the fight out of almost anyone and at that distance I will not miss center mass!

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