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Deringer Pistol

  • American West
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Invented by Henry Deringer (although the weapon's name is OFTEN misspelled with two ''r''s and has become “normal”) - his prototype goes back to the mid-18th Century). Initially a single-shot hand held pistol, it was made small enough to fit into the palm of the shooter. Requiring only 1 to 2 grans of powder to fire, The Deringer fired multiple types of shot (from .22 to .45 caliber). Originally a Flintlock-class of weapon, it's popularity quickly led to a percussion version. Multi-barrel versions had two round loaded and fired using a multiple drop firing pin (or striking method). The weapons were also popular among criminals and gamblers for ease of concealment. Frederick Remington also created many versions based on The Deringer-Class design. Smokeless powder was another popular innovation. Deadly at 10 to 20 feet, the weapon was never designed for distance accuracy. Anything over 50 feet in range was considered problematic. A modified Philadelphia Deringer was used to assassinate US President Abraham Lincoln (using a .45 caliber ball at 3 feet).