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Does anyone here have a Derringer?
Have 3 guns. One upstairs, one downstairs and one in the car. Just got my concealed weapons permit and trying to decide on whether I should purchase and carry another 22 or a Derringer. Anyone ever own a Derringer or fired one? What do you think of the gun?

WOuld you think a Derringer is a little more powerful than a 22 or no? Looking for serious opinions.TIA



MaroonNation
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re: Does anyone here have a Derringer?
You can’t aim a derringer. You pretty much have to be point blank to hit and you still haven’t accomplished a lot if you did hit. You are just as likely to get it knocked away. Get a small frame single stack Glock 9mm and be through with it.


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MoarKilometers
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re: Does anyone here have a Derringer?
Honestly, the best gun for me won't be the best gun for you. My hands are large and a smaller gun is not the correct choice for me. Glock 21 is what I carry, and 2 of them Find a gun shop that has a range and try them out. That will be the ultimate answer to this question.

Power isn't everything. I could carry twin 10mm, in the exact same frame size, but the recoil difference between the .45 is noticeable on shots 2 on. Placement, placement, placement. That is the biggest key in a self defense weapon. Fire what you're more comfortable with.

In my case the 10mm is way more expensive than the .45, but bullet cost shouldn't be a factor in the calibers you're looking at. Practice until you feel proficient, regardless of your firearm choice.

Probably not a direct answer, but it's the best advice I could give you.


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re: Does anyone here have a Derringer?
I have a Glock 29 and love it but it is not a concealed carry. It is a damn fine glovebox gun though. After Zev finally started making triggers for the big bore Glock I put a fulcrum kit on it and it is an awesome shooting gun but you won’t get that many hits on target because of the kick. That’s why the FBI didn’t adopt the 10mm as a service pistol. They had Smith&Wesson dial the power down so their agents could qualify and the .40 S&W was born.
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DownSouthJukin
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re: Does anyone here have a Derringer?
Don’t leave a gun in your car.

There are tons of carry options that are much better than a Derringer. The Outdoor Board would be a better place to post this question. I recommend the Sig P938 (9mm) or Sig P238 (.380).

If you don’t have a lot of experience with guns, look at a compact S&W revolver in .38 Special.


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re: Does anyone here have a Derringer?
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experience with guns, look at a compact S&W revolver in .38 Special.



Trigger pull will be the issue with the compact .38 for a female. Or anyone with arthritis.
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MoarKilometers
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re: Does anyone here have a Derringer?
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I have a Glock 29 and love it

Apparently you're more stout than I A real pocket cannon there. Had been thinking of converting one of my 21s, but it was around the time the polymer 80s dropped and you couldn't find internals anywhere. I opted for a .22 conversion instead. Great fun, but with only 10 rounds vs my normal 13+1. When you can shoot whenever you want, in your own yard, bullet bills run high. Really been into skeet shooting with my 20 gauge of late. A ton of fun with a couple buddies. But I'm getting off topic quickly here, sorry.

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Don’t leave a gun in your car.

Great advice. Probably the most common place a gun goes missing. 3 weeks ago I thought I had it happen to me. Was a nauseating feeling on multiple levels.


If you ask 10 gun owner what they recommend, you'll get close to 10 different answers. A rental range is the best way to figure it all out, if you don't know someone with a particular model you're interested in. No clue where you stay (and please don't tell us lol) but if it's anywhere near a metro area you should be able to find one nearby.


MaroonNation
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re: Does anyone here have a Derringer?
Yeah it’s a minimum $32.00/box of ammo every time I take it the range and only one supplier in central MS sells 10mm ammo that I’ve found. The range where I shoot makes me bring my own steel plates to shoot even though any non-shouldered ammo is supposed to be allowed with plates. Evidently I cracked two of theirs the first time I took it out there. It’s a brutal round. If I had it to do over again I would get the G30 just because .45 is half the cost of 10mm.


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Arksulli
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re: Does anyone here have a Derringer?
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If you ask 10 gun owner what they recommend, you'll get close to 10 different answers.


Pretty much this. What I would have suggested has already been thrown out there.

I very, very much agree with everyone saying try out some different models and makes at the range. You might find a pistol that seems perfect for you only to discover it can't hit the broad side of a barn.


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Freon
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re: Does anyone here have a Derringer?
got a copy of rock and roll hootchie koo by none other than rick derringer


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Trumansfangs
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re: Does anyone here have a Derringer?
No. If price is an issue, it would be hard to beat a surplus Makarov 9x18mm ..aka .380. Reliable, indestructible, cheap ammo etc... much more efficient than a .22 or an unwieldy derringer type firearm.




My wife's ( smallish hands ) concealed carry is a Walther PPK.




Go to a good range where you can test fire different models. The people there are glad to help.



So, to sum this up, in my opinion .. avoid a derringer like the plague.


Good luck !


Herman Frisco
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re: Does anyone here have a Derringer?
I own 10 pistols. If I was just starting out I would buy a Sig 365 and 1000 rounds of cheap hardball 9mm Ammo. Go to a range and talk to shooters. Most will be happy to give you pointers. Shoot 100 rounds in 10 trips. You can then take lessons to become proficient with your gun. Then take CC classes.
A 365 comes with two 10 shot mags. But you can buy 12 shot and 15 shot sig factory mags. I have a 12 shot in my pistol and a 15 shot in my pocket. That’s 27+1 shots on hand. And the new 9 mm Ammo is what the FBI uses.
Good luck.


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five_fivesix
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re: Does anyone here have a Derringer?
I’ve got one in .38 Special. Might hit a sheet of plywood at 7 paces. Would never consider it for carry. A spare magazine would be a better back up.


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