Santa Did It Again!

What did Santa bring you? I must have been better than I thought, ‘cause I got just what I wanted… 

 

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A 2-shot derringer!

I know that probably seems odd to some, but I’ve wanted one to shoot in Cowboy Action competition. And Santa (aka dh) picked a nice one.

A derringer is generally the smallest usable handgun made in a given caliber. Though the pistol Henry Deringer (one ‘r’) designed was first, eventually all small pistols from other manufacturers were referred to as “derringers” (two ‘r’) – rather like xerox or kleenex or coke became synonymous with the product rathColt Deringerer than the manufacturer.

The original cartridge derringers held only a single round, usually a pinfire or rimfire .40 caliber cartridge and weighed about a half a pound. The barrel pivoted sideways on the frame to allow access to the breech for reloading.

Remington’s derringer design doubled the capacity by adding a second barrel on top of the first and pivoting the barrels uIMG_4463pwards to reload. Each barrel then held one round, and a cam on the hammer alternates between top and bottom barrels.

My neA 2-Shot derringer pistol!w pistol is a two-barrel model, in .38 caliber. The 3” barrel swings up to allow loading. It also has an interchangeable .22 caliber barrel so I can go “plinking” to my heart’s content.

Here’s a comparisoIMG_4465n of the barrels so you can see the difference for the cartridges. The .22 is quite a bit heavier because there’s more steel.

While this gift may seem odd to you, it’s perfect for me. Thanks, Santa!

Off to play at the range,
Tracy, aka “Ozark Belle”

Tracy Garrett
History, Texas, cowboys, horses—these are a few of Tracy’s favorite things. Check out her westerns at www.TracyGarrett.com.

11 Comments

  1. This is very cool. Santa did good.

  2. The gift should fit the receiver! Sounds like a wonderful Christmas 🙂

  3. Some cowgirls have all the luck….

    1. That’s right, Kathy Fair!

  4. I love it! Santa knows just what a f=girl wants. Have fun!

  5. Tracy, that’s a great gift! You must have been a mighty good girl this year! LOL
    Cheryl

  6. Santa is a dandy isn’t he? Oh what fun you will have!!!!

  7. Doesn’t seem like an odd gift at all. A gift should be something a person would really like and appreciate, be it a gun, vacuum, jewels, or chocolate. It certainly met those criteria.
    Thanks for another interesting gun post.

  8. Santa must have thought you were a very good girl !it doesn’t seem strange at all to me! I used to own a pawnshop plus also in sold new guns! One day i received an old Smith Wessom derringer with two barrerls and I loved it ! I kept that weapon for myself:) I hope you enjoy it very much I like how you can switch barrels and have the 22 also to save money on plinking as you say !:) enjoy and God Bless you and your family!
    Darlene Lindstrom
    Luvnheal@gmail.com

  9. What a nice gift… one year I received one of my favorite things – an old hardback Book! Surprise! I found between the covers a nice little pearl handled 25 caliber pistol. So it was a very special book indeed!
    Have fun!
    dkstevensneAt outlook DOtCOm

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