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Deringer (Derringer Pocket Pistol)

United States (1825)
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Derringer - note double R - became the generic name for a class of concealable small pistols following the original Deringer-family designs.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Deringer (Derringer Pocket Pistol) Concealed-Carry Pocket Pistol.  Entry last updated on 2/26/2018; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The word "derringer" was a generic name for super-compact pistols of the 19th Century. The title stemmed from the surname of the father and son gunsmith team made up of Henry Deringer, Senior and Henry Deringer, Junior. The pair plied their trade out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from the early part of the century into the late 1860s. Despite their name becoming associated with the handy, concealed-carry pistol, their trade also involved rifles and dueling pistols though it is their pocket designs that were openly copied throughout the industrialized world. For reasons lost to history, the name of the weapon "derringer" adopted a second "R" unlike the actual "Deringer" family name. Henry Deringer, Jr survived until 1868 to the age of 81 by which time the family business had suffered enough to close down forever. No patent was ever filed for the derringer designs which proved popular with the masses.

Generally, derringer pistols were large-caliber weapons utilizing very compact frames. They were often of single-shot or even twin-shot configurations actuated by a trigger pull and a flintlock or percussion cap arrangement (the latter seen in later models). Due to their compact size, they were perfect guns for concealment in a coat pocket, or a lady's purse, and useful in extremely close-range confrontations. Deringer produced their small pistols in matching pairs typically delivered in ornate showpiece boxes (consistent with pistols of the period). Each design varied in caliber and barrel length.
Derringer pistols have proven equally popular in Hollywood Westerns where the gambler or hero usually carries one, or a pair, in a spring-loaded contraption hidden under the sleeve or simply in a leg boot though it is reasoned that their use in real life was far more conventional.

According to sources, derringers were used to a certain extent in the American Civil War despite their not being true "military-minded" weapons.
Supported Mission Types:
Frontline Issuance
Special Forces
Close Quarters Battle
Sniper
Designated Marksman/Sharpshooter
Suppressed/Silenced
Area Effect/Suppression
Indirect Fire
Airspace Denial
Anti-Material
Attachment Weapon
Aircraft-Mounted
Vehicle-Mounted
Antique/Collectors
Prototype/Development
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Origin: United States
Year: 1825
Type: Concealed-Carry Pocket Pistol
Manufacturer(s): Henry Deringer Sr, Henry Deringer Jr. - USA
Global Operators:
United States
Structural - Internal Design, Dimensions, and Weights:

Operation
ACTION


System
Flintlock- or Percussion-based System


Operation
CALIBER(S)


(Model / Chambering Dependent)
.45 cal


Operation
FEED


(Model / Chambering Dependent)
Variable, typically single-shot


Length
OVERALL


Millimeters
90 mm


Inches
3.54 in


Length
BARREL


Millimeters
76 mm


Inches
2.99 in


Ranged
Sights


Arrangement
Front Fixed

Operating Performance (Typical):

Performance
Rate-of-Fire


Rounds-per-Minute
1 rpm


Performance
RANGE


Feet
30 ft


Meters
9 m


Yards
10 yd

Variants: Series Model Variants
• Derringer - Base Series Designation