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