Pages in category "Derringers"
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The following 26 pages are in this category, out of 26 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Derringer – The term derringer is a genericized misspelling of the last name of Henry Deringer, a famous 19th-century maker of small pocket pistols. The original Deringer pistol was a single-shot muzzleloading pistol, with the advent of cartridge firearms, a derringer is generally the smallest usable handgun of a given caliber. They were frequently used by women, because they are easily concealable in a purse or as a stocking gun, such weapons designed specifically for women were called muff pistols, due to their compact size enabling them to be carried in a muff. Derringers are not repeating firearms—repeating mechanisms such as used in semi-automatic handguns and/or revolvers would add significant bulk to the gun. The famous Remington derringer design doubled the capacity, while maintaining the size, by adding a second barrel on top of the first. Each barrel then held one round, and a cam on the hammer alternated between top and bottom barrels, the Remington derringer was in.41 Short caliber and achieved wide popularity. The.41 Short bullet moved very slowly, at about 425 feet per second, around half the speed of a modern.45 ACP. It could be seen in flight, but at close range, such as at a casino or saloon card table. The Remington derringer was sold from 1866 to 1935, a Remington-pattern derringer in.38 Special is still smaller than the most compact.25 ACP semiautomatic, and provides superior terminal ballistic performance to the.25 ACP. While the classic Remington design is a single-action, manufacturers have also made double-action derringers, including some four-shot models, with the barrels stacked in a 2 ×2 block. The COP357 Derringer provided four shots of.357 Magnum in a not much larger than a.25 ACP automatic. The COP derringer was invented by Robert Hillberg and closely resembled his earlier work on insurgency weapons, a related design, often grouped with derringers since it fits no other standard classification, is the Semmerling pistol. It is a five-shot.45 ACP pistol with a manual repeater, another military pistol that is truly a derringer design is the FP-45 Liberator, a.45 ACP insurgency weapon dropped behind Axis lines in World War II. The current production of derringers are used by Cowboy Action Shooting reenactors as well as a concealed-carry weapon and it is the smallest handgun that is capable of handling the largest ammunition. Some favor the derringer as a carry weapon because of its size as well as the swiftness of putting it into action. Critics believe it is not a weapon for self-defense since the derringer possesses only a two-shot capacity. The Philadelphia Deringer was a small percussion handgun designed by Henry Deringer, a popular concealed carry handgun of the era, this pocket pistol design was widely copied by competitors, sometimes down to the markings. A new percussion cap would then be placed on the tube, then, to fire the handgun, a user would fully cock the hammer, aim, and squeeze the trigger
2. North American Arms – North American Arms is a United States company, headquartered in Provo, Utah, that manufactures pocket pistols and mini-revolvers, also called mouse guns. The company was originally named Rocky Mountain Arms when it was founded in 1972, in 1974 it was bought by new owners who renamed the company North American Arms. The mini-revolvers produced by the company are five-shot, single action revolvers and they are reminiscent of late 19th century pocket revolvers, the main differences being their size and also that NAAs mini-revolvers are made completely of stainless steel. The design of the mini-revolvers was developed by Freedom Arms, which stopped selling these mini-revolvers in 1990, since then, North American Arms has further evolved the design, switching to a safety cylinder design, featuring notches machined halfway between the chambers. As a result, the revolver may be carried with all five chambers loaded by resting the hammer in a safety notch. In 1997 NAA branched out into semiautomatic concealed carry pistols known as the Guardian models to compete with Seecamp, likewise, the.32 NAA was developed by North American Arms to increase the penetration of a.32 caliber bullet relative to a.380 ACP cartridge. North American Arms The North American Arms Pug Review U. S, patent 4,450,992 Belt buckle-mini-revolver combination patent
3. Bond Arms – Bond Arms Inc. is a firearms manufacturer located in Granbury, Texas which makes derringers. Bond arms was founded by tool and die maker, Greg Bond in Granbury. The company became incorporated as Bond Arms in 1995 and was licensed by the BATFE as a manufacturer and dealer. Bond Arms is the largest manufacturer of derringers in the firearms industry, Bond Arms Derringers are made in a variety of calibers including the.45 Long Colt /.410 Shotshell. The three most popular models are the Texas Defender, Cowboy Defender, and Snake Slayer Derringers, Bond Arms Derringers are equipped with a trigger guard, except the Cowboy Defender. The trigger guard is removable for a traditional appearance. Bond Arms constructs their Derringers in such a way that a user can change barrels, in fall of 2014 Bond Arms introduced two California Legal models called the Big Bear and Brown Bear. Bond Arms Handgun Models, The company sells a one-hand opening knife in partnership with Buck Knives, Bond arms offers custom grip panels for their guns and a line of custom holsters made in-house. The Texas Defender, Bond Arms. 45acp/410 Shotshell carryconcealed. net
4. FP-45 Liberator – The FP-45 Liberator is a pistol manufactured by the United States military during World War II for use by resistance forces in occupied territories. Few FP-45 pistols were distributed as intended and most were destroyed by Allied forces after the war, the concept was suggested by a Polish military attaché in March 1942. Production was undertaken by General Motors Guide Lamp Division to avoid conflicting priorities with Inland Division production of the M1 carbine, the army designated the weapon the Flare Projector Caliber.45 hence the designation FP-45. This was done to disguise the fact that a pistol was being mass-produced, the original engineering drawings label the barrel as tube, the trigger as yoke, the firing pin as control rod, and the trigger guard as spanner. The Guide Lamp Division plant in Anderson, Indiana assembled a million of these guns, the Liberator project took about six months from conception to the end of production with about 11 weeks of actual manufacturing time, done by 300 workers. The FP-45 was a crude, single-shot pistol designed to be cheaply and quickly mass-produced and it had just 23 largely stamped and turned steel parts that were cheap and easy to manufacture. It fired a.45 caliber pistol cartridge from an unrifled barrel, due to this limitation, it was intended for short range use, 1–4 yards. Its maximum effective range was only about 25 feet, at longer range, the bullet would begin to tumble and stray off course. The original delivered cost for the FP-45 was $2. 10/unit, extra ammunition could be stored in the pistol grip. The Liberator was a crude and clumsy weapon, never intended for front line service and it was originally intended as an insurgency weapon to be mass dropped behind enemy lines to resistance fighters in occupied territory. A resistance fighter was to recover the gun, sneak up on an Axis occupier, kill or incapacitate him and it was manufactured under the FP prefix and referred to in official documentation as a Flare pistol. The pistol was valued as much for its psychological effect as its actual field performance. It was believed that if vast quantities of these handguns could be delivered into Axis-occupied territory, the plan was to drop it in such great quantities that occupying forces could never capture or recover all of them. It was hoped that the thought of thousands of these unrecovered weapons potentially in the hands of the citizens of occupied countries would have an effect on enemy morale. Generals Joseph Stilwell and Douglas MacArthur were similarly unenthusiastic about the half of the pistols scheduled for shipment to the Pacific. The Army then turned 450,000 Liberators over to the Office of Strategic Services, french use of the FP-45 remains undocumented. The OSS did distribute a few to Greek resistance forces in 1944, most of the pistols shipped to Britain were dumped at sea or melted for scrap metal. One hundred thousand FP-45 pistols were shipped to China in 1943, a few were distributed to the Philippine Commonwealth Army, Philippine Constabulary, and resistance fighters
5. .41 Short – The.41 Rimfire Cartridge was first introduced by the National Arms Company in 1863 and was also known as the.41 Short and the. 41-100. In most designations like this, the number refers to the black powder load. The.41 Short was created with the intention that it be used in a small, single-shot derringer, Remington Arms began producing their famous Remington Model 95 over/under double barrel derringer chambered for the.41 Rimfire cartridge in 1866. In 1873 the slightly more powerful.41 Long was introduced in the Colt New Line pocket revolver, according to Cartridges of the World, the.41 Rimfire consisted of a 130 grain lead bullet propelled by 13 grains of black powder in its original load. The round produced a velocity of 425 feet per second. However, more recently firearms writer Holt Bodinson has disputed these findings, the difference in findings can potentially be attributed to variances in the specific ammunition fired or measuring equipment used. List of handgun cartridges 10 mm caliber
6. Cobray Company – The Cobray Company was an American developer and manufacturer of sub-machine guns and automatic carbines, handguns and shotguns as well as non-lethal 37 mm launchers. In the 1970s and 1980s, Cobray was a counter terrorist training center in addition to being an arms maker under the leadership of Mitch WerBell. The legacy of Cobray is a one, with most firearms collectors and enthusiasts agreeing that the companys products were poorly designed and marketed. Similarly, the Ladys Home Companion is regarded as a wildly impractical pistol, due to its chambering in. 45-70 and its weight of eight pounds. Street Sweeper, a clone of the Armsel Striker and it featured limited parts commonality to the original weapons system. Ladies Home Companion, a reduced version of the Street Sweeper in.410 bore or. 45-70. Cobray/FMJ Ducktown Over-Under, a. 22LR/.45 Colt-. 410-bore Derringer, after some legal troubles, the company changed its name to Leinad and produced at least four new models which were designed to conform with the ban on assault weapons that was then in effect. The Cobray Trademark is registered to a privately owned company in the US and they continue to manufacture parts and accessories for the firearms as well. Official website Cobray M11 Manual Ladies Home Companion Video
7. Henry Deringer – Henry Deringer was an American gunsmith. He is best known for inventing and giving his name to the derringer pistol, Deringer was born in Easton, Pennsylvania on October 26,1786 to colonial gunsmith Henry Deringer Senior and Catherine McQuety. The family moved to Philadelphia where his father continued work on the Kentucky rifle and he sent his son to Richmond to apprentice with another gunsmith there. Henry Deringer moved back to Pennsylvania after serving his apprenticeship and set up shop in 1806 in Philadelphia and he married Elizabeth Hollobush at the First Reformed Church in Philadelphia on April 5,1810. Deringers early efforts were for military contracts, producing military pistols, muskets, among those he produced was the Model 1814 Common Rifle and the Model 1817 Common Rifle. He produced trade rifles, designated for the Native American tribes and his specialties became fine sporting rifles and dueling pistols. He stopped pursuing the government contracts by the mid-1840s, in 1825 he designed the first of the large caliber, short barreled pistols that would lead to considerable wealth and fame for himself. Using the basic action in common usage at the time. Later models used the percussion cap action, although both actions were manufactured and sold for some time, for arms of his own design, he adopted the newer percussion cap technology, putting his pistol on the modern cutting edge. He was innovating, the cap was perfected about 1820, and Deringer was marketing them by the 1830s. Deringer never claimed a patent for his pistols and the public bought them as fast as he produced them, further development and copying of his design resulted in the derringer pistol that was generically manufactured widely by other companies. There was widespread copying of his designs, included outright counterfeiting with his proofmarks being copied, one company even hired a tailor called John Deringer so that it could put the Deringer name on its firearms. Some of Deringers workmen also left the company to set up their own duplicates, whilst others copied his pistols as closely as possible with some even putting on its Deringer name, Deringer fought these infringements for most of his business life. The Derringer vs Plate ruling, in which the California Supreme Court ruled in the companys favor, Deringer died in 1868 at the age of 81 and was buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia. Concealed carry in the United States The Booth Deringer—Genuine Artifact or Replica. at FBI. gov Bond Arms - Modern manufacturer of derringers American Derringer - Modern manufacturer of derringers
8. Freedom Arms – Freedom Arms is a Freedom, Wyoming based firearm manufacturing company, known for producing powerful single-action revolvers. The company was founded in 1978 by Wayne Baker and Dick Casull to produce the Mini revolver then later a revolver chambered in Casulls powerful.454 Casull chambering and this 5-shot revolver was the Model 83. Freedom Arms currently makes a single-shot pistol in addition to their revolvers, Freedom Arms first offering was a 5-shot mini revolver in.22 LR known as The Patriot. It was later offered in.22 Short and.22 WMR, a beltbuckle holster version was patented by Richard J. Dick Casull to accommodate the small revolver. A Boot Pistol model was available with a longer barrel, a 4-shot mini revolver was also produced by Freedom Arms. Production of mini-revolvers by Freedom Arms ceased in 1990, the mini-revolver design was sold to North American Arms. Co-founder Dick Casull had been experimenting with several prototype rounds since 1956, Casull felt he could offer a more powerful version of the.45 Colt and.44 Remington Magnum and built a number of 5-shot prototypes on Ruger Super Blackhawk frames. Freedom Arms was the first commercial producer for revolvers chambered in this caliber and this model is still manufactured today as the Model 83. A number of variants upon the Model 83 have been produced, the first was a.45 Colt in February 1986, followed closely by a.44 Magnum version. In 1993 the Model 555 was introduced in.50 Action Express.41 Magnum, Freedom Arms introduced their own.500 Wyoming Express in the Model 83.500 WE in 2005. At least two variants of the Model 83 with a 3 inch barrel and lacking any ejector were produced in 454 and 44 Magnum and these variants, named Marshall and Packer, have symmetrical frames, made possible by the lack of the ejector. The Model 97 design, with a frame than the Model 83, was introduced in 1997. A five-shot.45 Colt chambering was introduced the following year, six-shot. 22s are produced with. 22LR sporting and match grade cylinders available, as well as.22 Magnum, from 2003. A five-shot.44 Special chambering came in 2004, the Model 2008, introduced in 2010, is a single-shot pistol with interchangeable barrels, most in rifle chamberings
9. Pocket pistol – Many consider the term solely applicable to subcompact, single-stack, hammerless handguns that are striker-fired in semi-automatic blowback configurations. In general use, the pocket pistol is not considered a pejorative term. The pocket pistol originated in the century as a small, concealable flintlock known as the Queen Anne pistol. While still retaining moderate amounts of popularity, short-barreled revolvers are similarly not as used as pocket pistols today as they were during the 1950s. The first widely used and successfully sold pocket pistols were sold in blowback designs, such as the Baby Browning, designed and first marketed in 1905, along with the round designed for it. The typical usage of a pistol is for close range self-defense. Pocket pistols are carried with a chambered, and with a safety engaged. The use of moisture and vapor-barrier layers in the holster stitched closer to the body in the holster is recommended to prevent damaging the finish of the pistol due to sweat. Pocket pistol users include both concealed handgun licensed private citizens and police officers, desiring a self-defense gun, or desiring to carry a backup gun, the typical effective range for pocket pistols is 3 to 7 yards. Pocket pistols are made with rounded edges and with few controls. Range practice, at least monthly, is practiced by those who carry pocket pistols to maintain proficiency and accuracy. Pocket pistols are typically unpleasant to shoot, having considerably more felt recoil than seen with larger pistols. Pocket pistol caliber size is typically.22 LR.25 ACP.32 ACP, and.380 ACP in older hammerless, blowback designs, and.32 ACP.380 ACP, and 9mm Luger in concealed-hammer, locked-breech designs. There are also single-stack 6+1 pistols in.45 ACP or.40 S&W such as the Springfield Armory Micro Compact LW, likewise, pocket pistols, due to their typical low cost, often are lumped with Saturday night specials by those not favoring the use of such guns. Hence, pocket pistols are less popular with a larger cross-section of the general US population than larger self-defense handguns. Still, the numbers sold speak of a degree of popularity. Similar terms include Saturday night special, mousegun, and junk gun
10. Charter Arms – Charter Arms Co. is an American manufacturer of revolvers. The original Charter Arms produced revolvers chambered in calibers.22 Long Rifle.22 Winchester Magnum.32 Long.32 H&R Magnum.327 Federal Magnum.357 Magnum.38 Special and.44 Special. The most famous revolvers manufactured by Charter Arms are the.44 Special Bulldog, douglas McClenahan, a young gun designer who had previously worked for Colt, High Standard, and Sturm, Ruger founded Charter Arms in 1964 to produce handguns. His first pistol was a revolver called The Undercover chambered for.38 Special. McClenahan also reduced the number of moving parts used in the gun, the company, then located in Stratford, Connecticut, went bankrupt in the 1990s, but the Charter design and mark were resurrected by Charter 2000, which was founded by the Ecker family. The new company capitalized on the fame of the old Charter Arms revolvers, operations were moved to Shelton, Connecticut. Basing their new line of weapons on the basic Charter Arms design, the one-piece barrels of the new models are machined with eight grooves instead of six for higher velocity, flatter trajectory and better accuracy. The new models feature a completely blocked hammer system so that the gun cannot fire unless the trigger is held in rear position. In addition to reintroducing the.38 Special Undercover and the.44 Special Bulldog, Charter 2000 produces revolvers chambered for.22 Long Rifle/.22 Magnum.357 magnum and.38 Special. In 2005, Charter 2000 announced that it would be filing for bankruptcy, in September 2005, MKS Supply entered into an agreement with Charter Arms where MKS Supply would handle the sales, marketing and distribution for Charter Arms. In 2008, Charter Arms brought the new Patriot revolvers to the market, the Patriot revolvers were chambered for the.327 Federal Magnum, and were available in 2.2 or 4 stainless steel models. The Charter Arms web site as of August 2011 no longer lists this model under the products category, also in 2008, Charter Arms announced a new revolver, the Charter Arms Rimless Revolver. The new revolver would be able to load and fire rimless cartridges such as the 9mm.40 S&W, initially, the revolver was to ship in early spring, however, reported problems with the patents delayed the introduction. Charter Arms set a date of April 2009 for the CARR. However, Charter Arms missed this deadline, and company representatives have suggested the date may not be until late July of 2009. In October 2010 MKS discontinued the sales and marketing of Charter Arms, Charter now has taken over the sales and marketing function. The.44 Special Bulldog revolver gained notoriety after it was used by Son of Sam serial killer David Berkowitz in his murder spree, a Charter Arms Undercover.38 Special model was used by Mark David Chapman to assassinate John Lennon in 1980
11. COP .357 Derringer – The COP.357 is a 4-shot Derringer-type pistol chambered for.357 Magnum. The COP.357 is quite robust in design and construction and it is made of solid stainless steel components. Cartridges are loaded into the four separate chambers by sliding a latch that pops-up the barrel for loading purposes, each of the four chambers has its own dedicated firing pin. It uses a hammer, which is activated by depressing the trigger to hit a ratcheting/rotating striker that in turn strikes one firing pin at a time. Older pepperboxes also used multiple barrels, but the barrels were the part that rotated, the COP.357 operates similarly to the Sharps rimfire pepperbox of the 1850s, in that it uses the ratcheting/rotating striker, which is completely internal, to fire each chamber in sequence. Two complaints about the COP.357 are that it is too heavy to be used as a gun. A smaller version was manufactured in.22 Magnum and it was designed by Robert Hillberg, based on his earlier work on the Hillberg Insurgency Weapon. It was manufactured by the now defunct COP Inc. of 3040 West Lomita Blvd, in 1990 it was manufactured by American Derringer for a brief period of time
12. Davis Industries – Davis Industries was a firearms manufacturer established in 1982 by Jim Davis. Davis produced a series of handguns, which were sold primarily through pawn shops. The guns were constructed of injection-molded Zamak, a zinc alloy, Jim Davis had previously been the office manager at Raven Arms, established by George Jennings, and was also Jennings son-in-law. In 1999, Davis filed for bankruptcy and went out of business as a result of a number of lawsuits being filed by cities and municipalities