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    Derringer

    Anyone carry a Derringer? I know it's an odd gun to carry for defense. I love mine thou. I carry a .38 cal Derringer around my property. It's just kind of a fun and unusual thing to carry. I carry it in a Galco ankle holster when I'm fishing.
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    How often do you actually shoot it?

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    I do my best to hit the range at least twice a month putting at least 50 thru each handgun I own.
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    "You ask me why I carry so much gear??? I ask you why you are not prepared?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by mengel4228 View Post
    I do my best to hit the range at least twice a month putting at least 50 thru each handgun I own.
    that's a lot of reloading!

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    Yes but I like to be proficient with all the guns I own. Plus it's a terribly fun gun to shoot. I wanted one since I was like 6 and saw one in a cowboy movie.
    "It is better to judged by 12, Than to be carried by 6"

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    How quickly can you fire its two shots?
    (That is, if it is a two-shot gun.)
    At what maximum distance can you make effective hits, every time?
    How quickly can you reload it?
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    I can effectively make shots between 5 to 10 yards. Reloading isn't an option. That is to be a quick reload, the way the gun opens to load prevents it. There's always a distinct possibility that you will drop the bullets. As for as how fast I can shoot it, is pretty quick. I'm use to the recoil and the natural rising of the gun. It's more of a retreating gun, I have guns in most of the rooms in my house. I would fire to deter any BG than retreat to another room and call 911. I am confident whatever I aim at, it will hit. May not be a one shot kill but will definitely slow them done or remove the threat all together.
    "It is better to judged by 12, Than to be carried by 6"

    "You ask me why I carry so much gear??? I ask you why you are not prepared?"

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    I'm not particularly fond of them but, folks do carry them as BUGS and as long as they can hit with them then I'm OK with it.

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    Here is a recent thread on em too
    http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...inger-naa.html
    I find my NAA .22 is o.k. for close 5-8 ft distance or less.
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    how bad is the trigger pull on that gun?

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    The trigger pull is pretty rough. But I tend to like a heavier pull with a gun without a trigger gaurd.
    "It is better to judged by 12, Than to be carried by 6"

    "You ask me why I carry so much gear??? I ask you why you are not prepared?"

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    I have one in .38, but it doesn't really get carried, more of a novelty gun IMO. Sure I can hit with it in the 5-10 yard range, but the gun and trigger pull are heavy, and its not all that much smaller than my S&W 638, which gives me 5 shots with a better trigger pull and DA ability.
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    I have carried both derringers and NAA mini revolvers in the past, however I have found it just as easy to carry a small revolver like the J frame S&W or a small pocket auto such as the Keltec P3AT or Ruger LCP. Those choices will upgrade your firepower a bunch without breaking the proverbial piggy bank. Derringers and mini revolvers are better than nothing at all, but there are much better choices for SD without compromising concealability.
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