Thursday, May 28, 2009

Derringer Report

My Buddy the Gun Enthusiast got a chance to shoot one of those little 2 shot derringers, chambered in .357.

His advice for the first time you shoot it? Wear a motorcycle helmet.

He had never held a handgun that wanted to fly out of his hand. It didn't, but not for lack of trying.

Trollop is rethinking her enamoration of this until she's actually shot a borrowed one or two. Her interest is how the subject came up.

And, serendipity, Brigid had a post about them the other day too.


Tam said...

If you just absolutely have to have a derringer (a weapon which has been thoroughly obsoleted by the pocket auto and small-frame revolver,) make sure you buy a Bond Arms or American Derringer. Do not waste your time or money on the pot-metal crap from Davis or Cobra.

(FWIW, every time I have ever checked into a "The gun fell out of his pocket and went off when it hit the ground" story, it was a cheap derringer.)

Jay G said...

I've got one of those crappy pot-metal Derringers. Tam speaks the truth.

Personally, between the P3AT/LCP and the Airweight S&W/LCRs out there, I fail to see what purpose the 2-shot Derringer serves these days.

Unless, of course "It's cool" was your reason for buying it. That's totally acceptable...

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Trollop was most interested. I think they are cool, but they don't rate too high on my Want Gauge.

Anonymous said...

I believe that Jeff Coopers quote on derringers was "Derringers do nothing well, shun them".

James R. Rummel said...

Good post.