Cobra Derringer...opinions?

Cobra Derringer...opinions?

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    Cobra Derringer...opinions?

    Ok Gun Guru's..I have always wanted a derringer but not wanted to pay the price I have seen them for in the past. Upwards of 200+ and I figured i could get a snubby for that so I did. But that still left a yearning for a derringer. Well I found one at a place in Columbus..it is a Cobra brand (never heard of it before) and they have a 22 mag and a 38/9mm model. The 22 mag model is $100, the 38/9mm model is $110.

    I would like opinions on whether buying this brand would be wise and if so, what model would ya go for?
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    .22 Mag.
    I would choose the North American Arms in .22 mag over any Derringer format.


    Not much more expensive.

    In fact you could go with the tiny NAA in .22 LR and forget the Magnum for what you'll want a firearm that size for.

    With the NAA you get 5 shots in a smaller, lighter package and they are not that much more money.

    Search Gunbroker for North American Arms and you'll be able to see all of the variations and configurations.

    You'll be much happier in the long run with any NAA.

    Just my opinion.

    You should be able to buy one of these (below) locally for 125.00
    They are beautifilly built and will hold their value much more than an off brand derringer.

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    I'd second what QK states. I have a 22 LR NAA and love it. Beautiful small pistols.


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    So, ya discovered Vance's monthly flier?

    I'm interested in this too, as I think it would be fun to have in .38 (wouldn't get used for carry though).
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    At one time, our local gun shop had two new Cobra Derringers in 22LR in the display case. A friend of mine bought one, took it out and managed to get about 20 rounds out of it before it quit working. Took it back and they swapped him out for the other one. Bottom barrel on that one never did fire. Took it back, got his money back and the gun shop will no longer carry them. If you want something reliable, I'd avoid the Cobras and go with the NAA mini. If you really want something that looks like the Cobras, expect to pay a lot more for one by American Derringer or Bond Arms.

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    I've got one that I've shot some but I wouldn't want to put thousands of rounds through it.

    I have had people tell me to wait to get a Bond Arms Derringer, but I can't see paying $400 for a 2 shot pistol either.

    When I travel I put it in the cup holder, but that's about the only time I carry it.
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    Another vote for the NAA .22LR...it's a great little waist/pocket gun...

    It's one I don't take often, but my wife will slip it into her pocked and that is better than 'nothing'...

    The little shooter was one of my first purchases...years ago...I would never sell it!

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    I'll add my vote too for the diminutive NAA - some Derringers are ''interesting'' but for me the NAA is the better option .... so small it'll fit any pocket - even the small top pocket of my summer vest


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    A friend of mine owns a Cobra in .22. It is the same size as the .38, only had barrel sleeves inserted (factory ) for the caliber. He dropped it on concrete and broke a safety on the hammer.
    My opinion, it is cheap and bulky , especially compared to my NAA 22.
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    The Bond Arms derringers may be expensive, heavy and have only 2 shots, but they're a hoot to shoot. I've got a .45/.410 and love it. The .45 Colt part isn't as usefull as the .410 part - you can fire #12 shot all the way up to slug. 25ft patterns range from about 36" for the #12 shot to 6" for the 000 Buck.
    I can't reccomend it as a daily carry gun, nor can I reccomend the long-range target loads in .410, but it's a great close-in defender against all kinds of pests.
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    Mice guns...

    They go bang and draw blood, might get you out of Dodge.

    We have a few, the Kel-Tec is on the road right now. The Browning .25 and the NAA .22 short are with me.
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    Those little guns are hard to keep hold of...
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    thanks for all the info.
    Sounds like I will steer clear of the Cobra and save my money for a NAA.
    It would be a gun to carry when no other will do or as a lil BUG. Definitely not a daily piece but sometimes when ya need it, it could be the only gun that fits the bill at the moment.
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    You have made a wise decision. I have a Cobra .32 derringer in my showcase right now, and for a gun that has only been test fired by the factory, I have still had to tighten some of the screws on it a few times because just with handling they keep backing out. One of those screws is the one that holds the lever that locks the barrels down on.

    If I were to go the derringer route, I would go with the Bonds or NAA.
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    I'll add to the NAA .22 Chorus. I had this baby some 22 years and I can't be happier. It is reliable and LOUD which might be convenient in case-of.
    You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
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