Derringers have been around for almost two centuries, and they remain popular as concealed carry and backup guns due to their small size and simplicity. They’re are known for their reliability and versatility, and are primarily used for self-defense. In this article, we’ll look at some of the best derringer models for concealed carry and as backup guns. You don’t need to be in a saloon shootout to carry one!

What is a derringer?

A derringer is a small handgun which can be carried in a pocket or purse or even a holster without taking up much room. The modern version either has one or multiple barrels and are generally single action. This makes them mechanically simple, extremely reliable and great for close-quarters situations but also severely limits their rate-of-fire.

Bond Arms

The Bond Arms Derringer is one of the most popular derringers on the market today. It is a double-barrel handgun that is designed with an interchangeable barrel with the most popular being chambered for .45 Colt and .410 bore shotgun shells. The Bond Arms is known for its quality craftsmanship and durability. It is made of stainless steel and has a unique locking mechanism that makes the gun easier to open and reload than most others. There are even new models that are chambered in modern ACP calibers like 9mm and 380.

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American Derringer

The American Derringer is a classic design that has been around since the 1970s. It is chambered for .22, .32, and .38 caliber rounds. The American is known for its simplicity and reliability. It is made of stainless steel and is very lightweight, which makes it easy to carry and conceal.

Cobra Firearms

The Cobra Derringer is a popular model that is made in the USA. It is a double-barrel pistol that is chambered for .22 LR up to .45 ACP caliber rounds. The Cobra Derringer is known for its affordability and reliability. It is made of stainless steel and has a simple design that makes it easy to use. Unfortunately the company filed for bankruptcy in 2020 but their products are still manufactured by Old West Firearms who also bought the rights to the Bearman Industries derringers.

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North American Arms

The North American Arms Derringer comes in many different models that are chambered for 22 Short, 22 LR and 22 Magnum. All are revolver style guns instead of double barrel so it allows 5 rounds to be carried at the ready. While some may not care for such a small round for self defense, the 22 Magnum comes in many variations these days designed for just that purpose. Hornady’s Critical Defense 22 Magnum is one such offering. Modern derringers like these, while not the most powerful, do offer wide range of options for all shooters.

North American Arms Revolver Derringer

Derringers are a great option for concealed carry and backup guns due to their small size and simplicity. The Bond Arms Derringer, American Derringer, Cobra Derringer and North American Arms Derringer are all excellent choices, and each has its own unique features and benefits. When choosing any of the above options for concealed carry or as a backup gun, it’s important to consider factors such as caliber, reliability, and ease of use. With the right pistol, you can have peace of mind knowing that you are prepared for any situation that may arise.

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