Skip to comments.American Derringer Pistol
Posted on 09/04/2020 5:09:43 AM PDT by w1n1
Small hideout guns tend to be small caliber and that means ineffectual stoppers. The current crop of ultra-light polymer-framed .32s and .380s with double action only trigger mechanisms are also very hard to hit anything with. There is a more effective alternative available.
American Derringer has beefed up the traditional Remington Double Derringer to .45 Colt caliber and it also will chamber the 2½-inch .410 shotgun shells. The .45 Colt is a one-shot stopper with a hit to the vitals, and you have two shots. It is a close range weapon, but then most gunfights are also close range and an attacker coming at you will shorten the range for you.
At these ranges, stopping power is everything and that mandates a .45. This one is small enough to slip unnoticed into a pocket and yet has a big enough grip that with a tight hold on it you wont be bothered by the recoil. It is the perfect close range backup weapon to a .45 automatic or revolver. How effective is it? Let's look at three examples.
-In Wyoming a hunter left his rifle in camp as he went a short ways into the woods to relieve himself. A moose stepped out of the brush right in front of him and he shot it dead with his .45 Double Derringer. A grizzly was nearby and tried to claim the carcass by attacking him, but once again the little .45 Double Derringer came to the rescue, killing the bear at a distance of a few feet.
-A soldier was shipping out to Iraq and was allowed to take one of his own guns. His wife insisted he take the .45 Double Derringer because he could always have it on his person. In Iraq he was hit by an IED that overturned his Humvee. An Iraqi came up to shoot him through the window and finish him off, but the G.I. pulled the little .45 Double Derringer from his front shirt pocket and killed the Iraqi with it. He dropped the gun as he scrambled to get out of the burning vehicle and it was burned with the Humvee. He recovered the Derringer from the ruins of the burned out vehicle and sent it back to American Derringer where they fixed it for him free.
-A woman stateside was attacked in her home by an intruder. She killed him with her .45 Double Derringer.
THE COMMON DENOMINATOR in all three cases was that the gun was compact enough to be there and powerful enough to get the job done. Sure, a M1911A1 is the better gun fighting pistol, but it may not be there in all the places a backup gun can be. Despite the ease of carrying and concealing a full-size fighting pistol, there is no denying that the Double Derringer is lighter, smaller and easier to carry and conceal. These are the virtues that balance out its short-range two-shot limitations and make it desirable.
The versatility of being able to also use the 2½-inch .410 shotgun shells means that you can also fire flechettes. Sabot Designs LLC loads seven of these little arrows in a .410 shotgun shell and they are very effective, as well as having very little recoil. These are loaded in a patented sabot that protects the bore, unlike some sellers that simply load them in a shell where the bare steel flechette can contact and ruin the gun barrel, which they will do in short order. Read the rest of American Derringer pistol.
Been carrying a Bond 45/410
The trigger pull is horrible. You almost need a Come-a-Long to pull the trigger.
--I'd like to see independent corroboration of this tale--
Don't ever get a derringer where you have to cock the hammer. You won't have time to do that.
I’m with you. This seems like a little much. I’d also like to hear about how big the fish was that he caught with that same pistol.
“Id also like to hear about how big the fish was that he caught with that same pistol.”
The record rainbow trout was downrange of the incident and was deemed as collateral damage.
I like a little pistol like that but I want a trigger guard.
Sorry - if theres a grizzly approaching I would want at least a Glock 40 10mm...and that might not be enough.
I want to get one to hide in a belt buckle like on Have Gun, Will Travel.
I'd prefer my .45-70 carbine with bear loads but I have to admit, concealed carry is quite a challenge. Given that there was reportedly a moose and grizzly bear there, unless it was a metropolitan zoo, I don't think concealed carry is an issue.
—along with the fish, I’m surprised the moose wasn’t on a trot and 700 yards away—although that would be hard to square up with the charging grizzly—
Nice two shot pistols.
The only problem is if you run into one Antifa, one BLM, or one carjacking protester forty more usually come out of the shadows.
These days it not just about carrying the right weapon. It’s also about carrying enough ammo. No one usually calls for police until someone has been beaten to within an inch of their life.
Don’t be the next Reginald Denny.
That is sweet. Whenever Paladin was “disarmed” by the bad guys, he could always reach for the gun Derringer behind his belt buckle.
May have to add that to my Must Get list.
Now to find a mare’s leg the same length as Steve McQueen carried.
Rossi makes a replica.
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