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Old 11-07-2013, 13:44   #1
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Derringer FTFx2?

I just read an interesting piece in my local news about an SYG self-defense case, and the gun in question, a .38 2-shot Derringer failed to fire twice, despite leaving dimples on both primers. I don't know anything about Derringers, but I'm curious what would be some likely causes for this in a Derringer. Any thoughts?
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Old 11-07-2013, 14:06   #2
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Cool story.

I'd say he never tested the weapon. It either did not strike hard enough or deep enough?

A proper strike would have resulted in an explosion of some sort. Of course maybe the ammo is to blame?
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Old 11-07-2013, 20:38   #3
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Hard primers, maybe.
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Old 11-07-2013, 21:04   #4
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Hard primers, maybe.
Yeah, it sounds like the ammo.
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Old 11-07-2013, 21:10   #5
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Most derringers have abysmal quality.

I like them for fun, but not for self defense.

Lose that chrome plated sissy derringer and get yourself a Bond.
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Old 11-07-2013, 21:20   #6
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Lose that chrome plated sissy derringer and get yourself a Bond.
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Old 11-07-2013, 22:18   #7
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I've seen a few of the cheaper old-style derringers that had weak mainsprings, and this would cause them to misfire frequently.

I also owned one that would fire every time if you jerked/slapped the trigger, but would misfire if you squeezed the trigger slowly. Took me a while to figure out what was going on with that one. If you squeezed the trigger gently, the half-cock notch on the hammer would "kiss" the trigger sear surface as the hammer fell, slowing the hammer enough to cause a misfire. If you jerked/slapped it, the trigger moved fast/far enough to the rear that the half-cock notch would miss the sear surface as the hammer fell, so the firing pin received the full force and the pistol would fire. Very strange.
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Old 11-08-2013, 00:22   #8
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The cheap ones also have a crossbolt safety that can sometimes be pushed in partially while loose in the pocket and dampen the hammer fall. Or the zinc firing pin peened against a hard primer.
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