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Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by firearmking, May 4, 2007.
What does everyone here think about Derringer guns?
I've never fired or even handled one, but I think it would be a neat novelty to have.
Never used one before. Would like to try one out!
I have a .22 Mag derringer (North American Arms). It's kinda fun to shoot but I'd be lucky to hit anything more than 4 or 5 feet away with it.
It is REALLY fun to shoot at night with though, as it spits out about an 8 or 10 foot wall of fire! I'd probably burn someone with it before I could actually shoot them with it.
More of a novelty gun, really.
I did a transfer on a F.M.J MOD-D .45 the other day. The guy bought it off an auction site. He said his brother had one and it was a BLAST to shoot. The guy said his hand would get sore after about three shots. It’s just a fun gun, not a good self defense choice. His was a single shot model.
I wouldn't carry one unless it was my only choice.
I don't like 'em. Had one once, in .38 spl. Two rounds is too little, in light of the fact that some great compact autos are available. 40 S&W ought to be viewed as the minimum cartridge, in relation to stopping power. Thumb cocking in a defense pistol is also the pits.
Ron L here = Seresurplus
I've owned a few True Derringer designs, I've had one in 38 SPCL, as well as 22LR and 22 magnum, It was a companion to the Boot Knife I carried when I was Oversea's! I saw it as a True Last Ditch, but other than Crappy sites, a Bad Trigger and Iffy Safty, it wasn't all that bad?? LOL Use one if you need to and the caliber matters not near as much as shot Placement and being close enough to hit the someone or thing your shooting at!
Remember the High Standard .22 Magnum derringer?
One of my all time favorite back ups. Fits in a pocket, very limited recoil and credible ballistics from a small bullet.
Negatives - muzzle flash is blinding and very LOUD. But for up close and personal, it's really hard to beat!
Any handgun that will go bang at least once might be better than any other gun left at home.
I have a High Standard Mfg. two shot .22 Mag derringer that is fun to shoot but would never consider using it for self defense.
Derringers are only good as a very close last resort at in defense situation as they are designed to be in the first place. This means after you have been otherwise disarmed and am still in situation of being victim of further agression. My favorite name for small hidaway weapons like this is a "jesus" gun. I call em jesus guns because by the time I have to resort to this gun-SOMEBODY'S gunna meet jesus!
I have an American Derringer .45LC/.410. Had it for 16-17 years now and it has its place. Not a tack driver, and any accurate distance is real close, but then that is what they were designed for. I spend a lot of time in the woods and the .410 with #6 shot works pretty well on snakes and such.
The best defense load I have found is one that American Derringer sells for those guns and is a 2.5 inch .410, with 000 Buck; thats 3, .357 pellets. At 5 yards you get about a 5-6 inch pattern.
Given an option I would rather have a .38 snubby, but like I said it has its place.
Over the years I've owned derringers. In S. Calif., I carried a High Standard .22 mag derringer as a back-up gun. A few years ago, I traded it for a .38spl Remington type derringer. Bigger bullet, etc., but very inacurate and it hurt my hand to shoot it. I bought a pair of bicycle gloves with padded palms, which helped a lot. I got tired of that, and just recently traded it.
I found a Remington style Cobra .22 magnum a couple months ago at a reasonable price and bought it. I hafta say, this little jewel is a delight to shoot. It is the most accurate derringer I've ever shot, good to about 20+ feet, and very manageable recoil. It is quite small and altho I never use a derringer as a SD gun, I do slip it in my pocket from time-to-time as a back-up.
Fun to shoot. Handy to carry. Cowboy fantasy. Why not?
My dad has a blued with White grips 22lr 2 shot (DS 22). It was a hoot but you would be better off throwing cotton balls at someone if they are not standing right next to you.
Derringers are belly guns. Stuff it deep in there belly and shoot twice.
Fun to shoot for sure. Just got back from the range after shooting my .22 Mag Derringer and breaking in my new Kel-Tec P3AT. I had more fun with the Derringer and was surprised to find that I did better with it at 21' than I did with the .380 Kel-Tec. (haven't fired the .22 Mag in several years) To be fair I have to mention that after about 20 rounds of .380 the P3AT started to hit much better and I managed to get 4 in the center ring. Got six in the center ring with the .22 Mag Derringer with less than half as many rounds spent. Lots of fun.
you could do much better than the remington style derringer. there are a lot of cheap ones on the market. a friend had a Davis 38spl that was a piece of junk and almost as big and heavy as my taurus 85UL. not even in the same league. I guess that they are better than nothing.
I've always thought they were really cool, but was never interested enough to purchase one. The only use I could see for myself at least would be a last ditch "Get outta Dodge" back up gun. They make decent pocket guns that are small enough to tote in your pocket these days which makes me wonder how much advantage a derringer would be. Just my two cents!
I just sold a DA38 in 9mm, I had it for a couple of mounths fired 40 to 50 rds. through it. I would be ok if someone had you down and you put it against his eyeball and pulled the trigger. Not much for being accurate, I'll take my Ruger LCP and the 6 shots. John
I've been a derringer guy since I was in the Navy, mid-late 60's. I've owned a variety over the years, including 3 High Standard .22 mags, probably the best ever made. I've also owned a .38 spl. Remington-style derringer. That bad-boy actually hurt my hand to shoot, requiring me to wear padded bicycle gloves. It was not fun to shoot and was very inaccurate, as most 2 shooters are. I've never had the chance to shoot some of those big Texas .45 caliber guns. If the .38 hurts to shoot, I can't imagine what a .45 would feel like.
I no longer have the .38. They have become trading stock, except one which was stolen in a burglary. I don't really know why I like them so much. It's kind of like eating potato chips. Once you start, it's hard to stop.
My current is a "Cobra" .22 magnum, Remington-style. Of all the derringers I've owned over the decades, this one is far and away, the most accurate and fun to shoot. I'll probably keep this one. I do not carry derringers for primary self defense, and would not recommend anyone do so. When I do carry it, it is as a back-up, or when the wife and I are out walking / bicycling about the (gated) community we live in. It's so tiny, it fits in a shirt pocket, and I can carry 6 reloads in one of those little rubber coin purses. Pretty cool.
I load it with CCI Maxi-Mag +V, 30 gr. HP ammo. I also have a few rounds of bird shot (#12 shot) rounds for putting injured birds 'n such out of their misery. They are supposedly good snake repellent too, but we have no Rattlers or other poisonous snakes in our neck of the woods, so I haven't had that opportunity.....yet.
Way back I had a High Standard 22 mag. I sold it and wish now I had kept it.Right after selling it Florida started issuing CCW's.I had a wallet holster for it.Basically all they are is a belly gun,it could be handy where carrying a larger gun could be a problem.No it wouldn't be a go to carry gun but could be allot more useful then not having anything on at all.