American Derringer

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American Derringer Corporation
Private Company
Industry firearms
Founded 1980 (1980)
Founder Robert A. Saunders & Elizabeth Saunders
Headquarters Waco, Texas, U.S.
Area served
Worldwide
Products Derringers and small Pistols
Services Sales, Repairs and Accessories
Website http://www.amderringer.com/guns.html

American Derringer Corporation is an American manufacturer of firearms, based in Waco, Texas. The company was founded Robert A. Saunders & Elizabeth Saunders in 1980 and makes a veriety of Derringers and small Pocket pistols.

History[edit]

.380 ACP caliber American Derringer M1

Founded in 1980, American Derringer specializes in making high-quality stainless-steel derringers and small pistols.[1] It primary product line is based on the iconic Remington Model 95 derringer. These modern stainless steel versions are made in over 60 calibers ranging from .22 Long Rifle, to .45 Long Colt and .410 gauge, to even .45-70 Government.

In 1989, American Derringer would introduce the "Lady Derringer" marketing concept. As a result, Elizabeth would become the face of the company and would model in provocative clothing for calendars, posters and gun magazine advertisements. This marketing campaign was highly successful and credited with dramatically increasing sales.[2]

COP .357 Magnum derringer

In 1990, American Derringer obtain the rights to the High Standard Derringer design and produce a larger .38 Special version. These derringers called the DS22 and DA38 are still made and continue to be popular concealed carry handguns.[3] In the same year, they introduced a version of the quad-barrel, double-action COP 357 Derringer and a smaller caliber version called the MINI COP in .22 Magnum, although these were later discontinued.[4]

Semmerling LM4

American Derringer also makes a small semi-automatic pistol called the LM5, chambered for .25ACP and .32 Auto. It also makes the Semmerling LM4, a five-shot, .45 ACP manual repeating double-action pistol designed for backup purposes.

American Derringer has also made Mini-Revolvers and the Stainless Steel Pen Pistol Model 2, which "Transforms From A 'PEN' To A Legal Pistol In 2 Seconds",[5] although these were also discontinued.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gun Digest 2014 by Jerry Lee. "F+W Media, Inc.". Aug 12, 2013. page 283.
  2. ^ http://www.guns.com/2012/10/30/whats-new-at-american-derringer/
  3. ^ Pistols of the World. by Ian Hogg, John Walter David & Charles, Krause Publications. Aug 29, 2004 - Antiques & Collectibles.page 13-14
  4. ^ Pistols of the World. by Ian Hogg, John Walter David & Charles, Krause Publications. Aug 29, 2004 - Antiques & Collectibles.page 13-14
  5. ^ Pistols of the World. by Ian Hogg, John Walter David & Charles, Krause Publications. Aug 29, 2004 - Antiques & Collectibles.page 13-14