Gun Report

American Derringer Co. Standard Model 38 Special, $212 (Used)

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The American Derringer Company handgun is a very good upgrade of the original Remington design. The construction is robust, and the pistol is well polished. The grips fit well. The plunger to release the barrel lock is an excellent addition to the derringer design, and the hammer block really sold us on the pistol. While we question the viability of the derringer for personal defense, they are still popular handguns. If you must purchase a derringer, this is the one to have.

American Derringer Co. Standard Model 38 Special, $212 (Used)

Gun Details

Model Name
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Span Single

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The American Derringer Company handgun opens much like any other Remington-style Derringer pistol.
The American Derringer Company's sights offer rapid targeting. The rear sight was easily the best of the test, and the blade front sight was tall and easy to see. It shot the best, too.
The plunger above the trigger must be depressed to open the American Derringer Company breech block.

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