Philadelphia derringer

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tom in nc

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I have never had much interest in BP handguns, besides revolvers. However, I would like to own a Philadelphia derringer (like the one Booth used to kill Lincoln). I would buy a nice used one or build one, either from a kit of from pieces. Any comments and/or advice will be appreciated. Thanks.
 

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Question-would any of the non-firing, but otherwise functioning replicas provide parts, like perhaps the lock and stock for use in building a firing replica? Just wondering.
 

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Like Jeff before me, no real advice. I just want to show off a project I'm working on. I misplaced the tenon pin plates so I made a set out of an old belt buckle. Some day I'll get around to ordering a replacement set of plates.20200531_221102.jpg
 

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Question-would any of the non-firing, but otherwise functioning replicas provide parts, like perhaps the lock and stock for use in building a firing replica? Just wondering.
No, they are just die cast zinc and most don't even last as long as the cap guns I had as a kid.
 

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You might be able to find an old CVA kit and start with that. I haven’t checked, but Dixie Gun Works sells, or used to sell finished pistols and kits.
 

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Nice pistol Jeff. Someone gave my fatherinlaw one a few years ago with a broken trigger, I made a trigger for it at my forge. We shot it quite a bit. I got so good with it I could hit a five gallon bucket with it at four paces. Definitely a short, ( point-blank), range weapon. I'd hate to depend on it for self defense.
Dave
 

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I just purchased one, have not shot it yet,I got a good deal on it, I would look around, even if you buy one and have to customize it to your liking, fun little gun. Mine is CVA out of the 70’s, saw one in Gunbroker for like $120 earlier this week.
 

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What's the quality of Dikar reproductions like? I'm buying one. I probably won't shoot it often. But I will shoot it occasionally and keep it for "show and tell." Thanks.
 

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Jukar makes a decent for the times gun that was functional and OK for use, and CVA used to import a lot of their stuff. My first ML was a CVA Kentucky kit. Shot umpteen squirrels, 'coons, 'possums and other critters with it. Brother Tiny had a P derringer that he packed and shot religiously for years. Beats 4 aces.
 

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I don't have a Deringer, but I do have a similar little 6"bbl pocket pistol from a Spanish kit 1970s. Flint converted to percussion. Cool fact- my old .44mag bullets fit the .45bbl with a thin patch! and hit stuff at 15 feet. Without keyholing, if you believe that. 20gr FFFG is Plenty! Actually, a .38Spl case is my fancy powder measure. Fun little Possibles Bag gun, at Rondys I leave it empty and hand it over to start a conversation with another shooter. Fun little conversation piece. Tinhorn
 

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Saman did you do the checkering yourself? I would like to do that to mine, but not sure I have that kind of talent.
 

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Saaman,
That little pistol looks way than the average CVA ! Very nice job. The checkering is a perfect touch , :cool:
 

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I always thought the CVA Derringer was much bigger than needed. DGW sells one, just the right size for vest pocket or hideout. I have a cpl 41 cal barrels i plan on making a proper Deringer one day.
 

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During the Covid Shutdown . . . I pulled out a CVA derringer my dad and I built in the late 70's when I was a kid . . . It didn't look that great to me now that I have been into muzzleloading in recent years . . . I refinished it with Febings (?) leather dye and got out my round files I give it a rounded lock panel in the back on both sides . . . It needs a sight, but it's really just a momento. . . but I like how it looks now over the regular old way it was it was for 40 years.
 

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If I get real bored again, I may work on the nose, it's kind of fat . . .
 
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