Anyone own a High Standard derringer?

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  1. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    They have an interesting design. But I'm curious what the quality is like? How about recoil?

    With such guns on the market as the mini-.380's...do these guns have any practical purpose anymore other than range toys?

    Thanks!

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  2. ChuteTheMall

    ChuteTheMall Wallbuilder and Weapon Bearer

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    They serve no purpose.

    They can't even be used for Cowboy Action Shooting, unlike even Cobras & Davis cheapies.

    A derringer without an external hammer is a complete waste of pocket space.

    And for defensive purposes, two weak inaccurate shots might be worse than a sharp stick.
     

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    my mom has had and carried one since the 60s. i've never fired it and bet she hasn't too many times.
     
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    A lot of cops in the 60's and 70's carried the 22 Mag version as a back up. It fits easily into a shirt pocket.

    The trigger pull is very heavy but if you can shoot it as it was designed to be shot: index finger along side the barrels pointing at the target, pull the trigger with your middle finger. If you have long fingers, you'll need to modify your grip or your finger will be short enough for the second shot :D, it's not a problem.

    I carried one for 10 years or so and I know some retired cops who still carry theirs.

    I still have mine and take it out once in a while, it's fun! Quality is good, recoil is mild, though in 22 mag the flash and boom WILL get your attention!
     
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    DJ Niner Staff Member Moderator

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    Had one (.22 LR caliber) in the mid-eighties. Mild-mannered, but rather bulky for the power level. I used mine as a snake-eliminator with rimfire shotshells; it patterned well, probably because of the short barrel. I shot a friends .22 Magnum (.22 WMR) version years later, and it was quite a bit noisier and somewhat more powerful, but it still seemed underpowered for it's size.
     
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    same with me i carried one in police coat jacket for 12yrs, stopped many a car with my hand on that little gun pointed at driver........still have the little 22 mag...
     
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    Still wish I had mine (.22 mag)
     
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    I bought my Wife one in 1965 to carry. She liked it and she shot it about every time we went shooting.

    Not much gun but since carrying a gun was illegal this little gun was easy to conceal on the street or at work.
     
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    I have one and love it. Carry it all the time in the summer and use it for snakes with shot shells. We have lots of copperheads come up in the side yard and around the barn lot. You use to be able to get a leather wallet holster with exposed trigger that allowed you to shoot the gun while still in its holster, those have been outlawed nowdays.
     
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    Naughty naughty!! :wow:

    Then again, screw the politicians that had their heads up their asses!! ;)

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    I have both the D-100 and D-101 models (.22lr & .22 Mag). Wonderful to carry so long as it's not needed. :shocked:

    I chronographed both and found the velocity was virtually the same for both guns. The .22 Mag sure does have some muzzle blast though.
     
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    Would be nice to have one in .380 or .38spl
     
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    BJT and later ADC produced a DA only derringer in 38Spec and 9mm. IIRC, ADC also made 'em in .357 and 40S&W. It looked and worked like the High Standard, but most were made in stainless steel.

    You can see a movie modified one in the movie 'Red Heat'. Actor Ed O'Ross has one as a sleeve gun, but it's been made to look like a 12ga single shot!
     
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    Never saw an American Derringer that was double action... :dunno:

    Gonna have to look that one up.

    Thanks!

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    Back in the late 1960s I had blue High Standard derringer in 22 mag. I then traded it in for a nickle plated. This was a back up gun while I was in Patrol. The weapon in 22 mag had real snap when fired. Yes, recoil was something but the muzzle flash was something else. This was a gut gun and if you missed the target you could set it on fire. I own and pocket carry an LCP and this is a far better weapon.
     
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    I had one in about 1967 or 1968. Carried it behind the shiny silver buckle of my gun belt.

    It was a nice hideaway gun, considering the technology of the times.
     
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    hogship A republic, if you can keep it! Silver Member

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    I have one that was made before American Derringer bought the rights to produce it. It's called the BJT "DA". They were made in 38spl and 9mm. Mine's in 38spl.

    This is the finest little double action derringer ever produced.......very high quality. It was only made a couple of years back in the mid 1980's. My guess is the market didn't support it.......most potential buyers wanted more shots. I'm happy to be lucky enough to have this one......a real conversation piece, and shoots perfectly.

    The two shot O/U single action "cowboy" derringer will probably live on for many many years to come......there is a certain mystique about that one!

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    Truly beautiful piece there Hog. :)

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    Another popular hideaway gun of the times was the S&W .22 Escort. It's sole benefit was that it was flat. It later became sort of collectable, but it wasn't all that effective.