Posted April 6, 2015 9:49 am by Comments

By James Rummel

flintlock derringer

Henry Deringer was an American gunsmith who came up with a pocket pistol for self defense in 1825. It was an amazing collection of innovations, a clear example of a flash of brilliance.

I know what you, modern reader, is thinking. “Yeah, so it is a derringer. So what?

Mr. Deringer’s sole act of brilliance was to take an extremely short barrel chambered for a large bore, man-killing bullet and mate it with teensy tiny furniture. This created a gun which might be doll sized, but which still packed a devastating punch.

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Via:: Hell In a Handbasket

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