Derringer as a BUG

Derringer as a BUG

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    Derringer as a BUG

    I have always had an affinity for the Derringer. It seems to be the best choice for a BUG IMO. Minimal in size and weight, reliable, but not good at distance. Anyone have one they use and carry regularly? Recommendations for brand / caliber would be great. I really like .357 to narrow it down some too. I have heard of .410 but isn't that a AOW when used that way?
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    Take a look at the Bond Arms .45 Colt/ .410 Shotshell Snake Slayer. Its reviewed on Gunblast.com. Nasty little thing and IHMO would make a good BUG.
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    Personally, I never had much use for them as I would much prefer a small BUG if the chips are ever down.
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    beats the stuffing out of nothing.
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    I dont like the single action derringers because it takes two hands to cock the hammer. Double action derringers are the way to go with one handed operation. I found a 9mm DA that I could carry with my primary 9mm

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    I think that there is a good use for something like that, but as long as I can carry a 7 round .32 in my front right pocket I'll stick with that.

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    I'd like to say it's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, but the stick is faster and probably has the same range.
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    Usually the .410 versions will also fire .45 Colt. Therefore the barrel will have rifling so as not to be an AOW. I've shot a few derringers in .22, .32, and 9mm. If you like them get one and enjoy.

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    It seems to be the best choice for a BUG IMO.
    I wouldn't call it the best, but its definitely better than throwing rocks.
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    Beats being empty handed for sure. But IMO there are a lot of choices that would be better for a BUG - that are about the same size or a little larger - maybe even thinner as well.

    I'd personally rather have an LCP with 7 rounds of well selected .380 ammo and a Crimson Trace laser on it any day. More shots, better accuracy and range, at least adequate penetration, laser target acquisition and more make it a better choice for me.

    There are other options I'd take before a derringer as well - some with a hotter caliber - if you just can't relax with even a well thought out .380 ACP.

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    In an adrenaline dump I prefer not to have a gun I could easily fire while having my finger in front of the muzzle. Derringers are a bad idea IMO. I'd get an LCP.

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    How about a .45/70 Derringer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeCalsey View Post
    I have always had an affinity for the Derringer. It seems to be the best choice for a BUG IMO. Minimal in size and weight, reliable, but not good at distance. Anyone have one they use and carry regularly? Recommendations for brand / caliber would be great. I really like .357 to narrow it down some too. I have heard of .410 but isn't that a AOW when used that way?
    The recoil is going to be heck but, if it's a bug and used as
    a last resort I don't see anything wrong with it.

    Check out this site they have a lot CobraDerringers.com:Cobra Derringers, an American Derringer classic.

    I wouldn't go too big on the caliber since the guns
    are so light.

    Here's their 9mm for $148.99

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeCalsey View Post
    I have always had an affinity for the Derringer. It seems to be the best choice for a BUG IMO. Minimal in size and weight, reliable, but not good at distance. Anyone have one they use and carry regularly? Recommendations for brand / caliber would be great. I really like .357 to narrow it down some too. I have heard of .410 but isn't that a AOW when used that way?
    I'm also a fan of the tiny guns. I plan on adding a derringer to my collection.

    But consider a NAA Mini Revolver in .22 Magnum Link. I have one of these with the 1-5/8" barrel and the .22 LR conversion cylinder (NAA-22MC - .22 Magnum w/1 5/8" Barrel & Conversion Cylinder, MSRP - $249.00) in a pocket holster that holds the extra cylinder.

    The .22 Magnum cylinder has 5 hollow point rounds, the .22 LR has 5 FMJ rounds. This makes a nice alternative to a 2 shot derringer.
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    But consider a NAA Mini Revolver in .22 Magnum Link. I have one of these with the 1-5/8" barrel and the .22 LR conversion cylinder (NAA-22MC - .22 Magnum w/1 5/8" Barrel & Conversion Cylinder, MSRP - $249.00) in a pocket holster that holds the extra cylinder.
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