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Over the years I've owned derringers in various styles and calibers. I think I've always had one. Many are cheaply made and inaccurate. Last year I bought a Cobra .22 magnum derringer. It is, beyond any doubt, the nicest shooting and most accurate derringer I've ever owned. Bar none!

I've owned .38 caliber derringers, and found them to have very sharp and painful recoil. I finally had to buy a pair of padded gloves to shoot it. It wasn't much fun.

I like derringers and enjoy shooting them, but I would NEVER recommend them as a primary self defense arm. Backup and recreational shooting, you betcha. Because of their very short barrels, you won't get much accuracy beyond 10 feet or so, but that's what they are designed for, up close and personal.
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